Two-goal Lewis McGugan and Fernando Forestieri should return to Watford squad at Doncaster Rovers

Lewis McGugan celebrates his winning goal against Doncaster Rovers in the corresponding fixture in September. Picture: Holly Cant

Lewis McGugan celebrates his winning goal against Doncaster Rovers in the corresponding fixture in September. Picture: Holly Cant

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Fernando Forestieri and Lewis McGugan should feature in Watford's game with Doncaster Rovers tomorrow night after recovering from injury.

Forestieri has been one of the Hornets' most impressive performers this season but has missed the last three games with a hamstring problem.

McGugan has been another regular and had only missed two Championship games all season before he was forced off during the second half at Bournemouth on January 18 with a thigh injury.

McGugan scored two in the corresponding fixture in September during a 2-1 Golden Boys' win at Vicarage Road.

This afternoon head coach Beppe Sannino said: "They will be involved in the match. I'm sure they will help us but I have not yet decided if they will start or not.

"They are fit now and have recovered from their injuries."

Fitz Hall (Achilles), Almen Abdi (foot) and Chu-Young Park (thigh) are all ruled out and whilst Samba Diakite is "much better" following his twisted knee, the QPR loanee still lacks fitness and is not available.

Joel Ekstrand will also be absent as he will be serving the second match of his suspension.

Click here to discuss who you would like to start up top for Watford against Doncaster.

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6:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

endean2 says...

what a galaxy of riches we have then!
if we are serious about a promo this year then a win is essential,
nothing less, no excuses please boys.
what a galaxy of riches we have then! if we are serious about a promo this year then a win is essential, nothing less, no excuses please boys. endean2
  • Score: 9

6:32pm Mon 10 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

Better win then as I am making a rare long away trip.
Better win then as I am making a rare long away trip. andyhooked
  • Score: 9

7:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

watford1881 says...

McGugan Vs. Toz.... Who takes the set pieces???
McGugan Vs. Toz.... Who takes the set pieces??? watford1881
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

AngelHornet says...

Tozser should take the corners.
Tozser should take the corners. AngelHornet
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bush Hornet says...

watford1881 wrote:
McGugan Vs. Toz.... Who takes the set pieces???
Tozser is much better with corners. Gets real pace on them. We never looked like scoring from set pieces before DT arrived. Direct free kicks and penalties though are up for grabs (although Deeney will be the first to grab the ball for a pen).

Personally I'm not sure McGugan can walk straight back into first 11. Good player though. Maybe with some Beckham-like dedication on the training after hours he could become the dead ball specialist he threatens to be.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: McGugan Vs. Toz.... Who takes the set pieces???[/p][/quote]Tozser is much better with corners. Gets real pace on them. We never looked like scoring from set pieces before DT arrived. Direct free kicks and penalties though are up for grabs (although Deeney will be the first to grab the ball for a pen). Personally I'm not sure McGugan can walk straight back into first 11. Good player though. Maybe with some Beckham-like dedication on the training after hours he could become the dead ball specialist he threatens to be. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 10

7:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.
Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5. D.unstable
  • Score: 5

8:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

D.unstable wrote:
Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.
I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Mon 10 Mar 14

StotfoldHornet says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.
I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad.
Agree... He's no Abdi but 2 seasons ago we were crying out for a goal scoring midfielder.... He ticks this box, granted he can be frustrating to watch at times but so can others who don't seem to get the stick he does
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad.[/p][/quote]Agree... He's no Abdi but 2 seasons ago we were crying out for a goal scoring midfielder.... He ticks this box, granted he can be frustrating to watch at times but so can others who don't seem to get the stick he does StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 6

10:43pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Mark-H says...

Great news that McGugan is going to be available again. I can see why he gets the stick he does, the Forest fans have told us enough times and we've seen it ourselves (not tracking back, can disappear at times, questionable work ethic) - but then think back to when everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much. McGugan might not run himself ragged but he certainly creates chances.

