Watford prevent third straight league defeat with 0-0 draw at high-flying Burnley in the Championship

Watford Observer: Burnley's Scott Arfield in action with Watford's George Thorne. Picture: Action Images Burnley's Scott Arfield in action with Watford's George Thorne. Picture: Action Images

Watford secured a hard-fought 0-0 draw at high-flying Burnley to prevent a third consecutive defeat in the Championship and relieve some pressure on head coach Gianfranco Zola.

The Hornets went into the game eight places and 12 points behind their opponents and Zola will have been pleased with a gutsy, if not particularly fluid, performance and a well-earned clean sheet.

In the previous ten meetings between the two sides a total of 41 goals had been scored but there were precious few genuine chances in the match as Watford set their stall out to absorb Burnley’s attacks and hit their opponents on the break.

The hosts were at their most dangerous when crossing from out wide and Watford keeper Jonathan Bond had to make a handful of smart – but fairly comfortable - saves to keep Burnley at bay.

Lewis McGugan arguably had the chance of the match in the second half as his shot was cleared off the line but Watford were fairly tentative going forward and created few other opportunities.

Zola made two changes to the team that started against Yeovil Town as Davide Faraoni and Cristian Battocchio came in for Daniel Pudil and Fernando Forestieri.

The Hornets lined up in a 4-5-1 system with George Thorne anchoring the midfield in front of the back four while Battocchio and McGugan were given more freedom to push forward.

Burnley started on the front foot and twice went close within the first five minutes as two crosses flashed across Watford’s penalty area but nobody was on hand to convert.

After a nervy start, Watford gradually settled into the match as McGugan and Battocchio began to link up well with Troy Deeney who worked hard to hold the ball up and wait for support.

Just after the quarter-hour mark, McGugan slid Battocchio through down the left-hand side but Burnley keeper Tom Heaton was quick off his line to reach the ball first and prevent the shot.

Watford began to pop the ball about nicely in midfield with Thorne, Murray and Battocchio all linking well but clear-cut chances were at a premium at both ends.

Arfield diverted Trippier’s cross towards goal but Bond was equal to the shot and moments later Arfield tried again but this time his close-range effort was blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.

Burnley looked at their most dangerous when crossing the ball into Watford’s area either from open play or a set-piece but otherwise the Hornets were not overly troubled.

The best chance of the half came two minutes before the break as another Burnley delivery was met by the head of Arfield, this time at the front post, but Bond got down quickly to push the ball round the post.

The Hornets stopper looked in confident mood and moments later he was called into action again, holding on well to Treacy’s stinging shot from distance to keep the score goalless at half-time.

After a scrappy opening five minutes to the second period, the game suddenly opened up with both teams breaking dangerously on the counter attack.

Burnley found themselves with a four against three but instead of capitalising on the extra man, Arfield opted to shoot from long range and Bond held on.

In the 54th minute, it was Watford’s turn as Hector Bellerin’s cross was volleyed goalwards by McGugan but Heaton pulled off an excellent save to deny the Hornets midfielder.

Moments later, another Watford attack saw McGugan turn provider as his cross fell kindly for Murray in the box but Ben Mee did brilliantly to get across and block the shot.

With the game stretched, both teams couldn’t resist throwing players forward and just after the hour-mark, Burnley went close as Arfield’s cross had to be cleared behind by Nosworthy with Sam Vokes waiting.

In the 66th minute, Watford had their best chance of the match. Murray drove down the line and chipped his cross to the back post where McGugan had space to drive his shot at goal but Mee was perfectly placed to head the ball off the line.

Zola threw on Diego Fabbrini for Murray and Daniel Pudil for Marco Cassetti as the match remained in the balance with ten minutes to play.

If either team was going to grab a later winner, Burnley looked the more likely as the home side flooded the Watford box with a number of crosses in the last few minutes.

The Hornets had a chance to steal a win at the death however and the travelling supporters thought they had won it when the net rippled but McGugan’s shot hit the side netting and stayed out.

