Watford beaten by Tommy Mooney-inspired Birmingham City

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Sport

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Watford travelled to St Andrew's for a league encounter with a Birmingham City side captained for the first time by Tommy Mooney, signed from Vicarage Road the previous summer.

Having made a rash of team changes, Watford boss Gianluca Vialli watched his side slump to 3-0 down with Paul Devlin, later a Hornet, setting Darren Purse up for the first, and Mooney himself scoring twice.

A fine free-kick from loanee Jermaine Pennant signalled a fightback that yielded only one more goal, struck into his own net by Michael Johnson.

The final score was 3-2 as the Hornets continued to fail to meet the season's expectations.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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