Who was your Watford man of the match against Barnsley?

Lewis McGugan didn't make our shortlist but impressed in the first half so was he your man of the match? Picture: Dave Peters

Lewis McGugan didn't make our shortlist but impressed in the first half so was he your man of the match? Picture: Dave Peters

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Watford cruised to victory against Barnsley but that was only possible after a scintillating start from the Hornets, when they could have scored more than the two goals they netted in the opening quarter of an hour.

The goalkeeper and back three were resilient for the majority of the contest and in front of them Daniel Tozser again excelled in the holding midfield role.

Wing backs Daniel Pudil and Davide Faraoni provided outlets for much of the contest, particularly in the first 15 minutes.

Cristian Battocchio scored a superb opening goal and Lewis McGugan impressed in the first half breaking forward from midfield before fatigue kicked in after his lengthy lay-off.

And up top Troy Deeney led the line well and netted his 17th of the campaign alongside stand-in striker Ikechi Anya, who terrorised Barnsley’s defence early on.

But who was your pick of the bunch?

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7:21am Sun 16 Mar 14

hornet88 says...

No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.
No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday. hornet88
  • Score: 12

7:31am Sun 16 Mar 14

VOReason says...

hornet88 wrote:
No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.
My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.[/p][/quote]My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad VOReason
  • Score: 7

7:41am Sun 16 Mar 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Er Battochio why isn't he listed?
Er Battochio why isn't he listed? The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 12

8:01am Sun 16 Mar 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: 16

8:20am Sun 16 Mar 14

hornet88 says...

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration.
[quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration. hornet88
  • Score: 14

9:12am Sun 16 Mar 14

VOReason says...

hornet88 wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration.
Could be a good balance next year,:

Toszer the holder/ dictator
Battochio engine
Abdi (fingers crossed) the provider/ goalscorer

Murray mcgugan as back up, not sure about merkels destination ...
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration.[/p][/quote]Could be a good balance next year,: Toszer the holder/ dictator Battochio engine Abdi (fingers crossed) the provider/ goalscorer Murray mcgugan as back up, not sure about merkels destination ... VOReason
  • Score: 6

9:19am Sun 16 Mar 14

hornet88 says...

VOReason wrote:
hornet88 wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration.
Could be a good balance next year,: Toszer the holder/ dictator Battochio engine Abdi (fingers crossed) the provider/ goalscorer Murray mcgugan as back up, not sure about merkels destination ...
Its a shame regarding Merkel. He has shown glimpses of what we expected of him and if that free kick at donny had dipped a little more...well....but he hasn't quite shone in the way we thought he might. Maybe next year get him back for the first 6 months on loan and see what he's capable of with a bit more fitness under his belt.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Next time you get a spare 5 mins at a match just watch battochio, ball or no ball. I agree pudil was excellent again but he got my vote Tuesday. This time battochio gets my vote. He doesn't stop running and chasing down the player on the ball. People must underestimate how important a job that is. He took his goal well and he too cut out the lapses in concentration.[/p][/quote]Could be a good balance next year,: Toszer the holder/ dictator Battochio engine Abdi (fingers crossed) the provider/ goalscorer Murray mcgugan as back up, not sure about merkels destination ...[/p][/quote]Its a shame regarding Merkel. He has shown glimpses of what we expected of him and if that free kick at donny had dipped a little more...well....but he hasn't quite shone in the way we thought he might. Maybe next year get him back for the first 6 months on loan and see what he's capable of with a bit more fitness under his belt. hornet88
  • Score: 5

9:21am Sun 16 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
[quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week. grahamwfc
  • Score: 0

9:26am Sun 16 Mar 14

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

I think we all agree what a good job batto does and I'm not saying he is a bad player hornet88, just not my man of the match for yesterday! But I'll try and spare those 5 minutes thanks!
I think we all agree what a good job batto does and I'm not saying he is a bad player hornet88, just not my man of the match for yesterday! But I'll try and spare those 5 minutes thanks! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
  • Score: 4

9:37am Sun 16 Mar 14

stevyweavy says...