Watford drop to 12th in the table but will be hoping to build on this result when they travel to Leeds United on Saturday

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Long, Stanislas (Hewitt, 79), Stock, Arfield, Jones, Treacy, (Kightly, 68), Vokes

Subs: Cisak, Lafferty, Hewitt, Kightly, Howieson, Dummigan, Edgar

Watford: Bond; Faraoni, Nosworthy, Cassetti (Pudil, 80), Ekstrand; Bellerin, Battocchio, Thorne, McGugan Murray (Fabbrini, 75); Deeney Subs: Woods, Forestieri, Acuna, Hall, Pudil, Fabbrini, Iriney

Referee: Michael Naylor

Attendance: 10,910 (274 Watford)

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9:48pm Tue 3 Dec 13

@julesmckenzie says...

The goalless bit is key. Fantastic result.
The goalless bit is key. Fantastic result. @julesmckenzie

9:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

lockerbiehornet says...

I'll take that, had actually backed us to win in an acca but hey hey it's a start, bring on dirty Leeds
I'll take that, had actually backed us to win in an acca but hey hey it's a start, bring on dirty Leeds lockerbiehornet

10:19pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Solid result. Well done GFZ - all the boys out there put in a good shift. The least we deserved and I even have a tinge of disappointment. But that is because we are a quality outfit. Clean sheets lead to winning streaks.
Solid result. Well done GFZ - all the boys out there put in a good shift. The least we deserved and I even have a tinge of disappointment. But that is because we are a quality outfit. Clean sheets lead to winning streaks. Bush Hornet

10:27pm Tue 3 Dec 13

coldplay says...

In normal circumstances a draw away to the club second in the league is a good point - in our current predicament it's brilliant. One small step forward, clean sheet and a positive re-action to the poor display on Saturday. My man in the North who went to the game tells me it was a gutsy display and we played some good stuff...but still just lacking that final cutting edge.
Let's hope the boys take the confidence from this result and take the next small step forward against Leeds on Saturday.
Well done the 274 supporters, including my mate, who got right behind the team all night long- fantastic.
In normal circumstances a draw away to the club second in the league is a good point - in our current predicament it's brilliant. One small step forward, clean sheet and a positive re-action to the poor display on Saturday. My man in the North who went to the game tells me it was a gutsy display and we played some good stuff...but still just lacking that final cutting edge. Let's hope the boys take the confidence from this result and take the next small step forward against Leeds on Saturday. Well done the 274 supporters, including my mate, who got right behind the team all night long- fantastic. coldplay

10:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

downunderorn says...

Amazing what happens when we play 4 at the back????? COYH'S
Amazing what happens when we play 4 at the back????? COYH'S downunderorn

10:39pm Tue 3 Dec 13

ALDERHOLT DORSET HORN says...

Let's face it not a happy hunting ground for us, and given our recent performances and add I'm sure a rightfull point SD would like to have made ----- this was a great result -- lets hope a new start -- COYH
Let's face it not a happy hunting ground for us, and given our recent performances and add I'm sure a rightfull point SD would like to have made ----- this was a great result -- lets hope a new start -- COYH ALDERHOLT DORSET HORN

10:44pm Tue 3 Dec 13

thehornet35 says...

Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special.
Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special. thehornet35

10:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

ralear49 says...

all I could do from afar was follow on BBC website and from Wobby tweets. Sounded as though Battochio was a factor. I have been puzzling over why he has had so few opportunities.
all I could do from afar was follow on BBC website and from Wobby tweets. Sounded as though Battochio was a factor. I have been puzzling over why he has had so few opportunities. ralear49

10:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Stoney77 says...

Well done lads. Cracking away point. You'd take a point away to 2nd place even if you were top of the league, so given recent performances this is a good result.
Sounded like a solid performance, and gives us something to build on for Leeds.
(Was a bit confused by the line up... Was it Cassetti at left back or Ekstrand?)
COYH
Well done lads. Cracking away point. You'd take a point away to 2nd place even if you were top of the league, so given recent performances this is a good result. Sounded like a solid performance, and gives us something to build on for Leeds. (Was a bit confused by the line up... Was it Cassetti at left back or Ekstrand?) COYH Stoney77

10:59pm Tue 3 Dec 13

1234566789 says...

