As Watford prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday we take a look at the Hornets' next opponents

This Is Local London: Leon Best has been in decent form for the Owls since joining on loan. Picture: Action Images Leon Best has been in decent form for the Owls since joining on loan. Picture: Action Images

Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed an industrious season so far; sitting comfortably in mid-table, with the play-offs probably out of reach, but far surpassing the points total to exit from the relegation battle.

Wednesday are 13th in the Championship, just one point and place behind their opponents Watford, albeit the Hornets do have a game in hand. From their 38 games played, they’ve amounted 48 points, leaving them 16 clear of Yeovil in 22nd.

Their ambitions for the rest of the season will now be aiming for tenth place, a realistic goal for the Owls in their second season since promotion from League One.

Tuesday’s last minute winner against Brighton and Hove Albion courtesy of Leon Best extended their run of wins at home to four, including a very impressive 3-0 defeat of Queen’s Park Rangers.

Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has been happy to rotate his squad all season, ensuring his starting line ups are hard to predict. So far, only three squad members have played 30 league games this season; midfielders Jeremy Helan and Liam Palmer, and striker Atdhe Nuhiu.

However, Gray will be without Connor Wickham, who has been called back to his parent club Sunderland, cutting his loan short. Prior to him leaving, Wickham had managed eight goals in 16 league appearances. He was also scored in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat of Watford early in the season.

Instead, the main attacking threat will come from Best, who is currently on loan from Blackburn Rovers. Best has scored three goals in his last five games, and has recently had his loan extended to the end of the season, along with Sam Hutchinson, on loan from Chelsea.

He will also be aided by Chris Maguire, who has offered five goals in 20 games, and is currently the club’s top scorer, now that Wickham has rejoined Sunderland.

Whilst a win at Hillsborough will not hand Watford a play-off place, defeat will surely put a major dent in their hopes. Wednesday are able to leapfrog Watford with a win, so the visitors will have to give a top performance, and shake off their poor away record, which hasn’t seen a win in 14 games.

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9:23am Thu 27 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus. bristol hornet
  • Score: -1

9:37am Thu 27 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
Brizzle, I read your post a couple of times and found it uncomfortable reading but pretty compelling. You have balanced out your thoughts well and it's kind of hard to argue against any of them, as much as I would like to. Such an important summer for the club ahead of us. Hope the Pozzo's have a clear vision of how we should proceed from here. Would be great to hear Gino's views in an interview with WO. What chance ?
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]Brizzle, I read your post a couple of times and found it uncomfortable reading but pretty compelling. You have balanced out your thoughts well and it's kind of hard to argue against any of them, as much as I would like to. Such an important summer for the club ahead of us. Hope the Pozzo's have a clear vision of how we should proceed from here. Would be great to hear Gino's views in an interview with WO. What chance ? SAHornet
  • Score: 3

10:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
I like Sannino but he would not be my choice as manager. Will be very interesting to see what the Pozzos do from now to the start of next season - changes need to be made if we are to move forward. I don't agree with the criticism of Almunia - for me he has been very consistent this season and probably our best player. Comments like 'Almunia is a joke as captain' are disrespectful and unwarranted - Almunia has always given 100% but like most keepers he is only human and will make the occasional wrong decision - ask Joe Hart. He might not be the right choice for captain but he certainly is not a joke.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]I like Sannino but he would not be my choice as manager. Will be very interesting to see what the Pozzos do from now to the start of next season - changes need to be made if we are to move forward. I don't agree with the criticism of Almunia - for me he has been very consistent this season and probably our best player. Comments like 'Almunia is a joke as captain' are disrespectful and unwarranted - Almunia has always given 100% but like most keepers he is only human and will make the occasional wrong decision - ask Joe Hart. He might not be the right choice for captain but he certainly is not a joke. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 3

