Sean Dyche delighted as Watford finish the season in the top half of the table

'Good to send the fans home with a smile on their face'

'Good to send the fans home with a smile on their face'

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Watford manager Sean Dyche described today’s victory over Middlesbrough as a game which summed up their season and was delighted to send the supporters into the summer break with a “smile on their faces”.

The Hornets started the contest slowly and had Scott Loach to thank for ensuring they were still level at the break after a string of impressive saves.

Middlesbrough had a positive spell after the restart but Watford improved as the match went on and took the lead through a neat flick by Chris Iwelumo.

Marvin Emnes pulled one back five minutes from time but the home side responded well and Troy Deeney scored the winner late on.

The Hornets had a few nervy moments in injury time but managed to hang on for a victory which sees them finish the season in 11th.

“That game was similar to our whole season,” Dyche said. “We didn’t start well today, we looked a bit on the back foot, but like we have done all season, we stuck at it, played better in the second half, built and were strong.

“There is a real team out there every week for the fans to see. We can’t guarantee every result but we go to win and yet again today, we wanted to win and finally got three points because I really felt this was an important game.”

He continued: “I made it clear that we play to win every week and we have shown that in the last run of results. We have gone hard in every game.

“We had to ride our luck in the first half because they came down with something to play for, we knew they would come at us and they certainly did. Scott Loach pulled off two or three really good saves and in the second half we calmed down and played better.

“The thing I am really proud about is the will, the demand and the resolve of these players. The respect they have for each other and the honesty is what we what spoke about at the beginning of the season and in games like that, it stands you in good stead.

“I thought in the end, we came away with a lovely victory, it finishes the season fantastically for us and it gives our fans, who have stayed by us in the most part all season, something to cheer about and sends them home with a smile on their face ahead of next season.”

Loach only found out he was starting the game a couple of hours before kick-off, after Tomasz Kuszczak’s wife gave birth.

It was Loach’s first start since February 18 and the former England Under-21 keeper barely put a foot wrong.

Dyche said: “We knew Tomasz’s wife was heavily pregnant so that is fantastic and congratulations to him and his family.

“We didn’t tell Scott, left it alone, waiting until the team came in to name the side and he got on with it.

“Scott is a very solid character, he has been through a lot and has learned a lot and his performance was excellent today.”

One sour note this afternoon was the injury sustained by midfielder Jonathan Hogg after a late challenge by Stephen McManus.

Dyche said: “We are hoping it is something out of nothing. He has gone for an x-ray and obviously I didn’t enjoy that tackle but that is the way it goes. We are hopeful he will be ok but we just want to make sure.”

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4:01pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Hornet1970 says...

filthy late challenge, should of been red.

Great result! COYH
filthy late challenge, should of been red. Great result! COYH Hornet1970
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5:10pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Not swimming says...

Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.
Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over. Not swimming
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5:13pm Sat 28 Apr 12

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Interesting to compare and contrast SD's reaction to a very poor challenge on Hoggy to Malky McCry's reaction a couple of weeks ago. SD could genuinely claim that it ended Hoggy's season! Well done to all at the club for a season that exceeded all our expectations, a slow start, but once everyone "bedded in", then a handful of losses in 30 games was excellent. A couple of decent buys during the summer, to go with the new pitch, and there's good reason for optimism. CYOH!
Interesting to compare and contrast SD's reaction to a very poor challenge on Hoggy to Malky McCry's reaction a couple of weeks ago. SD could genuinely claim that it ended Hoggy's season! Well done to all at the club for a season that exceeded all our expectations, a slow start, but once everyone "bedded in", then a handful of losses in 30 games was excellent. A couple of decent buys during the summer, to go with the new pitch, and there's good reason for optimism. CYOH! The Not-so-enlightened one
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5:18pm Sat 28 Apr 12

COGGDAVE1 says...

Not swimming wrote:
Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.
Hello ..... ?????
[quote][p][bold]Not swimming[/bold] wrote: Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.[/p][/quote]Hello ..... ????? COGGDAVE1
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5:25pm Sat 28 Apr 12

andyhooked says...