So Burnley now haven't won in 5, Forest have won 1 in 6 (including losing to Yeovil), Leicester lost to the team bottom of the league (bar goal difference) and Blackpool lost to Yeovil. I guess Dyche, Davies, Pearson and Ince have a lot to be worried about if you look at this forum....
So Burnley now haven't won in 5, Forest have won 1 in 6 (including losing to Yeovil), Leicester lost to the team bottom of the league (bar goal difference) and Blackpool lost to Yeovil. I guess Dyche, Davies, Pearson and Ince have a lot to be worried about if you look at this forum.... 1234566789

11:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Scullion says...

A great result from the boys. Everyone should be well pleased with this. It's better to have our wobble now than later in the season. On this result and apparent performance we can hope for better things ahead and renewed confidence from the team and all us SUPPORTERS....hope Battachio features more.... He is an exciting player we should see more often.
A great result from the boys. Everyone should be well pleased with this. It's better to have our wobble now than later in the season. On this result and apparent performance we can hope for better things ahead and renewed confidence from the team and all us SUPPORTERS....hope Battachio features more.... He is an exciting player we should see more often. Scullion

11:03pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Stoney77 wrote:
Well done lads. Cracking away point. You'd take a point away to 2nd place even if you were top of the league, so given recent performances this is a good result.
Sounded like a solid performance, and gives us something to build on for Leeds.
(Was a bit confused by the line up... Was it Cassetti at left back or Ekstrand?)
COYH
Cassetti at LB. He's still got it as far as I'm concerned
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Well done lads. Cracking away point. You'd take a point away to 2nd place even if you were top of the league, so given recent performances this is a good result. Sounded like a solid performance, and gives us something to build on for Leeds. (Was a bit confused by the line up... Was it Cassetti at left back or Ekstrand?) COYH[/p][/quote]Cassetti at LB. He's still got it as far as I'm concerned Bush Hornet

11:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC Hornet Cornet

11:17pm Tue 3 Dec 13

ForzaWatford says...

Amazing what a point against a good team does to the people on here. COYH!
Amazing what a point against a good team does to the people on here. COYH! ForzaWatford

11:18pm Tue 3 Dec 13

londomollari says...

A good result, and the least that Zola needed in the circumstances (imagine the response if they had lost!). A good stepping stone forward and a fighting performance. Good points? No goals conceded. Zola responded to the situation and changed tactics and formation. Zola stating, that for now, no squad rotation. Things are looking up---we, and Zola, need a result at Leeds.
A good result, and the least that Zola needed in the circumstances (imagine the response if they had lost!). A good stepping stone forward and a fighting performance. Good points? No goals conceded. Zola responded to the situation and changed tactics and formation. Zola stating, that for now, no squad rotation. Things are looking up---we, and Zola, need a result at Leeds. londomollari

11:26pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2 Bush Hornet

11:35pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
I think that Deeney had a shot,
Of that we can be sure,
We didn't win the match,
Neither team did score.

Some people don't like me,
Some people find me ratty,
One thing that I really like,
Is jalfrezi and chapatti.

Your go.....
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]I think that Deeney had a shot, Of that we can be sure, We didn't win the match, Neither team did score. Some people don't like me, Some people find me ratty, One thing that I really like, Is jalfrezi and chapatti. Your go..... Hornet Cornet

11:45pm Tue 3 Dec 13

PozzoHornet says...

