Clocks turned back as Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra fire Watford to victory against Bolton Wanderers

Matej Vydra was back among the goals at Vicarage Road this afternoon. Picture: Action Images

Matej Vydra was back among the goals at Vicarage Road this afternoon. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

It was like the clocks had been turned back at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

There was some majestic football being played. Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney were partnering each other up front. And crucially, both men were back among the goals. We even had the dancing men on the scoreboard.

Beppe Sannino recognised in the week that everyone involved with Watford expects promotion this season and after today’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, that is unlikely to dampen.

Deeney has been the subject of several bids from Premier League clubs this season but he showed why the Pozzos are so reluctant to let him leave with another captain’s performance and his first goal of the season on 17 minutes.

Vydra is back at the club where he burst on to the scene and in his second ‘debut’ for the Hornets, he found the net soon after and produced an optimistic showing.

The man who suffered most from Deeney and Vydra’s partnership two seasons ago was Fernando Forestieri and he was again on the bench. But the Argentine-born forward made an immediate impact following his introduction as he scored the Golden Boys’ third goal.

After experimenting with a 4-3-3 system during pre-season, Watford head coach Beppe Sannino decided to go with the tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation.

Hereulo Gomes, Gabriel Tamas and Juan Carlos Paredes made their full Watford debuts in the starting XI and two more – Gianni Munari and Lloyd Dyer – were introduced from the bench.

Gomes and Tamas featured during pre-season for the Golden Boys but it was Paredes’ first outing for the club as his transfer did not receive international clearance until Tuesday. Tamas was right-sided centre half with Joel Ekstrand in the middle and Gabriele Angella completing the back three. Daniel Pudil was left wing-back and Paredes was on the right.

Almen Abdi, Daniel Tozser and Lewis McGugan made up the Hornets midfield.

Ikechi Anya picked up a knee problem in training and joined Sean Murray, Craig Cathcart, Bernard Mensah and Uche Ikpeazu on the injury list.

The tone was set from the start as Watford were gifted a glorious opportunity after just 16 seconds as a poor back pass from Bolton debutant Dean Moxey allowed Deeney through on goal but he struck his shot from an angle wide of the near post.

The Golden Boys were playing with a high tempo and attacking intent early on, with Pudil and Paredes both sending in teasing crosses.

They got their just reward in the 17th minute when a well-placed pass from wide left picked out the run of Deeney and he poked the ball past the on-rushing Andy Lonergan.

And with the next meaningful attack Vydra marked his return to Vicarage Road with a goal as he jinxed past Tim Ream on the byline and slotted coolly past Lonergan from close range with his left foot.

The foot condition which hampered Abdi’s 2013/14 campaign appears to be behind him and the midfield maestro was next to have an effort as his snap-shot from distance went over the bar.

It was all Watford in the opening half an hour and Deeney could have had a second when he headed McGugan’s corner wide at the far post.

Bolton had to wait until the 30th-minute for their first shot at goal and even then Medo’s effort went comfortably over the bar.

It was a first-half display full of energy and the Golden Boys were working as hard without the ball as they were with it, which helped nullify the visiting threat.

The number of clear-cut opportunities reduced as the opening period came to a close but Deeney did almost get on the end of diagonal ball and Abdi had a first-time effort from outside the area saved.

Paredes hit the bar from 20 yards inside the opening minute of the second half but Bolton did have a good spell after the restart; Jay Spearing with a shot from outside the area deflected wide.

Abdi was pushing on from deep and he had three efforts in quick succession. The Swiss international had a shot blocked, had another strike, following excellent play from Vydra, deflected just wide and was denied by Lonergan when one-on-one.

Some of the football being played was reminiscent of the 2012/13 campaign when the Hornets narrowly missed out on promotion both automatically and via the play-offs.

Bolton enjoyed a lot more of the possession in the second half and applied more pressure in the final third. Half-time substitute Liam Feeney had a powerful shot tipped wide by Gomes, Mills headed wide the resulting corner and Craig Davies was wayward with a well-hit strike.

