Watford fan Lee Coan discusses whether the Hornets turned the corner after their 0-0 draw with Burnley

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Saturday was horrendous, I was once attacked by a seal in the freezing Atlantic Ocean (true story), and honestly it was a more uplifting experience.

I have enjoyed bouts of flu more than that 3-0 defeat to Yeovil Town. I would rather take a punch  from Anthony Joshua rather than go through that again.

The misery wasn't just because it was the fourth home defeat on the trot. It wasn't just because we looked like we had no idea how to score but because it felt like the end.

A terrible finale to an era of Watford FC that has been such an absolute delight. During the death of the second GT era, and the unfortunate demise of Boothroyd, there was the exact same sense of sadness and frustration around The Vic.

None of us want rid of Gianfranco Zola (I'd guess, deep down, this goes for even the keyboard warriors calling for his head),but after Yeovil it seemed impossible to just go on, something had to change.

So to Burnley, last night. There seemed to be a change and thankfully it was not in the form of a new head coach, it was a change in attitude to going about a tough Championship game.

Our dear little friend went back to basics, he started afresh and he got a cracking result.

After what has been going on, a 0-0 away at Burnley somehow feels better than a 2-3 or 3-4 win might have done.

It surely (well, hopefully) signals that the silliness has ended, that we won't just play pretty football then shrug at just how we ended up three goals down.

That we will do the dirty stuff, the gritty stuff, that we will kick opposition players, break sweat, come off a pitch coated head to toe in mud.

If we can learn how to do the basics, to stop teams, everything else will surely just fall into place.

We can complete 43 passes in a row, we can embarrass defenders with our fancy pants trickery, but you have to do the simple things first, or all that is pointless.

After Yeovil the stats showed Watford had 65% of the possession, 27 shots compared to Yeovil's nine.

Against Burnley we dropped to just 43% of the possession, just ten shots. It's a funny sort of progress, but I would argue it’s progress none the less.

Come on Gianfranco, we're all right behind you, we know you can turn this around - let's go get revenge for last year against Leeds and then start looking up that table again…

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12:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

"Our dear little friend"!

Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award?
"Our dear little friend"! Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award? Harry's Bar

12:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

Too early to say whether we have turned a corner, but defensively it was progress.
Too early to say whether we have turned a corner, but defensively it was progress. AngelHornet

1:27pm Wed 4 Dec 13

stevyweavy says...

0-0 is something in that defensively we've managed to keep a clean sheet which is somewhat of a change for us, downside is that we can no longer score a goal to save our lives and unfortunately 0-0 draws won't get us back into the promotion hunt. However, saying that a 0-0 draw away to Burnley would go down as a good result in most (if not all) Championship clubs scorecards.
0-0 is something in that defensively we've managed to keep a clean sheet which is somewhat of a change for us, downside is that we can no longer score a goal to save our lives and unfortunately 0-0 draws won't get us back into the promotion hunt. However, saying that a 0-0 draw away to Burnley would go down as a good result in most (if not all) Championship clubs scorecards. stevyweavy

1:50pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Surbiton says...

Anything was better than last Saturday, so a clean sheet against one of the teams vying for automatic promotion is an improvement without a doubt. However, this is not a promotion side even with a fully fit Abdi. Until the club recognises and acts on signing a midfield playmaker and a striker capable of playing in the Championship, we will continue to struggle this season.
Anything was better than last Saturday, so a clean sheet against one of the teams vying for automatic promotion is an improvement without a doubt. However, this is not a promotion side even with a fully fit Abdi. Until the club recognises and acts on signing a midfield playmaker and a striker capable of playing in the Championship, we will continue to struggle this season. Surbiton

4:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

andyrankin says...

Surbiton wrote:
Anything was better than last Saturday, so a clean sheet against one of the teams vying for automatic promotion is an improvement without a doubt. However, this is not a promotion side even with a fully fit Abdi. Until the club recognises and acts on signing a midfield playmaker and a striker capable of playing in the Championship, we will continue to struggle this season.
are would argue that the squad we have is more than capable to get promotion. It's other things that are not working, not the quality of the players.
[quote][p][bold]Surbiton[/bold] wrote: Anything was better than last Saturday, so a clean sheet against one of the teams vying for automatic promotion is an improvement without a doubt. However, this is not a promotion side even with a fully fit Abdi. Until the club recognises and acts on signing a midfield playmaker and a striker capable of playing in the Championship, we will continue to struggle this season.[/p][/quote]are would argue that the squad we have is more than capable to get promotion. It's other things that are not working, not the quality of the players. andyrankin

7:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

demerit says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
"Our dear little friend"!

Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award?
I must say, these "Fans Views" articles are extremely cringy....
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: "Our dear little friend"! Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award?[/p][/quote]I must say, these "Fans Views" articles are extremely cringy.... demerit

10:42pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Guy Bov says...

Hopefully a corner has been turned and the squad realise you can't rely entirely on pretty football to get results you have to work hard to win the right to play first. A good result but draws get you nowhere in this league.
Hopefully a corner has been turned and the squad realise you can't rely entirely on pretty football to get results you have to work hard to win the right to play first. A good result but draws get you nowhere in this league. Guy Bov

11:01am Thu 5 Dec 13

endean2 says...

umh.................
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well we will all see how this pans out wont we,I am at the Leeds game so
will pass on "the gems of widom" to the flock

its a shame that it took the car crash result against Yeovil to finally change
things around.
umh................. .................... ...... well we will all see how this pans out wont we,I am at the Leeds game so will pass on "the gems of widom" to the flock its a shame that it took the car crash result against Yeovil to finally change things around. endean2

12:18am Sun 8 Dec 13

HemelHornet says...

demerit wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
"Our dear little friend"!

Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award?
I must say, these "Fans Views" articles are extremely cringy....
These guys volunteer their free time to write about their passion and all you guys can do is shoot them down. Shame on you. Didn't your mother ever teach you if you haven't got something nice to say then don't say anything at all.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: "Our dear little friend"! Are you in competition with Matthew for the "most patronising comment possible" award?[/p][/quote]I must say, these "Fans Views" articles are extremely cringy....[/p][/quote]These guys volunteer their free time to write about their passion and all you guys can do is shoot them down. Shame on you. Didn't your mother ever teach you if you haven't got something nice to say then don't say anything at all. HemelHornet

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