Joel Ekstrand's early sending off helps Norwich City secure 3-0 win over Watford

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The 3-0 scoreline will startle those who weren’t at Carrow Road but Norwich City were completely dominant against Watford once Joel Ekstrand was sent off just two minutes into this afternoon’s contest.

The Hornets started brightly but an off-the-ball collision between Ekstrand and Nathan Redmond left the Norwich winger with a bloody nose and the Sweden international in the stands.

Bradley Johnson scored an excellent opener half an hour into the contest and then two goals in 17 seconds in the second half from Lewis Grabban and Alexander Tettey secured the Canaries a deserved victory, as they utilised their extra man in excellently.

The Hornets named an unchanged line-up from last Saturday’s Championship opener with Bolton Wanderers, which meant nine alterations from the midweek win at Stevenage in the League Cup.

Ikechi Anya, Craig Cathcart and Lloyd Doyley missed the contest through injury but the strength of the Hornets’ squad was again evident as Sean Murray, Cristian Battocchio and Mathias Ranegie could not even make the matchday 18.

Norwich made two changes as Javier Garrido replaced the suspended Martin Olsson and Tettey came in for Elliott Bennett.

Like last week, the Golden Boys started very quickly as they won a free-kick after 15 seconds. Lewis McGugan’s effort from the edge of the area was saved low down to John Ruddy’s left.

But then the dynamics of the game changed significant as Ekstrand was sent off for what was deemed to be an elbow on Nathan Redmond midway through the Golden Boys’ half.

This prompted Watford to switch to a 4-3-1-1 formation as Matej Vydra played behind Troy Deeney up top.

It was Redmond who had the next meaningful attempt from a free-kick which went wide of the near post.

Watford Observer: Redmond vs Watford

Watford’s fans were not left dejected by the sending-off; they were out-signing the home support as they tried to rally their team.

Deeney had a tame shot from a tight angle saved and Almen Abdi was wayward from distance but it was hard for the Hornets to maintain possession. Norwich used their extra man well, especially in the wide areas.

The Golden Boys were able to clear most of the crosses into their box but the Canaries had a few dangerous efforts from distance in quick succession. Tettey’s was saved, Johnson had an effort deflected narrowly wide and Redmond hit the roof of the net with a dipping strike.

Watford enjoyed a brief passage of possession midway through the half but it was swiftly followed by one of pressure from the opposition.

Sannino appeared to switch to a 4-2-2-1 with McGugan wide left and Vydra on the right as they tried to stop the attacking threat from Norwich’s full-backs who were bombing forward.

But the deadlock was broken on 32 minutes when Hoolahan’s run wide left pulled a couple of the Hornets’ players out of position and then Johnson lifted a 20-yard shot over Heurelho Gomes and into the top corner.

Watford kept the ball better after the goal but it was still incredibly hard for the visitors to find a way through the home team’s backline.

Norwich remained the team on top and Johnson struck another shot from distance powerfully wide of the Hornets’ post.

The Canaries almost scored a second when Paredes was caught out of position and Hoolahan picked out the run of Grabban, but Gomes rushed out to make a one-handed save.

Another mistake from Paredes almost cost the Golden Boys when he failed to deal with a routine delivery to the far post and Grabban was able to cut the ball back into the box.

Watford could not be accused of a lack of trying but Norwich were utilising their extra man impressively.

Summer signing Kyle Lafferty in particular was having a superb game and was next to send a shot from distance wide moments before the half-time whistle blew.

Lloyd Dyer was introduced at the break in place of McGugan and Watford started well and enjoyed a minute or so of pressure.

But Norwich responded by almost going two ahead as Steven Whittaker’s low cross was almost reached by the sliding Lafferty.

The Hornets’ half-time substitution had their best chance of the match nine minutes after the restart as he was released following a counter-attack but his left-footed shot from 15 yards was parried away by Ruddy.

Hoolahan and Laffety were real threats for Norwich and the two linked up well prior to the latter clipping the roof of the net following a through ball.

