Watford goalkeeping duo Manuel Almunia and Jonathan Bond could be fit for Leicester City

Jonathan Bond was motionless for some time before he left the field on a stretcher. Picture: Holly Cant

Jonathan Bond was motionless for some time before he left the field on a stretcher. Picture: Holly Cant

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Gianfranco Zola is hopeful goalkeepers Manuel Almunia and Jonathan Bond will be available for Watford’s Championship play-off semi-final against Leicester City on Thursday.

Almunia pulled out of yesterday’s defeat to Leeds United shortly before kick-off with a hamstring problem – something which ruled him out for six weeks recently.

Zola said: “Almunia had a problem in his left hamstring – the problem he had before. He didn’t feel right and it didn’t feel right to play him. It would have been too big a risk. He could have come off after a few minutes and he could have missed all of the play-offs.”

He continued: “Almunia doesn’t look too bad and he may be fit for Leicester on Thursday. We are hopeful that he’ll be back.”

Almunia was replaced by youngster Jonathan Bond but he was also forced off midway through the first half after a collision with team-mate Ikechi Anya.

“I’m pretty sure Bond has a broken nose but he has been taken to hospital to be assessed and we still don’t know the results,” Zola said.

“With Jonathan, if it is a broken nose so he should be OK. Nowadays you can play with protection so let’s hope it’s nothing more than that.

“It was worrying when the paramedics were swarming around Jonathan because it didn’t look like he was responding.

“The way he went down straight away looked bad.”

The double injury blow meant 19-year-old Jack Bonham was forced to make his debut and he arguably contributed to both Leeds goals.

But Zola stressed: “In football, you make mistakes and mistakes always make you stronger. It’s the way you react to the mistakes that makes the difference.

“That’s what I told him. I’m not going to blame him for one second. I expect a good reaction from him; that’s what I’m asking for.

“It was tough on him to come in at that moment. He was in the stand, then he’s on the bench and a few minutes later he’s on the pitch.

“It wasn’t easy for him so I can’t blame him.”

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10:20am Sun 5 May 13

gusgreen says...

Dont blame the lad,young Jack,going from the stands to the centre of a game like this must have been daunting but he did his bit as well as he could.
Auto promotion was lost by conceding last minute goals at the likes of Wolves and against Burnley not by a lad trying his heart out!
Dont blame the lad,young Jack,going from the stands to the centre of a game like this must have been daunting but he did his bit as well as he could. Auto promotion was lost by conceding last minute goals at the likes of Wolves and against Burnley not by a lad trying his heart out! gusgreen
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10:31am Sun 5 May 13

Barnesy1973 says...

The more I read from GFZ the classier he becomes. All the interviews he has done this season have been top notch and he comes across a lot better than other managers in this division and even some in the Prem.

Was sick as a dog yesterday but this morning I have woken with new enthusiasm for the play offs and getting promoted via this route instead on by going straight up.

I think Hull will get smashed next season based on the limited skills of Bruce and their current squad.
The more I read from GFZ the classier he becomes. All the interviews he has done this season have been top notch and he comes across a lot better than other managers in this division and even some in the Prem. Was sick as a dog yesterday but this morning I have woken with new enthusiasm for the play offs and getting promoted via this route instead on by going straight up. I think Hull will get smashed next season based on the limited skills of Bruce and their current squad. Barnesy1973
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10:31am Sun 5 May 13

Barnesy1973 says...

Oh, and I am really glad that Bond's injury isn't as bad as it looked for 15 minutes yesterday! COYH
Oh, and I am really glad that Bond's injury isn't as bad as it looked for 15 minutes yesterday! COYH Barnesy1973
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10:38am Sun 5 May 13

goldenboy1993 says...

From what I saw yesterday bonds injury was horrendous, unconscious when he came off the pitch and a hose pipe to get the blood off the pitch, pretty disgusting scenes, yet no red for him, no penalty earlier on, think someone else on that pitch was to blame to be honest
From what I saw yesterday bonds injury was horrendous, unconscious when he came off the pitch and a hose pipe to get the blood off the pitch, pretty disgusting scenes, yet no red for him, no penalty earlier on, think someone else on that pitch was to blame to be honest goldenboy1993
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11:15am Sun 5 May 13

Guy Bov says...

Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over Guy Bov
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11:19am Sun 5 May 13

MUSTOITALIA says...

Hey guys I'd like to take this opportunity to say something positive. I was absolutely heart broken yesterday but today I awake with a new sense of optimism. I am pretty sure bond or alumina will play in goal. With hall back it allows cassetti back in midfield to feed forestieri and vyrda and to be honest it's a combination I have been itching to see I really do believe that with these changes made we will blitz the play offs !! Please support the team manager and fans alike by sharing this belief we have bad a great season but I can assure you wembly beckons watford fc
Hey guys I'd like to take this opportunity to say something positive. I was absolutely heart broken yesterday but today I awake with a new sense of optimism. I am pretty sure bond or alumina will play in goal. With hall back it allows cassetti back in midfield to feed forestieri and vyrda and to be honest it's a combination I have been itching to see I really do believe that with these changes made we will blitz the play offs !! Please support the team manager and fans alike by sharing this belief we have bad a great season but I can assure you wembly beckons watford fc MUSTOITALIA
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11:30am Sun 5 May 13

micicle says...

If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.
If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs. micicle
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11:34am Sun 5 May 13

Doctor of Letters says...

What an inspiring man is Zola! The lad Jack Bonham tried his heart out & will be the stronger for this experience, as will the team--as long as the impatient cynics can still their pernicious voices.
What an inspiring man is Zola! The lad Jack Bonham tried his heart out & will be the stronger for this experience, as will the team--as long as the impatient cynics can still their pernicious voices. Doctor of Letters
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11:38am Sun 5 May 13

oxheypaul says...

micicle wrote:
If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.
Like it. I remember a 16-year-old Jamo standing on the terraces at Ewood Park for the 1989 play-off v Blackburn. Would be a fairy tale finish

Definitely need an experienced keeper, it's not fair on Bonham to keep him in the firing line
[quote][p][bold]micicle[/bold] wrote: If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Like it. I remember a 16-year-old Jamo standing on the terraces at Ewood Park for the 1989 play-off v Blackburn. Would be a fairy tale finish Definitely need an experienced keeper, it's not fair on Bonham to keep him in the firing line oxheypaul
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11:39am Sun 5 May 13

Feff says...

David James? Great idea as cover. Pay him a fee fast - tomorrow, for instance. We just cannot take the risk of having the young lad in goal again. Also, replace Doyley with Fitz Hall. Doyley showed just how tired he was yesterday, the substitute winger had the beating of him every time. Lsstly, please don't keep substituting Anya. He has the beating of most full backs.
David James? Great idea as cover. Pay him a fee fast - tomorrow, for instance. We just cannot take the risk of having the young lad in goal again. Also, replace Doyley with Fitz Hall. Doyley showed just how tired he was yesterday, the substitute winger had the beating of him every time. Lsstly, please don't keep substituting Anya. He has the beating of most full backs. Feff
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11:44am Sun 5 May 13

lincoln horn says...

Do I get a ticket with no way of getting home to lincoln ! Hmmmm ! Great news on Bondy
Do I get a ticket with no way of getting home to lincoln ! Hmmmm ! Great news on Bondy lincoln horn
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11:53am Sun 5 May 13

Holly68 says...

95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs .....

We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day.

Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up

If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting)

We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar ....

Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever ....

Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans :

- Financial Security
- New South West Corner
- New East Stand
- Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship
- Average 15,000 week in week out
- Great Atmosphere
- Great Leadership


Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans :

- Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership
- Full House every week
- Finished Ground

The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true
95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs ..... We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day. Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting) We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar .... Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever .... Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans : - Financial Security - New South West Corner - New East Stand - Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship - Average 15,000 week in week out - Great Atmosphere - Great Leadership Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans : - Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership - Full House every week - Finished Ground The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true Holly68
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11:55am Sun 5 May 13

lockerbiehornet says...

