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A comparative reflection on Watford's strong form at Vicarage Road under Beppe Sannino
Watford’s away form will need to be addressed if they are to embark on a sustained late push for the play-offs but their record at Vicarage Road under Beppe Sannino makes for impressive reading.
Saturday’s 4-0 win over Blackpool was the Hornets’ fifth consecutive home win in all competitions and the first time the club have recorded five straight league and cup victories since midway through the 2010/11 season when Malky Mackay was at the helm.
However, you need to dig deeper into the archives to find the last time a Watford side went five straight games without conceding a goal.
A look back through Trefor Jones’ website, www.watfordfcarchive.com, shows the last time such a run was achieved was in January and February 1995 when Glenn Roeder was in charge. That sequence included three FA Cup ties and it helped form a run of nine consecutive clean sheets home and away in all competitions.
Eight hours and 55 minutes of playing time have elapsed at Vicarage Road since Kaspars Gorkss scored Reading’s winner at Vicarage Road – it remains the only goal the Hornets have let in during their eight home league and cup matches since Sannino took charge.
Watford’s next match is on the road though, when they travel to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday seeking to end a sequence of 12 away matches without a win in all competitions since they beat Huddersfield Town on October 5.
The last time the Hornets experienced such a run was in the 2009/10 season when Mackay’s side went 17 league and cup games without tasting victory on their travels before winning 4-0 at Coventry City on the final day of the campaign.
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