Watford come within a handful of minutes of forcing FA Cup replay at Manchester City

Watford Observer: Troy Deeney celebrates putting Watford in dreamland at the Etihad. Picture: Action Images Troy Deeney celebrates putting Watford in dreamland at the Etihad. Picture: Action Images

Watford can head home from the Etihad Stadium with their heads more than held high after coming within less than ten minutes of forcing an FA Cup fourth round replay, only for Manchester City’s multi-million-pound assembled array of stars to finally prevail 4-2.

Only the most optimistic fan would have given Watford a hope before kick-off but by the interval a huge shock was very much on the cards.

The Hornets arguably already deserved to be in front before the 20th minute when Troy Deeney slipped in Fernando Forestieri and he kept his calm to beat Costel Pantilimon.

And that lead was doubled nine minutes later when more shocking City defending allowed Ikechi Anya to play in Deeney and like his teammate before, he also showed admirable composure to double the Hornets’ advantage.

Sergio Aguero halved the deficit just before the hour-mark and then the hosts inevitably cranked up the pressure. The Hornets were able to hold out until 12 minutes from the end when Aguero curled home a superb equaliser.

A replay was still on the cards though, but the manner in which City took the lead with four minutes of normal time remaining was horrible for Jonathan Bond as the Hornets keeper let an Aleksandar Kolarov shot squirm through his grasp.

There was still time for City to add a fourth – their 110th goal in all competitions – as goal-machine Aguero completed his hat-trick but the victors will know they had to dig deep as their opponents, for much of the match, were on course to cause a sensation and become only the second time alongside European champions Bayern Munich at the Etihad this season.

Beppe Sannino made five changes to the team which extended Watford’s unbeaten away run to an eighth game by holding out for a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth last week despite being reduced to ten men.

More than half the alterations were enforced – with Fitz Hall suspended and Iriney and Lewis McGugan both injured – while Manuel Almunia and Diego Fabbrini dropped to the bench.

Their places were taken by, in what appeared to a new-look 4-5-1 formation, Bond, Lloyd Doyley, Anya, Sean Murray and Forestieri.

New signing Mathias Ranegie was on the bench along with the fit-again Marco Cassetti and, for the first time this season, Tommie Hoban.

Manuel Pellegrini shuffled his pack once again and made six changes to the side which easily saw off West Ham United 3-0 in midweek to complete a 9-0 aggregate win and emphatically book a Capital One Cup final trip to Wembley to face Sunderland.

Into the side came Micah Richards, Martin Demichelis, Kolarov, Jack Rodwell, skipper Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko. Alvaro Negrado missed out through injury, Matija Nastastic, Gael Clichy and Fernandinho dropped to the bench and Dedryck Boyata and Javi Garcia were not involved.

The Hornets in fact started in a 3-4-2-1 formation and had an effort, of sorts, inside the opening 30 seconds when Troy Deeney fired well wide from an impossible angle towards the right edge of the penalty area.

Watford had a far more promising two minutes later when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after Toure bundled over Forestieri. However, the Argentine’s set-piece went straight into the wall and then Cristian Battocchio struck a half-volley over from the edge of the 18-yard box after the rebound sat up nicely for him.

The visitors continued their positive start and had a very good case for a penalty in the sixth minute when Davide Faraoni clipped a ball over the top, Anya outpaced Demichelis, lifted the ball beyond Pantilimon and was then clattered by the keeper. But Sannino was left smiling ruefully on the sidelines as referee Kevin Friend briefly allowed play to continue before the ball was knocked into touch so Anya could receive treatment.

City had barely got started and their collective mood was not improved in the tenth minute when Dzeko was booked after squaring up to Gabriele Angella in the penalty area as the hosts prepared to take a free-kick.

Pellegrini’s men though, did have their first opening soon after when the Hornets switched off at a corner, allowing Kolarov to get totally free at the near post and flick a Jesus Navas set piece across the danger area but the defence manage to scramble the ball behind.

But it was Watford’s chance to create an even better opening in the 16th minute when, after a Toure shot had been blocked, they broke in numbers with Forestieri carrying the ball around 60 yards. However, his final through ball was to have too much pace on it as he tried to put slide in Faraoni, who was in the clear in the penalty area.