If Bond and Ally aren't fit then we can apply for an emergency loan keeper, and I'll bet there's plenty to choose from now most leagues are over for the season
If Bond and Ally aren't fit then we can apply for an emergency loan keeper, and I'll bet there's plenty to choose from now most leagues are over for the season lockerbiehornet
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12:03pm Sun 5 May 13

rousman 2 says...

micicle wrote:
If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.
Very good shout mate.
[quote][p][bold]micicle[/bold] wrote: If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Very good shout mate. rousman 2
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12:12pm Sun 5 May 13

Buzzing Hornet says...

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?" Then a voice answers "Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up." Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." -- Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown

It’s better to have tried and failed than to fail to try.

Two quotes one simple but true, the other from a cartoon.

Forget Saturday, get real, and get behind the team for Thursday it’s not over yet!!
Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?" Then a voice answers "Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up." Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." -- Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown It’s better to have tried and failed than to fail to try. Two quotes one simple but true, the other from a cartoon. Forget Saturday, get real, and get behind the team for Thursday it’s not over yet!! Buzzing Hornet
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12:57pm Sun 5 May 13

Moffathornet says...

Glad we have Leicester not Bolton. 14 years ago old wembley in the sun and nicky wright..7 years ago in Cardiff and all over by half time...the new wembley beckons with fessi going down in folklore...believe!!
!
Glad we have Leicester not Bolton. 14 years ago old wembley in the sun and nicky wright..7 years ago in Cardiff and all over by half time...the new wembley beckons with fessi going down in folklore...believe!! ! Moffathornet
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1:03pm Sun 5 May 13

straightnochaser says...

Football League rules allow emergency goalkeeper loans when ALL professional 'keepers at a Club are certified unfit, so not sure that would apply to us unless someone nobbles poor Bonham. Also, I am sure I read that David James has gone to Iceland to play for Hermann Hreidarsson's team..
Football League rules allow emergency goalkeeper loans when ALL professional 'keepers at a Club are certified unfit, so not sure that would apply to us unless someone nobbles poor Bonham. Also, I am sure I read that David James has gone to Iceland to play for Hermann Hreidarsson's team.. straightnochaser
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2:17pm Sun 5 May 13

Oracledave says...

Guy Bov wrote:
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
Been waiting for the Luton fans. Imbecile !
[quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over[/p][/quote]Been waiting for the Luton fans. Imbecile ! Oracledave
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2:51pm Sun 5 May 13

SAHornet says...

Guy Bov wrote:
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
It must be being so bleedin' optimistic that keeps you going, fella. I know, I know, just being realistic.
[quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over[/p][/quote]It must be being so bleedin' optimistic that keeps you going, fella. I know, I know, just being realistic. SAHornet
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3:14pm Sun 5 May 13

AGCHornet says...

I think Chamberlain is registered. If so, worth a shout over Bonham?
I think Chamberlain is registered. If so, worth a shout over Bonham? AGCHornet
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3:33pm Sun 5 May 13

sueinspain says...

Holly68 wrote:
95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs .....

We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day.

Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up

If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting)

We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar ....

Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever ....

Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans :

- Financial Security
- New South West Corner
- New East Stand
- Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship
- Average 15,000 week in week out
- Great Atmosphere
- Great Leadership


Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans :

- Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership
- Full House every week
- Finished Ground

The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true
Holly, you have just bought tears to my eyes......a great post.
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: 95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs ..... We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day. Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting) We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar .... Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever .... Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans : - Financial Security - New South West Corner - New East Stand - Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship - Average 15,000 week in week out - Great Atmosphere - Great Leadership Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans : - Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership - Full House every week - Finished Ground The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true[/p][/quote]Holly, you have just bought tears to my eyes......a great post. sueinspain
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3:59pm Sun 5 May 13

Guy Bov says...

Oracledave wrote:
Guy Bov wrote:
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
Been waiting for the Luton fans. Imbecile !
Being described as a Luton fan is an insult

What I have been trying to do is be realistic and not Buzzin for every match.

Yesterday was a real disappointment being so close to the promised land and no blame can be attached to Bonham as on the day we still needed that extra goal to win but does anyone think that we have a chance of getting a result on Thursday with Bonham between the sticks? I don't.

