AUDIO: Watford head coach Beppe Sannino responds to Hornets fans booing QPR loanee Samba Diakite

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters Picture: Dave Peters

After Samba Diakite was booed by Watford fans during the 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers, Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino said supporters pay for the right to voice their opinions at matches but wanted fans to show the same “fairness” he received.

The Mali international replaced Alexander Merkel in 75th minute of yesterday’s draw and received a less than warm welcome from certain members of the Hornets faithful.

Sannino acknowledged that he had heard “something” when Diakite was brought on and explained: “I would like to say something to our fans.

"Our crowd was always polite and showed me fairness in games and I don’t want to be misunderstood because people who pay their money have the right to be upset with something which happened on the pitch.

“What I would like to see always, like they did in the past and tonight, is our supporters pushing us and the club in the same way until the end of the season.”

Listen below to Beppe Sannino's post-match press conference 

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5:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

francowatford says...

Merkal was sent off on his debut but are we given him a hard time...NO!. I though it was disgusting that we booed him. I thought he had more controll over his tackling last night and his dribbling and powering forward with the ball looked impressive
Merkal was sent off on his debut but are we given him a hard time...NO!. I though it was disgusting that we booed him. I thought he had more controll over his tackling last night and his dribbling and powering forward with the ball looked impressive francowatford
  • Score: 56

5:15pm Wed 26 Mar 14

rookerychap says...

The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR.
The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR. rookerychap
  • Score: -28

5:25pm Wed 26 Mar 14

femalehornet122 says...

Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance.
Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance. femalehornet122
  • Score: -40

5:35pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

Anyone who booed Diakite is a muppet, he made a bad challenge on his debut so what? Some of our fans are a joke.
Anyone who booed Diakite is a muppet, he made a bad challenge on his debut so what? Some of our fans are a joke. ramage1996
  • Score: 51

5:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Hornankey says...

I thought that Diakete gave us an entertaining cameo last night. He looked good and there's probably much more to come if he gets the chance. He will succeed if he can exercise self-discipline and restraint in the tackle.
I thought that Diakete gave us an entertaining cameo last night. He looked good and there's probably much more to come if he gets the chance. He will succeed if he can exercise self-discipline and restraint in the tackle. Hornankey
  • Score: 52

5:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

perry1990 says...

femalehornet122 wrote:
Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance.
Diatkite looked good when he came on, Looking forward to seeing him play again.
[quote][p][bold]femalehornet122[/bold] wrote: Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance.[/p][/quote]Diatkite looked good when he came on, Looking forward to seeing him play again. perry1990
  • Score: 28

5:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

I just do not see what Diakite gives us or could give us.
Watford fans are a pretty tolerant bunch, but I think it's obvious when a player just isn't the right 'fit' or good enough.
I have no doubt that there was an agreement with Harry Rednapp that Diakite would be given game time.
From what I've seen, there will hardly be a glowing report going back to QPHa.
Frustrating for all parties concerned.
I just do not see what Diakite gives us or could give us. Watford fans are a pretty tolerant bunch, but I think it's obvious when a player just isn't the right 'fit' or good enough. I have no doubt that there was an agreement with Harry Rednapp that Diakite would be given game time. From what I've seen, there will hardly be a glowing report going back to QPHa. Frustrating for all parties concerned. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: -22

5:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mkhornet says...

rookerychap wrote:
The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR.
As far as I'm concerned whilst he's wearing a Yellow shirt he's our player, and should be afforded the same decency as any other player that wears it. When he goes back he's a QPR player. I thought that certain "fans" reached a new low last night.
[quote][p][bold]rookerychap[/bold] wrote: The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR.[/p][/quote]As far as I'm concerned whilst he's wearing a Yellow shirt he's our player, and should be afforded the same decency as any other player that wears it. When he goes back he's a QPR player. I thought that certain "fans" reached a new low last night. mkhornet
  • Score: 50

6:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

It is absolutely disgraceful for so called fans to boo your own players. It is the same morons no doubt that boo at half time or full time if we are losing.
It is absolutely disgraceful for so called fans to boo your own players. It is the same morons no doubt that boo at half time or full time if we are losing. HornetJJ
  • Score: 46

6:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ramageland says...