Sannino’s men should have done better with that opportunity but in the 20th minute, 3,352 fans at one end of the group were roaring in collective jubilation as the Hornets made the breakthrough – and not against the run of play.

Faraoni played the ball to Deeney, who clipped a pass round the corner and Forestieri timed his run superbly to get clear of the static City rearguard and he kept his composure superbly to beat Rodwell and make it 1-0.

Bond comfortably held a 20-yard effort from Rodwell as the home side sought an instant response but then the keeper almost got in a muddle with Angella as Navas lurked before the Italian defender frantically cleared the ball behind.

But the highly unlikely assumed borderline unthinkable proportions in the 29th minute when the Hornets sensationally doubled their lead.

City were frankly a shambles at the back as Watford got possession on the left, built steadily before Anya slipped in Deeney who, like Forestieri before him, kept his head and comfortably beat Pantilimon to reduce the vast majority inside the Etihad to stunned silence.

City tried to regroup after going two down, but didn’t really threaten as their opponents remained resolute, keeping their shape and organisation superbly as the clock started to run down towards half-time.

The hosts tried to build some momentum in the final five minutes of the half but Doyley did superbly to dispossess Aguero as he tried to get a shot away and then a superb block thwarted a Kolarov drive.

But City were still looking vulnerable on the counter and three minutes before the interval the Hornets had another promising situation when the ball was worked to Forestieri on the edge of the area. His shot was blocked and then Faraoni sliced the angled rebound wide.

Soon after though, a low Anya cross from the right was allowed to run all the way across the area and Daniel Pudil did well to get on the end of it but he had to take the shot first time and hit the side netting.

But 2-0 it stayed at the break and it was clear a defensive reshuffle was on the cards for City in the second half as Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta were both left on the pitch during the interval to warm up.

The changes were duly made as Richards and Rodwell were hauled off by Pellegrini at the start of the second period as the hosts immediately started on the front foot.

Pudil was booked three minutes after the restart for a foul on Navas and then the Hornets were fortunate to escape when they were sloppy at a corner, but two runners towards the near post could not get a clean head on Kolarov’s delivery from the left.

Watford got through the first ten minutes and had a couple of ambitious efforts of their own, with Anya and Pudil both trying half-volleys from the edge of the penalty area after corners were partially cleared.

City had their first clear opening of the afternoon when Dzeko found space in the area and played a one-two with Navas before doing little more than roll a shot through to Bond from barely eight yards out.

Pellegrini played his final card in the 57th minute as Stevan Jovetic replaced Marcos Lopes and the substitute was lurking behind Dzeko as he failed to get his head on a delivery from the right when superbly placed in front of goal.

But City were back in the contest two minutes later when Bond did very well to deny Dzeko but the keeper was helpless as the ball broke for Aguero who slammed home his 23rd of the season.

Sannino instantly replaced Forestieri with Cassetti and then Dzeko continued to add to his list of poor finishes as tamely side-footed a shot through to Bond after Kompany had threatened to shoot after reaching the edge of the penalty area.

But 2-1 it remained as the clock ticked past the 70-minute mark as Angella produced a terrific block to repel a Toure shot. An afternoon of industry and no little quality at times from Murray was ended four minutes later when he was replaced by Almen Abdi.

The Hornets though, were to be undone for a second time in the 78th minute when City’s undisputed quality came to the fore.

Navas picked up the ball in his own half and ran across the pitch from right to left but forward as he drifted past Faraoni before finding Dzeko. He slipped the ball to Aguero on the right side of the area and the Argentine bided his time before curling a superb left-footed finish past the helpless Bond and into the top corner to make it 2-2.

Fabbrini replaced Faraoni with six minutes remaining as Watford tried to hold on for the replay but it was not to be as a horrible moment for Bond saw City score their third with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Kolarov connected well enough with a daisy-cutter from 25 yards but the Hornets keeper would have expected to deal with it, only for the ball to squirm through his grasp and between his legs as he bent down to claim.

