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Who was your man-of-the-match against Forest?

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Some of Watford's attacking play during the first half of yesterday's match with Nottingham Forest was scintillating and it resulted in several fine attacking performances. But who was your stand-out performer for the Hornets?

'Watford's players tried to win the game with their hearts and not their minds'

Watford Observer:

12:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Watford’s players tried to win tonight’s match against Nottingham Forest with their hearts and not their minds and that is why they had to settle for a 2-2 draw, according to Hornets head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

HALF-TIME: Forest fortunate to be level and still have 11 men on the pitch

Watford Observer:

9:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Nottingham Forest are fortunate to go into half-time with Watford level on the score-sheet and they are arguably lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch heading into the second period.

Discuss the action as Watford welcome Forest

Watford Observer:

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

Jokanovic believes Watford possess stronger 'offensive weapons' than Forest

Watford Observer:

3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has acknowledged the threat Britt Assombalonga poses his former club tonight but believes the Hornets have the stronger "offensive weapons" heading into the clash with Nottingham Forest.

Watford wary of rushing Deeney back into starting XI

Watford Observer:

5:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

Slavisa Jokanovic is wary of rushing Troy Deeney back into Watford's starting XI following a month out with a hamstring injury.

AUDIO: Bassong can become a very important player for Watford

Watford Observer:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

New Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic believes loanee Sebastien Bassong could become a very important player for the Hornets in the coming months.

Gray: Watford's first goal 'blatantly' offside

Watford Observer:

6:49pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray believes Matej Vydra was “blatantly” offside for Watford’s opening goal this afternoon.

Debut win for Jokanovic sends Watford top of the table

Watford Observer: Matej Vydra scores against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Action Images

5:07pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A Matej Vydra-inspired Watford ensured Slavisa Jokanovic started his Hornets’ reign with a 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday as the Hornets went top of the Championship.

Dowling on his rise from non-league to Watford

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

If becoming Watford’s sporting director didn’t pose a big enough challenge, having three head coaches in his first five weeks was certainly a baptism of fire for Luke Dowling.

Jokanovic was interviewed by Watford seven weeks ago

Watford Observer:

8:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The Watford Observer understands Slavisa Jokanovic was interviewed for the Hornets' head coach position almost seven weeks ago when the club were looking for a replacement for Beppe Sannino. - something the Serbian has denied.

South-West Corner plans and funding still to be agreed

Watford Observer: South West corner to be completed next season

10:55am Thursday 16th October 2014

Watford are in discussions with two companies about how the South-West Corner will be designed and funded.

Watford to hold open training session

Watford Observer: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Watford supporters will have the chance to watch an open training session at Vicarage Road during the half-term school holidays.

East Stand will not be complete in time for Millwall

Watford Observer:

5:25pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The full opening for the new East Stand at Vicarage Road is unlikely to take place until the end of November at the earliest, the Watford Observer understands.

COMMENT: Must be more to Watford's disgraceful treatment of McKinlay

Watford Observer:

6:18pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

I spent most of Tuesday trying to make sense of Watford’s decision to replace their head coach after only eight days. The logic behind it, whether it was the right or wrong decision – my opinion changed several times throughout the day. But one belief remained the same, one view didn’t alter; the treatment of Billy McKinlay was unacceptable.

Mitchell Smith believes he can steal Excel Arena show from star names such as Tyson Fury

Watford Observer:

11:31am Monday 6th October 2014

Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora and Billy-Joe Saunders are all scheduled to appear at the Excel Arena on November 29 but ex-Bushey Boxing Club fighter Mitchell Smith believes he can be the one to steal the show.

Limiting Seagulls' control affected Hornets' attacking play

Watford Observer:

6:35pm Saturday 4th October 2014

Billy McKinlay admitted Watford’s attempts to stop Brighton & Hove Albion from controlling possession did hamper their own attacking edge.

HALF-TIME: Watford and Brighton unable to make their possession count

Watford Observer: Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion 

Action Images

4:02pm Saturday 4th October 2014

The game between Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion remains goalless at half-time as neither side have been able to make the most of their possession.

McKinlay will hope to be next Watford debutant to reach Premier League

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Billy McKinlay is the latest coach to be given his first managerial opportunity at Vicarage Road and if he continues Watford’s fine recent record regarding debutants, then it could be fourth time lucky for the Pozzos.

Vydra as technically gifted as any Championship player, says McKinlay

Watford Observer:

11:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Matej Vydra has struggled for much of this season but after showing signs of his old self at Blackburn Rovers, he was back with a bang on Tuesday night.

AUDIO: McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Hornets boss

Watford Observer:

1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Listen to the large majority of Billy McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Watford's head coach.

VIDEO: Matej fires home early goal of the season contender

Watford Observer:

12:51pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the ball dropped to Matej Vydra on the edge of the penalty area there was no hesitation. He rifled his half volley into the net. It proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over Brentford and is an early contender for goal of the season.

McKinlay: Monday was a difficult day for Watford's players

Watford Observer:

12:38pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford head coach Billy McKinlay admitted Oscar Garcia’s shock resignation made preparing for last night’s match difficult for his players.

McKinlay unable to completely enjoy his managerial debut

Watford Observer:

1:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

New Watford boss Billy McKinlay admitted he was unable to completely enjoy his first game in management despite securing a 2-1 victory against Brentford.