Chung-Yong Lee almost caught out Gomes with a neat shot from 25 yards but the former Spurs man was able to parry over the bar.

Gianni Munari came on for his debut with 20 minutes remaining, with McGugan making way.

And moments after Jermanine Beckford hit the side-netting, there was a standing ovation for Vydra as he made his way off the pitch, with the Czech Republic international reciprocating with a warm applause.

And the same fans were back on their feet moments later when Dorian Dervite misjudged a hopeful ball forward and Forestieri was able to run through on goal and stab home, underneath Lonergan to make it 3-0.

At the other end, Gomes was almost faultless – bar his wayward kicking – and made a superb finger-tip save from Beckford’s header. But he then misjudged the resulting corner which, fortunately for the Brazilian, was headed wide.

Lloyd Dyer was handed his debut in the 83rd minute but bizarrely he came on for Pudil, despite Paredes going down with cramp ten minutes beforehand. The Ecuadorian full back then spent the rest of the match hobbling around and in the end Forestieri went to fill in at wing back.

But it was a minor negative during what was otherwise a hugely positive afternoon if you are a Golden Boys fan.

Watford: Gomes; Tamas, Ekstrand, Angella; Paredes, Abdi, Tozser, McGugan (Munari 70), Pudil (Dyer 83); Vydra (Forestieri 79), Deeney.

Watford substitutes not used: Bond, Hoban, Doyley, Ranegie.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Moxey (Dervite 60); Spearing, Medo; Lee, Pratley (Feeney HT), Danns (Beckford 68); Davies.

Bolton substitutes not used: Bogdan, Trotter, Wheater, Wilkinson.

Attendance: 15,546 (1,396).

Referee: Carl Boyeson.

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5:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!! says...

What a fantastic start to the season although I'm not gonna get too carried away though as it's a long season and they'll be lots of ups and downs along the way, but all in all it's looking very promising. Have we ever seen a better attacking line up at Vicarage road? Just hope we can keep hold of Troy..........COYH
What a fantastic start to the season although I'm not gonna get too carried away though as it's a long season and they'll be lots of ups and downs along the way, but all in all it's looking very promising. Have we ever seen a better attacking line up at Vicarage road? Just hope we can keep hold of Troy..........COYH YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!!
  • Score: 26

5:38pm Sat 9 Aug 14

@julesmckenzie says...

Great start to the season. 3 unanswered goals. No last minute equaliser/winner.

Now this thread gets messy.

Some will be clappers, some will be Bassinis best buddies, some will just be plain idiots with no real insight.

There will be veiled threats, insults and derogation due to opinions.

But we got 3 points and watched a good team play well!!!!

Lets focus on that? Just a thought...
Great start to the season. 3 unanswered goals. No last minute equaliser/winner. Now this thread gets messy. Some will be clappers, some will be Bassinis best buddies, some will just be plain idiots with no real insight. There will be veiled threats, insults and derogation due to opinions. But we got 3 points and watched a good team play well!!!! Lets focus on that? Just a thought... @julesmckenzie
  • Score: -16

5:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Julio M I agree with you. I am the master of calmness and diplomacy.

I am hugely chuffed and cannot remember such a majestic first day result. Really hope Deeney stays. He will be irreplaceable on the short term.

HC
Julio M I agree with you. I am the master of calmness and diplomacy. I am hugely chuffed and cannot remember such a majestic first day result. Really hope Deeney stays. He will be irreplaceable on the short term. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 15

5:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

gasguzzler says...

A comfortable victory against a poor Bolton side.
Keep things in perspective,far tougher tests lie ahead.
A comfortable victory against a poor Bolton side. Keep things in perspective,far tougher tests lie ahead. gasguzzler
  • Score: 40

5:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Watfordfc69 says...