Yes he could have a great game but quite easily if we conceded early it could lead to a hatful with any chance of recovery gone,

I am optimistic about the future but even if we strengthen so will others around us so if we do miss out this time promotion will not be the formality some are suggesting.
[quote][p][bold]Oracledave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over[/p][/quote]Been waiting for the Luton fans. Imbecile ![/p][/quote]Being described as a Luton fan is an insult What I have been trying to do is be realistic and not Buzzin for every match. Yesterday was a real disappointment being so close to the promised land and no blame can be attached to Bonham as on the day we still needed that extra goal to win but does anyone think that we have a chance of getting a result on Thursday with Bonham between the sticks? I don't. Yes he could have a great game but quite easily if we conceded early it could lead to a hatful with any chance of recovery gone, I am optimistic about the future but even if we strengthen so will others around us so if we do miss out this time promotion will not be the formality some are suggesting. Guy Bov
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4:43pm Sun 5 May 13

vincefromiver says...

Firstly I believe it has been a great season at watford and I was gutted yesterday leeds were one of the poorest teams to play at watford this season which makes it that much harder to take but does anyone else feel that the passion isn't there with some of the players and that they try to walk it into the goal instead of shooting here's hoping almunia back for Thursday I shall be watching on tv and hopefully I can get ticket for Sunday and lets hope watford have something to smile about come on watford
Firstly I believe it has been a great season at watford and I was gutted yesterday leeds were one of the poorest teams to play at watford this season which makes it that much harder to take but does anyone else feel that the passion isn't there with some of the players and that they try to walk it into the goal instead of shooting here's hoping almunia back for Thursday I shall be watching on tv and hopefully I can get ticket for Sunday and lets hope watford have something to smile about come on watford vincefromiver
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7:00pm Sun 5 May 13

Branimir Belchev says...

Big thanks to Malky. A true Watford legend. Unfortunately it wasn`t enough...Keep the faith...very, very winnable play-offs.
Big thanks to Malky. A true Watford legend. Unfortunately it wasn`t enough...Keep the faith...very, very winnable play-offs. Branimir Belchev
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7:10pm Sun 5 May 13

Henry VIII says...

I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on....
I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on.... Henry VIII
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7:27pm Sun 5 May 13

3Lions4Ever says...

Guy Bov wrote:
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
?? why would he do that?
[quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over[/p][/quote]?? why would he do that? 3Lions4Ever
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7:30pm Sun 5 May 13

3Lions4Ever says...

Henry VIII wrote:
I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on....
Agree. Checking flights now for the playoff final! Although I suppose I should wait till next Sunday...
[quote][p][bold]Henry VIII[/bold] wrote: I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on....[/p][/quote]Agree. Checking flights now for the playoff final! Although I suppose I should wait till next Sunday... 3Lions4Ever
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7:40pm Sun 5 May 13

Guy Bov says...

3Lions4Ever wrote:
Guy Bov wrote:
Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things.
Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back.
If so I'm afraid game over
?? why would he do that?
Because to admit to having goal keeping issues would hand over the pyschological advantage to Leicester
[quote][p][bold]3Lions4Ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately think Zola is trying to put a brave face on things. Can't see Almunia being fit or Bond back. If so I'm afraid game over[/p][/quote]?? why would he do that?[/p][/quote]Because to admit to having goal keeping issues would hand over the pyschological advantage to Leicester Guy Bov
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9:45pm Sun 5 May 13

Diggercally says...

rousman 2 wrote:
micicle wrote:
If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.
Very good shout mate.
Finding the parallells to the 1987 FA cup semi Final bizarre. With Coton and Sherwood out we had no goalkeeper and some hoped that the highly rated Youth team regular David James would be called on. Graham Taylor wouldnt call up a 16 year old so we had the Gary Plumley disaster. I cant believe that 26 years later weve got another semi final for a game at Wembley with another call for David James. Spooky!
[quote][p][bold]rousman 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micicle[/bold] wrote: If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Very good shout mate.[/p][/quote]Finding the parallells to the 1987 FA cup semi Final bizarre. With Coton and Sherwood out we had no goalkeeper and some hoped that the highly rated Youth team regular David James would be called on. Graham Taylor wouldnt call up a 16 year old so we had the Gary Plumley disaster. I cant believe that 26 years later weve got another semi final for a game at Wembley with another call for David James. Spooky! Diggercally
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10:17pm Sun 5 May 13

Diggercally says...

