Watford fan Lee Coan reflects on the main talking points from the Hornets' 4-0 win against Blackpool

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Walking down Vicarage Road on Saturday there was sunshine, the faintest taste of spring in the air, there were all those familiar faces of the Watford crowd, and then as I approached the ground itself there was the sight a shut pub.

In the spot where Laurence Bassini had once stood so proudly in that infamous red hard hat, the doors were once again closed.

I'm not sure whether this was a good or a bad thing but I turned into Occupation Road and saw four big steel towers bursting into the air.

An East Stand coming back to life, a definite omen that it was going to be a good day. Aside from the joy of looking at those lovely girders, here's what I felt were the three big talking point of a most enjoyable game...

Blackpool were so very bad

I can't remember such a lame performance at The Vic in a long time. With a less defence minded manager I think we may have completely humiliated those poor tangerine men.

That is of course not in anyway meant as a pop at Sannino. His home record since he has taken over continues to impress. We just don't let goals in anymore. And we're scoring a fair few too. Good times. Now all we have to do is take that form on the road. As has been well documented, Bolton was terrible.

Tozser was so very good

There were rumours we signed this guy because he was Pudil's mate. Strange when you consider there were rumours we signed Pudil because he was Vydra's mate.

A friend of a friend of an old friend then but arguably the best player we have right now. The Hungarian fills the unfillable hole left by Almen Abdi and leaves you dreaming of what a midfield might be like with the two of them in it. I hope Tozser stays long enough so we can one day find out. "Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up."

Ranégie looks tailor made for the Championship

He's big, he's strong but he's not just a lump. He's comfortable with the ball at his feet, can take a few knocks, and knows where the net is.

Surely that's exactly what is needed of a Championship striker. I can't actually believe he's been on the Udinese bench all this time - what a waste.

Imagine if it had been this guy at Wembley instead of Alex Geijo. Or this guy instead of Diego Fabbrini earlier in the year.

I'm not saying either Geijo or Fabbrini are bad players but I am saying from Saturday's evidence at least, Ranégie looks far more suited to life in England's second flight. A very impressive home debut.

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10:02am Wed 5 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

I can't believe you are complaining that we only beat a team 4-0! What would have been the point in going all out attack in the 2nd half to try and get 6 or 7 when we had already won the game by half time. With players on international duty this week there was no need for the players to over exert themselves. I don't think even Liverpool would complain with a 4-0 home win!
I can't believe you are complaining that we only beat a team 4-0! What would have been the point in going all out attack in the 2nd half to try and get 6 or 7 when we had already won the game by half time. With players on international duty this week there was no need for the players to over exert themselves. I don't think even Liverpool would complain with a 4-0 home win! HornetJJ
  • Score: 10

10:08am Wed 5 Mar 14

Xavier Gravelaine says...

Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article.... Xavier Gravelaine
  • Score: 5

10:10am Wed 5 Mar 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Xavier Gravelaine wrote:
Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
You beat me to it! Shocking!!
[quote][p][bold]Xavier Gravelaine[/bold] wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....[/p][/quote]You beat me to it! Shocking!! Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 1

10:30am Wed 5 Mar 14

Traceyhornet says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
Xavier Gravelaine wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
You beat me to it! Shocking!!
And me!!!
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Xavier Gravelaine[/bold] wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....[/p][/quote]You beat me to it! Shocking!![/p][/quote]And me!!! Traceyhornet
  • Score: 2

10:35am Wed 5 Mar 14

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

Dont see a situation where I will ever be dissapointed with a 4-0 win.
The author does make some good points though. Ranegie and Tozer are looking to be two very useful January additions.
Our home form is exceptional at the moment, Bepe has certainly built from the back and this was neccessary.
Supporters are funnny, I remember everyone crying out for defensive stability during the last dark days of Zola. This is what Sanninio has provided in spades and now people decry the negative, defense-minded football that we play.
I guess it proves that you cant please all of the people all of the time or all of the idiots any of the time.
Donny and Barnsley are both winnable games, 6 points there and maybe some other results going in our favour and the play-offs can be a reality.
The question now is with Fessi and McGugan returning to fitness how do they fit back into the side? At least now we have 4 recognised strikers at our disposal. The overall look of the squad is better than it was in December, I doubt many could argue otherwise.
In summary an end of season push to the play-offs and nicking 6th spot would be far preferable to the agony of last season. The Leeds and Palarse games were extremely hard to take.