It was end-to-end for a while and Watford had another excellent chance when Dyer laid the ball off to Vydra only for his effort to be blocked.

Moments later Johnson reminded the Golden Boys that he couldn’t be allowed too much time outside the area as he forced Gomes into a good save.

The visitors were under real pressure and another Hoolahan pass released Redmond. Gomes saved his shot from close range but the ball ended up at the feet of Grabban.

Watford did not close down the summer signing from Bournemouth quick enough and when they did, they could only deflect his chip from outside the area over Gomes and into the net.

Then, incredibly, 17 seconds later it was 3-0. Tettey was also allowed time on the ball outside the area and he found the near, bottom corner from outside the area.

Watford Observer: Tettey goal vs Watford

Watford made an immediate double substitution as Abdi and Vydra made way for Keith Andrews and Fernando Forestieri.

The barrage continued initially before subsiding. But Norwich still controlled most of the possession and arguably should have had a fourth when Leroy Fer picked out Grabban only for the striker to flick the ball over the bar from 12 yards when totally unmarked.

Daniel Tozser found Angella in the box with a cross and he was unable to direct the ball goalwards and Dyer reached the byline following good play from Forestieri. But, in truth, the Golden Boys rarely troubled the Norwich’s defence as the game came to a close.

Redmond and Whittaker struck wayward shots from outside the area and Johnson had a shot from 25 yards saved in the dying moments but the difference remained three.

Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido; Tettey (O'Neil 65), Johnson; Redmond, Hoolahan (Fer 73), Lafferty (Bennett 67); Grabban.

Subs not used: Rudd, Loza, Josh Murphy, R Bennett.

Watford: Gomes; Tamas, Ekstrand, Angella; Paredes, Abdi (Andrews 63), Tozser, McGugan (Dyer 45), Pudil; Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 63).

Subs not used: Bond, Munari, Ighalo, Hoban.

Referee: Paul Tierney.

Attendance: 26,375 (1,470).

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5:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Terry Dactile says...

Dust ourselves down! Onwards and upwards! Not a lot to learn from playing the whole game with 10 men against a Prem relegated team. Just hope we don't get the same again!!!
Dust ourselves down! Onwards and upwards! Not a lot to learn from playing the whole game with 10 men against a Prem relegated team. Just hope we don't get the same again!!! Terry Dactile
  • Score: 33

5:06pm Sat 16 Aug 14

neilhorn says...

ok we move on - this was always tough and with 10 from the start virtually impossible. The next few games are very winnable so we take this on the chin
ok we move on - this was always tough and with 10 from the start virtually impossible. The next few games are very winnable so we take this on the chin neilhorn
  • Score: 23

5:09pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Bush Hornet says...

Ouch!
Ouch! Bush Hornet
  • Score: 11

5:16pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Ramageland says...

Not the end of the World but it would have been nice to get a few more games under our belt before the old problems resurfaced. If Ekstrand did stick an elbow on him then he deserves a severe b*ll*cking!!! Nice early wake up call.
Not the end of the World but it would have been nice to get a few more games under our belt before the old problems resurfaced. If Ekstrand did stick an elbow on him then he deserves a severe b*ll*cking!!! Nice early wake up call. Ramageland
  • Score: 21

5:21pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

Yes I agree, you win or lose this league from November to March, not second game in August. Lots of teams without points will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
Yes I agree, you win or lose this league from November to March, not second game in August. Lots of teams without points will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Andrew1963
  • Score: 17

5:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

goldanboy says...

Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance. goldanboy
  • Score: 18

5:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

the jesterwestport says...

skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on!
skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on! the jesterwestport
  • Score: 10

5:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

WJames says...

goldanboy wrote:
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.
[quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.[/p][/quote]No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings. WJames
  • Score: 52

5:58pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I'll discipline has cost us again BUT will watch the 'highlights' before passing comment.

HC
I'll discipline has cost us again BUT will watch the 'highlights' before passing comment. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 9

5:59pm Sat 16 Aug 14

errollg says...

