Albert Riera was dismissed as Callum Harriott's double helped Charlton secure their Championship status against ten-man Watford

Albert Riera is given his marching orders for a foul on Diego Poyet. Picture: Action Images

Albert Riera is given his marching orders for a foul on Diego Poyet. Picture: Action Images

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A superb brace from Callum Harriott secured Charlton’s Championship status this evening, condemning ten-man Watford to another away defeat.

Harriott put Charlton ahead after 22 minutes with a well-taken goal from 18 yards. Troy Deeney equalised for the Hornets on the hour before Johnnie Jackson re-established Charlton’s lead nine minutes later.

Harriott put the Addicks 3-1 up with a superbly-taken second and Albert Riera compounded Watford’s misery with a second yellow 11 minutes from time – Watford’s sixth dismissal of the season, all of which have come since Beppe Sannino’s appointment in December.

Watford made five changes from the side beaten at Derby, with Essaid Belkalem, Tommie Hoban, Davide Faraoni, Sean Murray and Ikechi Anya coming in for Marco Cassetti, Joel Ekstrand, Lewis McGugan, Daniel Pudil and Mathias Ranegie.

Charlton Athletic boss Jose Riga made just one change; winger Lawrie Wilson taking Astrit Ajdarevic’s place.

Neither side could get a foot-hold in the game early on and it took until the 11th minute for either team to carve out a chance; as Daniel Tozser’s long ball into the path of Deeney was just cut out by Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Charlton responded almost immediately with Jordan Cousins cutting back across the face of goal for Harriott, who saw his shot deflected over for a corner.

Faraoni suffered an injury inside the opening ten minutes and was substituted after just a quarter of an hour, with Ranegie coming on in his place, allowing Anya to return to his regular wing back slot.

Jonathan Bond almost gifted the Addicks an opener soon after by allowing a routine free-kick to squirm out of his grasp before recovering.

A minute later, Deeney and Ranegie linked up for the first time; the Swede helping the ball onto Deeney, who controlled before directing a half-volley straight at Hamer.

The chances were beginning to flow. Chris Solly crossed for Jackson at the far post and the Addicks’ skipper saw his header pushed away by Bond.

Charlton’s bright start yielded a deserved opener in the 22nd minute. Harriott was allowed to progress into the Hornets’ penalty area before driving a left-footed effort beyond Bond and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Four minutes later Deeney had Watford’s first on-target effort, turning sharply and dragging a low snapshot which Hamer smothered wide.

From the resulting corner Belkalem had Watford’s best chance of the half when he saw his header pushed against the underside of the crossbar by Hamer, before being scrambled to safety.

Watford continued to threaten and Sean Murray went close just after the half-hour mark when he drove narrowly wide of Hamer’s right-hand post from 25 yards.

Good link up play from the Hornets ought to have created more just before the break; Deeney intelligently spinning past Michael Morrison and playing a one-two with Ranegie before hooking a tame shot straight at Hamer.

Like the first half, there were not many chances at the start of the second period.

But Deeney pulled the Hornets level on the hour mark in fine style. Watford’s number nine fired his 24th of the season in off the crossbar from 20 yards out.

Parity only lasted for nine minutes though as Charlton went back in front through Jackson. The ball found its way to the six-yard box and the former Watford loanee poked beyond the onrushing Bond to put the hosts back in front.

Harriott then grabbed his second with less than a quarter of an hour remaining and a goal which all-but secured Charlton’s Championship status. The winger – who had been a menace all night – connected sweetly with a cross from the right to volley home from ten yards.

Watford’s task was heightened when with 11 minutes remaining when Riera was dismissed for a second booking following what the referee deemed to be a high tackle on Diego Poyet.

Charlton Athletic: Hamer; Solly (Hughes 89), Morrison, Dervite, Fox; Wilson, Poyet, Jackson, Harriott (Pigott 87); Cousins; Sordell (Obika 67).