I believe we can make it, who's with me?

COYHS!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S- Congrats to Sir Deen for his half-century. On to the big 100 now Troy!!!
Dont see a situation where I will ever be dissapointed with a 4-0 win. The author does make some good points though. Ranegie and Tozer are looking to be two very useful January additions. Our home form is exceptional at the moment, Bepe has certainly built from the back and this was neccessary. Supporters are funnny, I remember everyone crying out for defensive stability during the last dark days of Zola. This is what Sanninio has provided in spades and now people decry the negative, defense-minded football that we play. I guess it proves that you cant please all of the people all of the time or all of the idiots any of the time. Donny and Barnsley are both winnable games, 6 points there and maybe some other results going in our favour and the play-offs can be a reality. The question now is with Fessi and McGugan returning to fitness how do they fit back into the side? At least now we have 4 recognised strikers at our disposal. The overall look of the squad is better than it was in December, I doubt many could argue otherwise. In summary an end of season push to the play-offs and nicking 6th spot would be far preferable to the agony of last season. The Leeds and Palarse games were extremely hard to take. I believe we can make it, who's with me? COYHS!!!!!!!!!!! P.S- Congrats to Sir Deen for his half-century. On to the big 100 now Troy!!! Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga
  • Score: 10

10:38am Wed 5 Mar 14

demerit says...

Xavier Gravelaine wrote:
Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
You beat me to it!
[quote][p][bold]Xavier Gravelaine[/bold] wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....[/p][/quote]You beat me to it! demerit
  • Score: -14

10:40am Wed 5 Mar 14

demerit says...

At the time I post this, there were 6 other posts, one of those from me. As far as I am concerned, that's 7 more posts than this article deserves.
At the time I post this, there were 6 other posts, one of those from me. As far as I am concerned, that's 7 more posts than this article deserves. demerit
  • Score: -19

10:50am Wed 5 Mar 14

mickallen57 says...

Poor old Beppe he can't win in Lee Coans' eyes . By Lees' own admission we don't let in goals and we are scoring a few too. So the problem is what exactly. That we didn't score more.

The first thing Beppe does is plug a very leaky defence.Then he gets the team playing as a team with grit and organization all within a few weeks of arrival at The Vic . Just as the last piece of the puzzle is fitted and gets the lads scoring a few goals , he is accused of not putting Blackpool to the sword . Well I for one have been saying that the Horns have been just cruising to give someone a thrashing . The reason for that was that the team seem to me that they are on the cusp of really gelling as team and firing on all cylinders. I believe the transition between Zola and Beppe ( and it was always going to be a traumatic one) is almost complete and our talented squad will rise to the top. If Beppe does this in time for a play off place who knows . But I sense that we have a team capable of premiere football , and we are moving in the right direction .
We have the right owners ,the manager and a talented squad. COYH we can do this .
Poor old Beppe he can't win in Lee Coans' eyes . By Lees' own admission we don't let in goals and we are scoring a few too. So the problem is what exactly. That we didn't score more. The first thing Beppe does is plug a very leaky defence.Then he gets the team playing as a team with grit and organization all within a few weeks of arrival at The Vic . Just as the last piece of the puzzle is fitted and gets the lads scoring a few goals , he is accused of not putting Blackpool to the sword . Well I for one have been saying that the Horns have been just cruising to give someone a thrashing . The reason for that was that the team seem to me that they are on the cusp of really gelling as team and firing on all cylinders. I believe the transition between Zola and Beppe ( and it was always going to be a traumatic one) is almost complete and our talented squad will rise to the top. If Beppe does this in time for a play off place who knows . But I sense that we have a team capable of premiere football , and we are moving in the right direction . We have the right owners ,the manager and a talented squad. COYH we can do this . mickallen57
  • Score: 11

11:16am Wed 5 Mar 14

watford01 says...