Diggercally wrote:
rousman 2 wrote:
micicle wrote:
If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.
Very good shout mate.
Finding the parallells to the 1987 FA cup semi Final bizarre. With Coton and Sherwood out we had no goalkeeper and some hoped that the highly rated Youth team regular David James would be called on. Graham Taylor wouldnt call up a 16 year old so we had the Gary Plumley disaster. I cant believe that 26 years later weve got another semi final for a game at Wembley with another call for David James. Spooky!
In fact looking at Lionel Birnie's excellent WFC book reminds me that when the 1987 double-keeper semi-final crisis struck there were also calls for a retired WFC legend to come out of retrirement - we tried first for Pat Jennings who'd started with Watford 24 years earlier in 1963 - or alternatively for a goal keeping coach - 45 year old football focus presenter Bob Wilson - to help out. Both said no! Doubt that James and Chamberlain wold say anything different.
[quote][p][bold]Diggercally[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rousman 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micicle[/bold] wrote: If he's up for it, Watford old boy David James would be a great temporary signing as cover for the play-offs. Calm, experienced and still a good keeper to have in reserve. I believe David is currently a free agent having just recently left Bournemouth AFC. Worth a one-off fee as cover for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Very good shout mate.[/p][/quote]Finding the parallells to the 1987 FA cup semi Final bizarre. With Coton and Sherwood out we had no goalkeeper and some hoped that the highly rated Youth team regular David James would be called on. Graham Taylor wouldnt call up a 16 year old so we had the Gary Plumley disaster. I cant believe that 26 years later weve got another semi final for a game at Wembley with another call for David James. Spooky![/p][/quote]In fact looking at Lionel Birnie's excellent WFC book reminds me that when the 1987 double-keeper semi-final crisis struck there were also calls for a retired WFC legend to come out of retrirement - we tried first for Pat Jennings who'd started with Watford 24 years earlier in 1963 - or alternatively for a goal keeping coach - 45 year old football focus presenter Bob Wilson - to help out. Both said no! Doubt that James and Chamberlain wold say anything different. Diggercally
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6:54am Mon 6 May 13

tonyevans22 says...

The thing I worry about is if Bonham is our only fit keeper we have no one else to put on the bench,and if something happens to him then we are in trouble.We can not take the risk,we need a loan,and should be addressed asap.There is £80mill riding on these games.it would be mighty costly.
The thing I worry about is if Bonham is our only fit keeper we have no one else to put on the bench,and if something happens to him then we are in trouble.We can not take the risk,we need a loan,and should be addressed asap.There is £80mill riding on these games.it would be mighty costly. tonyevans22
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1:46pm Mon 6 May 13

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

It has been a great season whatever happens and GFZ has come on in leaps and bounds. Circumstances conspired against us and we didn't fire in the second half.
Having said that, the referee was fat and out of condition. He couldn't keep up with the game and Hogg didn't get a penalty because the referee was looking the other way.
I just hope that when we play at Wembley we get a professional referee and assistants too because yes this is an £80m game and deserves someone who can run a game. It was amazing how he missed a penalty from 5 yards but saw the tackle by Deeney that never touched Brown, from 35 yards away.
TD has been great this season but please please someone get him into anger management. He was in a red mist against Blackburn, never stopped moaning at the referee at P Boro and hasn't yet worked out that the ref will never change his mind so stop alienating him.

Now for the good part. Got my tickets for both games and again we will raise the rof at Leicester and the take our 2 goal advantage to VR.

Dont care if we stuff Hollowhead or GFZ gets one over on his italian friend. Wembley - big flat pitch will suit us and we will be back in the prem!!!!!!!!!
COYH
It has been a great season whatever happens and GFZ has come on in leaps and bounds. Circumstances conspired against us and we didn't fire in the second half. Having said that, the referee was fat and out of condition. He couldn't keep up with the game and Hogg didn't get a penalty because the referee was looking the other way. I just hope that when we play at Wembley we get a professional referee and assistants too because yes this is an £80m game and deserves someone who can run a game. It was amazing how he missed a penalty from 5 yards but saw the tackle by Deeney that never touched Brown, from 35 yards away. TD has been great this season but please please someone get him into anger management. He was in a red mist against Blackburn, never stopped moaning at the referee at P Boro and hasn't yet worked out that the ref will never change his mind so stop alienating him. Now for the good part. Got my tickets for both games and again we will raise the rof at Leicester and the take our 2 goal advantage to VR. Dont care if we stuff Hollowhead or GFZ gets one over on his italian friend. Wembley - big flat pitch will suit us and we will be back in the prem!!!!!!!!! COYH Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
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1:59pm Mon 6 May 13

Holly68 says...

sueinspain wrote:
Holly68 wrote:
95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs .....