Anya did shoot wide at the other end but having got in front, there was no great surprise that City were able to maintain their four-goals-a-home game average in injury time when as the Hornets tormentor in chief in the penalty area completed his hat-trick.

Bond started to look as if we could come to deal with a deep cross from the right but hesitated and Aguero didn’t need a second invitation to complete his treble after the break and book City’s place in the fifth round as they continue their trophy pursuit of four fronts.

Manchester City: Pantilimon; Richards (Zabaleta 46), Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov; Navas, Rodwell (Kompany 46), Toure, Lopes (Jovetic 57); Aguero, Dzeko. Not used: Hart, Nastasic, Clichy, Fernandinho.

Watford: Bond; Faraoni (Fabbrini 84), Doyley, Ekstrand, Angella, Pudil; Anya, Battocchio, Murray (Abdi 74), Forestieri (Cassetti 60); Deeney. Not used: Almunia, Ranegie, Hoban, O’Nien.

Bookings: Dzeko for off-the-ball clash with Angella (10); Pudil for a foul on Navas (48).

Attendance: 46,514 (3,352 away).

Referee: Kevin Friend.

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5:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

So proud.
COYH
So proud. COYH Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BlakeyJ says...

Very well done, done yourselves proud!
Yes we lost, but we showed we have the quality to play to notch football. It wasn't a knock down city team by any stretch.
We were bloody beating best team in Europe, at their home, 2-0 after 59 minutes... Arguably could have scored 4 by then.
Makes me happy.
Hope this gives us boost to turn league around...
Maybe we play 4-4-2 more often?
Very well done, done yourselves proud! Yes we lost, but we showed we have the quality to play to notch football. It wasn't a knock down city team by any stretch. We were bloody beating best team in Europe, at their home, 2-0 after 59 minutes... Arguably could have scored 4 by then. Makes me happy. Hope this gives us boost to turn league around... Maybe we play 4-4-2 more often? BlakeyJ
  • Score: 14

5:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Well done you Golden Boys, not the result we would all have loved but a great showing!
Well done you Golden Boys, not the result we would all have loved but a great showing! The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 4

5:21pm Sat 25 Jan 14

andyhooked says...

Not at all shamed in the way that we were eventually beaten. I was not there but could Manu have saved any of the goals that Bond could not get to? Even though the report states that Bond made great some saves.

Not relevant to the game today, but Alex at Watford was great in arranging for my wife to be able to give me as a surprise birthday present a signed replica team shirt and a card for a milestone birthday. Great to see that we remain a superb friendly club.
Not at all shamed in the way that we were eventually beaten. I was not there but could Manu have saved any of the goals that Bond could not get to? Even though the report states that Bond made great some saves. Not relevant to the game today, but Alex at Watford was great in arranging for my wife to be able to give me as a surprise birthday present a signed replica team shirt and a card for a milestone birthday. Great to see that we remain a superb friendly club. andyhooked
  • Score: -5

5:28pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

Blimmin 'ell. unlucky boys. Proud to be a Watford fan now. Jealous of everyone that made it up to the Etihad. Fair play to you all.....you must have been going ABSOLUTELY BONKERS when we scored the 1st and then the 2nd!

Amazing!! and THAT is what being a football fan is all about, yes results matter, but its the 'moments' in football that make being a fan so great.

Now lets take this performance into the league and dare I say it, perhaps this formation too? If its a good enough performance to be the better team at the Etihad for 45 minutes, surely its good enough to play in the championship. The last 2 weeks sounds like we have played with desire, grit and determination and, combined with talent, that's what you need for promotion out of this league.
Massively proud.
COY(F)H.
Luv the ornz!
Blimmin 'ell. unlucky boys. Proud to be a Watford fan now. Jealous of everyone that made it up to the Etihad. Fair play to you all.....you must have been going ABSOLUTELY BONKERS when we scored the 1st and then the 2nd! Amazing!! and THAT is what being a football fan is all about, yes results matter, but its the 'moments' in football that make being a fan so great. Now lets take this performance into the league and dare I say it, perhaps this formation too? If its a good enough performance to be the better team at the Etihad for 45 minutes, surely its good enough to play in the championship. The last 2 weeks sounds like we have played with desire, grit and determination and, combined with talent, that's what you need for promotion out of this league. Massively proud. COY(F)H. Luv the ornz! Stoney77
  • Score: 12

5:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

mickallen57 says...