Tommie Hoban is a Premier league player in the making. This might settle our team in the long term if he comes in and does well.
Tommie Hoban is a Premier league player in the making. This might settle our team in the long term if he comes in and does well. errollg
  • Score: 56

6:03pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Bush Hornet says...

errollg wrote:
Tommie Hoban is a Premier league player in the making. This might settle our team in the long term if he comes in and does well.
Agree. Time for Tommie
[quote][p][bold]errollg[/bold] wrote: Tommie Hoban is a Premier league player in the making. This might settle our team in the long term if he comes in and does well.[/p][/quote]Agree. Time for Tommie Bush Hornet
  • Score: 48

6:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

hondas says...

WJames wrote:
goldanboy wrote:
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.
spot on mate as far as im concerned, get rid.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.[/p][/quote]No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.[/p][/quote]spot on mate as far as im concerned, get rid. hondas
  • Score: 22

6:15pm Sat 16 Aug 14

rogeruk says...

Ekstrand is a liability, saw a picture of him on twitter in a smoking. Professional footballer should not smoke. Looks like he doesn't have a care in the world.

Sannino the other players are **** of with Ekstrand.
Sort it out now, loss of this game could still be important at end of season.

Hope Sannino's away form gets better and soon,
Ekstrand is a liability, saw a picture of him on twitter in a smoking. Professional footballer should not smoke. Looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Sannino the other players are **** of with Ekstrand. Sort it out now, loss of this game could still be important at end of season. Hope Sannino's away form gets better and soon, rogeruk
  • Score: -1

6:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

philthehorn says...

I agree with all the comments about Ekstrand. He was very poor last season and surprised he started this season. Tommie Hoban should never just be sitting on the pitch. Not sure abour Tamas either. COYH
I agree with all the comments about Ekstrand. He was very poor last season and surprised he started this season. Tommie Hoban should never just be sitting on the pitch. Not sure abour Tamas either. COYH philthehorn
  • Score: 19

6:32pm Sat 16 Aug 14

neilhorn says...

the jesterwestport wrote:
skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on!
what it proves is that Skybet don't know we are definitely keeping Deeney, Betfair layers do
[quote][p][bold]the jesterwestport[/bold] wrote: skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on![/p][/quote]what it proves is that Skybet don't know we are definitely keeping Deeney, Betfair layers do neilhorn
  • Score: 3

6:35pm Sat 16 Aug 14

weeblehorn says...

WJames wrote:
goldanboy wrote:
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.
Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.[/p][/quote]No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now. weeblehorn
  • Score: 12

6:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Eurotourhorn says...

Ekstrand started hornets career well but agree his distribution and reading of game poor. Too often he gives cheap free kicks away in wide positions and puts us under needless pressure. Not strong enough in air to be playing centre of three. If culpable and sending off deserved needs heavily fining and dropped when suspension over early momentum important and such problems appear self inflicted. Hoban must come in but despite our abundance of talent it doesn't extend to defenders! Early wake up call may not on reflection end up being a bad thing but return to winning ways on Tuesday vital and will test mettle of some of the imports at the new York stadium. Coyh
Ekstrand started hornets career well but agree his distribution and reading of game poor. Too often he gives cheap free kicks away in wide positions and puts us under needless pressure. Not strong enough in air to be playing centre of three. If culpable and sending off deserved needs heavily fining and dropped when suspension over early momentum important and such problems appear self inflicted. Hoban must come in but despite our abundance of talent it doesn't extend to defenders! Early wake up call may not on reflection end up being a bad thing but return to winning ways on Tuesday vital and will test mettle of some of the imports at the new York stadium. Coyh Eurotourhorn
  • Score: 19

6:54pm Sat 16 Aug 14

goldanboy says...

weeblehorn wrote:
WJames wrote:
goldanboy wrote:
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.
Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now.
I too don't rate Ekstrand (makes terrible decisions), but we can't really expect to win at Norwich with ten men. It was a tongue and cheek comment and I certainly won't be stessing over the 3 nil loss.
[quote][p][bold]weeblehorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.[/p][/quote]No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now.[/p][/quote]I too don't rate Ekstrand (makes terrible decisions), but we can't really expect to win at Norwich with ten men. It was a tongue and cheek comment and I certainly won't be stessing over the 3 nil loss. goldanboy
  • Score: 2

8:28pm Sat 16 Aug 14

tommy gunn says...

