HALF TIME: Watford are trailing 1-0 against Norwich City and the Hornets are down to ten men after Joel Ekstrand was dismissed

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It’s been a difficult first half for Watford against Norwich City. The Hornets are 1-0 behind and down to ten men at Carrow Road.

Joel Ekstrand’s dismissal after just two minutes means the Golden Boys have come under heavy pressure throughout the opening period.

The Swedish defender was shown a red card for an off the ball incident that left Nathan Redmond with a bloody nose.

While the Hornets have managed to keep the Canaries at bay for the majority of the half, Norwich did break the deadlock in the 32nd minute.

The ball was played out to Bradley Johnson on the edge of the Watford area and the midfielder curled a perfectly weighted shot over Heurelho Gomes and into the top corner.

Watford have struggled to threaten the Norwich goal throughout the opening 45 minutes but Beppe Sannino will have to find a way to change that if his side are to take anything away from their first Championship away match of the season.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Redmond, Hoolahan, Lafferty; Grabban.

Norwich City substitutes: Rudd, Fer, Loza, E Bennett, Josh Murphy, R Bennett, O'Neil.

Watford: Gomes; Tamas, Ekstrand, Angella; Paredes, Abdi, Tozser, McGugan, Pudil; Deeney, Vydra.

Watford substitutes: Bond, Munari, Andrews, Forestieri, Dyer, Ighalo, Hoban.

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4:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

andyhooked says...

Bloody heck! An off the ball incident that left the guy with a bloody nose. What a pilchard Joel. You could cost us the game! What was in your silly mind?
Bloody heck! An off the ball incident that left the guy with a bloody nose. What a pilchard Joel. You could cost us the game! What was in your silly mind? andyhooked
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Terry Dactile says...

andyhooked wrote:
Bloody heck! An off the ball incident that left the guy with a bloody nose. What a pilchard Joel. You could cost us the game! What was in your silly mind?
I think we need to see it before passing judgement!!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Bloody heck! An off the ball incident that left the guy with a bloody nose. What a pilchard Joel. You could cost us the game! What was in your silly mind?[/p][/quote]I think we need to see it before passing judgement!! Terry Dactile
  • Score: 2

4:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

hondas says...

ekstrand just go,,go up with record points they say, im cheesed off already
ekstrand just go,,go up with record points they say, im cheesed off already hondas
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

What about Gomes?

Chipped from over 20 yards for both opening goals, and Grabban has nearly chipped him for a third after 65 mins!!

Bit of a joker I fear??
What about Gomes? Chipped from over 20 yards for both opening goals, and Grabban has nearly chipped him for a third after 65 mins!! Bit of a joker I fear?? bristol hornet
  • Score: -4

4:47pm Sat 16 Aug 14

forcaster says...

I have stated before, our disciplinery record will be the ruin of our promotion hopes. We had the worse record last season in this division, and we are heading that route again. We have to have an assistant to the coach who can teach these guys how to BEHAVE the coach does not have a clue in maintaining a disciplined squad. Will get a thumbs down for this article have supported and followed the Orns for 78 years.What I want is PROMOTION not red and yellow cards.
I have stated before, our disciplinery record will be the ruin of our promotion hopes. We had the worse record last season in this division, and we are heading that route again. We have to have an assistant to the coach who can teach these guys how to BEHAVE the coach does not have a clue in maintaining a disciplined squad. Will get a thumbs down for this article have supported and followed the Orns for 78 years.What I want is PROMOTION not red and yellow cards. forcaster
  • Score: 14

4:48pm Sat 16 Aug 14

WJames says...

Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.
Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t. WJames
  • Score: -18

5:18pm Sat 16 Aug 14

WJames says...

WJames wrote:
Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.
-8.....oh dear, the wet folk out there don't like anything mean to be said. Bullied at school and first to complain to teacher out of interest when something horrible happened? You don't understand the game - very, very clear.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.[/p][/quote]-8.....oh dear, the wet folk out there don't like anything mean to be said. Bullied at school and first to complain to teacher out of interest when something horrible happened? You don't understand the game - very, very clear. WJames
  • Score: -8

5:47pm Sat 16 Aug 14

green chilli says...

Beppe ant got a clue second game in dont think he will recover
Beppe ant got a clue second game in dont think he will recover green chilli
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10:24pm Sat 16 Aug 14

neilhorn says...

WJames wrote:
Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.
go and support man u if you are going to cry like a baby every time we lose. This a real club with real supporters, and we don't call our on players names like that - ever
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.[/p][/quote]go and support man u if you are going to cry like a baby every time we lose. This a real club with real supporters, and we don't call our on players names like that - ever neilhorn
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8:17am Sun 17 Aug 14

EltonForever says...

WJames wrote:
Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.
Leaving aside the disappointment of the sending off, it is entirely unacceptable to resort to that type of language, which impresses no-one.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: Ekstrand - you are a disgrace. Said it before, will say it once again. Terrible last season, embarrassingly out of position and devoid of pace and you foul to give the impression you're tough enough to handle the division. Your colleagues must think you are sub-standard. Get out of our club you c**t.[/p][/quote]Leaving aside the disappointment of the sending off, it is entirely unacceptable to resort to that type of language, which impresses no-one. EltonForever
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