Great start to the season - quality always prevails! Just hope that we can keep our talisman skipper - he will be very hard to replace, both on and off the pitch - great team performance!!
Great start to the season - quality always prevails! Just hope that we can keep our talisman skipper - he will be very hard to replace, both on and off the pitch - great team performance!! Watfordfc69
  • Score: 17

5:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

canadian hornet says...

Hold on tight!
The promotion ride starts now.
Hold on tight! The promotion ride starts now. canadian hornet
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

canadian hornet says...

Hold on tight!
The promotion ride has just started.
Hold on tight! The promotion ride has just started. canadian hornet
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Harry the 1st says...

Thought we looked superb front to back. Paredes superb, Tozer quality, Abdi pulling the strings, Deeney & Vydra always looked a threat, even a top drawer save 2nd half from Gomes who looked assured. 3 goals + 3 points + clean sheet = HAPPY DAYS!!!
Thought we looked superb front to back. Paredes superb, Tozer quality, Abdi pulling the strings, Deeney & Vydra always looked a threat, even a top drawer save 2nd half from Gomes who looked assured. 3 goals + 3 points + clean sheet = HAPPY DAYS!!! Harry the 1st
  • Score: 31

6:34pm Sat 9 Aug 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

Good win and just think of the players that didn't even the squad!!! That said it's going to be a dog eat dog division again.
Good win and just think of the players that didn't even the squad!!! That said it's going to be a dog eat dog division again. CARDIFFHORN
  • Score: 10

6:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

JonBoy says...

Could the season end now please?
Could the season end now please? JonBoy
  • Score: 5

6:48pm Sat 9 Aug 14

WessexLad says...

JonBoy wrote:
Could the season end now please?
Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Could the season end now please?[/p][/quote]Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford? WessexLad
  • Score: -47

6:49pm Sat 9 Aug 14

francowatford says...

Great to see gomes coming out and instructing the team.munari was very calm on the ball with little touches and keeping play moving,.parades this lad is going to a hero if he plays like that every game
Great to see gomes coming out and instructing the team.munari was very calm on the ball with little touches and keeping play moving,.parades this lad is going to a hero if he plays like that every game francowatford
  • Score: 29

7:00pm Sat 9 Aug 14

philthehorn says...

With Andrews available next week Tozser is different class. Has to be selected ahead of Andrews
With Andrews available next week Tozser is different class. Has to be selected ahead of Andrews philthehorn
  • Score: 9

7:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

The_Hornet says...

Fantastic first game of the season. Classy Deeney finish, fantastic strike from Vydra, and a precision finish from Forestieri. Great to see our three main strikers score. Although... from what I've seen today, Paredes was world class today. In my opinion, a far bigger threat than Anya. He was amazing.
Fantastic first game of the season. Classy Deeney finish, fantastic strike from Vydra, and a precision finish from Forestieri. Great to see our three main strikers score. Although... from what I've seen today, Paredes was world class today. In my opinion, a far bigger threat than Anya. He was amazing. The_Hornet
  • Score: 20

7:26pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Just for nostalgia, I've watched the final 20 minutes of our play-off semi against Leicester and can't help but think we need to keep to keep Deeney if possible. The goose bumps are still there now and we can get to the top again.

I am feeling energised, my tortoise is energised and so is my wife.

COYH

HC
Just for nostalgia, I've watched the final 20 minutes of our play-off semi against Leicester and can't help but think we need to keep to keep Deeney if possible. The goose bumps are still there now and we can get to the top again. I am feeling energised, my tortoise is energised and so is my wife. COYH HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 16

7:31pm Sat 9 Aug 14

JonBoy says...

WessexLad wrote:
JonBoy wrote:
Could the season end now please?
Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?
Aren't we second?
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Could the season end now please?[/p][/quote]Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?[/p][/quote]Aren't we second? JonBoy
  • Score: 16

7:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

buckler says...