Very happy, Zola changing the formation was crucial, surely? If so, credit where it's due - Zola may have finally put into practice some of those 'lessons learnt' he's always on about after a defeat. Apparently Dyche was attempting to exploit the space inevitably left behind the wing-backs of the 3-5-2 and get lots of crosses in. Athough there are less CBs in the middle to defend the crosses, the addition of proper full-backs as well as supporting wingers must have helped A LOT in stopping the crosses in. Can anyone who was at the game verify this? Also, I am f***ing overjoyed to hear the players actually worked hard today. I can't be completely sure, but at one point I think I heard Jon Marks say McGugan sprinted out to block a cross! Surely not?! Can't wait for Sheffield Wednesday at home. My only criticism would be, why did Fabbrini come on and not Forestieri?
Very happy, Zola changing the formation was crucial, surely? If so, credit where it's due - Zola may have finally put into practice some of those 'lessons learnt' he's always on about after a defeat. Apparently Dyche was attempting to exploit the space inevitably left behind the wing-backs of the 3-5-2 and get lots of crosses in. Athough there are less CBs in the middle to defend the crosses, the addition of proper full-backs as well as supporting wingers must have helped A LOT in stopping the crosses in. Can anyone who was at the game verify this? Also, I am f***ing overjoyed to hear the players actually worked hard today. I can't be completely sure, but at one point I think I heard Jon Marks say McGugan sprinted out to block a cross! Surely not?! Can't wait for Sheffield Wednesday at home. My only criticism would be, why did Fabbrini come on and not Forestieri? PozzoHornet

11:55pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Meridenman says...

A clean sheet but at both ends! Is that 4 in 5! We are not scoring goals but perhaps with a defence capable of keeping clean sheets one goal could be enough! Not convinced but feel Zola should see the season out but maybe the last few games will make him realise what he needs from mr nani and mr duxbury in January, perhaps not what is available but what is actually needed I.e goal scorers! Hopefully tonight is not just a stay of execution! Gutsy result, the least we expect from a yellow shirt!
A clean sheet but at both ends! Is that 4 in 5! We are not scoring goals but perhaps with a defence capable of keeping clean sheets one goal could be enough! Not convinced but feel Zola should see the season out but maybe the last few games will make him realise what he needs from mr nani and mr duxbury in January, perhaps not what is available but what is actually needed I.e goal scorers! Hopefully tonight is not just a stay of execution! Gutsy result, the least we expect from a yellow shirt! Meridenman

11:55pm Tue 3 Dec 13

matey_from_brighton says...

my tuppence worth from being at the game:
Bond - looked confident, even came out for a few more crosses when needed.
Cassetti - played well, no mistakes read the game well
Ekstrand - got stuck in well and less erratic than last couple of games.
Nosworthy - very solid, happy to clear long when he had to, but also picked out a pass when it was on.
Faraoni - steady, didn't get forward too much but no mistakes.
Belleran - another good performance and linked up well with the attack, perhaps crossing could improve a little bit though
Thorne - good presence in midfield but did manage a few sloppy passes - improving with each game though I reckon.
Battochio - probably our MOM, started to look like the playmaker in midfield tonght and definitely covered a lot of ground.
Murray - worked hard but didn't get as much of the ball as he would have liked especially in and around the oppo penalty box.
Deeney - reasonable game tonight, put a bit of effort in to his hold up play but still didn't get near to being on the end of any crosses.

Overall a good performance and the sort of display you need to get promoted. Not sexy but cannot lose when scoreline is ...0 Watford...

Made Burnley look very ordinary tonight and no reason we cannot do same to Leeds on Saturday

COYH
my tuppence worth from being at the game: Bond - looked confident, even came out for a few more crosses when needed. Cassetti - played well, no mistakes read the game well Ekstrand - got stuck in well and less erratic than last couple of games. Nosworthy - very solid, happy to clear long when he had to, but also picked out a pass when it was on. Faraoni - steady, didn't get forward too much but no mistakes. Belleran - another good performance and linked up well with the attack, perhaps crossing could improve a little bit though Thorne - good presence in midfield but did manage a few sloppy passes - improving with each game though I reckon. Battochio - probably our MOM, started to look like the playmaker in midfield tonght and definitely covered a lot of ground. Murray - worked hard but didn't get as much of the ball as he would have liked especially in and around the oppo penalty box. Deeney - reasonable game tonight, put a bit of effort in to his hold up play but still didn't get near to being on the end of any crosses. Overall a good performance and the sort of display you need to get promoted. Not sexy but cannot lose when scoreline is ...0 Watford... Made Burnley look very ordinary tonight and no reason we cannot do same to Leeds on Saturday COYH matey_from_brighton

12:01am Wed 4 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
I think that Deeney had a shot,
Of that we can be sure,
We didn't win the match,
Neither team did score.

