Troy Deeney was absent as Watford continued their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 victory against Boreham Wood

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With Troy Deeney absent, Matej Vydra gave Hornets fans a timely reminder of his goal-scoring capabilities as he netted the only goal in Watford’s 1-0 pre-season victory at Boreham Wood.

Golden Boys’ captain Deeney, who has been the subject of several transfer bids from Premier League sides, was not included in the squad - the Hornets refused to comment on his absence.

If Deeney does depart, Vydra will be expected to take on even more goal-scoring responsibility.

His strike against Wood arrived in the 67th minute. He dribbled across the area before shooting towards goal.

The ball struck Luke Garrard, wrong-footed goalkeeper James Courtage and ended in the net. 

Watford lined up in a 4-3-3 formation and Vydra led the attack with Lloyd Dyer and Ikechi Anya on the flanks.

Daniel Tozser, Cristian Battocchio and Almen Abdi were the midfield trio with Lloyd Doyley, Gabriele Angella, Gabriel Tamas and Daniel Pudil the back four. Heurelho Gomes started in goal.

Watford created several chances during the first half but Wood goalkeeper Courtnage was not truly tested.

After Lee Angol had fired over for the hosts, Courtnage twice denied Anya in quick succession. The first was a save at his near post before he collected an attempted chip from the winger.

The Hornets were much more purposeful in possession than against Shrewsbury Town last Saturday with Abdi linking play well.

He almost put Battocchio through on goal but Josh Hill cleared the danger while Wood midfielder Graeme Montgomery scuffed a volley wide.

The best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes fell to a likely source. A long ball forward put Vydra through on goal.

The Czech striker steadied himself, sent Courtnage the wrong way but saw his effort rebound back off the post. Anya was again denied by the Wood stopper moments later as the Hornets pressed in search of an equaliser.

Wood hadn’t threatened Gomes’ goal but they almost caught Watford on the break but a combination of the Brazilian goalkeeper and Angella cleared the danger.

In the balmy conditions both sides partook in a drinks break on the half hour mark. It seemed to benefit the home side and Ben Nunn floated a cross onto the roof of the Hornets net before Montgomery fired narrowly over from distance.

Wood’s defence dropped deep when the Hornets had possession and the visitors struggled to find a route through.

A purposeful run from Dyer almost broke the hosts’ resistance but after he evaded three challenges, Courtnage was off his line to smother the chance. It proved to be the final opportunity of the opening 45 minutes.

Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino made four changes at the interval. Doyley, Tamas, Battocchio and Anya were brought off with Tommie Hoban, Joel Ekstrand, Lewis McGugan and Mathias Ranegie their replacements. The formation remained 4-3-3.

Boreham Wood had an early chance as a corner was scrambled off the line by Hoban.

The Hornets then should have gone ahead. Vydra, who had moved out to the left wing, crossed to the back post and Ranegie headed his effort into the side netting.

McGugan, Dyer and then Abdi all sent shots from the edge of the penalty area into the arms of Courtnage as Watford continued to search for the opener.

A neat interchange of passes did manage to get Vydra behind the Wood backline and his cut back was met by Abdi.

The Swiss midfielder couldn’t direct his shot on target as he came under pressure from Reynolds.

It took until just after the hour mark for Courtnage to be really tested. Abdi’s near-post corner was met by Vydra and his flick was pushed over the crossbar by the Wood stopper.

From the resultant corner, Luke Garrard cleared from inside the six-yard box to deny Angella.

Wood had offered little in attack during the second period but they almost went in front through Montgomery. The winger unleashed a 30-yard drive which swerved and Gomes reacted quickly to push the ball over.

But, in the 67th minute, Watford finally made the breakthrough. Vydra collected the ball on the left, moved across the hosts’ penalty area and fired towards goal. The ball took a touch off Garrard and ended in the net.

Watford continued to carve out opportunities. Angella flicked a corner over before McGugan curled a strike against the crossbar.

Abdi teed up McGugan again minutes later and the midfielder smashed his shot just past the post.

It was the final chance the Hornets created as they eased through the final ten minutes.

The performance was certainly an improvement on last Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury. Watford looked sharper in possession and created several chances.

There is still plenty to work on for the Golden Boys but it was a productive display against a battling Wood side.

Watford: Gomes; Doyley (Hoban HT), Angella, Tamas (Ekstrand HT), Pudil; Abdi, Tozser, Battocchio (McGugan HT); Anya (Ranegie HT), Vydra, Dyer (Fabbrini 73).