Harry Hornet should be man of the match. He was brill and so, so funny. Enjoy your hols Harry
Harry Hornet should be man of the match. He was brill and so, so funny. Enjoy your hols Harry andyhooked
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6:01pm Sat 28 Apr 12

rousman 2 says...

Not swimming wrote:
Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.
I think you maybe right when do we play the 47th game not on my fixture list.
[quote][p][bold]Not swimming[/bold] wrote: Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.[/p][/quote]I think you maybe right when do we play the 47th game not on my fixture list. rousman 2
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6:10pm Sat 28 Apr 12

WFC4ever says...

The Not-so-enlightened one wrote:
Interesting to compare and contrast SD's reaction to a very poor challenge on Hoggy to Malky McCry's reaction a couple of weeks ago. SD could genuinely claim that it ended Hoggy's season! Well done to all at the club for a season that exceeded all our expectations, a slow start, but once everyone "bedded in", then a handful of losses in 30 games was excellent. A couple of decent buys during the summer, to go with the new pitch, and there's good reason for optimism. CYOH!
Generally Dyche seems a much better manager media aid PR wise.

All Mackay did for any result which didn't go our favour was to blame the officials or anyone else but himself hence our lack of form in the 2nd half of BOTH seasons...
[quote][p][bold]The Not-so-enlightened one[/bold] wrote: Interesting to compare and contrast SD's reaction to a very poor challenge on Hoggy to Malky McCry's reaction a couple of weeks ago. SD could genuinely claim that it ended Hoggy's season! Well done to all at the club for a season that exceeded all our expectations, a slow start, but once everyone "bedded in", then a handful of losses in 30 games was excellent. A couple of decent buys during the summer, to go with the new pitch, and there's good reason for optimism. CYOH![/p][/quote]Generally Dyche seems a much better manager media aid PR wise. All Mackay did for any result which didn't go our favour was to blame the officials or anyone else but himself hence our lack of form in the 2nd half of BOTH seasons... WFC4ever
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6:12pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Johnny Ryden says...

Scott Loach played a blinder! I have been critical of him this season so great to be able to see him back on form. The break from the pressures of the first team has obviously done him the world of good.

I do hope Martin Taylor stays; he is more comfortable on the ball than the others in the back four and the way he plays it around could be an important part of the skilful, passing side that Dychie is building.

COYH!
Scott Loach played a blinder! I have been critical of him this season so great to be able to see him back on form. The break from the pressures of the first team has obviously done him the world of good. I do hope Martin Taylor stays; he is more comfortable on the ball than the others in the back four and the way he plays it around could be an important part of the skilful, passing side that Dychie is building. COYH! Johnny Ryden
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6:20pm Sat 28 Apr 12

bigthunder says...

andyhooked wrote:
Harry Hornet should be man of the match. He was brill and so, so funny. Enjoy your hols Harry
well done overall dychie very decent season ON the field

and have to agree about Harry Hornet seeing him in his holiday gear was very very funny enjoy your hols HH !!
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Harry Hornet should be man of the match. He was brill and so, so funny. Enjoy your hols Harry[/p][/quote]well done overall dychie very decent season ON the field and have to agree about Harry Hornet seeing him in his holiday gear was very very funny enjoy your hols HH !! bigthunder
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6:27pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Bush Hornet says...

COGGDAVE1 wrote:
Not swimming wrote:
Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.
Hello ..... ?????
You don't get irony do you Dave or Rousman?
[quote][p][bold]COGGDAVE1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Not swimming[/bold] wrote: Agree, awful challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if Hogg's season is over.[/p][/quote]Hello ..... ?????[/p][/quote]You don't get irony do you Dave or Rousman? Bush Hornet
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8:05pm Sat 28 Apr 12

AngelHornet says...

Good season and one that has given SD time to look at what works and what doesn't. With a few shrewd signings and a few out the door, next season has the potential for an even better finish...dare I say 'The Play Offs'.
The new pitch will play an important part
Good season and one that has given SD time to look at what works and what doesn't. With a few shrewd signings and a few out the door, next season has the potential for an even better finish...dare I say 'The Play Offs'. The new pitch will play an important part AngelHornet
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8:59pm Sat 28 Apr 12

garston edl says...

