BALLOT: Who was your Watford man of the match against Millwall?

Watford Observer: Ikechi Anya celebrates his excellent goal against Millwall. Picture: Action Images Ikechi Anya celebrates his excellent goal against Millwall. Picture: Action Images

The Hornets' resounding 4-0 victory over Millwall was an excellent team performance but who was your man of the match?

Fernando Forestieri received the club's award but do you agree with that decision? Or was Lewis McGugan, Troy Deeney, George Thorne or someone else - such as Ikechi Anya - your pick of the bunch?

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10:12am Fri 27 Dec 13

bristol hornet says...

Anya for me!
Anya for me! bristol hornet

10:22am Fri 27 Dec 13

Hornankey says...

Thorne was at the centre of everything yesterday - winning the ball and excellent distribution. The tempo changed completely when Iriney came on - he started losing the ball in midfield.
Thorne was at the centre of everything yesterday - winning the ball and excellent distribution. The tempo changed completely when Iriney came on - he started losing the ball in midfield. Hornankey

10:28am Fri 27 Dec 13

only5foot3 says...

sean murray had a great game. play maker in centre mid.
sean murray had a great game. play maker in centre mid. only5foot3

10:34am Fri 27 Dec 13

a1derek says...

Thought FF today, just ahead of Anya, Murray and Thorne. Interesting how Sanninno is starting to put players into set positions - each of his subs was like for like.
Thought FF today, just ahead of Anya, Murray and Thorne. Interesting how Sanninno is starting to put players into set positions - each of his subs was like for like. a1derek

10:57am Fri 27 Dec 13

grahamwfc says...

Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build.
McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player.
Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game.
Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post.
Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage.
Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think.
Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm.
Keys keep it going
Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build. McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player. Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game. Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post. Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage. Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think. Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm. Keys keep it going grahamwfc

10:58am Fri 27 Dec 13

dunstablehorn says...

Iriney didnt start losing the ball! I watched him because of his passing completion stats are so high, and only saw 1 misplaced pass from him, when he went for a cross field lofted pass. He passed it simple and then moved to a new position to get the ball back. He often played short passes to keep posession, which is what was needed. Having said all that, I had thorne down as mom
Iriney didnt start losing the ball! I watched him because of his passing completion stats are so high, and only saw 1 misplaced pass from him, when he went for a cross field lofted pass. He passed it simple and then moved to a new position to get the ball back. He often played short passes to keep posession, which is what was needed. Having said all that, I had thorne down as mom dunstablehorn

11:07am Fri 27 Dec 13

grahamwfc says...

Keep it going, bl@@dy autotype
Keep it going, bl@@dy autotype grahamwfc

11:15am Fri 27 Dec 13

Ramageland says...

I thought Cassetti had a good game yesterday. It looked all over a few months ago but he has played his way back to form and was a real threat yesterday (and has been for a few weeks now) - he was up and down the wing like someone 10 years younger. The beard is back!
I thought Cassetti had a good game yesterday. It looked all over a few months ago but he has played his way back to form and was a real threat yesterday (and has been for a few weeks now) - he was up and down the wing like someone 10 years younger. The beard is back! Ramageland

11:48am Fri 27 Dec 13

tonyp25 says...

Danny Shittu ?
Danny Shittu ? tonyp25

12:56pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Boosey says...

Ramageland wrote:
I thought Cassetti had a good game yesterday. It looked all over a few months ago but he has played his way back to form and was a real threat yesterday (and has been for a few weeks now) - he was up and down the wing like someone 10 years younger. The beard is back!
Definately back to form, Cassetti is class.
Sannino to Troy; Chances will be at a premium for the next few weeks! Yeah right, not from what I saw yesterday!
[quote][p][bold]Ramageland[/bold] wrote: I thought Cassetti had a good game yesterday. It looked all over a few months ago but he has played his way back to form and was a real threat yesterday (and has been for a few weeks now) - he was up and down the wing like someone 10 years younger. The beard is back![/p][/quote]Definately back to form, Cassetti is class. Sannino to Troy; Chances will be at a premium for the next few weeks! Yeah right, not from what I saw yesterday! Boosey

1:58pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Man from Pinner says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build.
McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player.
Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game.
Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post.
Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage.
Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think.
Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm.
Keys keep it going
Agree with the above. On the subject of LD it is good to see he is always now looking to make a pass. He is helping keep possession.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build. McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player. Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game. Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post. Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage. Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think. Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm. Keys keep it going[/p][/quote]Agree with the above. On the subject of LD it is good to see he is always now looking to make a pass. He is helping keep possession. Man from Pinner