Watford substitutes: Bond, Doherty, Smith.

Boreham Wood: Courtnage; Nunn, Hill (Cox HT), Reynolds, Morgan; Whichelow, Thomas (Hope 78), Garrard, Montgomery (Sterling-Parker 78); Angol (Noto 78), Shakes (Donnelly 78).

Boreham Wood substitutes: Freund.

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9:36pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mkhornet says...

Just wondering why Paredes isn't getting a run out yet. Also think it'll help when Forestieri is fit again.
Just wondering why Paredes isn't getting a run out yet. Also think it'll help when Forestieri is fit again. mkhornet
  • Score: -5

9:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

errollg says...

mkhornet wrote:
Just wondering why Paredes isn't getting a run out yet. Also think it'll help when Forestieri is fit again.
I guess he needs a week or two off after the World Cup?

Agree about Fessi!
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: Just wondering why Paredes isn't getting a run out yet. Also think it'll help when Forestieri is fit again.[/p][/quote]I guess he needs a week or two off after the World Cup? Agree about Fessi! errollg
  • Score: 9

9:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

EltonForever says...

It seems to me that when inevitably Deeney goes to another club tomorrow, or shortly thereafter, we should be looking for at least 2 homegrown proven strikers.

Why? Because Vydra is unlikely to get through the season uninjured or, worse still, distracted for a few months after Xmas by rumours fanned by his agent and turning his head again.
It seems to me that when inevitably Deeney goes to another club tomorrow, or shortly thereafter, we should be looking for at least 2 homegrown proven strikers. Why? Because Vydra is unlikely to get through the season uninjured or, worse still, distracted for a few months after Xmas by rumours fanned by his agent and turning his head again. EltonForever
  • Score: -11

10:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

WatfordManiac says...

Bye bye Deeney.
New homegrown striker please beppe!
Bye bye Deeney. New homegrown striker please beppe! WatfordManiac
  • Score: -6

10:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

If Deeney goes to QPR as rumoured then ho could well be back down in the Championship the following season and wishing he was with us in the Prem!
If he goes to an established club he could end up on the subs bench as MV did last season. If he goes we must have two proven strikers the other way.
The rewards for promotion are too big to miss
If Deeney goes to QPR as rumoured then ho could well be back down in the Championship the following season and wishing he was with us in the Prem! If he goes to an established club he could end up on the subs bench as MV did last season. If he goes we must have two proven strikers the other way. The rewards for promotion are too big to miss Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hornetsdan1991 says...

Activate that clause in Assombalongas contract that he apparently has, as the talk was at the time anyway, and put him up front with Vydra, I'm sure you'd get a similar return.
Activate that clause in Assombalongas contract that he apparently has, as the talk was at the time anyway, and put him up front with Vydra, I'm sure you'd get a similar return. hornetsdan1991
  • Score: 13

10:08pm Thu 24 Jul 14

VOReason says...

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn wrote:
If Deeney goes to QPR as rumoured then ho could well be back down in the Championship the following season and wishing he was with us in the Prem!
If he goes to an established club he could end up on the subs bench as MV did last season. If he goes we must have two proven strikers the other way.
The rewards for promotion are too big to miss
If you are correct then he is not good enough for premiership established side. If that is the case then 10 million would be good business.
[quote][p][bold]Larrythe Loafer 'Orn[/bold] wrote: If Deeney goes to QPR as rumoured then ho could well be back down in the Championship the following season and wishing he was with us in the Prem! If he goes to an established club he could end up on the subs bench as MV did last season. If he goes we must have two proven strikers the other way. The rewards for promotion are too big to miss[/p][/quote]If you are correct then he is not good enough for premiership established side. If that is the case then 10 million would be good business. VOReason
  • Score: 6

10:11pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mattymashup says...

On another note fabbrini made a very decent cameo on the right of the forward three in the last 15 minutes or so...
On another note fabbrini made a very decent cameo on the right of the forward three in the last 15 minutes or so... mattymashup
  • Score: 13

10:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Insider jim says...

Think you may find those in World Cup action get a longer break, they are already up to full match pace,
Think you may find those in World Cup action get a longer break, they are already up to full match pace, Insider jim
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

SAHornet says...