Unused: Hughes, Wood, Petrucci, Ajdarevic, Thuram-Ulien (GK).

Watford: Bond; Doyley (Angella 52), Hoban, Belkalem; Faraoni (Ranegie 15), Battocchio, Tozser, Murray (Diakite 75), Riera; Deeney, Anya.

Unused: Merkel, Pudil, Jakubiak & Woods (GK).

Booked: Belkalem for a foul on Wilson (45); Riera for a foul (65); Riera for a foul on Poyet (79); Ranegie for a foul (84), Hughes foul on Diakite (90).

Sent-off: Riera for two bookings (79).

Referee: Mr Darren Bond.

Attendance: 15,815 (983).

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10:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

GarstonHorn says...

Starting 11 we had out there today was league 1 standard. A lot more quality needed next season
Starting 11 we had out there today was league 1 standard. A lot more quality needed next season GarstonHorn
  • Score: 4

10:30pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Whilst appreciating this game meant far more to Charlton than us, should we just excuse another inept performance with a manager who has no clue?
Bar Deeney, who maybe has more reason than most to impress if he wants away, there wasn't anyone who stood out and our defending once again was woeful. Play like this next season and we'll be in trouble.
Sannino - sorry but, in my view, he just can't be given another contract.
Whilst appreciating this game meant far more to Charlton than us, should we just excuse another inept performance with a manager who has no clue? Bar Deeney, who maybe has more reason than most to impress if he wants away, there wasn't anyone who stood out and our defending once again was woeful. Play like this next season and we'll be in trouble. Sannino - sorry but, in my view, he just can't be given another contract. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 32

10:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Not sure of its authenticity, but I'm told that Nani commands a salary of £240k + a % of transfer fees. If ever there was someone not worth the money!
Not sure of its authenticity, but I'm told that Nani commands a salary of £240k + a % of transfer fees. If ever there was someone not worth the money! The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 20

10:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Voiceoftherookery says...

I was "undecided" on Sannino, and prepared to give the guy a chance, However the only reason to give any manager "time" is so he can make changes in the summer. As we know Sannino doesn't do this, and if he's such an adaptable coach, why has he stuck with the 3-5-2 he inherited all season?

Performances/defendi
ng hasn't improved, discipline has got worse and a change is needed.

Those saying give Sannino until Xmas will just have a repeat of this year with an (inevitable) change halfway through the season. Get someone new in (di matteo/malkay) and give them the pre-season/summer to stamp their own views/system in place.
I was "undecided" on Sannino, and prepared to give the guy a chance, However the only reason to give any manager "time" is so he can make changes in the summer. As we know Sannino doesn't do this, and if he's such an adaptable coach, why has he stuck with the 3-5-2 he inherited all season? Performances/defendi ng hasn't improved, discipline has got worse and a change is needed. Those saying give Sannino until Xmas will just have a repeat of this year with an (inevitable) change halfway through the season. Get someone new in (di matteo/malkay) and give them the pre-season/summer to stamp their own views/system in place. Voiceoftherookery
  • Score: 30

10:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hornet Cornet says...

What a disaster of a season. No consistency, no in-depth quality, no ability to concentrate for more than a few minutes, nothing at all to look forward to next season and nothing to celebrate this season. It's been crap.
What a disaster of a season. No consistency, no in-depth quality, no ability to concentrate for more than a few minutes, nothing at all to look forward to next season and nothing to celebrate this season. It's been crap. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 15

10:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hampshire hornet17 says...

Sannino can win at home and Zola away! So all we did was appoint someone who turned around the home form but let slip our impressive counter attacking away form. Profess? Ummm none.

We need a change in the summer. Someone who knows this league.