Some people don't like me,
Some people find me ratty,
One thing that I really like,
Is jalfrezi and chapatti.

Your go.....
Cornet I'd love to stay up and jam, really I would.

Anyway your challenge for the next verse is to include the words Roger, dodger, knee-jerk, sexy football, and humility.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]I think that Deeney had a shot, Of that we can be sure, We didn't win the match, Neither team did score. Some people don't like me, Some people find me ratty, One thing that I really like, Is jalfrezi and chapatti. Your go.....[/p][/quote]Cornet I'd love to stay up and jam, really I would. Anyway your challenge for the next verse is to include the words Roger, dodger, knee-jerk, sexy football, and humility. Bush Hornet

1:04am Wed 4 Dec 13

Henry VIII says...

Tremendous result and as with other results tonight, shows us yet again the beautiful absurdities of this league. The clean sheet was huge but even more pleasing was that it sounds like the desire was back, and that is crucial. Well done one and all.
Tremendous result and as with other results tonight, shows us yet again the beautiful absurdities of this league. The clean sheet was huge but even more pleasing was that it sounds like the desire was back, and that is crucial. Well done one and all. Henry VIII

6:25am Wed 4 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

thehornet35 wrote:
Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special.
Love your enthusiasm but why would you prefer 1 point over 3?
[quote][p][bold]thehornet35[/bold] wrote: Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special.[/p][/quote]Love your enthusiasm but why would you prefer 1 point over 3? SAHornet

6:28am Wed 4 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
Total strap-on as usual
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]Total strap-on as usual SAHornet

6:31am Wed 4 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
I like your poems BH but I wouldn't waste my time with this total bozzo if I were you
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]I like your poems BH but I wouldn't waste my time with this total bozzo if I were you SAHornet

8:26am Wed 4 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC
Total strap-on as usual
Nice to see non-abusive postings at a contributor eh.

Even I wouldn't stoop that low
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]Total strap-on as usual[/p][/quote]Nice to see non-abusive postings at a contributor eh. Even I wouldn't stoop that low Hornet Cornet

8:37am Wed 4 Dec 13

thehornet35 says...

SAHornet wrote:
thehornet35 wrote:
Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special.
Love your enthusiasm but why would you prefer 1 point over 3?
Because its a clean sheet! We haven't kept one or looked like keeping one in a long time, we clearly are not the free scoring team we were last season, so we need to build from solid foundations. Admittedly they were without Ings, but a clean sheet at Burnley is something to be happy about. Yes three points would have been nice, and the point is that a 1-0 to us would have been better than 0-0, but a 0-0 is better in terms of confidence for our back line than a 2-1 win.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thehornet35[/bold] wrote: Do you know what, that has made my day, excellent result, the '0' is a joy. I actually prefer this result to a 2-1 or 3-2 to us, that is great. And 4-5-1 is a system that I can really buy into, with the 5 in midfield trying to break forward when possible to support the front man, it still offers goals, but also looks solid. A big step forward. Add Abdi into that 5 man midfield and it starts to look really special.[/p][/quote]Love your enthusiasm but why would you prefer 1 point over 3?[/p][/quote]Because its a clean sheet! We haven't kept one or looked like keeping one in a long time, we clearly are not the free scoring team we were last season, so we need to build from solid foundations. Admittedly they were without Ings, but a clean sheet at Burnley is something to be happy about. Yes three points would have been nice, and the point is that a 1-0 to us would have been better than 0-0, but a 0-0 is better in terms of confidence for our back line than a 2-1 win. thehornet35

8:52am Wed 4 Dec 13

Travelling Hornet says...

