Hornets fan Charlie Doris says Watford have shown scary potential this season but have failed to deliver throughout the campaign

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After yet another demoralising away performance at Charlton Athletic, the end to this campaign really can’t come quickly enough.

For one reason or another, this season really hasn’t lived up to its billing. Too often have Watford looked like promotion candidates one week and then mid-table dwellers the next.

Although I am fully behind the Pozzo’s and their project for the club, the last two years has shown the risk that comes hand in hand with the way Watford is now run.

Last season we recruited an army of new players and it worked. This season we did exactly the same thing and it didn’t.

We all accept it didn’t work this campaign. We’ve got to dust ourselves off and start again until we find the kind of blend that almost secured Premier League football last season.

However, to achieve this feat Beppe Sannino and his new regime need to put their own mark on the squad this summer.

Alongside bringing in a new striker and signing several of our loanees, a change of formation may be needed in order to progress.

Our current 3-5-2 system was incredibly effective throughout last season and at the beginning of this campaign. But we’ve struggled to get results since then, especially away from home.

In the past, the formation gave us a unique dimension which many other championship teams struggled against but now our playing style carries an air of predictability.

It would be surprising if the defensively minded Sannino sticks to this philosophy rather than adapting the side to his natural style.

At QPR, I think a mix of these two styles led to our downfall. For the first hour of the game, Watford played open expansive football and were by far the better side.

But, after we took the lead, our defensive line dropped 15 yards deeper and invited Rangers back into the game.

If we had continued to play our high pressing game, then perhaps the Hornets wouldn’t have travelled back to Vicarage Road empty handed.

We are unfortunately not defensively resilient enough to soak up pressure of that scale, which is why we continue to concede late goals.

In my opinion the QPR performance spoke volumes about our season. We promised the world, showed scary potential at times but couldn’t deliver much substance.

However, with a new batch of recruits in the summer and a manager looking to change the DNA of the side, we can only strap in and see where the new regime will take us.

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7:55am Fri 2 May 14

endean2 says...

yawn................
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yawn................ .................... endean2
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8:23am Fri 2 May 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Boring zzzzzzzzzzxx
Boring zzzzzzzzzzxx SJM...laugh at luton
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9:06am Fri 2 May 14

Harry's Bar says...

Maybe you need to strap on.
Maybe you need to strap on. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -3

10:28am Fri 2 May 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Agree with this article and also not sure what style Beppe would prefer. Under Zola we became predictable and rather one dimension - OK when we had the rub of the green like home performance against Bournemouth but not so effective in countless home and away performances. Under Beppe we became a little more solid in defence but not consistently and seemed incapable of defending a lead or finishing off a game. Will be interesting to see what happens this summer.
Agree with this article and also not sure what style Beppe would prefer. Under Zola we became predictable and rather one dimension - OK when we had the rub of the green like home performance against Bournemouth but not so effective in countless home and away performances. Under Beppe we became a little more solid in defence but not consistently and seemed incapable of defending a lead or finishing off a game. Will be interesting to see what happens this summer. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 5

1:11pm Fri 2 May 14

stiffler99 says...

I think it has been more like scarcely shown potential this season.
I think it has been more like scarcely shown potential this season. stiffler99
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1:28pm Fri 2 May 14

errollg says...

Next season Watford need:
1) A clear game plan. (Last year it was Vydra running off Deeney, Abdi getting forward. This year it has been muddled and at times hard to fathom.)
2) Discipline. Nearly 100 yellows? Ouch! There is no justifiable reason for this.
3) Willpower. It is not coincidence conceding so many goals in the last 5 minutes. It needs strength of mind and character. Do we need a sports psychologist?
4) A few key signings. Will Almunia stay? I hope so? A striker with pace and a centre back who can organise the defence to add to the quality we have already.
5) Togetherness. Team spirit is essential. How many times does that alone drag a team over the line?
6) Excitement. Let's get the feel good factor back from last season. With a few teaks, there is no reason why not!