Bye bye Troy and thanks for your efforts for us in the past few years. Wish you all success with your new club. New proven striker please Watford. This won't be an easy season for us.
Bye bye Troy and thanks for your efforts for us in the past few years. Wish you all success with your new club. New proven striker please Watford. This won't be an easy season for us. SAHornet
  • Score: -5

10:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

PMJ1966 says...

Just back from Wood and I know it's a friendly and all that but many players seem to be off the pace and appear disjointed as a team. Not convinced 4-3-3 is best formation with the players we have and would much prefer 4-4-2 but hey what do I know!

However, I do know a little about man management and not convinced the Beppe shouting all the time style at players is going to get the best out of the players for the whole season. The impact of constantly screaming instructions only lasts so long before people start grow weary. It was the first time I have sat near Beppe during a match and amazed he doesn't spontaneously combust! He seems to be attempting to be the Captain of the side but from the technical box while the captain was anonymous on the pitch.

Was also very disappointed not see us concede in the 93rd minute :-)
Just back from Wood and I know it's a friendly and all that but many players seem to be off the pace and appear disjointed as a team. Not convinced 4-3-3 is best formation with the players we have and would much prefer 4-4-2 but hey what do I know! However, I do know a little about man management and not convinced the Beppe shouting all the time style at players is going to get the best out of the players for the whole season. The impact of constantly screaming instructions only lasts so long before people start grow weary. It was the first time I have sat near Beppe during a match and amazed he doesn't spontaneously combust! He seems to be attempting to be the Captain of the side but from the technical box while the captain was anonymous on the pitch. Was also very disappointed not see us concede in the 93rd minute :-) PMJ1966
  • Score: -1

10:58pm Thu 24 Jul 14

eastendhornet says...

mattymashup wrote:
On another note fabbrini made a very decent cameo on the right of the forward three in the last 15 minutes or so...
Yeah I thought that was interesting too. If you look at who played the full 90 tonight, they are all nailed on starters against Bolton, and they guys who came on are genuine competition for those that started. Fabbrini will clearly not start ahead of Dyer or Anya, but I thought I had seen the last of him when he went out on loan last season, and it now looks like he is very much in the first team plans.
[quote][p][bold]mattymashup[/bold] wrote: On another note fabbrini made a very decent cameo on the right of the forward three in the last 15 minutes or so...[/p][/quote]Yeah I thought that was interesting too. If you look at who played the full 90 tonight, they are all nailed on starters against Bolton, and they guys who came on are genuine competition for those that started. Fabbrini will clearly not start ahead of Dyer or Anya, but I thought I had seen the last of him when he went out on loan last season, and it now looks like he is very much in the first team plans. eastendhornet
  • Score: 3

11:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

croxley46 says...

On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites?
I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old!
On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites? I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old! croxley46
  • Score: 2

11:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Man from Pinner says...

I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him.
If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker.
Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.
I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him. If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker. Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

onlyonerodthomas says...

croxley46 wrote:
On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites?
I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old!
try clicking this link.you can view the stand and it is updated every 15 mins.

http://iris2.time-la
pse-systems.com/watf
ord-football-club-ca
m
[quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites? I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old![/p][/quote]try clicking this link.you can view the stand and it is updated every 15 mins. http://iris2.time-la pse-systems.com/watf ord-football-club-ca m onlyonerodthomas
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BobT44 says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him.
If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker.
Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.
FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD!
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him. If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker. Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.[/p][/quote]FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD! BobT44
  • Score: 9

4:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

David:-) says...

BobT44 wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him.
If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker.
Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.
FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD!
Would agree with this where the player is beyond his best, and DG certainly is but Britt Assombalonga would, IMO, be a perfect Deeney replacement.
[quote][p][bold]BobT44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him. If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker. Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.[/p][/quote]FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD![/p][/quote]Would agree with this where the player is beyond his best, and DG certainly is but Britt Assombalonga would, IMO, be a perfect Deeney replacement. David:-)
  • Score: -1

7:21am Fri 25 Jul 14

tommy gunn says...

Who was Captain last night ?
Who was Captain last night ? tommy gunn
  • Score: 0

7:22am Fri 25 Jul 14

McHornet says...

I agree with a previous post that Danny graham isn't the best answer to replacing deeney... But when DG was here he was a big personality in the dressing room and he worked his socks off every week. If he can get fit again he'd be a like for like replacement for big troy in my opinion.
I agree with a previous post that Danny graham isn't the best answer to replacing deeney... But when DG was here he was a big personality in the dressing room and he worked his socks off every week. If he can get fit again he'd be a like for like replacement for big troy in my opinion. McHornet
  • Score: 5

7:23am Fri 25 Jul 14

allgood says...