Billy Davies
Malky
Warnock
Chris Houghton

All have taken teams out of this league.
Sannino can win at home and Zola away! So all we did was appoint someone who turned around the home form but let slip our impressive counter attacking away form. Profess? Ummm none. We need a change in the summer. Someone who knows this league. Billy Davies Malky Warnock Chris Houghton All have taken teams out of this league. Hampshire hornet17
  • Score: -26

10:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Hampshire hornet17 wrote:
Sannino can win at home and Zola away! So all we did was appoint someone who turned around the home form but let slip our impressive counter attacking away form. Profess? Ummm none.

We need a change in the summer. Someone who knows this league.

Billy Davies
Malky
Warnock
Chris Houghton

All have taken teams out of this league.
Malky or Hughton certainly. Yes please - either.
Billy Davis - are you serious? And Colin W@nker would never come to Watford as he knows how much we hate him.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet17[/bold] wrote: Sannino can win at home and Zola away! So all we did was appoint someone who turned around the home form but let slip our impressive counter attacking away form. Profess? Ummm none. We need a change in the summer. Someone who knows this league. Billy Davies Malky Warnock Chris Houghton All have taken teams out of this league.[/p][/quote]Malky or Hughton certainly. Yes please - either. Billy Davis - are you serious? And Colin W@nker would never come to Watford as he knows how much we hate him. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 18

10:50pm Tue 29 Apr 14

WJames says...

A 3-1 loss to Charlton is the epitome of a disgrace - accepting another defeat to yet another terrible side. Wow, this club really is moving forward. No backbone, no heart, no willingness to realise that you get ahead in your career by wanting it and thus, making things happen. The team has absolutely no leaders and I laugh each week to see Almunia as captain. Get rid of the obvious: Casetti (no more needs to be said), Extrand (not good enough positionally, takes out his petty anger with lame fouls), Merkal (offers nothing bar sideways and backwards passes), Battocchio (please analyse his pass completion rate) and other dross that fills the squad. Also, add Bond to that list - the first goal straight down his throat against Derby shows why he is not cut out for it. How many more saveable goals can he concede. Embarrassed for the players again tonight. They are wasting their careers.
A 3-1 loss to Charlton is the epitome of a disgrace - accepting another defeat to yet another terrible side. Wow, this club really is moving forward. No backbone, no heart, no willingness to realise that you get ahead in your career by wanting it and thus, making things happen. The team has absolutely no leaders and I laugh each week to see Almunia as captain. Get rid of the obvious: Casetti (no more needs to be said), Extrand (not good enough positionally, takes out his petty anger with lame fouls), Merkal (offers nothing bar sideways and backwards passes), Battocchio (please analyse his pass completion rate) and other dross that fills the squad. Also, add Bond to that list - the first goal straight down his throat against Derby shows why he is not cut out for it. How many more saveable goals can he concede. Embarrassed for the players again tonight. They are wasting their careers. WJames
  • Score: 17

11:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Scothorn says...

Beppe aint the answer - the team has not improved at all and tonight managed to make a relegation side look ike Real Madrid! He has had his chance and has not taken it. Also, how many times has Bond been beaten from distance this season - he aint the answer either. We need a backbone of British players that can dig out results and not bottle it. Come back Tommy Mooney
Beppe aint the answer - the team has not improved at all and tonight managed to make a relegation side look ike Real Madrid! He has had his chance and has not taken it. Also, how many times has Bond been beaten from distance this season - he aint the answer either. We need a backbone of British players that can dig out results and not bottle it. Come back Tommy Mooney Scothorn
  • Score: 22

11:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hampshire hornet17 says...

Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results.

Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?
Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results. Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss? Hampshire hornet17
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Hampshire hornet17 wrote:
Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results.

Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?
He'd never cone to Watford so it's a pointless question.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet17[/bold] wrote: Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results. Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?[/p][/quote]He'd never cone to Watford so it's a pointless question. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 8

11:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

UZZY says...