I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag..
I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag.. buckler
  • Score: -3

7:55pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

gasguzzler wrote:
A comfortable victory against a poor Bolton side.
Keep things in perspective,far tougher tests lie ahead.
You can only beat what's in front of you. Perhaps Bolton look sad against a great team.
[quote][p][bold]gasguzzler[/bold] wrote: A comfortable victory against a poor Bolton side. Keep things in perspective,far tougher tests lie ahead.[/p][/quote]You can only beat what's in front of you. Perhaps Bolton look sad against a great team. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

8:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

hornetsteve says...

buckler wrote:
I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag..
unchanged starting line up for Norwich please beppe never change a wining team, no rotation needed no one deserves to be dropped a different eleven on Tuesday at Stevenage then we could see what depth we have in the squad!!! COYH
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag..[/p][/quote]unchanged starting line up for Norwich please beppe never change a wining team, no rotation needed no one deserves to be dropped a different eleven on Tuesday at Stevenage then we could see what depth we have in the squad!!! COYH hornetsteve
  • Score: 17

8:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Emmer Green Hornet says...

JonBoy wrote:
WessexLad wrote:
JonBoy wrote:
Could the season end now please?
Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?
Aren't we second?
Yes they are. Obviously someone didn't check the facts before announcing to the whole internet that someone else was wrong. Par for the course on here really...
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Could the season end now please?[/p][/quote]Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?[/p][/quote]Aren't we second?[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Obviously someone didn't check the facts before announcing to the whole internet that someone else was wrong. Par for the course on here really... Emmer Green Hornet
  • Score: 5

8:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Nothing but positives to report from this opener, Deeny and Vydra scored two nice goals Gomes looked assured and was totally involved in organising his defenders at all times. Paredes looked excellent and was really unlucky with the crossbar denying him a debut goal. The rest of the team looked well settled. I think this particular set of players will get us where we want to be. Extremely happy tonight and looking forward to a great season.
Nothing but positives to report from this opener, Deeny and Vydra scored two nice goals Gomes looked assured and was totally involved in organising his defenders at all times. Paredes looked excellent and was really unlucky with the crossbar denying him a debut goal. The rest of the team looked well settled. I think this particular set of players will get us where we want to be. Extremely happy tonight and looking forward to a great season. Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 14

8:46pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

@julesmckenzie wrote:
Great start to the season. 3 unanswered goals. No last minute equaliser/winner.

Now this thread gets messy.

Some will be clappers, some will be Bassinis best buddies, some will just be plain idiots with no real insight.

There will be veiled threats, insults and derogation due to opinions.

But we got 3 points and watched a good team play well!!!!

Lets focus on that? Just a thought...
Like this observation because its so true of the posters on the site !!!

Good start as you can only take it one game at a time.
[quote][p][bold]@julesmckenzie[/bold] wrote: Great start to the season. 3 unanswered goals. No last minute equaliser/winner. Now this thread gets messy. Some will be clappers, some will be Bassinis best buddies, some will just be plain idiots with no real insight. There will be veiled threats, insults and derogation due to opinions. But we got 3 points and watched a good team play well!!!! Lets focus on that? Just a thought...[/p][/quote]Like this observation because its so true of the posters on the site !!! Good start as you can only take it one game at a time. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 3

8:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

There was only one Scully says...

I love the goal celebrations of Gomes and what great saves when called upon. This guy really has his heart in the Orns.
A great start to the season and in Paredas we have a real quality player, comfortable and confident. I didn't like what was happening to AA, he got kicked constantly by that ex stranger player Danns and with no protection from another suspect official.
On another note, not sure about our new announcers, bring back shorty!
I love the goal celebrations of Gomes and what great saves when called upon. This guy really has his heart in the Orns. A great start to the season and in Paredas we have a real quality player, comfortable and confident. I didn't like what was happening to AA, he got kicked constantly by that ex stranger player Danns and with no protection from another suspect official. On another note, not sure about our new announcers, bring back shorty! There was only one Scully
  • Score: 5

9:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Maclanx says...

All played really well: confident and for each other. Impressed. What a couple of amazing saves by Gomes!