Xavier Gravelaine wrote:
Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
What's wrong with it? Hornets is the plural of hornet. "Hornets' 4-0 win". If it was a single hornet it would be "hornet's 4-0 win". So; hornets' shirts, hornets' goals etc...
[quote][p][bold]Xavier Gravelaine[/bold] wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....[/p][/quote]What's wrong with it? Hornets is the plural of hornet. "Hornets' 4-0 win". If it was a single hornet it would be "hornet's 4-0 win". So; hornets' shirts, hornets' goals etc... watford01
  • Score: 8

11:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nick El Greco says...

Is Anthony Matthews on strike or something? Why do we keep getting column inches filled with fans restating the obvious?
Is Anthony Matthews on strike or something? Why do we keep getting column inches filled with fans restating the obvious? Nick El Greco
  • Score: -8

11:25am Wed 5 Mar 14

watford01 says...

watford01 wrote:
Xavier Gravelaine wrote:
Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....
What's wrong with it? Hornets is the plural of hornet. "Hornets' 4-0 win". If it was a single hornet it would be "hornet's 4-0 win". So; hornets' shirts, hornets' goals etc...
I see - could of - could have. It had already been corrected!
[quote][p][bold]watford01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Xavier Gravelaine[/bold] wrote: Pls could someone change the glaring grammatical error in the linked headline for the article....[/p][/quote]What's wrong with it? Hornets is the plural of hornet. "Hornets' 4-0 win". If it was a single hornet it would be "hornet's 4-0 win". So; hornets' shirts, hornets' goals etc...[/p][/quote]I see - could of - could have. It had already been corrected! watford01
  • Score: 1

11:36am Wed 5 Mar 14

CaptainPC says...

Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?
Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks? CaptainPC
  • Score: -16

11:52am Wed 5 Mar 14

WFCinexile says...

Blackpool humiliated themselves. They were awful in the 1st half, but closed us down in the 2nd. All we had to do was stay sold, wait for a chance and take it - which is what we did.

I didn't see this article as a criticism of the performance as some have. Agree regarding Toszer - quality. As for Renagie, a promising performance - consistency is the key, I'm looking forward to how we will deal with the competition for 2 places up front with 3 strikers available. For the first time this season we actually have someone that looks like they could perform the role that Deeney has been doing.
Blackpool humiliated themselves. They were awful in the 1st half, but closed us down in the 2nd. All we had to do was stay sold, wait for a chance and take it - which is what we did. I didn't see this article as a criticism of the performance as some have. Agree regarding Toszer - quality. As for Renagie, a promising performance - consistency is the key, I'm looking forward to how we will deal with the competition for 2 places up front with 3 strikers available. For the first time this season we actually have someone that looks like they could perform the role that Deeney has been doing. WFCinexile
  • Score: 9

11:55am Wed 5 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

CaptainPC wrote:
Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?
Very rude.
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?[/p][/quote]Very rude. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 10

12:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Sealegs says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?
Very rude.
Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on...
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?[/p][/quote]Very rude.[/p][/quote]Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on... Sealegs
  • Score: -11

12:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

demerit says...

Sealegs wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?
Very rude.
Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on...
And me. Any more?
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?[/p][/quote]Very rude.[/p][/quote]Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on...[/p][/quote]And me. Any more? demerit
  • Score: -14

1:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

demerit wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?
Very rude.
Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on...
And me. Any more?
yes
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Why does anyone care what this self important toilet head thinks?[/p][/quote]Very rude.[/p][/quote]Maybe but at least CaptainPC and I have found something to agree on...[/p][/quote]And me. Any more?[/p][/quote]yes Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -6

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