Watford out of Capital One Cup after Bradford City late show

Watford are out of the Capital One Cup after Bradford City came from behind to claim a stunning last-gasp 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road tonight.

The Hornets looked on course to book their place in round three when Ikechi Anya celebrated his first start with a fine opportunist strike to put the hosts in front in a game they improved in as it went on.

Almen Abdi almost doubled the lead moments after coming off the bench when his 25-yard strike rebounded off the far post.

However, a goal from another replacement, Kyel Reid, gave the visitors hope but even then extra-time looked the inevitable outcome until deep into injury time when Jonathan Bond failed to get sufficient distance on a clearing punch and Garry Thompson gleefully smashed in the rebound to send the Bantams through against the odds.

Gianfranco Zola made nine changes from the side that beat Birmingham City on Saturday, with only Martin Taylor and Jonathan Hogg retained from that starting XI.

The Hornets also opted for a change of formation, switching to 3-4-3. Adam Thompson, making his first start of the season, operated in the backline alongside Taylor and Carl Dickinson, with Lee Hodson and Craig Forsyth the wider men in a midfield four.

It was the visitors though, who had the first attempt of the night when Zavon Hines made space for a shot but another player making his first start of the campaign, Bond, was comfortably behind it.

The Hornets were soon into their attacking stride, with Hodson finding Anya, who made a run to the right of the area before returning the ball to the Academy product and his low centre was prodded goalwards by Hogg but Jon McLaughlin was also able to make a routine stop.

Little else of note happening in the opening stages but in the 13th minute Dickinson swept a superb cross-field ball out to Hodson and, moments later, Taylor found Craig Forsyth with a neat chipped pass inside Bantams right-back Stephen Darby.

And it was the visitors who almost made the breakthrough in the 18th minute when a mistake from Dickinson let Hines through on goal from the right side of the area. His miscued shot turned into a low centre and the ball ran for Alan Connell, whose strike rebounded off Bond’s near post and back to Hines. He went down under Taylor’s challenge but referee Chris Sarginson was unmoved and there were no appeals from the Bradford players either.

Following that escape, Watford, who were being watched by the player set to become their 11th new addition, Jean-Alain Fanchone, sought to up the tempo and Forsyth tried to pick out Hodson with a deep cross from the left but the ball was too high for the 20 year old.

Full debutant Geoffrey Mujangi Bia gave the first glimpse of what he is potentially capable of in the 30th minute when he received the ball with his back to goal on the right side of the area, checked away from two opponents before driving infield and hitting a left-footed curler that was struck well enough but always heading a couple of yards wide.

Mujangi Bia was involved again soon after, finding Steve Beleck on the right side of the 18-yard box and the Udinese loanee hit a rasping drive across goal that the Bantams keeper managed to get a touch to. From the resultant corner, Adam Thompson tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area but the keeper was less troubled on that occasion.

The same could not be said of Bond in the 35th minute but the Hornets keeper responded superbly to Steve Jones’ 25-yard piledriver, diving sharply to his right to push it around the post after Hogg had failed to get sufficient distance on an attempted clearance.

Bradford threatened again in the closing stages of the half when, from their first corner, the movement of Garry Thompson was not picked up and he was allowed to head down to Connell, whose shot on the turn was blocked as the opening period ended goalless.

The hosts continued to have the better of the possession in the opening stages of the second half but didn’t muster an attempt until the 55th minute – Hodson half-volleying a dropping clearance wide – after the perseverance of Anya had been rewarded with a corner.

Mujangi Bia’s debut was ended three minutes later when he was replaced by Matej Vydra and soon after Forsyth struck a threatening driven centre across the six-yard box but there was no yellow-shirted player in a position to attack it.

Phil Parkinson made his first change on the hour, bringing on Reid for Hines and moments later Jones had made way for Nathan Doyle.

Watford had their next chance in the 63rd minute when Ross Jenkins measured a chip over the defence for Anya, who had stayed onside, to run on to put he dragged his shot across the face of goal.

The Hornets were now increasingly in control of the exchanges and Anya was able to get a second bite of the cherry after Darby miscontrolled, breaking into the area from the left and nipping past another opponent before trying to pull the ball back from the by-line but McLaughlin read his intentions.

Anya had offered more of a threat in the second half and his endeavour was rewarded in the 71st minute – and in some style as well.

The opportunity had originated after Beleck chased down a through ball and forced Rory McArdle, who was hoping to coax it back to his keeper, into a challenge. The ball broke loose and Anya didn’t need a second invitation, smashing a first-time half-volley from 20 yards into the net via the hand of the helpless Bradford keeper to make it 1-0.