Could only hear every tenth word of the announcer, shame.
All played really well: confident and for each other. Impressed. What a couple of amazing saves by Gomes! Could only hear every tenth word of the announcer, shame. Maclanx
  • Score: 9

9:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mooneyman says...

Brilliant, couldn't have asked for more. Except for the embarrassment of poor Luther announcing the team & trying to interview GNW over a sound system that was clearly faulty! But if that's the only downside of our games this season, I can live with it!
Brilliant, couldn't have asked for more. Except for the embarrassment of poor Luther announcing the team & trying to interview GNW over a sound system that was clearly faulty! But if that's the only downside of our games this season, I can live with it! Mooneyman
  • Score: 9

9:18pm Sat 9 Aug 14

exeterhornet says...

As hornetsteve has stated,same starting 11 at Norwich please but by all means give others a chance to shine v Stevenage. Can't wait for Rotherham away ( my first game). Tough league but boy, it's gonna be fun.
As hornetsteve has stated,same starting 11 at Norwich please but by all means give others a chance to shine v Stevenage. Can't wait for Rotherham away ( my first game). Tough league but boy, it's gonna be fun. exeterhornet
  • Score: 5

9:21pm Sat 9 Aug 14

culpepper says...

What a lovely afternoon today. One thing that all fans love whatever we think about games and differ on, is a bit of nostalgia. Well the first half delivered on this with a lovely Deeney lob and a typical Vydra goal, a lovely run he made to keep onside too.
Don't forget some other lovely football, notably the passing that put abdi in when the keeper saved. Last season bolton completely stifled us here and can be a tricky opponent so definitely a win to be thoroughly enjoyed.
I can't think of too many better Watford debuts than Peredes, especially as he hasn't had any game time at all in pre season before today.

Another reason to enjoy the day was that finally the club after at least 15 years have got rid of that awful 90's dance remix before the players come out. Ok, so it was replaced by the black eyed peas but is an improvement.

A good idea to have Luther before the game but shame the tannoy didn't work properly to hear Gifton but does show the club is trying to improve the match day experience for everyone, the problem is with 15,000 approx, we are not going to all agree on that. What we should appreciate though is some of the football we now play, let's enjoy the season now!
What a lovely afternoon today. One thing that all fans love whatever we think about games and differ on, is a bit of nostalgia. Well the first half delivered on this with a lovely Deeney lob and a typical Vydra goal, a lovely run he made to keep onside too. Don't forget some other lovely football, notably the passing that put abdi in when the keeper saved. Last season bolton completely stifled us here and can be a tricky opponent so definitely a win to be thoroughly enjoyed. I can't think of too many better Watford debuts than Peredes, especially as he hasn't had any game time at all in pre season before today. Another reason to enjoy the day was that finally the club after at least 15 years have got rid of that awful 90's dance remix before the players come out. Ok, so it was replaced by the black eyed peas but is an improvement. A good idea to have Luther before the game but shame the tannoy didn't work properly to hear Gifton but does show the club is trying to improve the match day experience for everyone, the problem is with 15,000 approx, we are not going to all agree on that. What we should appreciate though is some of the football we now play, let's enjoy the season now! culpepper
  • Score: 11

9:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

WessexLad says...

JonBoy wrote:
WessexLad wrote:
JonBoy wrote:
Could the season end now please?
Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?
Aren't we second?
Mea Culpa. I'd no sooner hit the send key than I realised my error, but unlike some websites, there's no way of withdrawing or correcting a post.
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Could the season end now please?[/p][/quote]Bournemouth for automatic promotion, and the play-offs for Watford?[/p][/quote]Aren't we second?[/p][/quote]Mea Culpa. I'd no sooner hit the send key than I realised my error, but unlike some websites, there's no way of withdrawing or correcting a post. WessexLad
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Sat 9 Aug 14

philthehorn says...

Tozser ahead of Andrews any day. What do you think?
Tozser ahead of Andrews any day. What do you think? philthehorn
  • Score: 10

12:17am Sun 10 Aug 14

Chris the Vic says...

a very competent but not a brilliant performance.