I had no expectation from this game ,I guess not many did. Well done lads you put up a great fight , and well done Beppe , you nearly pulled it off . Now back to the championship with the confidence high lets put that quality to charging back up the league. COYH
I had no expectation from this game ,I guess not many did. Well done lads you put up a great fight , and well done Beppe , you nearly pulled it off . Now back to the championship with the confidence high lets put that quality to charging back up the league. COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 7

5:46pm Sat 25 Jan 14

rayman01 says...

Sannino obviously set us up just right for this game. Everyone associated with WFC should be proud tonight. Always going to be difficult against most impressive team currently at club level, not just in England or Europe but possibly the World. Now lets get our league season back on track and give the likes of Forest a real good game. Luv the Horns!
Sannino obviously set us up just right for this game. Everyone associated with WFC should be proud tonight. Always going to be difficult against most impressive team currently at club level, not just in England or Europe but possibly the World. Now lets get our league season back on track and give the likes of Forest a real good game. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 7

5:48pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hornet1970 says...

In on way back fans loud and proud
Great effort so close to forcing a reply showed we van live with the best
u horns
In on way back fans loud and proud Great effort so close to forcing a reply showed we van live with the best u horns Hornet1970
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

Watford FC have given a new meaning to IF.

The boys stood up today and well. Back to the food and drink of the championship with renewed confidence.
Watford FC have given a new meaning to IF. The boys stood up today and well. Back to the food and drink of the championship with renewed confidence. Cuetip
  • Score: 6

5:57pm Sat 25 Jan 14

WJames says...

Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.
Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough. WJames
  • Score: -126

5:57pm Sat 25 Jan 14

AngelHornet says...

Great effort and almost a replay.
Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward.

Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence.

On to Brighton next Sunday!
Great effort and almost a replay. Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward. Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence. On to Brighton next Sunday! AngelHornet
  • Score: -12

6:01pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Big Cliff was King says...

An almost perfect result.
We don't need a cup run when there are other more important things to think about. Our heroic away supporters will have had a great day out. The team will have had a great boost of confidence for the rest of the season. Our splendid manager will have gained a lot of credibility and have a better idea of the best formation (4-4-2 ?) and I will be able to go into work on Monday with a smug(ish) grin on my face and tell the glory hunting doom mongers where to put their predictions.
An almost perfect result. We don't need a cup run when there are other more important things to think about. Our heroic away supporters will have had a great day out. The team will have had a great boost of confidence for the rest of the season. Our splendid manager will have gained a lot of credibility and have a better idea of the best formation (4-4-2 ?) and I will be able to go into work on Monday with a smug(ish) grin on my face and tell the glory hunting doom mongers where to put their predictions. Big Cliff was King
  • Score: 5

6:03pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Poppet Bear says...

At least we put up a great performance.......?W
hich is more than I expected, I must admit. Take that confidence into the league.
At least we put up a great performance.......?W hich is more than I expected, I must admit. Take that confidence into the league. Poppet Bear
  • Score: -8

6:08pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Love our golden boys! We made the whole footballing world stand up and take note once again.
We just out played the best team in England for 60 minutes and people are on about us changing to a 4-4-2??????
I'm very confused.
Love our golden boys! We made the whole footballing world stand up and take note once again. We just out played the best team in England for 60 minutes and people are on about us changing to a 4-4-2?????? I'm very confused. Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: -2

6:09pm Sat 25 Jan 14

kevhenderson says...

AngelHornet wrote:
Great effort and almost a replay.
Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward.

Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence.

On to Brighton next Sunday!
Thanks for your post as I hadn't realised that the Brighton game had moved to Sunday. I should have known given that the Forest game is on Thursday. having missed the Millwall game. I haven't seen a home goal since October. Here's hoping.
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Great effort and almost a replay. Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward. Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence. On to Brighton next Sunday![/p][/quote]Thanks for your post as I hadn't realised that the Brighton game had moved to Sunday. I should have known given that the Forest game is on Thursday. having missed the Millwall game. I haven't seen a home goal since October. Here's hoping. kevhenderson
  • Score: -13

6:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Emmer Green Hornet says...