A good way to finish a season that finished up an awful lot better than I thought it would! I don't necessarily think that because we finished so well it automatically means next season will be a success, this league is far too competitive to be that presumptuous. Nevertheless there are signs of hope. Dyche must now prove himself in the transfer market. My 1st visit to the red lion today, and i thoroughly enjoyed it, saw a lot of old 'faces'. Very strange wen bassini turned up in there with Joe kinnear! He got a lot of good humoured abuse about his scum connections and it turned out that bassini had no idea he used to manage the scum which sums up his total lack of football knowledge! Plenty in there were brown nosing him but I'm still far from convinced about him...
A good way to finish a season that finished up an awful lot better than I thought it would! I don't necessarily think that because we finished so well it automatically means next season will be a success, this league is far too competitive to be that presumptuous. Nevertheless there are signs of hope. Dyche must now prove himself in the transfer market. My 1st visit to the red lion today, and i thoroughly enjoyed it, saw a lot of old 'faces'. Very strange wen bassini turned up in there with Joe kinnear! He got a lot of good humoured abuse about his scum connections and it turned out that bassini had no idea he used to manage the scum which sums up his total lack of football knowledge! Plenty in there were brown nosing him but I'm still far from convinced about him... garston edl
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12:19am Sun 29 Apr 12

Bush Hornet says...

Johnny Ryden wrote:
Scott Loach played a blinder! I have been critical of him this season so great to be able to see him back on form. The break from the pressures of the first team has obviously done him the world of good.

I do hope Martin Taylor stays; he is more comfortable on the ball than the others in the back four and the way he plays it around could be an important part of the skilful, passing side that Dychie is building.

COYH!
Hope you're right about the passing game Dyche is building. In fairness we were looking to keep the ball on the ground today in horrible wet conditions on a pitch that is past it. I too thought Taylor was quite brave on the ball instead of launching it into the sky.
[quote][p][bold]Johnny Ryden[/bold] wrote: Scott Loach played a blinder! I have been critical of him this season so great to be able to see him back on form. The break from the pressures of the first team has obviously done him the world of good. I do hope Martin Taylor stays; he is more comfortable on the ball than the others in the back four and the way he plays it around could be an important part of the skilful, passing side that Dychie is building. COYH![/p][/quote]Hope you're right about the passing game Dyche is building. In fairness we were looking to keep the ball on the ground today in horrible wet conditions on a pitch that is past it. I too thought Taylor was quite brave on the ball instead of launching it into the sky. Bush Hornet
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6:47am Sun 29 Apr 12

Michel Ngonge was Brilliant says...

Well done Sean Dyche. You came through. I was worried with the early season start, especially the signings and unproven manager. I think & hope you have learnt from this season and looking forward to the next campaign. I hope you will repay the faith the club has put in you by not jumping ship too soon like some predecessors if you continue to be successful.
Well done Sean Dyche. You came through. I was worried with the early season start, especially the signings and unproven manager. I think & hope you have learnt from this season and looking forward to the next campaign. I hope you will repay the faith the club has put in you by not jumping ship too soon like some predecessors if you continue to be successful. Michel Ngonge was Brilliant
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8:46am Sun 29 Apr 12

SAHornet says...

Michel Ngonge was Brilliant wrote:
Well done Sean Dyche. You came through. I was worried with the early season start, especially the signings and unproven manager. I think & hope you have learnt from this season and looking forward to the next campaign. I hope you will repay the faith the club has put in you by not jumping ship too soon like some predecessors if you continue to be successful.
Good post Michel. Take heed Sean.
[quote][p][bold]Michel Ngonge was Brilliant[/bold] wrote: Well done Sean Dyche. You came through. I was worried with the early season start, especially the signings and unproven manager. I think & hope you have learnt from this season and looking forward to the next campaign. I hope you will repay the faith the club has put in you by not jumping ship too soon like some predecessors if you continue to be successful.[/p][/quote]Good post Michel. Take heed Sean. SAHornet
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9:31am Sun 29 Apr 12

Chris the Vic says...

OK on the subject of learning, lets see if Scott, Sean and Chamberlain are capable of learning.