Plenty to work on but the sign are good.

AS for Gomes I could get to like him my MOTM
a very competent but not a brilliant performance. Plenty to work on but the sign are good. AS for Gomes I could get to like him my MOTM Chris the Vic
  • Score: 10

1:37am Sun 10 Aug 14

Henry VIII says...

There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.
There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about. Henry VIII
  • Score: 13

8:10am Sun 10 Aug 14

HunsburyHornet4 says...

Even at 3 - 0 up, Gomes made a world class save to deny Bolton what would only have been a consolation goal. And he can throw the ball further than Rory McIlroy can hit a 3 - iron. As stated before, a contender with Paredes for M of the M.
Even at 3 - 0 up, Gomes made a world class save to deny Bolton what would only have been a consolation goal. And he can throw the ball further than Rory McIlroy can hit a 3 - iron. As stated before, a contender with Paredes for M of the M. HunsburyHornet4
  • Score: 3

9:14am Sun 10 Aug 14

stuegs says...

Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations.

Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes.

Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes

Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league.

Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time.

Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment.

McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none.

Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic

Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled

Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him.

Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on.

Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much.

Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned

Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season
Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations. Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes. Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league. Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time. Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment. McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none. Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him. Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on. Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much. Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season stuegs
  • Score: 9

9:35am Sun 10 Aug 14

corbindallas says...

There were a few who wanted Almunia to stay, I can safetly state I was not one of them and in Gomes I respect and trust he was commanding, communicating constantly, confident looking, and looked proud to wear the shirt, did you see his celebration of our goals? Paredes looks like the caliber of player ready for our Premiership future and with players like Anya in depth the future really does look Yellow. Have my seat booked in the Jarrod stand next Saturday and if sorry mean when we win that I will be jumping up and down for real as reckon we will definatley be seeking auto promotion on yesterdays play, BUT we must keep Deeney and our feet on the ground as difficult as that is, my favourite score 3-0 to the golden boys. Re Beppe still not 100% sure and his subs did not help yesterday by leaving a clearly struggling player with cramp on the pitch, and will look with interest his starting XI against Norwich.
There were a few who wanted Almunia to stay, I can safetly state I was not one of them and in Gomes I respect and trust he was commanding, communicating constantly, confident looking, and looked proud to wear the shirt, did you see his celebration of our goals? Paredes looks like the caliber of player ready for our Premiership future and with players like Anya in depth the future really does look Yellow. Have my seat booked in the Jarrod stand next Saturday and if sorry mean when we win that I will be jumping up and down for real as reckon we will definatley be seeking auto promotion on yesterdays play, BUT we must keep Deeney and our feet on the ground as difficult as that is, my favourite score 3-0 to the golden boys. Re Beppe still not 100% sure and his subs did not help yesterday by leaving a clearly struggling player with cramp on the pitch, and will look with interest his starting XI against Norwich. corbindallas
  • Score: 8

10:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

stuegs wrote:
Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations.

Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes.

Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes

Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league.

Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time.

Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment.

McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none.

Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic

Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled

Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him.

Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on.

Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much.

Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned

Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season
I'm not sure Angella was that great yesterday. To me he seemed the weakest of the 3 today, making a couple of small mistakes in defence.

But to put it into perspective, NOBODY looked weak today. I just don't think Angella shone...

Really like Gomes and his refusal to tolerate any lack of discipline in the defence. Meanwhile I instantly like Paredes. I definitely see what you mean about his bombs forward - although he seems to have the speed to get back if he really needs to, at least for the first hour.