As the score suggests we were well and truly beaten today, could have been 6 or 7. Not sure the quickest sending off is but Ekstrand is up there with the best of them. I don't think he even touched the ball before he walked .Didn't really see the incident but Redmond did have a bloody nose and had to change his shirt. The managers decision to play Vydra just behind Deeney was a bit of a gamble, you would have thought the situation demanded another recognised mid fielder. Paredes good going forward but on todays evidence has limitations defending.
As the score suggests we were well and truly beaten today, could have been 6 or 7. Not sure the quickest sending off is but Ekstrand is up there with the best of them. I don't think he even touched the ball before he walked .Didn't really see the incident but Redmond did have a bloody nose and had to change his shirt. The managers decision to play Vydra just behind Deeney was a bit of a gamble, you would have thought the situation demanded another recognised mid fielder. Paredes good going forward but on todays evidence has limitations defending. tommy gunn
  • Score: 6

9:01pm Sat 16 Aug 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

goldanboy wrote:
weeblehorn wrote:
WJames wrote:
goldanboy wrote:
Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.
No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.
Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now.
I too don't rate Ekstrand (makes terrible decisions), but we can't really expect to win at Norwich with ten men. It was a tongue and cheek comment and I certainly won't be stessing over the 3 nil loss.
Have to agree re Ekstrand. So disappointing last season and now this. It's hard to know whether we'd have git anything out of this game but down to 10 men after 3 minutes hardly gave us a fighting chance.
[quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]weeblehorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldanboy[/bold] wrote: Let's just pretend it never happened. Move on. Looking forward to the trip to Rotherham on Tuesday and a good performance.[/p][/quote]No, let's not pretend it didn't happen. Ignoring the problem doesn't work. Ekstrand has been a problem for too long now, time to get rid of dead wood who offer nothing. The poor lad is carried by those around him week after week. Tozer slapping him in the face last week when he simply swtiched off is a sign his team mates don't rate him. Rash, constantly out of position with the ability to look good only in games we are winning comfortably - this lad is a little boy way out of his depth and it has cost the team once again. I cannot believe so many rate him at this club. OOOOOHHHHH WAIT FOR THE MINUS POINTS........please try not to hurt my feelings.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, Ekstrand is a thorn in the side of this super talented squad... ship him out now.[/p][/quote]I too don't rate Ekstrand (makes terrible decisions), but we can't really expect to win at Norwich with ten men. It was a tongue and cheek comment and I certainly won't be stessing over the 3 nil loss.[/p][/quote]Have to agree re Ekstrand. So disappointing last season and now this. It's hard to know whether we'd have git anything out of this game but down to 10 men after 3 minutes hardly gave us a fighting chance. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Oracledave says...

Just seen the highlights. Last week the Korean lad almost chipped Gomes from 30 yards. Norwich spy obviously made a note. To far off his line when the first went in. Alex needs to have a word !
Just seen the highlights. Last week the Korean lad almost chipped Gomes from 30 yards. Norwich spy obviously made a note. To far off his line when the first went in. Alex needs to have a word ! Oracledave
  • Score: 5

9:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Oracledave wrote:
Just seen the highlights. Last week the Korean lad almost chipped Gomes from 30 yards. Norwich spy obviously made a note. To far off his line when the first went in. Alex needs to have a word !
Alec chamberlain is an expert at down grading the standard of a goal keeper...

Why is he still here,wake up Watford and smell the coffee...
[quote][p][bold]Oracledave[/bold] wrote: Just seen the highlights. Last week the Korean lad almost chipped Gomes from 30 yards. Norwich spy obviously made a note. To far off his line when the first went in. Alex needs to have a word ![/p][/quote]Alec chamberlain is an expert at down grading the standard of a goal keeper... Why is he still here,wake up Watford and smell the coffee... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -24

10:06pm Sat 16 Aug 14

SAHornet says...