Parkinson’s response was to make his final change, bringing on James Hanson for Meredith, before Hogg make way for Abdi. And the substitute almost made a memorable instant impact, seeing a superbly struck 25-yard dipping half-volley crash off the far post after a Hodson cross had been half-cleared.

Zola completed his substitutions in the 80th minute, with Sean Murray replacing scorer Anya, but four minutes later Bradford were level.

The Hornets failed to clear their lines following a free-kick from the left and after the ball had bounced around their area, it broke to Reid who thumped a powerful left-footed drive inside the helpless Bond’s near post to make it 1-1.

There were an additional four minutes for both sides to avoid extra-time and in the third minute Dickinson took aim from at least 25 yards but McLaughlin was able to parry his shot around the far post. The resultant corner offered another opportunity but Taylor’s near post header flashed across goal and wide.

The extra half-hour now looked inevitable but, incredibly, the visitors nicked it at the death – and it was not a moment Bond will look back on with great fondness.

The Hornets keeper was under a degree of pressure when a free-kick was pumped into his box but he would still have expected to deal with the delivery. However, he miscued his clearing punch and the ball fell to Garry Thompson, who drilled the ball into the back of the net to send the small visiting contingent home of fans very happy.

Watford: Bond; A Thompson, Taylor, Dickinson; Hodson, Jenkins, Hogg (Abdi 77), Forsyth; Mujangi Bia (Vydra 58), Beleck, Anya. (Murray 80) Not used: Almunia, Doyley, Garner and Cassetti.

Bradford City: McLaughlin; Darby, Oliver, McArdle, McHugh; Hines (Reid 60), Jones (Doyle 62) Atkinson, Meredith (Hanson 76); Connell, G Thompson. Not used: Hannah, Duke, Baker and Bass.

Bookings: None.

Attendance: 5,568.

Referee: Chris Sarginson.

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10:23pm Tue 28 Aug 12

radlettman says...

Was it a surprise not really.... at times the boys got rather too carried away with the passing football, without actually probing and creating any great danger. Give Bradford their due ..... they always look dangerous on the break. And were denied a clear penalty. Our cutting edge display from the first half on Saturday sadly missing. But still promising signs ...Anya was fantastic tonite,
Was it a surprise not really.... at times the boys got rather too carried away with the passing football, without actually probing and creating any great danger. Give Bradford their due ..... they always look dangerous on the break. And were denied a clear penalty. Our cutting edge display from the first half on Saturday sadly missing. But still promising signs ...Anya was fantastic tonite, radlettman

10:25pm Tue 28 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure.
Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure. SAHornet

10:31pm Tue 28 Aug 12

holtonian says...

Good game to get out of the way, Gianfranco needs to see all players sooner or later on the big stage.I feel certain that most thought we would turn over Bradford tonight but hey ho.A good learning curve....concentrate for 90 minutes.
Good game to get out of the way, Gianfranco needs to see all players sooner or later on the big stage.I feel certain that most thought we would turn over Bradford tonight but hey ho.A good learning curve....concentrate for 90 minutes. holtonian

10:39pm Tue 28 Aug 12

jasonwatford says...

If you treat a game with comtempt you get what you deserve. Hope that was a shop window for players as they are a long way for 1st team action. As a smallish club we should be looking to get into next round and id we draw a big side put out 1st team against them to see how we really look. Very dissapointed tonight with size of crowd too.
If you treat a game with comtempt you get what you deserve. Hope that was a shop window for players as they are a long way for 1st team action. As a smallish club we should be looking to get into next round and id we draw a big side put out 1st team against them to see how we really look. Very dissapointed tonight with size of crowd too. jasonwatford

10:56pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Holly68 says...

Distraction gone, focus on the league
Distraction gone, focus on the league Holly68

11:11pm Tue 28 Aug 12

SimonW, Godalming says...

if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!!
if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!! SimonW, Godalming

11:16pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Jamie McDougall says...

Bia looked alright and will come good. Anya had a great game and looks like a good impact player off the bench. However, Beleck looks very very ordinary and this now puts a lot of pressure on Geijo to peform otherwise we're in trouble in the CF department...
Bia looked alright and will come good. Anya had a great game and looks like a good impact player off the bench. However, Beleck looks very very ordinary and this now puts a lot of pressure on Geijo to peform otherwise we're in trouble in the CF department... Jamie McDougall

11:29pm Tue 28 Aug 12

hertsparky says...