That said I hope Toszer still takes the set pieces!
Great news that McGugan is going to be available again. I can see why he gets the stick he does, the Forest fans have told us enough times and we've seen it ourselves (not tracking back, can disappear at times, questionable work ethic) - but then think back to when everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much. McGugan might not run himself ragged but he certainly creates chances. That said I hope Toszer still takes the set pieces! Mark-H
  • Score: 5

5:41am Tue 11 Mar 14

Boosey says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.
I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad.
You hit the nail on the head, we would be a weaker squad without him but first eleven?
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Personally cannot see who you would consider dropping in midfield in order to accommodate McGugan, Fenando on the other hands brings flair, intensity, skill ans goal threat so a totally different problem. McGugan deserves to be a bench player only on previous performances and has to wait for an injury or 5.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you that without McGugans goals this season we would be in a tricky position. Please just get off his back. He is one of those players that can win you games and is not one who chases lost causes. It takes all sorts in a team to get a balanced team. We would be weaker without him in the squad.[/p][/quote]You hit the nail on the head, we would be a weaker squad without him but first eleven? Boosey
  • Score: 2

9:08am Tue 11 Mar 14

WessexLad says...

Mark-H: "everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much."

Only the best and most significant goal scored at the Vic in many a long year: the winner v Leicester in the play-off. Almunia - Batty - FF- Murray - Deeney - GOAL!
Mark-H: "everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much." Only the best and most significant goal scored at the Vic in many a long year: the winner v Leicester in the play-off. Almunia - Batty - FF- Murray - Deeney - GOAL! WessexLad
  • Score: -11

9:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

WessexLad wrote:
Mark-H: "everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much."

Only the best and most significant goal scored at the Vic in many a long year: the winner v Leicester in the play-off. Almunia - Batty - FF- Murray - Deeney - GOAL!
Almunia - Batty - FF - Hogg - Deeney - Goal !!! Methinks?
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Mark-H: "everyone was complaining that Battocchio and Murray run around a lot without creating much." Only the best and most significant goal scored at the Vic in many a long year: the winner v Leicester in the play-off. Almunia - Batty - FF- Murray - Deeney - GOAL![/p][/quote]Almunia - Batty - FF - Hogg - Deeney - Goal !!! Methinks? northofwatfordpete
  • Score: -4

9:34am Tue 11 Mar 14

tommy gunn says...

I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal
I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal tommy gunn
  • Score: 7

9:35am Tue 11 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Don't think we should change a winning side - McGugan and FF on the bench at best. Would like to see how the Deeney and Ranegie partnership develops.
Don't think we should change a winning side - McGugan and FF on the bench at best. Would like to see how the Deeney and Ranegie partnership develops. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 2

9:49am Tue 11 Mar 14

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

tommy gunn wrote:
I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal
It was
[quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal[/p][/quote]It was PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: 3

9:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

Kismet110 says...

It's a good dilemma to be in but surely after Deeney & Ranegie bagged two each last time it would be hard to dislodge them so maybe FF to come on if needed - we've seen what a great impact player he is.

McGugan I've moaned about plenty however now with Toszser and an ever improving Merkel here he could be the missing piece in the midfield jigsaw (well at least until Abdi returns).

The former two do the grunt work freeing him of defensive duties and letting him do what he was signed for - create opportunities and score some goals.

Not knocking SM or CB, both young & hard working (and getting better as the games go on) but arguably the only genuinely creative players we have at the club right now are Abdi, McG and Forestieri so to not use the two available to us at some stage is crazy.

Dead balls is easy; Toszer for corners, Deeney for pens and McGugan for free kicks IMO.

Doncaster are no pushovers at home so this will be very tough, they're unbeaten in the last 6 (won 3 drawn 3) but honestly, we have to snap this winless away streak at some point surely?