WJames wrote:
Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.
I'm guessing you're the sort of person that walks into a room and everyone else makes their excuses and leaves.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing you're the sort of person that walks into a room and everyone else makes their excuses and leaves. Emmer Green Hornet
  • Score: 5

6:25pm Sat 25 Jan 14

AngelHornet says...

AngelHornet wrote:
Great effort and almost a replay.
Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward.

Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence.

On to Brighton next Sunday!
Forest actually Thursday.

Why a thumbs down to Bond?...He needs game time to help him progress
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Great effort and almost a replay. Perhaps the formation that Sannoni chose today is the way forward. Unlucky for Bond and perhaps it would suit him to have a short loan to gain some confidence. On to Brighton next Sunday![/p][/quote]Forest actually Thursday. Why a thumbs down to Bond?...He needs game time to help him progress AngelHornet
  • Score: -12

6:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bigmeuprudeboy says...

WJames wrote:
Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.
Oh look another new name that has never posted before, mate you have posted before when we have lost under other names and when we see a new name that we have never seen before you stick out like a sore thumb.
Well done Luton, you beat Nuneaten today and that is your level now WJames why dont you chip off back to your non league message board eh..

I feel proud to be a Watford fan today, we put up a great effort against one of the best teams in Europe, better than all the teams they have faced recently and our youth team knocked out the current holders in the youth cup.

forza pozzo's
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.[/p][/quote]Oh look another new name that has never posted before, mate you have posted before when we have lost under other names and when we see a new name that we have never seen before you stick out like a sore thumb. Well done Luton, you beat Nuneaten today and that is your level now WJames why dont you chip off back to your non league message board eh.. I feel proud to be a Watford fan today, we put up a great effort against one of the best teams in Europe, better than all the teams they have faced recently and our youth team knocked out the current holders in the youth cup. forza pozzo's bigmeuprudeboy
  • Score: 6

6:49pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

WJames wrote:
Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.
Sweet jeepers, did i really just read this?

nice bit of attention seeking here WJames.

Watford give Man City, one of the best teams in the WORLD with the best strike force in the world, arguably their toughest game at home in god knows how long and all you can say is something negative?

flipping hell dude, sort it out and get some perspective.

PS I would like to see you say those comments to the players.

oh no, sorry I forgot, you're a gutless coward who hides behind the anonymity of a keyboard.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.[/p][/quote]Sweet jeepers, did i really just read this? nice bit of attention seeking here WJames. Watford give Man City, one of the best teams in the WORLD with the best strike force in the world, arguably their toughest game at home in god knows how long and all you can say is something negative? flipping hell dude, sort it out and get some perspective. PS I would like to see you say those comments to the players. oh no, sorry I forgot, you're a gutless coward who hides behind the anonymity of a keyboard. Stoney77
  • Score: 27

7:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bluewaffler says...

Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played.
Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played. bluewaffler
  • Score: 63

7:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

exeterhornet says...

Thanks bluewaffler. It was cruel wasn't it? Still got a tear in my eye.
Thanks bluewaffler. It was cruel wasn't it? Still got a tear in my eye. exeterhornet
  • Score: 11

8:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bluewaffler says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Thanks bluewaffler. It was cruel wasn't it? Still got a tear in my eye.
Very cruel. I felt for your keeper he looked distraught at the end walking off, I hope he doesn't let that affect him for long and remembers that he was part of a proud team performance.
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Thanks bluewaffler. It was cruel wasn't it? Still got a tear in my eye.[/p][/quote]Very cruel. I felt for your keeper he looked distraught at the end walking off, I hope he doesn't let that affect him for long and remembers that he was part of a proud team performance. bluewaffler
  • Score: 30

8:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

errollg says...