I was at the game , we played solid worked very hard, could of nicked it at the end, we're going through a spell where every goal bound shot is blocked , counted four tonight.
I've got to say that when Fabbrini came on late in the second half he was a class above everyone on the pitch, he had the confidence to pick the ball up in our half and run diagonaly shrugging of player after player and producing a quality final ball .
I was at the game , we played solid worked very hard, could of nicked it at the end, we're going through a spell where every goal bound shot is blocked , counted four tonight. I've got to say that when Fabbrini came on late in the second half he was a class above everyone on the pitch, he had the confidence to pick the ball up in our half and run diagonaly shrugging of player after player and producing a quality final ball . Travelling Hornet

9:36am Wed 4 Dec 13

WessexLad says...

I was surprised to see Cassetti at left back, and Faraoni behind Bellerin. However, we must not get carried away: their top scorer was out, and it was the change of formation rather than 4-5-1 itself that would have scotched Dyche's game plan.

Happy with the subs, but would also have brought on FF for Faraoni, with Bellarin dropping back.
I was surprised to see Cassetti at left back, and Faraoni behind Bellerin. However, we must not get carried away: their top scorer was out, and it was the change of formation rather than 4-5-1 itself that would have scotched Dyche's game plan. Happy with the subs, but would also have brought on FF for Faraoni, with Bellarin dropping back. WessexLad

9:49am Wed 4 Dec 13

lockerbiehornet says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
This is verse 2 for Cornet

On the Forum I have slated
That Zola is over rated
Now I am hated
And constantly getting be-rated
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]This is verse 2 for Cornet On the Forum I have slated That Zola is over rated Now I am hated And constantly getting be-rated lockerbiehornet

10:15am Wed 4 Dec 13

ForzaWatford says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
I think that Deeney had a shot,
Of that we can be sure,
We didn't win the match,
Neither team did score.

Some people don't like me,
Some people find me ratty,
One thing that I really like,
Is jalfrezi and chapatti.

Your go.....
How about: a limerick?

There once was a team in yellow
Whose support was a little bit mellow
The fans only shout
When they want Zola out
All fans think they're better than Capello!

or

There once was a team in transition
Who struggled with lesser opposition
They visited burnley
Defended quite sternly
And won a point from the impossible mission.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]I think that Deeney had a shot, Of that we can be sure, We didn't win the match, Neither team did score. Some people don't like me, Some people find me ratty, One thing that I really like, Is jalfrezi and chapatti. Your go.....[/p][/quote]How about: a limerick? There once was a team in yellow Whose support was a little bit mellow The fans only shout When they want Zola out All fans think they're better than Capello! or There once was a team in transition Who struggled with lesser opposition They visited burnley Defended quite sternly And won a point from the impossible mission. ForzaWatford

10:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

ForzaWatford wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC
I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2
I think that Deeney had a shot, Of that we can be sure, We didn't win the match, Neither team did score. Some people don't like me, Some people find me ratty, One thing that I really like, Is jalfrezi and chapatti. Your go.....
How about: a limerick? There once was a team in yellow Whose support was a little bit mellow The fans only shout When they want Zola out All fans think they're better than Capello! or There once was a team in transition Who struggled with lesser opposition They visited burnley Defended quite sternly And won a point from the impossible mission.
I take my hat off to you for that Forza. Pure quality.

HC
[quote][p][bold]ForzaWatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]I think that Deeney had a shot, Of that we can be sure, We didn't win the match, Neither team did score. Some people don't like me, Some people find me ratty, One thing that I really like, Is jalfrezi and chapatti. Your go.....[/p][/quote]How about: a limerick? There once was a team in yellow Whose support was a little bit mellow The fans only shout When they want Zola out All fans think they're better than Capello! or There once was a team in transition Who struggled with lesser opposition They visited burnley Defended quite sternly And won a point from the impossible mission.[/p][/quote]I take my hat off to you for that Forza. Pure quality. HC Hornet Cornet

10:55am Wed 4 Dec 13

pizinloc says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC
I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2
This is verse 2 for Cornet On the Forum I have slated That Zola is over rated Now I am hated And constantly getting be-rated
i liking the cornet. he speak but you no listen. di matteo is your boss in janary. pozzo agree already
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]This is verse 2 for Cornet On the Forum I have slated That Zola is over rated Now I am hated And constantly getting be-rated[/p][/quote]i liking the cornet. he speak but you no listen. di matteo is your boss in janary. pozzo agree already pizinloc

12:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

justahornetfan says...