Thanks Beppe but no thanks,7 goals against in the last 2 matches is too much to bear, but worse has been the sitting back on one goal leads which has cost us a play off place.....the season has been a mess with a team made up of journeymen with no loyalty, if it continues next year & we dont make progress than the crowds will fall away.....&those who write on here about Vydra coming back wake up & smell the coffee &get real ! So to finish bye bye Beppe thanks for trying !
Thanks Beppe but no thanks,7 goals against in the last 2 matches is too much to bear, but worse has been the sitting back on one goal leads which has cost us a play off place.....the season has been a mess with a team made up of journeymen with no loyalty, if it continues next year & we dont make progress than the crowds will fall away.....&those who write on here about Vydra coming back wake up & smell the coffee &get real ! So to finish bye bye Beppe thanks for trying ! UZZY
  • Score: 15

11:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

allgood says...

The loyal away fans who have been to every game since the win at Huddersfield deserve a medal. They have been rewarded with one win in seven months and a load of awful performances. I witnessed one gutless away surrender and that was enough for me. I hope the players havn't got the cheek to do a lap of honour after Saturdays game. A British manager and more British players needed next season, Malky still lives in Berkhamsted but he will probably take the Norwich job.
The loyal away fans who have been to every game since the win at Huddersfield deserve a medal. They have been rewarded with one win in seven months and a load of awful performances. I witnessed one gutless away surrender and that was enough for me. I hope the players havn't got the cheek to do a lap of honour after Saturdays game. A British manager and more British players needed next season, Malky still lives in Berkhamsted but he will probably take the Norwich job. allgood
  • Score: 17

11:33pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hornankey says...

The season has turned into a pantomime. Together with the faults evident all season we now have the worst disciplinary record in the Championship. There is no on-field leadership, error-prone goalkeeping, inadequate backbone in defence, dreadful ball retention, petulant fouling and above all lack of passion from the players. The good things happening off the field need to be matched by commitment and passion on the field. I don't think that our manager is capable of delivering the organisation and motivation needed to fire up this group of very talented players. Like many I would like to see a tried and tested, British Championship manager appointed and an end to the revolving door of journeyman loans. Otherwise I fear that we are destined again for mid-table.
The season has turned into a pantomime. Together with the faults evident all season we now have the worst disciplinary record in the Championship. There is no on-field leadership, error-prone goalkeeping, inadequate backbone in defence, dreadful ball retention, petulant fouling and above all lack of passion from the players. The good things happening off the field need to be matched by commitment and passion on the field. I don't think that our manager is capable of delivering the organisation and motivation needed to fire up this group of very talented players. Like many I would like to see a tried and tested, British Championship manager appointed and an end to the revolving door of journeyman loans. Otherwise I fear that we are destined again for mid-table. Hornankey
  • Score: 26

11:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away.
Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -16

11:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

downunderorn says...

Predictable result, once again no discipline, more yellow and red, which suggests no discipline off the field?? Lots of questions have to be asked, lets start at the top. Beppe I thought would be ok, but I fear his employment record is coming home to roost, plus the language barrier and the bad language? We shall all be waiting in anticipation! Please finish with a double over Huddersfield on saturday UORNNNSS
Predictable result, once again no discipline, more yellow and red, which suggests no discipline off the field?? Lots of questions have to be asked, lets start at the top. Beppe I thought would be ok, but I fear his employment record is coming home to roost, plus the language barrier and the bad language? We shall all be waiting in anticipation! Please finish with a double over Huddersfield on saturday UORNNNSS downunderorn
  • Score: 10

11:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

matey_from_brighton says...

Hampshire hornet17 wrote:
Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results.

Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?
Warnock,no thanks. Might as well go the whole hog toward route one drivel and get Allardyce. As poor as we are when we do play well it is good to watch but many of the players and sadly the current coaching staff are just not up to it.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet17[/bold] wrote: Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results. Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?[/p][/quote]Warnock,no thanks. Might as well go the whole hog toward route one drivel and get Allardyce. As poor as we are when we do play well it is good to watch but many of the players and sadly the current coaching staff are just not up to it. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 1

12:00am Wed 30 Apr 14

D.unstable says...