10:20am Thu 27 Mar 14

endean2 says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
harsh words there, but I would agree with those comments.
I did state very similar thoughts last week that " if people thought it
was just a case of tinkering" they were far off the mark.
Yes, there will be a lot of intelligent planning required to move us to the next
level, but as stated the Templates are there for all to see.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]harsh words there, but I would agree with those comments. I did state very similar thoughts last week that " if people thought it was just a case of tinkering" they were far off the mark. Yes, there will be a lot of intelligent planning required to move us to the next level, but as stated the Templates are there for all to see. endean2
  • Score: 2

10:35am Thu 27 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

northofwatfordpete wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
I like Sannino but he would not be my choice as manager. Will be very interesting to see what the Pozzos do from now to the start of next season - changes need to be made if we are to move forward. I don't agree with the criticism of Almunia - for me he has been very consistent this season and probably our best player. Comments like 'Almunia is a joke as captain' are disrespectful and unwarranted - Almunia has always given 100% but like most keepers he is only human and will make the occasional wrong decision - ask Joe Hart. He might not be the right choice for captain but he certainly is not a joke.
Pete, I'm reading Brizzle's comment re: Manu as meaning EXACTLY what he says - 'Almunia is a joke as captain', NOT "Almunia is a joke". Therefore not disrespectful. From what I see from afar, he is far less good this season than last and punches far too much. I'm hoping that he graciously leaves the club, with enormous respect from all fans, at the end of this season as I think that we need a stronger GK. I'm also hoping that Bond will be given a greater role next season and that,above all, we appoint a midfielder to be our captain.
[quote][p][bold]northofwatfordpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]I like Sannino but he would not be my choice as manager. Will be very interesting to see what the Pozzos do from now to the start of next season - changes need to be made if we are to move forward. I don't agree with the criticism of Almunia - for me he has been very consistent this season and probably our best player. Comments like 'Almunia is a joke as captain' are disrespectful and unwarranted - Almunia has always given 100% but like most keepers he is only human and will make the occasional wrong decision - ask Joe Hart. He might not be the right choice for captain but he certainly is not a joke.[/p][/quote]Pete, I'm reading Brizzle's comment re: Manu as meaning EXACTLY what he says - 'Almunia is a joke as captain', NOT "Almunia is a joke". Therefore not disrespectful. From what I see from afar, he is far less good this season than last and punches far too much. I'm hoping that he graciously leaves the club, with enormous respect from all fans, at the end of this season as I think that we need a stronger GK. I'm also hoping that Bond will be given a greater role next season and that,above all, we appoint a midfielder to be our captain. SAHornet
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

JonBoy says...

Sorry but I think Sannino has done a good job keeping us afloat but for us to make progress he will have to make way for someone else, someone with a vision greater than maintaining the status quo.

I still believe the recruitment model doesn't suit the Championship. I think it is now proven that Dyche is a better judge of players than Nani. If Dyche was still our manager I doubt we would be any better off than we have been with Zola or Sannino.
Sorry but I think Sannino has done a good job keeping us afloat but for us to make progress he will have to make way for someone else, someone with a vision greater than maintaining the status quo. I still believe the recruitment model doesn't suit the Championship. I think it is now proven that Dyche is a better judge of players than Nani. If Dyche was still our manager I doubt we would be any better off than we have been with Zola or Sannino. JonBoy
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

We were mid table when Beppe arrived, we are mid-table now, we will be mid table next season unless we end the conveyor belt of average players passing through the club and focus on getting the right core to the team.
We need a new GK, a dominant CH, a decent RWB unless Anya slots back there, to sign up Tozser, to fix Abdi, and get a nippy "on the shoulder" striker option. This league will get more and more difficult to get out of due to big spenders and parachute money. Oh for a half decent performance at Wembley last spring....
We were mid table when Beppe arrived, we are mid-table now, we will be mid table next season unless we end the conveyor belt of average players passing through the club and focus on getting the right core to the team. We need a new GK, a dominant CH, a decent RWB unless Anya slots back there, to sign up Tozser, to fix Abdi, and get a nippy "on the shoulder" striker option. This league will get more and more difficult to get out of due to big spenders and parachute money. Oh for a half decent performance at Wembley last spring.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 5

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