After yet another demoralising away performance at Charlton Athletic, the end to this campaign really can’t come quickly enough.
For one reason or another, this season really hasn’t lived up to its billing. Too often have Watford looked like promotion candidates one week and then mid-table dwellers the next.
Although I am fully behind the Pozzo’s and their project for the club, the last two years has shown the risk that comes hand in hand with the way Watford is now run.
Last season we recruited an army of new players and it worked. This season we did exactly the same thing and it didn’t.
We all accept it didn’t work this campaign. We’ve got to dust ourselves off and start again until we find the kind of blend that almost secured Premier League football last season.
However, to achieve this feat Beppe Sannino and his new regime need to put their own mark on the squad this summer.
Alongside bringing in a new striker and signing several of our loanees, a change of formation may be needed in order to progress.
Our current 3-5-2 system was incredibly effective throughout last season and at the beginning of this campaign. But we’ve struggled to get results since then, especially away from home.
In the past, the formation gave us a unique dimension which many other championship teams struggled against but now our playing style carries an air of predictability.
It would be surprising if the defensively minded Sannino sticks to this philosophy rather than adapting the side to his natural style.
At QPR, I think a mix of these two styles led to our downfall. For the first hour of the game, Watford played open expansive football and were by far the better side.
But, after we took the lead, our defensive line dropped 15 yards deeper and invited Rangers back into the game.
If we had continued to play our high pressing game, then perhaps the Hornets wouldn’t have travelled back to Vicarage Road empty handed.
We are unfortunately not defensively resilient enough to soak up pressure of that scale, which is why we continue to concede late goals.
In my opinion the QPR performance spoke volumes about our season. We promised the world, showed scary potential at times but couldn’t deliver much substance.
However, with a new batch of recruits in the summer and a manager looking to change the DNA of the side, we can only strap in and see where the new regime will take us.