Serious Business decision time...Sannino, although I believe he is out of his depth stays = an empty new east stand and another mediocre season on the horizon. Alternatively, go after and recruit a tried and tested Italian coach with a track record of promotion in De Matteo and all of a sudden this = maximum season ticket sales, positivity ahead of pre-season and a coach who our undoubted squad of talent can relate and respect. We need 2 or 3 additions and get rid of the fringe, that's all.

So much going on that is good at the club since the Pozzo's took over, the stand, the 1881, the players at our disposal, the only thing missing which unfortunately is a huge part of the jigsaw is the right coach.
Serious Business decision time...Sannino, although I believe he is out of his depth stays = an empty new east stand and another mediocre season on the horizon. Alternatively, go after and recruit a tried and tested Italian coach with a track record of promotion in De Matteo and all of a sudden this = maximum season ticket sales, positivity ahead of pre-season and a coach who our undoubted squad of talent can relate and respect. We need 2 or 3 additions and get rid of the fringe, that's all. So much going on that is good at the club since the Pozzo's took over, the stand, the 1881, the players at our disposal, the only thing missing which unfortunately is a huge part of the jigsaw is the right coach. D.unstable
  • Score: 23

12:09am Wed 30 Apr 14

matey_from_brighton says...

We normally make teams look good at home, but tonight even that was not possible as Charlton were as poor as any team we have faced this season. Of the current squad there are only a few who would get anywhere near a top two team:
Tozser
Deeney
Hoban
Abdi
Angella
Anya

These due to their lack of consistency would be squad players at best:
Forestieri
McGugan
Doyley
Bond (just about)
Murray
Ranieri

The rest I would be more than happy to see let go including:
Battochio (runs around a lot but the prerequisite of passing is beyond him)
Belkalem
Ekstrand
Cassetti
Faraoni
+ any others I have forgotten

Harsh I know but having been to most away games IMO that is my assessment of players that keep getting into the team and not showing any sort of consistenet level of performance and it is getting more than embarrassing to continually fail to beat teams that are often there for the taking.
We normally make teams look good at home, but tonight even that was not possible as Charlton were as poor as any team we have faced this season. Of the current squad there are only a few who would get anywhere near a top two team: Tozser Deeney Hoban Abdi Angella Anya These due to their lack of consistency would be squad players at best: Forestieri McGugan Doyley Bond (just about) Murray Ranieri The rest I would be more than happy to see let go including: Battochio (runs around a lot but the prerequisite of passing is beyond him) Belkalem Ekstrand Cassetti Faraoni + any others I have forgotten Harsh I know but having been to most away games IMO that is my assessment of players that keep getting into the team and not showing any sort of consistenet level of performance and it is getting more than embarrassing to continually fail to beat teams that are often there for the taking. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 16

1:27am Wed 30 Apr 14

Meadey39 says...

So, yet another red card. Well done Deeney, but even he slacked of during the end of Zola's reign. Than you Pozzo's for saving our club, yes our club. Now, please understand, that this experiment with bringing in players from your favourite club in Italy, can not work in England. It is a different football culture. Please ask Mr Nani to look beyond Udine and Italy and find us some real quality. Also, please embrace that we are a club that plays football in England. Embrace that, understand that, and with you expertise we can move forward. If you hand pick some more mercenaries like Belkalem and Diakite, then we are more likely be playing football in League 1 and not the Premiership.
It's been a crap, nothing season
So, yet another red card. Well done Deeney, but even he slacked of during the end of Zola's reign. Than you Pozzo's for saving our club, yes our club. Now, please understand, that this experiment with bringing in players from your favourite club in Italy, can not work in England. It is a different football culture. Please ask Mr Nani to look beyond Udine and Italy and find us some real quality. Also, please embrace that we are a club that plays football in England. Embrace that, understand that, and with you expertise we can move forward. If you hand pick some more mercenaries like Belkalem and Diakite, then we are more likely be playing football in League 1 and not the Premiership. It's been a crap, nothing season Meadey39
  • Score: 14

1:32am Wed 30 Apr 14

Meadey39 says...