Fabulous Watford, we ran our socks off. Great credit to Beppe for setting the team up so well and to the team themselves for their work rate. Kompany coming on at half time made the difference - after that we didn't get much of a chance up front and City could just attack. What a great day and proud to be a Hornet!
Fabulous Watford, we ran our socks off. Great credit to Beppe for setting the team up so well and to the team themselves for their work rate. Kompany coming on at half time made the difference - after that we didn't get much of a chance up front and City could just attack. What a great day and proud to be a Hornet! errollg
  • Score: 13

8:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

exeterhornet says...

It is now about attitude. If we reproduce that level of effort and performance until the end of the season then play offs will be a given. Believe..........sta
rting Thursday against that horrible Billy Davis
It is now about attitude. If we reproduce that level of effort and performance until the end of the season then play offs will be a given. Believe..........sta rting Thursday against that horrible Billy Davis exeterhornet
  • Score: 12

8:39pm Sat 25 Jan 14

exeterhornet says...

Goals on page 3 of mancityforum.co.uk under Man City v Watford. Enjoy.
Goals on page 3 of mancityforum.co.uk under Man City v Watford. Enjoy. exeterhornet
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

tjohn says...

Jonathan Bond is a fantastic young keeper. Even the best make the odd mistake. Apart from that he was great and deserves the support of every true horn. Jonathan, you will play for England and make us all even more proud.
Jonathan Bond is a fantastic young keeper. Even the best make the odd mistake. Apart from that he was great and deserves the support of every true horn. Jonathan, you will play for England and make us all even more proud. tjohn
  • Score: 23

9:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

WessexLad says...

bluewaffler wrote:
Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played.
Never mind your defence, the only thing your much vaunted attack won in the first half was a booking for Dzeko. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We sat too deep; we lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and we missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long, but even so it was a **** close run thing. Good luck in your 4 competitions.
[quote][p][bold]bluewaffler[/bold] wrote: Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played.[/p][/quote]Never mind your defence, the only thing your much vaunted attack won in the first half was a booking for Dzeko. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We sat too deep; we lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and we missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long, but even so it was a **** close run thing. Good luck in your 4 competitions. WessexLad
  • Score: -3

9:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Bond is quality and he is the goalkeeping future of our club. Support him.
Bond is quality and he is the goalkeeping future of our club. Support him. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 10

10:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

EltonForever says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers! EltonForever
  • Score: 10

10:57pm Sat 25 Jan 14

EltonForever says...

EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers![/p][/quote]I forgot to say 'shame on you'!. EltonForever
  • Score: 9

11:06pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Juniorhornet says...

We gave City a great game which was very least we could ask for. But there were quite a lot of mistakes that we can't make against city:
1st goal-unlucky
2nd goal-let them run at us
3rd goal-mistake by bond
4th goal-no marking
But we played well and didn't get thrashed. So well done lads
We gave City a great game which was very least we could ask for. But there were quite a lot of mistakes that we can't make against city: 1st goal-unlucky 2nd goal-let them run at us 3rd goal-mistake by bond 4th goal-no marking But we played well and didn't get thrashed. So well done lads Juniorhornet
  • Score: 2

11:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bluewaffler says...

WessexLad wrote:
bluewaffler wrote:
Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played.
Never mind your defence, the only thing your much vaunted attack won in the first half was a booking for Dzeko. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We sat too deep; we lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and we missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long, but even so it was a **** close run thing. Good luck in your 4 competitions.
Very true, your defending was very good in the first half and for periods of the second half. Oh well, our "much vaunted attack" was poor and still scored 4 goals, I can live with that.
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewaffler[/bold] wrote: Well done and hard luck in not getting the draw that you definitely deserved. I said in the comments on the ticket story at the start of the week that we were poor at the back and you'd get chances and boy was I rght! I know this won't be of much consolation but to put it into perspective, I am a season card holder at the Etihad and aside from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, today was probably the hardest game we have been given at home this season. Well played.[/p][/quote]Never mind your defence, the only thing your much vaunted attack won in the first half was a booking for Dzeko. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We sat too deep; we lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and we missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long, but even so it was a **** close run thing. Good luck in your 4 competitions.[/p][/quote]Very true, your defending was very good in the first half and for periods of the second half. Oh well, our "much vaunted attack" was poor and still scored 4 goals, I can live with that. bluewaffler
  • Score: 8

11:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Henry VIII says...