We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day.

Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up

If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting)

We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar ....

Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever ....

Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans :

- Financial Security
- New South West Corner
- New East Stand
- Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship
- Average 15,000 week in week out
- Great Atmosphere
- Great Leadership


Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans :

- Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership
- Full House every week
- Finished Ground

The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true
Holly, you have just bought tears to my eyes......a great post.
My pleasure
[quote][p][bold]sueinspain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: 95% of the forums very positive for the Play Offs ..... We have been 3rd for a few weeks, 7 point gap 4 weeks ago, so always up against it, Hull should've put it to bed sooner, at least it kept everyone interested inc last day. Normally team with momentum wins play offs, well none of the four have been flying over last 4 weeks, so normally in those circumstances the team that finishes 3rd or 4th goes up If you can guarantee a play off win at Wembley, most amazing feeling, we certainly have the ability to go all the way (Referee's and Injuries / Fitness permitting) We failed at Barnsley, Peterborough, Millwall, and at home to Charlton, Blackpool, Burnley, any team that loses 30% of its matches in a season probably doesn't deserve to go up, however in this crazy season no one team has been stellar .... Lowest ever points total to finish second and get automatic, highest points total to get relegated, maddest season ever .... Here is the Definition of SUCCESS to Watford Fans : - Financial Security - New South West Corner - New East Stand - Competitive Team challenging every year at Top of Championship - Average 15,000 week in week out - Great Atmosphere - Great Leadership Here is the Definition of DREAMLAND to Watford Fans : - Competitive Team challenging every week in the Premiership - Full House every week - Finished Ground The SUCCESS is already "In-Play" Or "In Progress", focusing on this then maybe, just maybe our DREAMS will come true[/p][/quote]Holly, you have just bought tears to my eyes......a great post.[/p][/quote]My pleasure Holly68
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5:24pm Mon 6 May 13

HertsPeter says...

Really good to read Zola's quotes re Jack Bonham. While I think most of us could have swung for him in the immediate aftermath of his gaffes, it's pointless to keep on his back.
Really good to read Zola's quotes re Jack Bonham. While I think most of us could have swung for him in the immediate aftermath of his gaffes, it's pointless to keep on his back. HertsPeter
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6:37pm Mon 6 May 13

Play-Off Pete says...

Anyone watching Leeds player Dominic Poleon live - and repeated on the Football League TV programme - could only be appalled at the callous shoving of Anya into Bond to cause these horrendous injuries when he had NO chance of reaching the ball: then the "What, Me"? smile and shrug of shoulders when he scored later on.
Surely, given the TV evidence, action could / should be taken against him?
I hope he slept well that night.
Anyone watching Leeds player Dominic Poleon live - and repeated on the Football League TV programme - could only be appalled at the callous shoving of Anya into Bond to cause these horrendous injuries when he had NO chance of reaching the ball: then the "What, Me"? smile and shrug of shoulders when he scored later on. Surely, given the TV evidence, action could / should be taken against him? I hope he slept well that night. Play-Off Pete
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9:59am Tue 7 May 13

Boosey says...

Henry VIII wrote:
I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on....
Of all the posts, this one hits the nail on the head, great way to look at the Play offs and will ring true for the players.
[quote][p][bold]Henry VIII[/bold] wrote: I must admit yesterday was a very tough day. However, today the sun is out, I feel great and I have a huge amount of belief in our team. The players now know how bitter the taste of losing can be, what could be a greater motivator for going into the play-offs. Lets get behind the lads and push on....[/p][/quote]Of all the posts, this one hits the nail on the head, great way to look at the Play offs and will ring true for the players. Boosey
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