A Hillcroft Esq wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure.
Hopefully he will have learned that Ross Jenkins, Dickinson, Forsyth and Hodson are sh!te
jenkins and forsyth were our best players..what game was you watching???

forsyth got crosses in, jenkins created the goal and was the only player not to lose the ball and be positive.hoggs just ex a/villa so people things hes good,really?

dickinson was awful!
hodson out of position so not fair
how thompsons playing is unreal,benetts better!!!
murrays fat! wow hes had a good summer

seems like the same players get blamed all the time...they are still young.

whats eustaces/doyleys/dic
kinson/big chris's excuses? oh but the fan love them, why?
[quote][p][bold]A Hillcroft Esq[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure.[/p][/quote]Hopefully he will have learned that Ross Jenkins, Dickinson, Forsyth and Hodson are sh!te[/p][/quote]jenkins and forsyth were our best players..what game was you watching??? forsyth got crosses in, jenkins created the goal and was the only player not to lose the ball and be positive.hoggs just ex a/villa so people things hes good,really? dickinson was awful! hodson out of position so not fair how thompsons playing is unreal,benetts better!!! murrays fat! wow hes had a good summer seems like the same players get blamed all the time...they are still young. whats eustaces/doyleys/dic kinson/big chris's excuses? oh but the fan love them, why? hertsparky

11:48pm Tue 28 Aug 12

MJ1 says...

I thought halfway through the second half, '...this looks like a team that has never played together'. I then I thought again....
I thought halfway through the second half, '...this looks like a team that has never played together'. I then I thought again.... MJ1

11:57pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Holly68 says...

Jenkins was totally ineffectiven1st half. Put through a v good through ball 2nd half but mainly anounimous ! Thompson very good, won every 50/50. You must've been at a different game
Jenkins was totally ineffectiven1st half. Put through a v good through ball 2nd half but mainly anounimous ! Thompson very good, won every 50/50. You must've been at a different game Holly68

12:00am Wed 29 Aug 12

Holly68 says...

Well done Zola for experimenting and having a look at the squad. Draw a line and let's go smash Derby :-)
Well done Zola for experimenting and having a look at the squad. Draw a line and let's go smash Derby :-) Holly68

12:06am Wed 29 Aug 12

Holly68 says...

BBC website states Bradford had 51% possession. Clearly someone else who wasn't at the game !
BBC website states Bradford had 51% possession. Clearly someone else who wasn't at the game ! Holly68

12:08am Wed 29 Aug 12

D.unstable says...

Not one to point the finger, but why why why did Jenkins feel the need to give away a totally unecessary free kick for the first goal, the guy was heading nowhere other than towards the Rous, when Jenkins decides it would be a good idea to pull him back, idiot!!!

Grrrr!!!!

On a brighter note Mujanji Bia looks like he could be a decent aquisition and Anya showed he does have something else in his locker than blistering pace.

Crowd was a disgrace at 5500, so ad the great Delia Smith once said, let's be aving you!!!
Not one to point the finger, but why why why did Jenkins feel the need to give away a totally unecessary free kick for the first goal, the guy was heading nowhere other than towards the Rous, when Jenkins decides it would be a good idea to pull him back, idiot!!! Grrrr!!!! On a brighter note Mujanji Bia looks like he could be a decent aquisition and Anya showed he does have something else in his locker than blistering pace. Crowd was a disgrace at 5500, so ad the great Delia Smith once said, let's be aving you!!! D.unstable

12:44am Wed 29 Aug 12

huggy b says...

Up The City! Great result for a Bantams side resting six first team players!!
Up The City! Great result for a Bantams side resting six first team players!! huggy b

7:55am Wed 29 Aug 12

bantam1911 says...

SimonW, Godalming wrote:
if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!!
Not a bad result for a basement league team resting 6 first team players, could have gone either way, all the best for the league, I think you'll do well with Zola at the helm.
[quote][p][bold]SimonW, Godalming[/bold] wrote: if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!![/p][/quote]Not a bad result for a basement league team resting 6 first team players, could have gone either way, all the best for the league, I think you'll do well with Zola at the helm. bantam1911

8:46am Wed 29 Aug 12

aefevans says...

bantam1911 wrote:
SimonW, Godalming wrote: if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!!
Not a bad result for a basement league team resting 6 first team players, could have gone either way, all the best for the league, I think you'll do well with Zola at the helm.
Al the best.
[quote][p][bold]bantam1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonW, Godalming[/bold] wrote: if ever anyone needed proof why these games are a waste of time attending then that ridiculous team selection was it!!, not only the personnel but the positions some of them were trying to play, don't agree about Forsyth though, he put some decent crosses in that any half decent forward would have got on the end of!![/p][/quote]Not a bad result for a basement league team resting 6 first team players, could have gone either way, all the best for the league, I think you'll do well with Zola at the helm.[/p][/quote]Al the best. aefevans

8:47am Wed 29 Aug 12

@ChrisBottom16 says...

