Watford fan Lee Coan reflects on the Hornets' impressive home form and discusses why the Golden Boys have struggled on the road

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The last time I did one of these Watford Observer Fan's View pieces, somebody was kind enough to call me a "toilet head" in the comments section.

I quite enjoyed being called a toilet head and have used the term quite frequently since.

The referee who turned the Doncaster game into a farce, he was an absolute toilet head and I let him know it.

The Doncaster fans who tried to pick a fight with Watford fans in the car park after that nightmare of a game? What absolute toilet heads they were.

Beppe Sannino however, he's not a toilet head. Not a toilet head at all.

Really he's quite the remarkable chap. The opposite of a toilet head, which I guess is perhaps a sink foot.

Anyway, I'm losing track of what I'm trying to say here. What I'm trying to say is that the Barnsley game was excellent, wasn't it?

The stats are quite simple. Sannino's side have let in just one goal at fortress Vicarage Road since he took over. We've won six home games in a row, kept six consecutive home clean sheets and played some excellent football whilst looking extremely solid at the back.

If we could turn all that into any kind of decent away form, we'd be a Premier League side before you could say "capo gabinetto".

So why oh why oh why can we not win away when we look so good at home?

It could be argued that we’re too defensive away from home. Personally I'm not sure that's true.

It certainly wasn't at Doncaster, even when we had ten men.

It could perhaps be down to bad luck, we've certainly had our share of that on the road. Most likely however, it is all about confidence.

When you consider all that went wrong earlier in the year, it can’t be that surprising that a few of our players seem to lack a bit of swagger.

So much was expected of them at the start of the season and it all went so very wrong. At home they have started to play like they believe in themselves again but that's with a crowd on their side and their families in the stand.

Away, they remain a bit nervy, particularly when the away support get going and the referees start to ignore their appeals.

You can't of course just reinstate confidence in an instant, these things take time. A win or draw at Wigan however, would do wonders in getting that ball rolling.

After all, mathematically we could be in the play-offs by the time we next have a Saturday game at home. (I know we won't be, please don't call me a toilet head for suggesting such a thing.)

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11:17am Tue 18 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

It was Captain PC who called you that. I told him he was very rude, although others agreed with him.

Agree about the Wigan game, one last chance to kick start a real Play Off challenge.
It was Captain PC who called you that. I told him he was very rude, although others agreed with him. Agree about the Wigan game, one last chance to kick start a real Play Off challenge. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 8

11:18am Tue 18 Mar 14

lockerbiehornet says...

'Sink Foot'!
'Sink Foot'! lockerbiehornet
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11:41am Tue 18 Mar 14

HertsPeter says...

Mate. If you thought that the Barnsley game was excellent, then 'toilet-head' does not do you justice!
Mate. If you thought that the Barnsley game was excellent, then 'toilet-head' does not do you justice! HertsPeter
  • Score: -7

12:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Guy Bov says...

Lee, although I fall short of calling you a toilet head, not the most insightful of articles.
Great to see home form turned around but we have hardly played anyone of note during this winning spell.

Away from home I would like to see a more adventurous approach, we have had a few winning positions and seem to have gone for the Italian approach of trying to save what you've got which hasn't worked with too many late goals conceded.

I'm a fan of Sannino and would love to see him succeed but its too early to judge just yet. A clearer picture after Wigan and Blackburn I suspect.
Lee, although I fall short of calling you a toilet head, not the most insightful of articles. Great to see home form turned around but we have hardly played anyone of note during this winning spell. Away from home I would like to see a more adventurous approach, we have had a few winning positions and seem to have gone for the Italian approach of trying to save what you've got which hasn't worked with too many late goals conceded. I'm a fan of Sannino and would love to see him succeed but its too early to judge just yet. A clearer picture after Wigan and Blackburn I suspect. Guy Bov
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Guy Bov wrote:
Lee, although I fall short of calling you a toilet head, not the most insightful of articles.
Great to see home form turned around but we have hardly played anyone of note during this winning spell.

Away from home I would like to see a more adventurous approach, we have had a few winning positions and seem to have gone for the Italian approach of trying to save what you've got which hasn't worked with too many late goals conceded.