Can't understand the hype about Battochio. Well taken goal but man of the match? Yes he ran around a lot but can anyone remember him getting one successful challenge in? He just not have the ability to win the ball of the opposition anywhere regularly enough. Thankfully Barnsley were nearly as bad as Blackpool. Against a good midfield Battochio will again be shown up as a liability.
Can't understand the hype about Battochio. Well taken goal but man of the match? Yes he ran around a lot but can anyone remember him getting one successful challenge in? He just not have the ability to win the ball of the opposition anywhere regularly enough. Thankfully Barnsley were nearly as bad as Blackpool. Against a good midfield Battochio will again be shown up as a liability. stevyweavy
  • Score: -11

9:55am Sun 16 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.
I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good. mellow yellow
  • Score: 7

9:57am Sun 16 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

mellow yellow wrote:
I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.
He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' !
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.[/p][/quote]He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' ! mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

10:28am Sun 16 Mar 14

Bush Hornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.
He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' !
I agree Merkel is a decent player and I thought he did well when he came on. Plays a simpler game than Lewis who is also decent but infuriating too. Battochio is lacking consistency but played well yesterday and in answer someone's post yes I do remember him winning at least one challenge, although he can look a bit lightweight.

Danny Pudil pouts when he irons. FACT.

Luke O'Nien - I loved his workrate and the fact that he would chase down every ball, and press their keeper. That is just the sort of attitude we need in the last 5 mins when defending more fragile leads. Looking forward to seeing more of him.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.[/p][/quote]He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' ![/p][/quote]I agree Merkel is a decent player and I thought he did well when he came on. Plays a simpler game than Lewis who is also decent but infuriating too. Battochio is lacking consistency but played well yesterday and in answer someone's post yes I do remember him winning at least one challenge, although he can look a bit lightweight. Danny Pudil pouts when he irons. FACT. Luke O'Nien - I loved his workrate and the fact that he would chase down every ball, and press their keeper. That is just the sort of attitude we need in the last 5 mins when defending more fragile leads. Looking forward to seeing more of him. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 11

12:01pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Drewoneone says...

VOReason wrote:
hornet88 wrote:
No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.
My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad
Agree. Just list the full squad Wobby
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.[/p][/quote]My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad[/p][/quote]Agree. Just list the full squad Wobby Drewoneone
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Drewoneone says...

VOReason wrote:
hornet88 wrote:
No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.
My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad
I agree - just list the whole squad Wobby, it's called democracy!
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.[/p][/quote]My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad[/p][/quote]I agree - just list the whole squad Wobby, it's called democracy! Drewoneone
  • Score: 1

12:12pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Drewoneone says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
Good point about Tommie H. He should be getting more game time as he is a class act and so mature for his age. Beppe seems very cautious about playing anyone not 100% fit, but if his injury is healed then he needs game time. Maybe if the time comes when the play offs are mathematically impossible he might get more games?
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.[/p][/quote]Good point about Tommie H. He should be getting more game time as he is a class act and so mature for his age. Beppe seems very cautious about playing anyone not 100% fit, but if his injury is healed then he needs game time. Maybe if the time comes when the play offs are mathematically impossible he might get more games? Drewoneone
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Sun 16 Mar 14

coldplay says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
No point in signing Neal if you're not going to play him. Belkalem has not had a run of games, and apart from those that frequently make their minds up about a player after one appearance, not sure we have seen enough to make a judgement...so he needs to play more. Tommie is different in that he is a class act and does not need to prove himself. My opinion, for what its worth, is, that having been out for so long with a serious injury the club are nurturing him along and keeping him involved with the squad with a view to ensuring he goes in to pre-season injury free, fit and ready to go for next year. Tommie is a big part of our future and patience is key after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines...getting match time now is not so important as being up and running for next year with an injury free pre-season behind him.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.[/p][/quote]No point in signing Neal if you're not going to play him. Belkalem has not had a run of games, and apart from those that frequently make their minds up about a player after one appearance, not sure we have seen enough to make a judgement...so he needs to play more. Tommie is different in that he is a class act and does not need to prove himself. My opinion, for what its worth, is, that having been out for so long with a serious injury the club are nurturing him along and keeping him involved with the squad with a view to ensuring he goes in to pre-season injury free, fit and ready to go for next year. Tommie is a big part of our future and patience is key after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines...getting match time now is not so important as being up and running for next year with an injury free pre-season behind him. coldplay
  • Score: 6

2:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Since Cassetti has been centre back, we haven't conceded at home I think?
Since Cassetti has been centre back, we haven't conceded at home I think? Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 6

2:25pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
Since Cassetti has been centre back, we haven't conceded at home I think?
Oh and tozser MOM. Sign him up!!
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: Since Cassetti has been centre back, we haven't conceded at home I think?[/p][/quote]Oh and tozser MOM. Sign him up!! Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Sun 16 Mar 14

GarstonHorn says...

For me battochio plays well against te poor sides at home but sometimes looks a bit lightweight away from home or against tougher sides. Has got potential and is very good technically but to play centre mid in the championship you have got to be stronger sometimes
For me battochio plays well against te poor sides at home but sometimes looks a bit lightweight away from home or against tougher sides. Has got potential and is very good technically but to play centre mid in the championship you have got to be stronger sometimes GarstonHorn
  • Score: 0

7:03pm Sun 16 Mar 14

onlyonerodthomas says...

the thing about battochio is that all his hard work goes unnoticed by the average fan.he is a bit like milner when he plays for england.everyone moans but the amount of energy,pace he has is astounding.he keeps snapping at your heels.he may not be the best on the teamsheet but every first 11 needs a battochio/milner/gat
tuso style of player.
the thing about battochio is that all his hard work goes unnoticed by the average fan.he is a bit like milner when he plays for england.everyone moans but the amount of energy,pace he has is astounding.he keeps snapping at your heels.he may not be the best on the teamsheet but every first 11 needs a battochio/milner/gat tuso style of player. onlyonerodthomas
  • Score: 3

10:57pm Sun 16 Mar 14

PozzoHornet says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
Think McGugan is consistently poor. Occasionally pops up with a goal but other than that he's wasteful in possession, with too many pot shots that 9 times out of 10 go well wide of the mark. Haven't seen him pick a pass like Forestieri can, never gets anywhere near a sprint, and can't tackle like Batto, or even Murray, can. 4-1-3-2 with the players you suggest would offer a severe lack of width, which, given all 3 of our goals yesterday were from crosses, would be fatal. Pudil technically got no assists by the way. Anya passed it to Deeney for his goal, while he cut it back to Merkel for his. Pudil's cross was headed away, which is how it fell to Batto. Pudil was good, but I feel Anya was a constant menace for us upfront with his pace. Could be an option for the long fabled 'pacy striker' we've been crying out for.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.[/p][/quote]Think McGugan is consistently poor. Occasionally pops up with a goal but other than that he's wasteful in possession, with too many pot shots that 9 times out of 10 go well wide of the mark. Haven't seen him pick a pass like Forestieri can, never gets anywhere near a sprint, and can't tackle like Batto, or even Murray, can. 4-1-3-2 with the players you suggest would offer a severe lack of width, which, given all 3 of our goals yesterday were from crosses, would be fatal. Pudil technically got no assists by the way. Anya passed it to Deeney for his goal, while he cut it back to Merkel for his. Pudil's cross was headed away, which is how it fell to Batto. Pudil was good, but I feel Anya was a constant menace for us upfront with his pace. Could be an option for the long fabled 'pacy striker' we've been crying out for. PozzoHornet
  • Score: -6

4:56am Mon 17 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

mellow yellow wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.
He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' !
Must have spent 5 mins trying to work that one out and gave up - 'pout ironing'.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: I love the fact that we often see different things in a game. I thought Pudil was composed and intelligent in his play and would be my MOTM. I was very impressed with merkel when he came on... Really good pout ironing sense and the change in shape, with Anya dropping back, worked well. Tozser was sitting too deep for me at times, and one occasion in the second half had he been ten yards up the field would have had a clear shot on. However this was prob due to team orders. On yesterday's showing I would love to see both Tozser and Merkel here for good.[/p][/quote]He may pout when ironing, but I meant 'positional' ![/p][/quote]Must have spent 5 mins trying to work that one out and gave up - 'pout ironing'. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: -1

7:50am Mon 17 Mar 14

rayman01 says...