99% very happy with last nights Burnley result and only 1% slightly disappointed that we didn't nick a win at the end. By all accounts a good team performance and a good work ethic with a solid team selection and formation.
It actually feels like a turning point for everyone and I believe we can also give a good performance against Leeds. I am also pleased that Zola is ruling out rotation and at this time and I think it is more important to be building confidence and getting the players to gel as a tight unit rather than getting maximum points every game.
This is a step towards building a good foundation with the players we have available at the moment and "cutting our cloth according to our means" as we have Abdi and others out, and have not replaced Vydra, Chalobah or Hogg.
I was also thinking, what would a replacement manager do if Zola left and it would probably be, to do exactly what Zola did with the team at Burnley, get the team solid, tighten defence and get the players working harder and then build from there one game at a time.

Win lose or draw, can't wait for the Leeds game and hopefully another good performance from the players and manager that we have now.
Again hats off to all the away fans for their support and home fans it will be your turn next to raise the bar as we are all in this together and it will take all of us to turn it around.
COYH
99% very happy with last nights Burnley result and only 1% slightly disappointed that we didn't nick a win at the end. By all accounts a good team performance and a good work ethic with a solid team selection and formation. It actually feels like a turning point for everyone and I believe we can also give a good performance against Leeds. I am also pleased that Zola is ruling out rotation and at this time and I think it is more important to be building confidence and getting the players to gel as a tight unit rather than getting maximum points every game. This is a step towards building a good foundation with the players we have available at the moment and "cutting our cloth according to our means" as we have Abdi and others out, and have not replaced Vydra, Chalobah or Hogg. I was also thinking, what would a replacement manager do if Zola left and it would probably be, to do exactly what Zola did with the team at Burnley, get the team solid, tighten defence and get the players working harder and then build from there one game at a time. Win lose or draw, can't wait for the Leeds game and hopefully another good performance from the players and manager that we have now. Again hats off to all the away fans for their support and home fans it will be your turn next to raise the bar as we are all in this together and it will take all of us to turn it around. COYH justahornetfan

9:19pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
I was at the game , we played solid worked very hard, could of nicked it at the end, we're going through a spell where every goal bound shot is blocked , counted four tonight.
I've got to say that when Fabbrini came on late in the second half he was a class above everyone on the pitch, he had the confidence to pick the ball up in our half and run diagonaly shrugging of player after player and producing a quality final ball .
Many thanks for the info. Hopefully on the road to recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: I was at the game , we played solid worked very hard, could of nicked it at the end, we're going through a spell where every goal bound shot is blocked , counted four tonight. I've got to say that when Fabbrini came on late in the second half he was a class above everyone on the pitch, he had the confidence to pick the ball up in our half and run diagonaly shrugging of player after player and producing a quality final ball .[/p][/quote]Many thanks for the info. Hopefully on the road to recovery. Cuetip

6:04am Thu 5 Dec 13

Peter_R says...

We haven;t scored now for three straight games. Where are the goals going to come from?
We haven;t scored now for three straight games. Where are the goals going to come from? Peter_R

3:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CaptainPC says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now.

I am so happy that I could write some poetry
HC
I'm going to get you started:

My name is Hornet Cornet
I called for Zola's head
I thought the guy was clueless
But find that's me instead

Over to you for verse 2
This is verse 2 for Cornet

On the Forum I have slated
That Zola is over rated
Now I am hated
And constantly getting be-rated
B
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L
L

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[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the belief and confidence will come through now. I am so happy that I could write some poetry HC[/p][/quote]I'm going to get you started: My name is Hornet Cornet I called for Zola's head I thought the guy was clueless But find that's me instead Over to you for verse 2[/p][/quote]This is verse 2 for Cornet On the Forum I have slated That Zola is over rated Now I am hated And constantly getting be-rated[/p][/quote]B E L L E N D CaptainPC

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