David:-) wrote:
BobT44 wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him.
If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker.
Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.
FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD!
Would agree with this where the player is beyond his best, and DG certainly is but Britt Assombalonga would, IMO, be a perfect Deeney replacement.
It would take most of the Deeney money to get Assombalonga back from Peterborough. The Pozzo's don't do that sort of deal unless they think there is possible future profits to be made.
[quote][p][bold]David:-)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobT44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him. If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker. Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.[/p][/quote]FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD![/p][/quote]Would agree with this where the player is beyond his best, and DG certainly is but Britt Assombalonga would, IMO, be a perfect Deeney replacement.[/p][/quote]It would take most of the Deeney money to get Assombalonga back from Peterborough. The Pozzo's don't do that sort of deal unless they think there is possible future profits to be made. allgood
  • Score: 0

8:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

We now have a big squad of players though we could be losing both Deeney and Anya in the coming days/weeks.

I have 2 concerns:

1. We have a very big squad and everyone can say that's great, but not if the players who are not being picked are unhappy at not getting a game. Ego's are massive in football but is Ranegie a satisfactory replacement for Deeney? And if we are so determined to get to the Premier League why would we be selling Anya? One of our best players and one who can turn a game. Losing quality will not be replaced with quantity. I have to question some decision making from Nani. I hope I am wrong.

2. Bepe. I think he did a reasonable job last season given the circumstances and I think he was very honourable in everything he did. But I agree with a previous comment that directing the game from the Technical area is not a good thing continually. Players are paid to make the right decisions on the pitch and execute them. Do they hear him, and if they do how do they really react? The sound bites from the players seemed this year to be a little orchestrated, unlike the feeling 2 years ago under Zola where there was a real belief and a genuine feeling of positiveness in the group.

Bepe also seems to be following a 4 3 3 route. For me Vydra is not a target player nor a wide player. West Brom tried that last season and following Anelka's removal Vydra was ineffective as a loan striker in a 4 3 3 system under Pepe Mel. Also ineffective before that when Anelka was up top and Vydra was wide on the right hand side. What a waste of ability. Vydra up against 2 big and strong CH's in the Championship on his own? You think about that.

Bepe will have a stern task bringing and keeping the players together as a group, especially if results don't start well. Expectation is a massive feeling that often disrupts. Let's hope this doesn't happen but I genuinely fear it.
We now have a big squad of players though we could be losing both Deeney and Anya in the coming days/weeks. I have 2 concerns: 1. We have a very big squad and everyone can say that's great, but not if the players who are not being picked are unhappy at not getting a game. Ego's are massive in football but is Ranegie a satisfactory replacement for Deeney? And if we are so determined to get to the Premier League why would we be selling Anya? One of our best players and one who can turn a game. Losing quality will not be replaced with quantity. I have to question some decision making from Nani. I hope I am wrong. 2. Bepe. I think he did a reasonable job last season given the circumstances and I think he was very honourable in everything he did. But I agree with a previous comment that directing the game from the Technical area is not a good thing continually. Players are paid to make the right decisions on the pitch and execute them. Do they hear him, and if they do how do they really react? The sound bites from the players seemed this year to be a little orchestrated, unlike the feeling 2 years ago under Zola where there was a real belief and a genuine feeling of positiveness in the group. Bepe also seems to be following a 4 3 3 route. For me Vydra is not a target player nor a wide player. West Brom tried that last season and following Anelka's removal Vydra was ineffective as a loan striker in a 4 3 3 system under Pepe Mel. Also ineffective before that when Anelka was up top and Vydra was wide on the right hand side. What a waste of ability. Vydra up against 2 big and strong CH's in the Championship on his own? You think about that. Bepe will have a stern task bringing and keeping the players together as a group, especially if results don't start well. Expectation is a massive feeling that often disrupts. Let's hope this doesn't happen but I genuinely fear it. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 1

8:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

BobT44 wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him.
If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker.
Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.
FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD!
He's only 28 so I think it's unfair to say his time has been and gone. If he can get fit, get matches and start scoring he could get back to being the player he was.
[quote][p][bold]BobT44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: I thought Vydra looked better when Ranegie came on at half time tonight. Whilst Ranegie may not be the replacement for TD it demonstrated in my opinion that Vydra needs to play alongside another striker and not with effectively two wingers either side of him. If TD goes I would like to see Danny Graham come back plus one other striker. Defence looked sounder in first half. Tommy Hoban seems to be struggling in the full back position.Look forward to seeing Paredes.[/p][/quote]FFS...Danny Graham is not the answer for WFC today. His time has been and gone. Thank you very much, it was great, MOVE ON! He is not the player he was. What is with this obsession with bringing old players back. LOOK FORWARD![/p][/quote]He's only 28 so I think it's unfair to say his time has been and gone. If he can get fit, get matches and start scoring he could get back to being the player he was. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

10:05am Fri 25 Jul 14

1234566789 says...

hornetsdan1991 wrote:
Activate that clause in Assombalongas contract that he apparently has, as the talk was at the time anyway, and put him up front with Vydra, I'm sure you'd get a similar return.
The clause was that Watford have "first refusal" on his transfer - ie, if Peterborough decide to sell him and we want to match their valuation, we get him above any other club. We don't have anything to allow us to go in and take him when we want.

Also, he is not the answer. In any way, shape or form. He scored a bunch of goals in League One. That is not hard. I have responded to comments like this before - Joe Garner scored 24 goals in that division last season (including the goal of the season) In less games than Assombalonga. A couple of years ago Will Hoskins scored 20 in that division. The Championship and League One really are 'leagues apart'.

Furthermore, we signed Ikpeazu and sold Assombalonga at practically the same time. Does that not suggest the club rate Ikpeazu more highly?
[quote][p][bold]hornetsdan1991[/bold] wrote: Activate that clause in Assombalongas contract that he apparently has, as the talk was at the time anyway, and put him up front with Vydra, I'm sure you'd get a similar return.[/p][/quote]The clause was that Watford have "first refusal" on his transfer - ie, if Peterborough decide to sell him and we want to match their valuation, we get him above any other club. We don't have anything to allow us to go in and take him when we want. Also, he is not the answer. In any way, shape or form. He scored a bunch of goals in League One. That is not hard. I have responded to comments like this before - Joe Garner scored 24 goals in that division last season (including the goal of the season) In less games than Assombalonga. A couple of years ago Will Hoskins scored 20 in that division. The Championship and League One really are 'leagues apart'. Furthermore, we signed Ikpeazu and sold Assombalonga at practically the same time. Does that not suggest the club rate Ikpeazu more highly? 1234566789
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

croxley46 says...

onlyonerodthomas wrote:
croxley46 wrote:
On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites?
I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old!
try clicking this link.you can view the stand and it is updated every 15 mins.

http://iris2.time-la

pse-systems.com/watf

ord-football-club-ca

m
Thanks for that Rod - most helpful.

On the Britt Assombolonga issue I think I read from the club website a few weeks ago that we get 50% of his sell-on fee, and if we have 1st option of buying him and he's rated at say £5m then we'd only have to pay £2.5 m for him. Can anybody confirm this?
[quote][p][bold]onlyonerodthomas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: On another matter, how about some up-to-date piccies of the new stand development on the club/WO websites? I know we can see for ourselves at the Udinese game in just over a week's time but the present ones are over 3 weeks old![/p][/quote]try clicking this link.you can view the stand and it is updated every 15 mins. http://iris2.time-la pse-systems.com/watf ord-football-club-ca m[/p][/quote]Thanks for that Rod - most helpful. On the Britt Assombolonga issue I think I read from the club website a few weeks ago that we get 50% of his sell-on fee, and if we have 1st option of buying him and he's rated at say £5m then we'd only have to pay £2.5 m for him. Can anybody confirm this? croxley46
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1:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

tonyevans22 says...

For all those who gave me the thumbs down 2 weeks ago in the 1st transfer bid.....

http://talksport.com
/football/deeney-dem
and-qpr-enter-race-s
ign-watford-hitman-1
40725103853?
For all those who gave me the thumbs down 2 weeks ago in the 1st transfer bid..... http://talksport.com /football/deeney-dem and-qpr-enter-race-s ign-watford-hitman-1 40725103853? tonyevans22
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8:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Man from Pinner says...

tommy gunn wrote:
Who was Captain last night ?
Almen Abdi. He played well but if he is long term captain has to become more vocal.
[quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: Who was Captain last night ?[/p][/quote]Almen Abdi. He played well but if he is long term captain has to become more vocal. Man from Pinner
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