Agree regarding Battachio but not enough game time to judge Merkel. Flashes of class from him but special mention for Cassetti. Looks more assured as a CB sweeper - supports Angella and edges Ekstrand out at the moment. All in all we are doing OK. Now if we could beat Wigan and Blackburn things could become interesting, as apart from them and Brighton most of the teams ahead of us are wobbling. Luv the Horns!
Agree regarding Battachio but not enough game time to judge Merkel. Flashes of class from him but special mention for Cassetti. Looks more assured as a CB sweeper - supports Angella and edges Ekstrand out at the moment. All in all we are doing OK. Now if we could beat Wigan and Blackburn things could become interesting, as apart from them and Brighton most of the teams ahead of us are wobbling. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: -1

8:48am Mon 17 Mar 14

longcliffe says...

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  • Score: -1

9:52am Mon 17 Mar 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

PozzoHornet wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
Think McGugan is consistently poor. Occasionally pops up with a goal but other than that he's wasteful in possession, with too many pot shots that 9 times out of 10 go well wide of the mark. Haven't seen him pick a pass like Forestieri can, never gets anywhere near a sprint, and can't tackle like Batto, or even Murray, can. 4-1-3-2 with the players you suggest would offer a severe lack of width, which, given all 3 of our goals yesterday were from crosses, would be fatal. Pudil technically got no assists by the way. Anya passed it to Deeney for his goal, while he cut it back to Merkel for his. Pudil's cross was headed away, which is how it fell to Batto. Pudil was good, but I feel Anya was a constant menace for us upfront with his pace. Could be an option for the long fabled 'pacy striker' we've been crying out for.
So you would like McGugan to be Fessi, Battochio and Murray rolled in to one. For me McGugan did OK on Saturday and gives us something different in the midfied and linked particularly well with Pudil. Anya, for all his qualities, is not a striker and is much better suited to wide positions where he can run at people...too congested for him in the central position, but fair play to him for his display on Saturday. My MOM was Daniel Pudil.
[quote][p][bold]PozzoHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.[/p][/quote]Think McGugan is consistently poor. Occasionally pops up with a goal but other than that he's wasteful in possession, with too many pot shots that 9 times out of 10 go well wide of the mark. Haven't seen him pick a pass like Forestieri can, never gets anywhere near a sprint, and can't tackle like Batto, or even Murray, can. 4-1-3-2 with the players you suggest would offer a severe lack of width, which, given all 3 of our goals yesterday were from crosses, would be fatal. Pudil technically got no assists by the way. Anya passed it to Deeney for his goal, while he cut it back to Merkel for his. Pudil's cross was headed away, which is how it fell to Batto. Pudil was good, but I feel Anya was a constant menace for us upfront with his pace. Could be an option for the long fabled 'pacy striker' we've been crying out for.[/p][/quote]So you would like McGugan to be Fessi, Battochio and Murray rolled in to one. For me McGugan did OK on Saturday and gives us something different in the midfied and linked particularly well with Pudil. Anya, for all his qualities, is not a striker and is much better suited to wide positions where he can run at people...too congested for him in the central position, but fair play to him for his display on Saturday. My MOM was Daniel Pudil. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 1

10:22am Mon 17 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

coldplay wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Ronny oh Ronny Ronny wrote:
Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game!
Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop!
Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him!
Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and
McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes.

Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2.
On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.
No point in signing Neal if you're not going to play him. Belkalem has not had a run of games, and apart from those that frequently make their minds up about a player after one appearance, not sure we have seen enough to make a judgement...so he needs to play more. Tommie is different in that he is a class act and does not need to prove himself. My opinion, for what its worth, is, that having been out for so long with a serious injury the club are nurturing him along and keeping him involved with the squad with a view to ensuring he goes in to pre-season injury free, fit and ready to go for next year. Tommie is a big part of our future and patience is key after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines...getting match time now is not so important as being up and running for next year with an injury free pre-season behind him.
I think the first 5 words of your post are correct..."No point in signing Neal...". Lets play Hoban to ease him back in and have a proper look at Belkalem to see if he can cut the mustard and if not move him on at the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]coldplay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronny oh Ronny Ronny[/bold] wrote: Battochio certainly was not man of the match! Good goal but odd how people can see different things from the same game! Super Danny Pudil is slowly but surely becoming our best left back since Robbo, he is gradually cutting out the lapses in concentration and poor errors and looking better and better. Thought he was great yesterday, along with Toszer who ran the midfield once more (made Frimpong look as bad as he is) and Deeney who again did not stop! Special mention for O'Nien's action packed cameo 5 minutes, looked like a boy who had won a competition to play for Watford. Great to see, now we know what Sannino meant when speaking about him![/p][/quote]Spot on. Yup good goal, lots of running but absolutely no where near MOM. Pudil was far and away the most effective player on the pitch even without his two assists. With the Tazer in the team we need more creativity around him and that is not Battocchio I feel. You cannot fault his work rate, but his passing is sloppy and he lacks pace. A fair player but if we are serious about progressing then there has to be better options. Murray and McGugan offer more flair and perhaps lack the work rate of Batty, but they do push us forward and have more ability on the ball. In deference to Batty he was probably the best option with those availabe, but sorry plenty of players ahead of him in the MOM stakes. Tazer, Abdi, Murray, Mcgugan when fit would be my choice, with a change of formation to 4-1-3-2. On a separate note, do you feel Hoban should be getting some game time? All for protecting him following a lengthy injury, but surely a run out when Doyley came off would have more beneficial than Neal or Belkalem the other week.[/p][/quote]No point in signing Neal if you're not going to play him. Belkalem has not had a run of games, and apart from those that frequently make their minds up about a player after one appearance, not sure we have seen enough to make a judgement...so he needs to play more. Tommie is different in that he is a class act and does not need to prove himself. My opinion, for what its worth, is, that having been out for so long with a serious injury the club are nurturing him along and keeping him involved with the squad with a view to ensuring he goes in to pre-season injury free, fit and ready to go for next year. Tommie is a big part of our future and patience is key after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines...getting match time now is not so important as being up and running for next year with an injury free pre-season behind him.[/p][/quote]I think the first 5 words of your post are correct..."No point in signing Neal...". Lets play Hoban to ease him back in and have a proper look at Belkalem to see if he can cut the mustard and if not move him on at the end of the season. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

10:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Drewoneone wrote:
VOReason wrote:
hornet88 wrote:
No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.
My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad
I agree - just list the whole squad Wobby, it's called democracy!
Me too - how difficult can it be to list everyone who played in the match rather than arbitrarily picking 4 players and then penalising the rest by including an "other" button......? Come on wobbly, you do read these comments don't you ??
[quote][p][bold]Drewoneone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: No battochio on the list? Thought he was excellent yesterday.[/p][/quote]My choice too! I'm abstaining until they add the whole squad[/p][/quote]I agree - just list the whole squad Wobby, it's called democracy![/p][/quote]Me too - how difficult can it be to list everyone who played in the match rather than arbitrarily picking 4 players and then penalising the rest by including an "other" button......? Come on wobbly, you do read these comments don't you ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

femalehornet122 says...

The match sort of fizzled out part way through. Anya was the man of the mach I reckon.he as the only one who worked his socks of for 90 minutes . For while after half time our players teeated it line a trainign session. Why can't we play for 90 minutes every player like most teams do. ? Once we start to do that we might win more matches. We have a tendency of makign it hard for ourselves. Glad of the win, but the match could have been more entertaining.
The match sort of fizzled out part way through. Anya was the man of the mach I reckon.he as the only one who worked his socks of for 90 minutes . For while after half time our players teeated it line a trainign session. Why can't we play for 90 minutes every player like most teams do. ? Once we start to do that we might win more matches. We have a tendency of makign it hard for ourselves. Glad of the win, but the match could have been more entertaining. femalehornet122
  • Score: 0

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