Congrats to Britt Assombalonga for his double today.
Congrats to Britt Assombalonga for his double today. SAHornet
  • Score: -24

10:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

matey_from_brighton says...

neilhorn wrote:
the jesterwestport wrote:
skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on!
what it proves is that Skybet don't know we are definitely keeping Deeney, Betfair layers do
proves nothing, just wishful thinking! ! Hope he does stay though of course but if Ekstrand is regularly getting in the team in front of Hoban it does ask questions of Bepe's judgement. Hoban is class, cool in possession under pressure and never seems to lose his composure, this could be a blessing in disguise for us yet.

So disappointing today though, really looking forward to this match and seeing how we looked in a tough away game and then after 2 minutes that had all gone out of the window .... and £35 to boot.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the jesterwestport[/bold] wrote: skybet has pushed us out to 14/1 to win this lge from 11/1 this morn amazingly betfair has us at 10/1 which proves one point= nothing to see here folks please move on![/p][/quote]what it proves is that Skybet don't know we are definitely keeping Deeney, Betfair layers do[/p][/quote]proves nothing, just wishful thinking! ! Hope he does stay though of course but if Ekstrand is regularly getting in the team in front of Hoban it does ask questions of Bepe's judgement. Hoban is class, cool in possession under pressure and never seems to lose his composure, this could be a blessing in disguise for us yet. So disappointing today though, really looking forward to this match and seeing how we looked in a tough away game and then after 2 minutes that had all gone out of the window .... and £35 to boot. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 13

10:51pm Sat 16 Aug 14

endean2 says...

at least there were no last minute goals conceded

was there anything else positive to refer to?
at least there were no last minute goals conceded was there anything else positive to refer to? endean2
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Congrats to Britt Assombalonga for his double today.
Why the negative score for what is a valid point? Are we not allowed to compliment our ex-players now?
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Congrats to Britt Assombalonga for his double today.[/p][/quote]Why the negative score for what is a valid point? Are we not allowed to compliment our ex-players now? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -17

5:40am Sun 17 Aug 14

4boys says...

Why congratulate ex players on here, when talking about this game? What about all the others playing in all the teams through the league, they've gone and are unlikely to ever return, makes no sense!
Why congratulate ex players on here, when talking about this game? What about all the others playing in all the teams through the league, they've gone and are unlikely to ever return, makes no sense! 4boys
  • Score: 18

7:52am Sun 17 Aug 14

buckler says...

Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared. buckler
  • Score: 0

8:17am Sun 17 Aug 14

chadderton orn says...

sh*t happen's nice to read that people are still positive. I blame my wife she backed us to win and when she does we loose. I did think we could have won this game but after the sending off my hopes where slightly dashed. We will work it out for the next game just a blip. COYH !
sh*t happen's nice to read that people are still positive. I blame my wife she backed us to win and when she does we loose. I did think we could have won this game but after the sending off my hopes where slightly dashed. We will work it out for the next game just a blip. COYH ! chadderton orn
  • Score: 5

10:02am Sun 17 Aug 14

Irishman358 says...

buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
Some of his saves though have been extraordinary. If he works on his positioning then he will be fantastic. I don't quite understand his positioning though, he is sometimes outside the area when the ball is at the halfway line!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]Some of his saves though have been extraordinary. If he works on his positioning then he will be fantastic. I don't quite understand his positioning though, he is sometimes outside the area when the ball is at the halfway line! Irishman358
  • Score: 0

10:28am Sun 17 Aug 14

WessexLad says...

Only 1470 Watford fans, and a sell out, against almost 25,000 Norwich fans. Isn't there a rule about how much provision should be made for visiting supporters? I hope we impose the same limit for the return leg.
Only 1470 Watford fans, and a sell out, against almost 25,000 Norwich fans. Isn't there a rule about how much provision should be made for visiting supporters? I hope we impose the same limit for the return leg. WessexLad
  • Score: 1

11:46am Sun 17 Aug 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault. Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 1

11:51am Sun 17 Aug 14

buckler says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.
Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks!
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.[/p][/quote]Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks! buckler
  • Score: 7

11:54am Sun 17 Aug 14

buckler says...