I booed Kerry Dixscum when he played for us, yellow shirt or no yellow shirt!
I booed Kerry Dixscum when he played for us, yellow shirt or no yellow shirt! Ramageland
  • Score: -18

6:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

jaemae2 says...

Anyone that does this or defends it are pathetic and classless people. Disgusting.
Anyone that does this or defends it are pathetic and classless people. Disgusting. jaemae2
  • Score: 30

6:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

hogweed says...

The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible.

Hog out
The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: -23

7:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

tiger bay says...

Personally i'd boo the 30 per cent or so that leave after 80 minutes...BOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
O!!!!!
Personally i'd boo the 30 per cent or so that leave after 80 minutes...BOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO O!!!!! tiger bay
  • Score: 29

7:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Hairy Hornet says...

femalehornet122 wrote:
Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance.
What game where you watching? I thought he had good control and composure on the ball and looked positive going forward in the short time he was on the pitch. Merkel had a poor game anyway. Hes worth another chance.
I don't blame Almunia for Blackburns 2nd, it was a reasonable punch out, he was under pressure, I blame the soft defence who made no challenge on the player that picked up the ball and waltzed round the box with impunity. Ekstrand was totally anonymous and ineffective. He's simply not good enough. We need an uncompromising centre half in the Martin Taylor mould to compliment the cultured Angella.
[quote][p][bold]femalehornet122[/bold] wrote: Last nights game was disappointing in that we had a goal jeeper who can't seem to catch balls. because of this we lost to soft goals to Blackburn. Otherwise I thought this was a really good display from all of the lads except for Diakite. I thought it was wrong to take Merkal played very well as part of the team and that it was Diatkite that ws being booed. I really don't think if we are going to build anything he is part of that. He seemed to be uncertain when to pass the ball and was slow when he got near goal. Every time he lost it to the opposition which is not what we wanted. If we can make sure everyone knows there job and we stop panicking when they have a number of their players in our goal mouth we will fare better. Overall though a really good enjoyable performance.[/p][/quote]What game where you watching? I thought he had good control and composure on the ball and looked positive going forward in the short time he was on the pitch. Merkel had a poor game anyway. Hes worth another chance. I don't blame Almunia for Blackburns 2nd, it was a reasonable punch out, he was under pressure, I blame the soft defence who made no challenge on the player that picked up the ball and waltzed round the box with impunity. Ekstrand was totally anonymous and ineffective. He's simply not good enough. We need an uncompromising centre half in the Martin Taylor mould to compliment the cultured Angella. Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 22

8:09pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Banjo says...

rookerychap wrote:
The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR.
based on that logic, yeah logic, look it up, I hope you didn't cheer Vydra
[quote][p][bold]rookerychap[/bold] wrote: The questions wrong. He is not our player, he's QPR.[/p][/quote]based on that logic, yeah logic, look it up, I hope you didn't cheer Vydra Banjo
  • Score: 17

8:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

HornyHornet90 says...

If anybody saw him on his QPR debut under Mark Hughes he was a shambles and looked well off the pace. After a fee games he grasped the pace of Emglish football and looked a really good player (from what I saw if QPR were on TV on a Sunday down the pub).

I personally think given the chance of some consistent games he could become a real asset to us and I for one wouldn't mind seeing him fill the void left by the likes of Hogg and Eustace
If anybody saw him on his QPR debut under Mark Hughes he was a shambles and looked well off the pace. After a fee games he grasped the pace of Emglish football and looked a really good player (from what I saw if QPR were on TV on a Sunday down the pub). I personally think given the chance of some consistent games he could become a real asset to us and I for one wouldn't mind seeing him fill the void left by the likes of Hogg and Eustace HornyHornet90
  • Score: 17

8:44pm Wed 26 Mar 14

HornyHornet90 says...