I'm a fan of Sannino and would love to see him succeed but its too early to judge just yet. A clearer picture after Wigan and Blackburn I suspect.
agree with this. And yes we've played some excellent football, in patches, but Birmingham home and Middlesbro home were painful to watch even though we won 6 pts....
[quote][p][bold]Guy Bov[/bold] wrote: Lee, although I fall short of calling you a toilet head, not the most insightful of articles. Great to see home form turned around but we have hardly played anyone of note during this winning spell. Away from home I would like to see a more adventurous approach, we have had a few winning positions and seem to have gone for the Italian approach of trying to save what you've got which hasn't worked with too many late goals conceded. I'm a fan of Sannino and would love to see him succeed but its too early to judge just yet. A clearer picture after Wigan and Blackburn I suspect.[/p][/quote]agree with this. And yes we've played some excellent football, in patches, but Birmingham home and Middlesbro home were painful to watch even though we won 6 pts.... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

To be fair to Beppe! I think he has done a good job. Whilst the ship was not sinking, it was certainly taking on water, and he has without doubt bailed us out. Performances have been indifferent -there has been some good and some dross( Yeovil and Bolton away) but overall we are not a million miles away from being both effective and competitive enough for top six - if not this year then certainly next. At the moment, barring any disasters between now and the season's end, I would be quite happy to see him at the helm next time round
To be fair to Beppe! I think he has done a good job. Whilst the ship was not sinking, it was certainly taking on water, and he has without doubt bailed us out. Performances have been indifferent -there has been some good and some dross( Yeovil and Bolton away) but overall we are not a million miles away from being both effective and competitive enough for top six - if not this year then certainly next. At the moment, barring any disasters between now and the season's end, I would be quite happy to see him at the helm next time round exeterhornet
  • Score: 11

12:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

The F.A are trying to find another corrupt ref for Wigan v Watford...

What is going at wigan away..,we get cheated nearly every away game,the F.A are bent.
The F.A are trying to find another corrupt ref for Wigan v Watford... What is going at wigan away..,we get cheated nearly every away game,the F.A are bent. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Tue 18 Mar 14

endean2 says...

Ummmm
hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time
writing that article
Ummmm hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time writing that article endean2
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

endean2 wrote:
Ummmm
hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time
writing that article
As long as Matthew Mesiano isnt allowed near the website again, now he is a proper 'toilet head'.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: Ummmm hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time writing that article[/p][/quote]As long as Matthew Mesiano isnt allowed near the website again, now he is a proper 'toilet head'. ramage1996
  • Score: 0

5:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

endean2 wrote:
Ummmm
hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time
writing that article
Evidently not.
Presume Lee is a friend of someone at the paper ?

"Beppe Sannino however, he's not a toilet head. Not a toilet head at all.

Really he's quite the remarkable chap. The opposite of a toilet head, which I guess is perhaps a sink foot."

Embarrassing drivel.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: Ummmm hope the writer did not spend to much of his valuable time writing that article[/p][/quote]Evidently not. Presume Lee is a friend of someone at the paper ? "Beppe Sannino however, he's not a toilet head. Not a toilet head at all. Really he's quite the remarkable chap. The opposite of a toilet head, which I guess is perhaps a sink foot." Embarrassing drivel. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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6:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

bigmeuprudeboy says...

Where's Captain PC, without him this article would not be possible!!!!!
Where's Captain PC, without him this article would not be possible!!!!! bigmeuprudeboy
  • Score: -1

7:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

corbindallas says...

I guess by the reaction and comments 'Fans View' will never be a regular article, give the guy a bloke he peppered some humour into his piece, perhaps the WO would care to spread the love with some other fans views for a perspective on others opinions of how we are doing?
I guess by the reaction and comments 'Fans View' will never be a regular article, give the guy a bloke he peppered some humour into his piece, perhaps the WO would care to spread the love with some other fans views for a perspective on others opinions of how we are doing? corbindallas
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mickallen57 says...

This article of Lees' is missing a few things . In- sight , interest, content and any real humour . His discussion as to why the Horns struggle away from home is boiled down to three things . Lee asks are they too defensive, too nervy or just unlucky . Is he someone one work experience ? If so I could forgive this pointless drivel . If not I suggest don't give up the day job , just keep following the Horns and keep your thoughts to yourself .
Well W.O. we don't expect Jeff Stelling , Phil Tompson or Charlie Nicholas type discussions on the Web site but surely it should be better than this or is Lee going back to school after his work experience . If so accept my apologies but accept some advice . Forget jouthink about being a chef or plumber
This article of Lees' is missing a few things . In- sight , interest, content and any real humour . His discussion as to why the Horns struggle away from home is boiled down to three things . Lee asks are they too defensive, too nervy or just unlucky . Is he someone one work experience ? If so I could forgive this pointless drivel . If not I suggest don't give up the day job , just keep following the Horns and keep your thoughts to yourself . Well W.O. we don't expect Jeff Stelling , Phil Tompson or Charlie Nicholas type discussions on the Web site but surely it should be better than this or is Lee going back to school after his work experience . If so accept my apologies but accept some advice . Forget jouthink about being a chef or plumber mickallen57
  • Score: -2

1:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mickallen57 says...

sorry should read forget journalism think about being a chef or plumber. Thank God I don't write the articles for W.O
sorry should read forget journalism think about being a chef or plumber. Thank God I don't write the articles for W.O mickallen57
  • Score: 0

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