D.unstable wrote:
Serious Business decision time...Sannino, although I believe he is out of his depth stays = an empty new east stand and another mediocre season on the horizon. Alternatively, go after and recruit a tried and tested Italian coach with a track record of promotion in De Matteo and all of a sudden this = maximum season ticket sales, positivity ahead of pre-season and a coach who our undoubted squad of talent can relate and respect. We need 2 or 3 additions and get rid of the fringe, that's all.

So much going on that is good at the club since the Pozzo's took over, the stand, the 1881, the players at our disposal, the only thing missing which unfortunately is a huge part of the jigsaw is the right coach.
we need the best coach, not just an Italian coach.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Serious Business decision time...Sannino, although I believe he is out of his depth stays = an empty new east stand and another mediocre season on the horizon. Alternatively, go after and recruit a tried and tested Italian coach with a track record of promotion in De Matteo and all of a sudden this = maximum season ticket sales, positivity ahead of pre-season and a coach who our undoubted squad of talent can relate and respect. We need 2 or 3 additions and get rid of the fringe, that's all. So much going on that is good at the club since the Pozzo's took over, the stand, the 1881, the players at our disposal, the only thing missing which unfortunately is a huge part of the jigsaw is the right coach.[/p][/quote]we need the best coach, not just an Italian coach. Meadey39
  • Score: 4

2:56am Wed 30 Apr 14

Henry VIII says...

Personally I prefer not to be that critical of Beppe. We should remember that we were in relegation form when he took over, and as his contract was to expire in May when he signed, for me it was always a case of steadying the ship. While last season may have exceeded the Pozzo plan, this season the possibility of relegation was never going to be acceptable. So, they bought in a man to stop the rot, and it worked. I think we will see a change this summer and again I hope that it is a British manager as they seem to enjoy the greater successes of promotion from this league. The lack of discipline and dreadful habit of conceding late goals have hurt us so much this season. I expect to see Deeney go this summer, along with a few others, but I hope that we can keep the likes of Toszer. I think its been a disappointing season, high expectations, glimpses of playoff potential, all for it to fall flat towards the end. I would like to thank Beppe for keeping us up but just get a feeling there will be a few changes soon. Hopefully next season we can start defending for 94-95 minutes....
Personally I prefer not to be that critical of Beppe. We should remember that we were in relegation form when he took over, and as his contract was to expire in May when he signed, for me it was always a case of steadying the ship. While last season may have exceeded the Pozzo plan, this season the possibility of relegation was never going to be acceptable. So, they bought in a man to stop the rot, and it worked. I think we will see a change this summer and again I hope that it is a British manager as they seem to enjoy the greater successes of promotion from this league. The lack of discipline and dreadful habit of conceding late goals have hurt us so much this season. I expect to see Deeney go this summer, along with a few others, but I hope that we can keep the likes of Toszer. I think its been a disappointing season, high expectations, glimpses of playoff potential, all for it to fall flat towards the end. I would like to thank Beppe for keeping us up but just get a feeling there will be a few changes soon. Hopefully next season we can start defending for 94-95 minutes.... Henry VIII
  • Score: 25

7:50am Wed 30 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away.
I bet they make more money from Watford in the championship than Granada in the top flight. They are traders of players, Watford is a great place to develop and assess players. Look at Anya, potential now to get a decent fee for a player rejected by Wycombe who could be conference next year. Of course the premiership will make them loads of money, but they are not walking away from Watford.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away.[/p][/quote]I bet they make more money from Watford in the championship than Granada in the top flight. They are traders of players, Watford is a great place to develop and assess players. Look at Anya, potential now to get a decent fee for a player rejected by Wycombe who could be conference next year. Of course the premiership will make them loads of money, but they are not walking away from Watford. Andrew1963
  • Score: 3