HornyHornet90 wrote:
If anybody saw him on his QPR debut under Mark Hughes he was a shambles and looked well off the pace. After a fee games he grasped the pace of Emglish football and looked a really good player (from what I saw if QPR were on TV on a Sunday down the pub).

I personally think given the chance of some consistent games he could become a real asset to us and I for one wouldn't mind seeing him fill the void left by the likes of Hogg and Eustace
Apologies for my shocking spelling, it's first thing in the morning where I reside currently
[quote][p][bold]HornyHornet90[/bold] wrote: If anybody saw him on his QPR debut under Mark Hughes he was a shambles and looked well off the pace. After a fee games he grasped the pace of Emglish football and looked a really good player (from what I saw if QPR were on TV on a Sunday down the pub). I personally think given the chance of some consistent games he could become a real asset to us and I for one wouldn't mind seeing him fill the void left by the likes of Hogg and Eustace[/p][/quote]Apologies for my shocking spelling, it's first thing in the morning where I reside currently HornyHornet90
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

matey_from_brighton says...

didn't boo him because I think that is unhelpful, but judging by his performance it may have helped - for the first time we saw a little bit of what he can do. If he was a permanent signing it would be slightly different but too indulge yourself with the kind of tackles he does at a new club when you are on loan trying to make a good impression is ridiculous and shows us no respect either - hence why we have a low opinion of him so far.
didn't boo him because I think that is unhelpful, but judging by his performance it may have helped - for the first time we saw a little bit of what he can do. If he was a permanent signing it would be slightly different but too indulge yourself with the kind of tackles he does at a new club when you are on loan trying to make a good impression is ridiculous and shows us no respect either - hence why we have a low opinion of him so far. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him.

Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year.

Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.
I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him. Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year. Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them. ramage1996
  • Score: -13

10:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

ramage1996 wrote:
I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him.

Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year.

Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.
Not quite sure that Diakite and Toszer should be mentioned in the same sentence, worlds apart in terms of talent.
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him. Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year. Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure that Diakite and Toszer should be mentioned in the same sentence, worlds apart in terms of talent. D.unstable
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Nick El Greco says...

He snubbed the minute of applause for Tom Finney. I'm kind of surprised nobody has seen fit to mention that since it the entire root cause of the animosity towards him .. bring on the guesswork excuses
He snubbed the minute of applause for Tom Finney. I'm kind of surprised nobody has seen fit to mention that since it the entire root cause of the animosity towards him .. bring on the guesswork excuses Nick El Greco
  • Score: 2

11:09pm Wed 26 Mar 14

matey_from_brighton says...

ramage1996 wrote:
I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him.

Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year.

Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.
you need 4 strikers. Different combinations for different opposition and circumstances - plus Deeney and Forestieri haven't torn up the league this year, so why will they next year? So much can happen in close season but if our owners have been watching the games they will see that we have come up well short this year - will be interesting to see what their approach is for next season.
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him. Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year. Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.[/p][/quote]you need 4 strikers. Different combinations for different opposition and circumstances - plus Deeney and Forestieri haven't torn up the league this year, so why will they next year? So much can happen in close season but if our owners have been watching the games they will see that we have come up well short this year - will be interesting to see what their approach is for next season. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 6

4:50am Thu 27 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Nick El Greco wrote:
He snubbed the minute of applause for Tom Finney. I'm kind of surprised nobody has seen fit to mention that since it the entire root cause of the animosity towards him .. bring on the guesswork excuses
If that is the case then there is something not quite right with the lad - from what I have seen and heard I think that the club deserves a lot better.
[quote][p][bold]Nick El Greco[/bold] wrote: He snubbed the minute of applause for Tom Finney. I'm kind of surprised nobody has seen fit to mention that since it the entire root cause of the animosity towards him .. bring on the guesswork excuses[/p][/quote]If that is the case then there is something not quite right with the lad - from what I have seen and heard I think that the club deserves a lot better. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 1

8:52am Thu 27 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

ramage1996 wrote:
I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him.

Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year.

Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.
Are you being serious with the last sentence? I thought we left that sort of talk behind when reality kicked in last autumn.
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: I reckon we could get him cheap and I think he would be a good player for us, Diakite or Tozer in holding midfield, Abdi pulling the strings with Murray or Merkel next to him. Just need another centre back to play next to Angella and Hoban next year. Deeney and Forrestieri will destroy the league next year, we do not need another striker other than to cover for them.[/p][/quote]Are you being serious with the last sentence? I thought we left that sort of talk behind when reality kicked in last autumn. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 6

9:42am Thu 27 Mar 14

IntelligentHornet says...

If anything its more the decision to bring him on that is booed, he just isn't a footballer there was a point where Casetti has to drag him to a spot on a set piece, then he hooked the ball towards our own goal twice, yes he may have made a couple of bursting runs but one time he left the ball behind and the other he over hit to Angella and we were lucky to get a corner. I would of rather seen O'Nien come on the pitch. As i see Diakite as a risk more when he is on the pitch than when he gets sent off!
If anything its more the decision to bring him on that is booed, he just isn't a footballer there was a point where Casetti has to drag him to a spot on a set piece, then he hooked the ball towards our own goal twice, yes he may have made a couple of bursting runs but one time he left the ball behind and the other he over hit to Angella and we were lucky to get a corner. I would of rather seen O'Nien come on the pitch. As i see Diakite as a risk more when he is on the pitch than when he gets sent off! IntelligentHornet
  • Score: -1

10:04am Thu 27 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus. bristol hornet
  • Score: 1

11:35am Thu 27 Mar 14

Oracledave says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
Yet again arguments constructed on factual inaccuracy and distortion.

We have just won five homes games in a row without conceding, having lost 6 games in a row under Zola. Forget the away form, if we had won just three of them we would be in the play off hunt. Sannino deserves a chance next term.

So you think we are less fit and slower than other Championship teams ? Funny then that last season we almost got promoted with a squad which would have mostly done it's pre-season in Italy and continuing work under a set of Italian coaches.

So the Pozzo's deal in mediocrity !? That would include getting Granada into La Liga and establishing Udinese in Serie A including European qualification. Two small clubs punching well above their weight. And I'll take mid table 'mediocrity' in the Prem anytime !
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]Yet again arguments constructed on factual inaccuracy and distortion. We have just won five homes games in a row without conceding, having lost 6 games in a row under Zola. Forget the away form, if we had won just three of them we would be in the play off hunt. Sannino deserves a chance next term. So you think we are less fit and slower than other Championship teams ? Funny then that last season we almost got promoted with a squad which would have mostly done it's pre-season in Italy and continuing work under a set of Italian coaches. So the Pozzo's deal in mediocrity !? That would include getting Granada into La Liga and establishing Udinese in Serie A including European qualification. Two small clubs punching well above their weight. And I'll take mid table 'mediocrity' in the Prem anytime ! Oracledave
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Dunderdale Pinner says...

I would like to see Almunia give up pinching. Every team we play swing in high balls knowing that we are weak in that central area. Two bad punches led to two Blackburn goals. If a keepefr attemps to catch and get knocked in the attempt there is a good chance the referee will give a foul against the kepper and a free kick. By punching you will never get the benefit of a foul.

As for the booing it was out of order.
I would like to see Almunia give up pinching. Every team we play swing in high balls knowing that we are weak in that central area. Two bad punches led to two Blackburn goals. If a keepefr attemps to catch and get knocked in the attempt there is a good chance the referee will give a foul against the kepper and a free kick. By punching you will never get the benefit of a foul. As for the booing it was out of order. Dunderdale Pinner
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Ricky Holden says...