A superb effort today and I am pleased to see the support for Bond after his error. In absolute truth, I was expecting something like a 4-0 or 5-0 today but that is the absolute beauty of this competition, the oldest in the world. Manchester City are without doubt playing some of the greatest forward play the Premier (or English football) has ever seen. The confidence and calmness of our lads today was a sign of just how decent this squad is - last year one game short of the big time and after today's loss we sit ten points adrift with no distractions between now and May. I hope that lads watch the game film on the way home and realise what we have here - it is a very talented, pacey building base to move on from. Everyone deserves a huge pat on the back, even Bond who made some great saves as well - and it probably should have been a penalty, so... to go there and play like that, baring in mind West Ham's recent pathetic efforts, the whole club should be proud. Beppe knows what he has now, he saw a few different things today and I think he will transfer that into Forest on Thursday. Great job one and all....and fair play to City, that is one awesome squad. They really could go and take everything this year with that much talent.
A superb effort today and I am pleased to see the support for Bond after his error. In absolute truth, I was expecting something like a 4-0 or 5-0 today but that is the absolute beauty of this competition, the oldest in the world. Manchester City are without doubt playing some of the greatest forward play the Premier (or English football) has ever seen. The confidence and calmness of our lads today was a sign of just how decent this squad is - last year one game short of the big time and after today's loss we sit ten points adrift with no distractions between now and May. I hope that lads watch the game film on the way home and realise what we have here - it is a very talented, pacey building base to move on from. Everyone deserves a huge pat on the back, even Bond who made some great saves as well - and it probably should have been a penalty, so... to go there and play like that, baring in mind West Ham's recent pathetic efforts, the whole club should be proud. Beppe knows what he has now, he saw a few different things today and I think he will transfer that into Forest on Thursday. Great job one and all....and fair play to City, that is one awesome squad. They really could go and take everything this year with that much talent. Henry VIII
  • Score: 9

11:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

EltonForever wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.
I forecast 6-0 as I believed it might happen. You probably forecast us beatibg Yeovil at the vic but I don't hear you squawking on about that
. Go and perch on a twig.
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers![/p][/quote]I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.[/p][/quote]I forecast 6-0 as I believed it might happen. You probably forecast us beatibg Yeovil at the vic but I don't hear you squawking on about that . Go and perch on a twig. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -11

12:05am Sun 26 Jan 14

PedroHornet says...

The atmosphere and sheer joy we experienced during the first half at the Etihad today when those goals went in is second only to 'that' Leicester game. If only that motivation, sheer determination and skills can be carried into the league games, we should have no trouble getting back into play offs.

So "come on you 'Orns".

Chin-up Bondy, hopefully you'll learn from your mistakes.
The atmosphere and sheer joy we experienced during the first half at the Etihad today when those goals went in is second only to 'that' Leicester game. If only that motivation, sheer determination and skills can be carried into the league games, we should have no trouble getting back into play offs. So "come on you 'Orns". Chin-up Bondy, hopefully you'll learn from your mistakes. PedroHornet
  • Score: 17

7:26am Sun 26 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

EltonForever wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.
Are you Graham Norton?
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers![/p][/quote]I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.[/p][/quote]Are you Graham Norton? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -4

8:21am Sun 26 Jan 14

EltonForever says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.
Are you Graham Norton?
Are you a real supporter of Watford Football Club?

I often wonder when I read your gloomy postings.

Embrace 2014 - it often helps to see a glass half full.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers![/p][/quote]I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.[/p][/quote]Are you Graham Norton?[/p][/quote]Are you a real supporter of Watford Football Club? I often wonder when I read your gloomy postings. Embrace 2014 - it often helps to see a glass half full. EltonForever
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

neil-bs says...