The future is very bright.
[quote][p][bold]stuegs[/bold] wrote: Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations. Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes. Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league. Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time. Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment. McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none. Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him. Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on. Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much. Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season[/p][/quote]I'm not sure Angella was that great yesterday. To me he seemed the weakest of the 3 today, making a couple of small mistakes in defence. But to put it into perspective, NOBODY looked weak today. I just don't think Angella shone... Really like Gomes and his refusal to tolerate any lack of discipline in the defence. Meanwhile I instantly like Paredes. I definitely see what you mean about his bombs forward - although he seems to have the speed to get back if he really needs to, at least for the first hour. The future is very bright. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 4

10:15am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

In no way is this clocks turned back! Yesterday was better than 2012/13.
In no way is this clocks turned back! Yesterday was better than 2012/13. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 0

10:15am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

In no way is this clocks turned back! Yesterday was better than 2012/13.
In no way is this clocks turned back! Yesterday was better than 2012/13. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: -2

10:44am Sun 10 Aug 14

allgood says...

Having a fit Abdi is important. His assured presence in the middle gives the players around him the confidence to perform. It was like having a new big money signing out there yesterday. We missed him big time last season.
Mcgugan looked a new man too. Probably his best game for us.
Having a fit Abdi is important. His assured presence in the middle gives the players around him the confidence to perform. It was like having a new big money signing out there yesterday. We missed him big time last season. Mcgugan looked a new man too. Probably his best game for us. allgood
  • Score: 11

1:57pm Sun 10 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag..
Get back to the salon and your "I Love Bas" banner you moron!

You critiscised Dyche. You have been THE BIGGEST critic of Beppe, now you want to change your mind, you moronic Luton lover!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: I knew Sannino would pull it out the bag..[/p][/quote]Get back to the salon and your "I Love Bas" banner you moron! You critiscised Dyche. You have been THE BIGGEST critic of Beppe, now you want to change your mind, you moronic Luton lover!!!!!!!!!! bristol hornet
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Sun 10 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Henry VIII wrote:
There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.
Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week.

The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again?
[quote][p][bold]Henry VIII[/bold] wrote: There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.[/p][/quote]Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week. The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again? bristol hornet
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Sun 10 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
stuegs wrote:
Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations.

Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes.

Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes

Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league.

Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time.

Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment.

McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none.

Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic

Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled

Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him.

Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on.

Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much.

Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned

Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season
I'm not sure Angella was that great yesterday. To me he seemed the weakest of the 3 today, making a couple of small mistakes in defence.

But to put it into perspective, NOBODY looked weak today. I just don't think Angella shone...

Really like Gomes and his refusal to tolerate any lack of discipline in the defence. Meanwhile I instantly like Paredes. I definitely see what you mean about his bombs forward - although he seems to have the speed to get back if he really needs to, at least for the first hour.

The future is very bright.
Angella was solid at the back, he made a superb inswinging pass to set up Deeney's great goal, and it was his assist that set up Fessi for the third!

Pretty impressive overall I would say!
[quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stuegs[/bold] wrote: Gomes - great saves when needed. Commanded his area well. Kicking a little wayward but can't half throw the ball! Loved his goal celebrations. Ekstrand - solid, no mistakes. Tamas - saw a lot of the ball today and coped well. No mistakes Angella - brilliant, had full control of all around him and two good assists. IMHO one of the best defenders in the league. Paredes - fantastic debut. Great retention and good distribution. Dangerous going forward. If I'm nit picking, didn't seem too keen to track back, but I'll put that down to lack of game time. Pudil - quick, solid and bags of commitment. McGugan - great today, not only good in attack but his work rate was second to none. Toszer - best player on the pitch. Passing fantastic Abdi - perfect partner to Toszer, didn't stop running. Helped to break up most of Bolton possession, even while being constantly fouled Deeney - chased every lost cause, held it up and looked sharp. Need to keep him. Vydra - took his goal well and made a couple of decent runs. Really feel that he is a confidence player. Glad he scored, his head drops a bit if he doesn't contribute early on. Foresteri - took goal well. He quick and chases every thing. Great impact sub but sometimes try to much. Munari - looked like a budget Pirlo! ! Nice to have quality on the bench. Need to see more to get on ahead of others mentioned Dyer - again didn't see enough, but we know he works hard and I'm sure he llo play his part this season[/p][/quote]I'm not sure Angella was that great yesterday. To me he seemed the weakest of the 3 today, making a couple of small mistakes in defence. But to put it into perspective, NOBODY looked weak today. I just don't think Angella shone... Really like Gomes and his refusal to tolerate any lack of discipline in the defence. Meanwhile I instantly like Paredes. I definitely see what you mean about his bombs forward - although he seems to have the speed to get back if he really needs to, at least for the first hour. The future is very bright.[/p][/quote]Angella was solid at the back, he made a superb inswinging pass to set up Deeney's great goal, and it was his assist that set up Fessi for the third! Pretty impressive overall I would say! bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Sun 10 Aug 14

loyalhemel says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Henry VIII wrote:
There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.
Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week.