8:30am Wed 30 Apr 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away.
I bet they make more money from Watford in the championship than Granada in the top flight. They are traders of players, Watford is a great place to develop and assess players. Look at Anya, potential now to get a decent fee for a player rejected by Wycombe who could be conference next year. Of course the premiership will make them loads of money, but they are not walking away from Watford.
Good points. I'm not saying they will walk away, what I am concerned about is that if they do walk away, our loan connections all disappear and we are left with a squad which will not cope in the Championship. What seems to be happening is that loan players are being played, home-grown talent is not getting through and the risk is that the Pozzo's get the wrong manager / players / buyer of players in and then walk away.

It's a risk I say

HC
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Mid table is but a dream for next season. The Pozzo's genuinely don't seem to be getting this league. What happens if their formula doesn't work and they walk away.[/p][/quote]I bet they make more money from Watford in the championship than Granada in the top flight. They are traders of players, Watford is a great place to develop and assess players. Look at Anya, potential now to get a decent fee for a player rejected by Wycombe who could be conference next year. Of course the premiership will make them loads of money, but they are not walking away from Watford.[/p][/quote]Good points. I'm not saying they will walk away, what I am concerned about is that if they do walk away, our loan connections all disappear and we are left with a squad which will not cope in the Championship. What seems to be happening is that loan players are being played, home-grown talent is not getting through and the risk is that the Pozzo's get the wrong manager / players / buyer of players in and then walk away. It's a risk I say HC Hornet Cornet
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8:52am Wed 30 Apr 14

bristol hornet says...

Where is Jason now after bashing me yesterday for saying we need a British manager who knows the Championship?

There are a lot who agree with me on this thread Jason, so come on, "let's be avenue"!

The onlt acceptable foreigner would be De Matteo, otherwise go for Malky, Jackett, or maybe even Warburton.
Where is Jason now after bashing me yesterday for saying we need a British manager who knows the Championship? There are a lot who agree with me on this thread Jason, so come on, "let's be avenue"! The onlt acceptable foreigner would be De Matteo, otherwise go for Malky, Jackett, or maybe even Warburton. bristol hornet
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8:55am Wed 30 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Hampshire hornet17 wrote:
Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results.

Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?
To be rain to Colin he is good at getting money for cr4p players he dumps on other clubs, no names no pack drill.

His gift is buying good F.L. players, which may not fit the plans of the owners.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet17[/bold] wrote: Colin???? Neil Warnock... A lot of fans hate him as he is successful. You telling me if he took over in the summer and had us top of the league at Xmas you would still not like him. Football is fickle, it's a results business. And Warnock in that league gets results. Don't get me wrong I'm not his no.1 fan but surely better than our current boss?[/p][/quote]To be rain to Colin he is good at getting money for cr4p players he dumps on other clubs, no names no pack drill. His gift is buying good F.L. players, which may not fit the plans of the owners. gloryhornet4
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12:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

Two poor performances in meaningless end of season matches and people are screaming for blood, the same people who were calling for Zola's head no doubt. We need to remember that all teams put in dire performances. Blackpool were dreadful at Watford and won at Wigan last week. There are issues that need looking at but sometimes you need to press the erase button on a match and move on.
Two poor performances in meaningless end of season matches and people are screaming for blood, the same people who were calling for Zola's head no doubt. We need to remember that all teams put in dire performances. Blackpool were dreadful at Watford and won at Wigan last week. There are issues that need looking at but sometimes you need to press the erase button on a match and move on. Harry's Bar
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1:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Chris the Vic says...

Sorry Harry too many excuses.

we have had injuries but nothing in reality to Reading. But what a difference in the way we have both managed games.