Just so I'm clear as it's hard to work out the fact through the double standards on here. Diakite deserves booing for being sent off on his debut but Merkel doesn't because he's not from QPhaha?

Almunia deserves chastising because he punched, weakly granted, that arguably resulted in two of Blackburn's goals but the two point blank saves at 0-0 are just him doing his job?

All seems clear and sensible to me but no fault is at Nani's door? Surely he should be called out on here as well?
Just so I'm clear as it's hard to work out the fact through the double standards on here. Diakite deserves booing for being sent off on his debut but Merkel doesn't because he's not from QPhaha? Almunia deserves chastising because he punched, weakly granted, that arguably resulted in two of Blackburn's goals but the two point blank saves at 0-0 are just him doing his job? All seems clear and sensible to me but no fault is at Nani's door? Surely he should be called out on here as well? Ricky Holden
  • Score: 0

4:29pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Leave it out!!! Almunias confidence has gone. That was clear to see. Of the fans would show him some support instead of moaning and groaning every time the ball came near him then perhaps he would make an attemp to catch the ball. Tommy hoban didnt clear the ball for the 2nd goal. Family stand do like a moan.
Leave it out!!! Almunias confidence has gone. That was clear to see. Of the fans would show him some support instead of moaning and groaning every time the ball came near him then perhaps he would make an attemp to catch the ball. Tommy hoban didnt clear the ball for the 2nd goal. Family stand do like a moan. Cuthbert007
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4:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

This is 2014 there is no need to boo Diakati!! Hope the kick it out team and Peter Herbert are watching watfords boo boys closely.......
This is 2014 there is no need to boo Diakati!! Hope the kick it out team and Peter Herbert are watching watfords boo boys closely....... Cuthbert007
  • Score: -1

6:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Feff says...

The Daily Telegraph (Alan Smith) voted Almunia the worst goalkeeper to play for Arsenal under Wenger in all his 1000 games. Any comments? I wonder if he kept punching the ball playing for Arsenal too?
The Daily Telegraph (Alan Smith) voted Almunia the worst goalkeeper to play for Arsenal under Wenger in all his 1000 games. Any comments? I wonder if he kept punching the ball playing for Arsenal too? Feff
  • Score: -2

6:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

IntelligentHornet wrote:
If anything its more the decision to bring him on that is booed, he just isn't a footballer there was a point where Casetti has to drag him to a spot on a set piece, then he hooked the ball towards our own goal twice, yes he may have made a couple of bursting runs but one time he left the ball behind and the other he over hit to Angella and we were lucky to get a corner. I would of rather seen O'Nien come on the pitch. As i see Diakite as a risk more when he is on the pitch than when he gets sent off!
It takes time to settle into a new team. He is a top player. U have probably never played the game before.
[quote][p][bold]IntelligentHornet[/bold] wrote: If anything its more the decision to bring him on that is booed, he just isn't a footballer there was a point where Casetti has to drag him to a spot on a set piece, then he hooked the ball towards our own goal twice, yes he may have made a couple of bursting runs but one time he left the ball behind and the other he over hit to Angella and we were lucky to get a corner. I would of rather seen O'Nien come on the pitch. As i see Diakite as a risk more when he is on the pitch than when he gets sent off![/p][/quote]It takes time to settle into a new team. He is a top player. U have probably never played the game before. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

BryantheOrn says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence.

What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship.

Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc.

The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch.

If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs.

Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league.

Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.
Beppe steadied a team that was fast heading for relegation. The Pozzos know how to run a club of our size. Maybe you would be happier with Baz or the Salad Boys but give me The Pozzos anyday. You've still got a problem with Beppe because he hasn't managed to learn a new language in 8 weeks whilst doing a decent job.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Every chance we will be leapfrogged by Sheff Weds on Sat, due to our poor away form, to a position in the league that Zola left as a consequence. What progress will that signify, nothing, which sums up Sannino, a nothing manager in the Championship. Watford fans have to look for the positives, it could be worse, New East Stand and financial stability, etc. The current position shows Watford are a team of "joggers" not fit enough to compete with a large number of Championship teams for 90 mins, Yeovil demonstrated that clearly at Huish Park. The squad are in a comfort zone generally playing within themselves, they are happy to be tinkered with and there are a lack of leaders on the pitch. If the Pozzos do not make summer managerial changes they will be showing acceptance of mediocrity that they have now established at all 3 of their clubs. Pre season should be with a coach/mgr who can substantially raise fitness levels, speed up the build up play, ( set Soton, Leics & Clarets as the standard, teams that keep "at it" for 90+mins ) , and identify a strong captain (Almunia is a joke as captain), to compete with the best in the league. Otherwise lets embrace mediocrity and all that brings, and hope ticket sales hold up with New Stand impetus.[/p][/quote]Beppe steadied a team that was fast heading for relegation. The Pozzos know how to run a club of our size. Maybe you would be happier with Baz or the Salad Boys but give me The Pozzos anyday. You've still got a problem with Beppe because he hasn't managed to learn a new language in 8 weeks whilst doing a decent job. BryantheOrn
  • Score: -1

9:48pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SuperHorn says...

ramage1996 wrote:
Anyone who booed Diakite is a muppet, he made a bad challenge on his debut so what? Some of our fans are a joke.
I think it was also to do with the fact that he had an absolute shocker the whole game really. He looked rather good against Blackburn though and I want to see him be given a chance. Anyone that boos and are only happy with a win should just not bother turning up to the games
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: Anyone who booed Diakite is a muppet, he made a bad challenge on his debut so what? Some of our fans are a joke.[/p][/quote]I think it was also to do with the fact that he had an absolute shocker the whole game really. He looked rather good against Blackburn though and I want to see him be given a chance. Anyone that boos and are only happy with a win should just not bother turning up to the games SuperHorn
  • Score: 2

9:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SuperHorn says...

hogweed wrote:
The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible.

Hog out
One bad game in a whole season. He has been incredible this season and deserves better than the crap that so called 'fans' like you give him
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible. Hog out[/p][/quote]One bad game in a whole season. He has been incredible this season and deserves better than the crap that so called 'fans' like you give him SuperHorn
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

SuperHorn wrote:
hogweed wrote:
The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible.

Hog out
One bad game in a whole season. He has been incredible this season and deserves better than the crap that so called 'fans' like you give him
Almunia is class. He could cut it in the premiership. Watford fans need to support and cheer the players on. Encourage them. By booing almunia you r knocking his confidence even more. Thats goin to happen with any player. Look at the team when zola was in charge forhis last game. No confidence. The fans were moaning and booing the players.
[quote][p][bold]SuperHorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: The person who should have been booed was Almunia. What a pathetic joke of a performance. His punches caused us to concede all 3 goals. Risible. Hog out[/p][/quote]One bad game in a whole season. He has been incredible this season and deserves better than the crap that so called 'fans' like you give him[/p][/quote]Almunia is class. He could cut it in the premiership. Watford fans need to support and cheer the players on. Encourage them. By booing almunia you r knocking his confidence even more. Thats goin to happen with any player. Look at the team when zola was in charge forhis last game. No confidence. The fans were moaning and booing the players. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 1

9:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

yellowvoice says...

I cannot believe that some of the posts here indicate that Diakite is actually a good quality player............ut
terly unbelieveable. Orange peelers and cupcake eaters!
I cannot believe that some of the posts here indicate that Diakite is actually a good quality player............ut terly unbelieveable. Orange peelers and cupcake eaters! yellowvoice
  • Score: -1

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