BlakeyJ wrote:
Very well done, done yourselves proud!
Yes we lost, but we showed we have the quality to play to notch football. It wasn't a knock down city team by any stretch.
We were bloody beating best team in Europe, at their home, 2-0 after 59 minutes... Arguably could have scored 4 by then.
Makes me happy.
Hope this gives us boost to turn league around...
Maybe we play 4-4-2 more often?
Sorry, but the game was in Manchester not Munich. Well done Watford.
[quote][p][bold]BlakeyJ[/bold] wrote: Very well done, done yourselves proud! Yes we lost, but we showed we have the quality to play to notch football. It wasn't a knock down city team by any stretch. We were bloody beating best team in Europe, at their home, 2-0 after 59 minutes... Arguably could have scored 4 by then. Makes me happy. Hope this gives us boost to turn league around... Maybe we play 4-4-2 more often?[/p][/quote]Sorry, but the game was in Manchester not Munich. Well done Watford. neil-bs
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
So proud.
COYH
How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers!
I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.
Are you Graham Norton?
Are you a real supporter of Watford Football Club?

I often wonder when I read your gloomy postings.

Embrace 2014 - it often helps to see a glass half full.
I love you man. I embrace you
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: So proud. COYH[/p][/quote]How proud were you during the week when you forecast a 6-0 reverse for your club. We need supporters, not gloom mongers![/p][/quote]I forgot to say 'shame on you'!.[/p][/quote]Are you Graham Norton?[/p][/quote]Are you a real supporter of Watford Football Club? I often wonder when I read your gloomy postings. Embrace 2014 - it often helps to see a glass half full.[/p][/quote]I love you man. I embrace you Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -3

7:54am Mon 27 Jan 14

harry uk says...

really cant understand why almunia didnt play, no mention of injury.
really cant understand why almunia didnt play, no mention of injury. harry uk
  • Score: -1

4:07pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wimborne Hornet says...

I was embarrassed not to go - went last year so fair play to all those who went. If you get a chance look at this - the tunnel cam from the Etihad. I started watching but found it totally addictive.
www.mcfc.co.uk/cityt
v/features/2014/janu
ary/city-v-watford-t
unnel-cam‎
I was embarrassed not to go - went last year so fair play to all those who went. If you get a chance look at this - the tunnel cam from the Etihad. I started watching but found it totally addictive. www.mcfc.co.uk/cityt v/features/2014/janu ary/city-v-watford-t unnel-cam‎ Wimborne Hornet
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

KeithMercer says...

Wimborne Hornet wrote:
I was embarrassed not to go - went last year so fair play to all those who went. If you get a chance look at this - the tunnel cam from the Etihad. I started watching but found it totally addictive.
www.mcfc.co.uk/cityt

v/features/2014/janu

ary/city-v-watford-t

unnel-cam‎
thanks for the link Wimborne ! really enjoyed it apart from the last 5 mins or so. Have a look everyone very interesting to see some stuff behind the scenes, and good to see The hornets were not giving it large at half time.
Great stuff
[quote][p][bold]Wimborne Hornet[/bold] wrote: I was embarrassed not to go - went last year so fair play to all those who went. If you get a chance look at this - the tunnel cam from the Etihad. I started watching but found it totally addictive. www.mcfc.co.uk/cityt v/features/2014/janu ary/city-v-watford-t unnel-cam‎[/p][/quote]thanks for the link Wimborne ! really enjoyed it apart from the last 5 mins or so. Have a look everyone very interesting to see some stuff behind the scenes, and good to see The hornets were not giving it large at half time. Great stuff KeithMercer
  • Score: 2

11:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

WJames says...

Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
WJames wrote:
Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.
I'm guessing you're the sort of person that walks into a room and everyone else makes their excuses and leaves.
Just seen this. You and your buddies on here are glorifying a defeat. Well done - not only a contradiction in terms but it shows how lacking in any ambition you are. 2 up and conceding 4 is a success. Well done again.
[quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Fair play to the team but that's another 45 minute showing. Regardless of how many of you reach to press the 'dreaded, all powerful' thumbs down button, the team gave in again when the going got tough.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing you're the sort of person that walks into a room and everyone else makes their excuses and leaves.[/p][/quote]Just seen this. You and your buddies on here are glorifying a defeat. Well done - not only a contradiction in terms but it shows how lacking in any ambition you are. 2 up and conceding 4 is a success. Well done again. WJames
  • Score: 0

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