Reading have secured 53 out of 63 points in games they scored first in.

Our defence this year has been an accident waiting to happen. Two goals ahead in some games and we have blown it. Too many red cards etc.

We have this year had a large and on paper good squad, one of the best in the division and yet we will finish with less points than Sean's men managed two years ago.

Not sure Beppe is the managerial answer but I cannot argue with him in so far as the teams DNA has got to change.

We have as a team failed miserably and yet we have scored goals aplenty and that goal base should have been built on.

12th position at best with our squad. the players should hang their heads in shame they are so untypical of many recent squads who have been less talented but far more determined
Sorry Harry too many excuses. we have had injuries but nothing in reality to Reading. But what a difference in the way we have both managed games. Reading have secured 53 out of 63 points in games they scored first in. Our defence this year has been an accident waiting to happen. Two goals ahead in some games and we have blown it. Too many red cards etc. We have this year had a large and on paper good squad, one of the best in the division and yet we will finish with less points than Sean's men managed two years ago. Not sure Beppe is the managerial answer but I cannot argue with him in so far as the teams DNA has got to change. We have as a team failed miserably and yet we have scored goals aplenty and that goal base should have been built on. 12th position at best with our squad. the players should hang their heads in shame they are so untypical of many recent squads who have been less talented but far more determined Chris the Vic
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6:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Abbots hornet says...

Total garbage season the players should be shown these comments.No heart and not that bothered either.Sonnino has not been able to address our pathetic away record 1 win in19 games.I'm fed up with people defending Bond.He is no good I'm afraid soft goals left right and centre.Diakite Merkel,faraoni,Ekstr
and,Belkalem,McEachr
an,Neill,Fabbrini,Ac
una,all not good enough.Eternally grateful to Pozzos but this model of farming out players will not wash at the horns for much longer .As I said before the last two debacles Malky or another British manager pls
What a mess.
Total garbage season the players should be shown these comments.No heart and not that bothered either.Sonnino has not been able to address our pathetic away record 1 win in19 games.I'm fed up with people defending Bond.He is no good I'm afraid soft goals left right and centre.Diakite Merkel,faraoni,Ekstr and,Belkalem,McEachr an,Neill,Fabbrini,Ac una,all not good enough.Eternally grateful to Pozzos but this model of farming out players will not wash at the horns for much longer .As I said before the last two debacles Malky or another British manager pls What a mess. Abbots hornet
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8:20am Thu 1 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Two poor performances in meaningless end of season matches and people are screaming for blood, the same people who were calling for Zola's head no doubt. We need to remember that all teams put in dire performances. Blackpool were dreadful at Watford and won at Wigan last week. There are issues that need looking at but sometimes you need to press the erase button on a match and move on.
I reckon that Bepster needs more time and that Nani has to go. Beppe is, I am sure, a competent coach but what he has is a useless player recruiter (nani) and a team of players who, for the most part, couldn't care less if they played for Watford or Udinese or anyone else. The home grown players should have the pride and desire each time they pull on a Watford shirt and it is that that Beppe needs to get into all of the players.

Must admit that I have been hugely deflated over the past 12 months. Not sure where the club is going to go now.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Two poor performances in meaningless end of season matches and people are screaming for blood, the same people who were calling for Zola's head no doubt. We need to remember that all teams put in dire performances. Blackpool were dreadful at Watford and won at Wigan last week. There are issues that need looking at but sometimes you need to press the erase button on a match and move on.[/p][/quote]I reckon that Bepster needs more time and that Nani has to go. Beppe is, I am sure, a competent coach but what he has is a useless player recruiter (nani) and a team of players who, for the most part, couldn't care less if they played for Watford or Udinese or anyone else. The home grown players should have the pride and desire each time they pull on a Watford shirt and it is that that Beppe needs to get into all of the players. Must admit that I have been hugely deflated over the past 12 months. Not sure where the club is going to go now. Hornet Cornet
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