HALF-TIME: Watford impress in McKinlay's opener

Watford Observer:

8:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford have impressed in Billy McKinlay’s first game in charge of the club and lead Brentford 1-0 at the break.

Cathcart lands date with the Faroes

Watford Observer:

4:03pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been called up by Northern Ireland for their EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece.

Watford return first fixture Warburton looked for after 'very shabby' treatment

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes he was treated badly by Watford and admitted tonight's game was the first he looked for when the fixtures were released. He is unlikely to be alone at the Bees.

McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer:

12:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets' draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Watch the highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. 

McKinlay: 'Don't get too bogged down that we were pulled back to 2-2'

Watford Observer: Billy McKinlay Watford

8:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford’s first team coach Billy McKinlay believes it is important not to become “too bogged down” with the Hornets giving away a two-goal lead during their 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Same old problems result in Watford sacrificing two-goal lead

Watford Observer: Blackburn Rovers vs Watford

5:09pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The inability to maintain possession and poor defending cost Watford this afternoon as they gave away a two-goal lead to draw with Blackburn Rovers and were fortunate not to leave empty handed.

Mensah considered his future in football after second knee surgery

Watford Observer: Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Bernard Mensah admits a second knee operation in just over two years left him questioning whether he had a future in professional football but he is back and impressed during his first outing for six months.

Oscar Garcia given the all-clear by doctors

Watford Observer:

5:37pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Oscar Garcia has been given the all-clear by doctors and today (Thursday) returned to Watford’s training ground.

Watford striker Mensah impresses after six months out

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

9:01pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It has been more than six months since Bernard Mensah’s last competitive game following knee surgery but you couldn’t tell as he proved to be the catalyst for Watford as they progressed to the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United.

Martinez admits Watford missed Deeney

Watford Observer:

5:50pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Watford’s assistant coach Ruben Martinez admitted the Hornets missed the injured Troy Deeney during their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Who was your man-of-the-match against Bournemouth?

Watford Observer:

10:20am Sunday 21st September 2014

Watford were far from their best against Bournemouth and there were not many stand-out performers. But did anyone catch your eye?

HALF-TIME: Sloppy Watford fortunate to go into the break level

Watford Observer:

1:22pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The last week for Watford has been dominated by penalty decisions and that continued to be the case during the first half against Bournemouth this afternoon.

Oscar still in hospital but hopeful he will return to work 'very soon'

Watford Observer:

11:38am Saturday 20th September 2014

Oscar Garcia – who is expected out of hospital today - has expressed his pride in Watford’s players and staff and is hopeful he will return to work “very soon”.

East Stand part opening in two weeks

Watford Observer:

9:10am Friday 19th September 2014

The part-opening of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road is now scheduled to take place in two weeks time and a full opening is expected on November 1.

Ekstrand: Players were patient with Sannino and tried to play his way

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Joel Ekstrand enjoyed a good relationship with Beppe Sannino but disagreed with his former head coach’s claim that Watford’s players were reluctant to work on tactics and believes his teammates were patient with the Italian.

COMMENT: Assombalonga is looking like the girlfriend you let slip away

Watford Observer:

3:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Britt Assombalonga is starting to remind me of the girlfriend you let get away.

BALLOT: Who was Watford's stand-out performer at Blackpool

Watford Observer:

8:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford's 1-0 win at Blackpool was another contest where few players stood out and almost everyone had a reasonable game. But who was your pick of the bunch?

Riga: Oyston's communication is one thing, acting is another

Watford Observer:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The situation at Blackpool – Watford’s opponents last night – has been as turbulent as any in the Football League and despite chairman Karl Oyston finally backing his manager publically yesterday, Jose Riga has warned “communication is one thing, acting is another”.

Oscar's absence was not used in team talk

Watford Observer:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

One of Watford’s assistant coaches believes the club’s players wanted to secure three points against Blackpool for Oscar Garcia but stated winning for their absent head coach was not used as motivation in the pre-match team talk.

Watford refuse to confirm if Oscar Garcia remains in hospital

Watford Observer:

12:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford refused to confirm whether Oscar Garcia was still in hospital tonight following his admission for minor chest pains on Sunday.

Vydra back among the goals on the coast

Watford Observer:

10:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

For a while it looked like another case of déjà vu at Bloomfield Road for Watford but Matej Vydra’s first goal in seven games for club and country proved the difference against Blackpool. However, the travelling support had to endure an agonising finish to the 1-0 win and the worrying sight of their captain hobbling off injured in the dying moments.

HALF-TIME: Deja vu for dominant Hornets

Watford Observer:

8:47pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Similar to 12 months ago, Watford created the better chances during the first half against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road but, like that afternoon, the score remains goalless at the break.

Oscar 'sorry and disappointed' as hospital stay ensures he will miss Pool clash

Watford Observer:

6:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Minor chest pains forced Oscar Garcia to spend yesterday in hospital but that didn’t stop Watford’s new head coach from speaking to the club’s coaching staff and helping finalise plans for today’s trip to Blackpool.

Ex-Manchester United trialist signs with Watford

Watford Observer:

8:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Watford's young striker Ogo Obi - who spent time this summer on trial at Manchester United - has today signed his first professional contract with the Hornets.

Experienced midfielder to miss Watford's trip to the coast

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

Keith Andrews has been ruled out of tomorrow's trip to Blackpool as two other Watford players face a race against time to be fit.


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