I think most of us would agree that Scott is rubbish on crosses and that Tomasz who is smaller is better.

Every time we defend a corner with Scott in goal he gets blocked by the opposition because our defence lines up on the goal line.

Yet with tomasz our defence line up on the six yard line giving him more room and not allowing the opposition to block him.

So is there perchance a lesson to be learnt.

If there is why in heavens name havent we learned, Tomasz made a huge difference to us and yet against Boro the lesson was not absorbed.
OK on the subject of learning, lets see if Scott, Sean and Chamberlain are capable of learning. I think most of us would agree that Scott is rubbish on crosses and that Tomasz who is smaller is better. Every time we defend a corner with Scott in goal he gets blocked by the opposition because our defence lines up on the goal line. Yet with tomasz our defence line up on the six yard line giving him more room and not allowing the opposition to block him. So is there perchance a lesson to be learnt. If there is why in heavens name havent we learned, Tomasz made a huge difference to us and yet against Boro the lesson was not absorbed. Chris the Vic
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3:42pm Sun 29 Apr 12

rookerylad says...

I think we need another winger because Sean Murray was and is our threatening player on the ball. Our system of trying to get the ball down and play first half didnt work, so we went back to the more direct width of the Watford way second half, AND IT WORKS. We shouldn't be shy to use the physicality of deeney etc. look at grant holt, yakubu, adebayor...! Great season, play offs next season. COYH!
I think we need another winger because Sean Murray was and is our threatening player on the ball. Our system of trying to get the ball down and play first half didnt work, so we went back to the more direct width of the Watford way second half, AND IT WORKS. We shouldn't be shy to use the physicality of deeney etc. look at grant holt, yakubu, adebayor...! Great season, play offs next season. COYH! rookerylad
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4:45pm Sun 29 Apr 12

female hornet says...

someone was at a different match from me. I don't think Taylor has got over his injuries yet. he is very hesitant , unsure of where to place the ball. It has shown in every match. Very unlike the player we saw before injury, i do hope he gets over it as we will need him at his best next year. Anyone know what has happened to Lee Hodson, playing a blinder for a long period not no mention of him , not even as injured. Where has he gone? Moves muh faster than dickinson in my opinion. The other thing that is getting more prevelant is the falling over and rolling to get free kicks, how many did they get yesterday because the ref was connned. Smashing finishing 11th in table , now we need ot better that next year. A few new buys to stengthen and we should be fine.
someone was at a different match from me. I don't think Taylor has got over his injuries yet. he is very hesitant , unsure of where to place the ball. It has shown in every match. Very unlike the player we saw before injury, i do hope he gets over it as we will need him at his best next year. Anyone know what has happened to Lee Hodson, playing a blinder for a long period not no mention of him , not even as injured. Where has he gone? Moves muh faster than dickinson in my opinion. The other thing that is getting more prevelant is the falling over and rolling to get free kicks, how many did they get yesterday because the ref was connned. Smashing finishing 11th in table , now we need ot better that next year. A few new buys to stengthen and we should be fine. female hornet
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10:28pm Sun 29 Apr 12

KeithMercer says...

Where is Lee Hodson ?
Have a good one SA .
Where is Lee Hodson ? Have a good one SA . KeithMercer
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11:19pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Andrew1963 says...

Lee Hodson is working in our Chip Shop
Lee Hodson is working in our Chip Shop Andrew1963
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3:22pm Mon 30 Apr 12

tonyellow says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Lee Hodson is working in our Chip Shop
Does he think he is Elvis
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Lee Hodson is working in our Chip Shop[/p][/quote]Does he think he is Elvis tonyellow
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7:59pm Mon 30 Apr 12

True watford fan says...

so who do we want for the summer ins and outs?
so who do we want for the summer ins and outs? True watford fan
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3:27pm Tue 1 May 12

buckler says...

True watford fan wrote:
so who do we want for the summer ins and outs?
Hot weather, sun, sea and beaches!
[quote][p][bold]True watford fan[/bold] wrote: so who do we want for the summer ins and outs?[/p][/quote]Hot weather, sun, sea and beaches! buckler
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