The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again?
Fulhan/cardiff overated,Reading dominated Wigan.
How can you comment on other teams after 90mins of the season & more to the point why?
You are the biggest idiot on here
Some great football yesterday but i don't suppose you was even there
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Henry VIII[/bold] wrote: There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.[/p][/quote]Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week. The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again?[/p][/quote]Fulhan/cardiff overated,Reading dominated Wigan. How can you comment on other teams after 90mins of the season & more to the point why? You are the biggest idiot on here Some great football yesterday but i don't suppose you was even there loyalhemel
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

philthehorn wrote:
Tozser ahead of Andrews any day. What do you think?
I'd try playing both, Andrews as defensive midfield and Toszer alongside Abdi. To me Toszer's too good to play a defensive role.
[quote][p][bold]philthehorn[/bold] wrote: Tozser ahead of Andrews any day. What do you think?[/p][/quote]I'd try playing both, Andrews as defensive midfield and Toszer alongside Abdi. To me Toszer's too good to play a defensive role. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -3

9:15am Mon 11 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

loyalhemel wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
Henry VIII wrote:
There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.
Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week.

The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again?
Fulhan/cardiff overated,Reading dominated Wigan.
How can you comment on other teams after 90mins of the season & more to the point why?
You are the biggest idiot on here
Some great football yesterday but i don't suppose you was even there
I was there Buckler, I am a season ticket holder from a distance and have seen more WFC games than you have had hot dinners (including those with Bas)!

Mark my words, Cardiff, Fulham, and Norwich are all over-rated and will only be play off material at best, just like QPR, Wigan, and Reading last season.

It is likely to be us and Derby as the main players (with the three relegated clubs plus Wigan and Reading jostling for the play offs), and watch out for Bournemouth, Blackburn and Forest as dark horses!
[quote][p][bold]loyalhemel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Henry VIII[/bold] wrote: There is always something magical about having your opening game of the season at home, and to win 3-0 today was superb. As many have stated this is the start of a long, hard and demanding season. There will be challenges from the three that came down, dark horses and newly promoted clubs who will have faith in their system. Yet right now, there seems a little more grounding and grit around the club and the togetherness. It may well be a long and winding road, but if we can keep this squad, it may be a yellow brick road that we are travelling. A special mention for Paredes, it cannot be easy coming from a different culture, different language and style of game, but he clearly is a class player. One game gone, and one game only, but plenty to feel good about.[/p][/quote]Fulham and Cardiff are over-rated and neither looked impressive over the weekend! We will wait to see how good Norwich are today, and against us next week. The way Reading dominated Wigan and were unlucky not to win away from home, leaves me thinking at this early stage that our main rivals will be Derby again?[/p][/quote]Fulhan/cardiff overated,Reading dominated Wigan. How can you comment on other teams after 90mins of the season & more to the point why? You are the biggest idiot on here Some great football yesterday but i don't suppose you was even there[/p][/quote]I was there Buckler, I am a season ticket holder from a distance and have seen more WFC games than you have had hot dinners (including those with Bas)! Mark my words, Cardiff, Fulham, and Norwich are all over-rated and will only be play off material at best, just like QPR, Wigan, and Reading last season. It is likely to be us and Derby as the main players (with the three relegated clubs plus Wigan and Reading jostling for the play offs), and watch out for Bournemouth, Blackburn and Forest as dark horses! bristol hornet
  • Score: 1

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