Coyh!
Next season Watford need: 1) A clear game plan. (Last year it was Vydra running off Deeney, Abdi getting forward. This year it has been muddled and at times hard to fathom.) 2) Discipline. Nearly 100 yellows? Ouch! There is no justifiable reason for this. 3) Willpower. It is not coincidence conceding so many goals in the last 5 minutes. It needs strength of mind and character. Do we need a sports psychologist? 4) A few key signings. Will Almunia stay? I hope so? A striker with pace and a centre back who can organise the defence to add to the quality we have already. 5) Togetherness. Team spirit is essential. How many times does that alone drag a team over the line? 6) Excitement. Let's get the feel good factor back from last season. With a few teaks, there is no reason why not! Coyh! errollg
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2:47pm Fri 2 May 14

Meadey39 says...

Do we need a huge squad? Seems many that came in over the two seasons were mercenaries. The better payers Abdi etc will be looking for quality players in the summer. No more Reece Browns, Steve Leo Beleck please. Lets see the Pozzos supposedly famous list of contacts bring in fantastic players
Do we need a huge squad? Seems many that came in over the two seasons were mercenaries. The better payers Abdi etc will be looking for quality players in the summer. No more Reece Browns, Steve Leo Beleck please. Lets see the Pozzos supposedly famous list of contacts bring in fantastic players Meadey39
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Fri 2 May 14

Nick El Greco says...

It's Pozzos not Pozzo's. If you pluralise something, even a name, an apostrophe isn't required .. Jofn Smith's favourite band are The Smiths, not The Smith's

I don't see how you can write an article about the team without mentioning fitness. The only player to start this season physically ready for it was Sean Murray and that is only because he chose to invest his own money in private fitness training. Not only did many of the rest not hit the ground running, they hit it unable to run and the fitness levels for many of them have continued to be poor throughout the season. I am convinced that this is why we can't continue our high pressing towards the end of games and a major cause of the number of late goals we concede
It's Pozzos not Pozzo's. If you pluralise something, even a name, an apostrophe isn't required .. Jofn Smith's favourite band are The Smiths, not The Smith's I don't see how you can write an article about the team without mentioning fitness. The only player to start this season physically ready for it was Sean Murray and that is only because he chose to invest his own money in private fitness training. Not only did many of the rest not hit the ground running, they hit it unable to run and the fitness levels for many of them have continued to be poor throughout the season. I am convinced that this is why we can't continue our high pressing towards the end of games and a major cause of the number of late goals we concede Nick El Greco
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3:17pm Fri 2 May 14

Harry's Bar says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Maybe you need to strap on.
Only joking of course. It's a fair article but has little insight. Read Bush Hornet's post on Rous for an example of an interesting read.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Maybe you need to strap on.[/p][/quote]Only joking of course. It's a fair article but has little insight. Read Bush Hornet's post on Rous for an example of an interesting read. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

9:12am Sat 3 May 14

SAHornet says...

Nick El Greco wrote:
It's Pozzos not Pozzo's. If you pluralise something, even a name, an apostrophe isn't required .. Jofn Smith's favourite band are The Smiths, not The Smith's

I don't see how you can write an article about the team without mentioning fitness. The only player to start this season physically ready for it was Sean Murray and that is only because he chose to invest his own money in private fitness training. Not only did many of the rest not hit the ground running, they hit it unable to run and the fitness levels for many of them have continued to be poor throughout the season. I am convinced that this is why we can't continue our high pressing towards the end of games and a major cause of the number of late goals we concede
Troy Deeney ?
[quote][p][bold]Nick El Greco[/bold] wrote: It's Pozzos not Pozzo's. If you pluralise something, even a name, an apostrophe isn't required .. Jofn Smith's favourite band are The Smiths, not The Smith's I don't see how you can write an article about the team without mentioning fitness. The only player to start this season physically ready for it was Sean Murray and that is only because he chose to invest his own money in private fitness training. Not only did many of the rest not hit the ground running, they hit it unable to run and the fitness levels for many of them have continued to be poor throughout the season. I am convinced that this is why we can't continue our high pressing towards the end of games and a major cause of the number of late goals we concede[/p][/quote]Troy Deeney ? SAHornet
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