1:58pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Man from Pinner says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build.
McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player.
Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game.
Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post.
Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage.
Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think.
Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm.
Keys keep it going
Agree with the above. On the subject of LD it is good to see he is always now looking to make a pass. He is helping keep possession.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Certainly Thorne's best game to date as he gets a few matches under his belt. Glimpses of premiership class with passing and he'll of a presence with his build. McGugan for me always excels in a more central attacking position rather than pushed out wide as was the case with GFZ on a number of occasions. Another player who on his day oozes class and just needs to be more consistent. Could be a top top player. Nando is Nando, on the one hand genius on the other frustrating. That was no easy chance and he took it brilliantly. We still see the occasional sulk but for me I'd like to see a little more of what we saw when he first came and be a little more selfish. He can scare the hell out of defences but we seemed to have coached that out of him. All about getting a balance and we have gone too far the other way although hè seemed to play with more freedom yday. Ok the ambitious overhead near the end resulted in a miss, but on another day that opportunism will win us a game. Still problems at the back, only Doyley of the three was willing to bring the ball out and it's not his forte; on occasions Ekstrand was looking for a pass when he could have advanced 20 yards instead. Our defending at set pieces was again very suspect, giving away free headers which on another day and better opposition would have been punished. At least now we are putting players on the post. Strachan was in the directors box yday and must have been impressed with Anya, a stunning strike and great first time ball for Nando to score. For me we should have gone 442 taking off Ekstrand, moving Murray and Anya as wide midfielders and really done some damage. Watched QPR and agree with Harry, they are not as good as people keep saying. Dunne and Hill's legs will be aching, they have little in midfield without Joey the nutter and nothing up front without Austin, although AJ always seems to do well against us.......Troy and Nando could destroy them I think. Anyway back to MOM and for me Tough call between McGugan and Nando with the latter winning the vote if only for his tireless enthusiasm. Keys keep it going[/p][/quote]Agree with the above. On the subject of LD it is good to see he is always now looking to make a pass. He is helping keep possession. Man from Pinner

2:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

HornetJJ says...

I thought everybody was excellent yesterday. I was very impressed with Cassetti though. Brilliant runs, crosses and defending. He was still bombing forward in the 90th minute.
I thought everybody was excellent yesterday. I was very impressed with Cassetti though. Brilliant runs, crosses and defending. He was still bombing forward in the 90th minute. HornetJJ

4:59pm Fri 27 Dec 13

stevyweavy says...

Sometimes I wonder who comes up with these voting lists, i'm sure they never watch the matches. How Sean Murray is not on that list is beyond me. He covered so much ground he deserves man of the match for that alone. But yesterday was really more about the team performance rather than any particular one player. Yes it was Millwall, and yes it was against ten men but they played as one unit the whole match and for that everyone of them deserve credit. Now let's see how we stack up against QPR.
Sometimes I wonder who comes up with these voting lists, i'm sure they never watch the matches. How Sean Murray is not on that list is beyond me. He covered so much ground he deserves man of the match for that alone. But yesterday was really more about the team performance rather than any particular one player. Yes it was Millwall, and yes it was against ten men but they played as one unit the whole match and for that everyone of them deserve credit. Now let's see how we stack up against QPR. stevyweavy

6:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Rookery Veteren says...

Thorne,Murray top class, McGugan and Anya not far behind but it has to be Fernando for mom. There is wizardry in some of his passing , on a good day there is no one close to touching him in the championship.
Thorne,Murray top class, McGugan and Anya not far behind but it has to be Fernando for mom. There is wizardry in some of his passing , on a good day there is no one close to touching him in the championship. Rookery Veteren

10:42am Sun 29 Dec 13

harrowboy says...

HornetJJ wrote:
I thought everybody was excellent yesterday. I was very impressed with Cassetti though. Brilliant runs, crosses and defending. He was still bombing forward in the 90th minute.
Marco is pure class and is much more comfortable playing as the right wing back than as the left side centre back where he can be easily exposed.

On the evidence so far our new coach is quickly building a good understanding of the squads strengths & weaknesses.

Bring on QPR!!
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: I thought everybody was excellent yesterday. I was very impressed with Cassetti though. Brilliant runs, crosses and defending. He was still bombing forward in the 90th minute.[/p][/quote]Marco is pure class and is much more comfortable playing as the right wing back than as the left side centre back where he can be easily exposed. On the evidence so far our new coach is quickly building a good understanding of the squads strengths & weaknesses. Bring on QPR!! harrowboy

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