One last thing, is Diakite some kind of twisted joke played on Watford by Redknapp? He's either getting sent off, unfit, injured or useless - or all four at the same time!
It's a good dilemma to be in but surely after Deeney & Ranegie bagged two each last time it would be hard to dislodge them so maybe FF to come on if needed - we've seen what a great impact player he is. McGugan I've moaned about plenty however now with Toszser and an ever improving Merkel here he could be the missing piece in the midfield jigsaw (well at least until Abdi returns). The former two do the grunt work freeing him of defensive duties and letting him do what he was signed for - create opportunities and score some goals. Not knocking SM or CB, both young & hard working (and getting better as the games go on) but arguably the only genuinely creative players we have at the club right now are Abdi, McG and Forestieri so to not use the two available to us at some stage is crazy. Dead balls is easy; Toszer for corners, Deeney for pens and McGugan for free kicks IMO. Doncaster are no pushovers at home so this will be very tough, they're unbeaten in the last 6 (won 3 drawn 3) but honestly, we have to snap this winless away streak at some point surely? One last thing, is Diakite some kind of twisted joke played on Watford by Redknapp? He's either getting sent off, unfit, injured or useless - or all four at the same time! Kismet110
  • Score: 7

9:51am Tue 11 Mar 14

WessexLad says...

tommy gunn wrote:
I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal
After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney.

The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS.
[quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal[/p][/quote]After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney. The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS. WessexLad
  • Score: 5

10:05am Tue 11 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

Donny have already beaten Leicester, QPR, Wigan, Blackburn, and Huddersfield (on Sat), at home so it will not be easy tonight.

They seem to raise their game for the better sides. But if we are still to harbour any late thoughts of a push for the play offs, this really is a MUST WIN game!

COYH, three points please.
Donny have already beaten Leicester, QPR, Wigan, Blackburn, and Huddersfield (on Sat), at home so it will not be easy tonight. They seem to raise their game for the better sides. But if we are still to harbour any late thoughts of a push for the play offs, this really is a MUST WIN game! COYH, three points please. bristol hornet
  • Score: 6

10:28am Tue 11 Mar 14

Bucks:Hornet says...

I'm surprised that there are people on here who can't remember who was involved in THAT goal against Leicester!
I'm surprised that there are people on here who can't remember who was involved in THAT goal against Leicester! Bucks:Hornet
  • Score: 5

10:40am Tue 11 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I often think back to the win against Leicester, which I know is a bit sad, and recall the lift that it gave me (and everyone else, except for Knockeart the diver) and really wish we can play like that again and charge on up the table.

I don't think we're good enough for it yet but am happy to be proved wrong.

And, as I've been posting some relatively normal commenst of late, I say this (only to get some banter going)...

Bring back Brenda !!

HC
I often think back to the win against Leicester, which I know is a bit sad, and recall the lift that it gave me (and everyone else, except for Knockeart the diver) and really wish we can play like that again and charge on up the table. I don't think we're good enough for it yet but am happy to be proved wrong. And, as I've been posting some relatively normal commenst of late, I say this (only to get some banter going)... Bring back Brenda !! HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -1

11:30am Tue 11 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

WessexLad wrote:
tommy gunn wrote:
I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal
After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney.

The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS.
So you accept that your original post didn't quite work out.
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal[/p][/quote]After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney. The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS.[/p][/quote]So you accept that your original post didn't quite work out. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

StotfoldHornet says...

WessexLad wrote:
tommy gunn wrote:
I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal
After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney.

The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS.
I cant comment.... was too busy jumping around like a lunatic after the double save..... missed the whole thing if i'm honest! :)
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Almunia Anya FF Hog Deeney Goal[/p][/quote]After Almunia's double save, it was Cassetti who cleared it to Anya, not Batty, and it was Hogg and not Murray who set it up for Deeney. The video is on Newsnow under FL AWARDS.[/p][/quote]I cant comment.... was too busy jumping around like a lunatic after the double save..... missed the whole thing if i'm honest! :) StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 0

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