WessexLad wrote:
Only 1470 Watford fans, and a sell out, against almost 25,000 Norwich fans. Isn't there a rule about how much provision should be made for visiting supporters? I hope we impose the same limit for the return leg.
We bottled taking the big allocation that was on offer and chose the lower ammount.. Gutted I paid £35 for that !
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Only 1470 Watford fans, and a sell out, against almost 25,000 Norwich fans. Isn't there a rule about how much provision should be made for visiting supporters? I hope we impose the same limit for the return leg.[/p][/quote]We bottled taking the big allocation that was on offer and chose the lower ammount.. Gutted I paid £35 for that ! buckler
  • Score: 7

12:35pm Sun 17 Aug 14

tonyevans22 says...

Gomez 2nd game and being hammered already,when Ekstrand should be the one being hammered for his stupidity..Didn't see anyone complaining at Gomez's performance v Bolton when he made 3 good saves.
Gomez 2nd game and being hammered already,when Ekstrand should be the one being hammered for his stupidity..Didn't see anyone complaining at Gomez's performance v Bolton when he made 3 good saves. tonyevans22
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Watfordwes says...

buckler wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.
Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks!
I don't like to agree with negative buckler but thenorwich team were definitely aware of Gomes' tendancy to stray off his line when they hit the first 2 shots!!!!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.[/p][/quote]Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks![/p][/quote]I don't like to agree with negative buckler but thenorwich team were definitely aware of Gomes' tendancy to stray off his line when they hit the first 2 shots!!!! Watfordwes
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Chris the Vic says...

Against Bolton we did well to keep a clean sheet....many thanks to Gomes, this time the back three especially Ekstrand were caught out by a longball and good old Joel made a bad decision. Not his first and both a fit Cathcart and Tommy would start before him. I would not get rid of him but neither would I start with him.

It is a good reality check for our supporters Norwich tore us apart and what we now know is we are not a good enough team for automatic promotion. The manager and the team need to work hard on defence and the team balance away from home is set up for attacking and not enough for defending and counter attacking
Against Bolton we did well to keep a clean sheet....many thanks to Gomes, this time the back three especially Ekstrand were caught out by a longball and good old Joel made a bad decision. Not his first and both a fit Cathcart and Tommy would start before him. I would not get rid of him but neither would I start with him. It is a good reality check for our supporters Norwich tore us apart and what we now know is we are not a good enough team for automatic promotion. The manager and the team need to work hard on defence and the team balance away from home is set up for attacking and not enough for defending and counter attacking Chris the Vic
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Sun 17 Aug 14

matey_from_brighton says...

buckler wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.
Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks!
bring back Loach then - don't think I recall him ever getting lobbed. (or taking a cross or coming out of goal and stopping a one on one either for that matter)
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.[/p][/quote]Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks![/p][/quote]bring back Loach then - don't think I recall him ever getting lobbed. (or taking a cross or coming out of goal and stopping a one on one either for that matter) matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Mon 18 Aug 14

OneStevePalmer says...

matey_from_brighton wrote:
buckler wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
buckler wrote:
Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.
2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.
Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks!
bring back Loach then - don't think I recall him ever getting lobbed. (or taking a cross or coming out of goal and stopping a one on one either for that matter)
Watford home to Cardiff October 2009. Loach lobbed from half way line by free kick!!
[quote][p][bold]matey_from_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Gomez at fault for 2 goals.. Miles too far off his line! Can see him being a bad signing as I feared.[/p][/quote]2nd goal was a deflection , no way was Gomes fault.[/p][/quote]Too far off his line all game, I was at the game thanks![/p][/quote]bring back Loach then - don't think I recall him ever getting lobbed. (or taking a cross or coming out of goal and stopping a one on one either for that matter)[/p][/quote]Watford home to Cardiff October 2009. Loach lobbed from half way line by free kick!! OneStevePalmer
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