Having had a 2 and a half hour train journey home after the game and getting in at half past midnight i had a bit of time to reflect on what id seen! Bar 1 bad punch i thought Bond played well with a few good saves! The more time e spends with Almunia these silly errors will be sorted. The deffenders bar Dickinson were ok with Thompson looking solid and good on the ball. Forsyth looked to find space out wide and came into the game more in the 2nd half puttin in a few good crosses. Hogg was solid! Jenkins bar 1 good through ball only passed sideways or backwards! Anya was brilliant, he used his pace well andd had a few mazzy runs which caused them problems! Great technique for his goal to! Bia had a good game and was unlucky not to score, you can see he ooze's class. Beleck led the line well and was unselfish! He didnt stop running and had their keeper not made a stunning save he would of had a great goal! We passed it well and kept the ball well, we jus lacked that cutting edge whicch will come the more they play together. There was more atmosphere than the Wycombe game however the crowd of 5,500 was a tad dissapointing, however its the school holidays, it had been a hot day and i know people who were going but decide to take the kids out to the zoo, which is fair enough. Dont forget it was a bank holiday weekend and again i know people who have taken a long weekend. I think as the season progreses you will see more people turning up. I think Zola will now know who needs to go and hopefully the sqaud will be trimmed over the comming days! It certainly isnt all doom and gloom and im now looking forward to a trip up Derby on Saturday! On a endin note well done to the 300 Bradford fans who made the trip. Your team took their chances and fair play to them.Was a good effort to bring 300 with you and i hope you all got home safe. God Bless.
Having had a 2 and a half hour train journey home after the game and getting in at half past midnight i had a bit of time to reflect on what id seen! Bar 1 bad punch i thought Bond played well with a few good saves! The more time e spends with Almunia these silly errors will be sorted. The deffenders bar Dickinson were ok with Thompson looking solid and good on the ball. Forsyth looked to find space out wide and came into the game more in the 2nd half puttin in a few good crosses. Hogg was solid! Jenkins bar 1 good through ball only passed sideways or backwards! Anya was brilliant, he used his pace well andd had a few mazzy runs which caused them problems! Great technique for his goal to! Bia had a good game and was unlucky not to score, you can see he ooze's class. Beleck led the line well and was unselfish! He didnt stop running and had their keeper not made a stunning save he would of had a great goal! We passed it well and kept the ball well, we jus lacked that cutting edge whicch will come the more they play together. There was more atmosphere than the Wycombe game however the crowd of 5,500 was a tad dissapointing, however its the school holidays, it had been a hot day and i know people who were going but decide to take the kids out to the zoo, which is fair enough. Dont forget it was a bank holiday weekend and again i know people who have taken a long weekend. I think as the season progreses you will see more people turning up. I think Zola will now know who needs to go and hopefully the sqaud will be trimmed over the comming days! It certainly isnt all doom and gloom and im now looking forward to a trip up Derby on Saturday! On a endin note well done to the 300 Bradford fans who made the trip. Your team took their chances and fair play to them.Was a good effort to bring 300 with you and i hope you all got home safe. God Bless. @ChrisBottom16

9:13am Wed 29 Aug 12

Chris the Vic says...

It was a one off game and we were beaten because Zola is our manager, whereas with Sean we would have won.

For the sycophants this will seem a criticism of Zola but so far I am warming to him and before the end of the season he will be doing ery well for us.

Our line up with three at the backdid not help Adam hit long balls unneccessarily and Carl could not hit a potive ball all night. Hodson looked ncomfrtable and Beleck had an awful full debut. Forsyth looked good against Division 2 opposition (as he always doe) and Ross like him did a job. Hogg is going throuh a bad patch and I thought the others were not too bad. Bia and Murray pulled up and that may be a problem on Saturday, but with a fewof the loaneesplaing well, Bia included he future is looking good but perhaps GF will now see the gap between the first team and squad plyers. His biggest mistake was benching Garner he would have done well against City unlike Beleck
It was a one off game and we were beaten because Zola is our manager, whereas with Sean we would have won. For the sycophants this will seem a criticism of Zola but so far I am warming to him and before the end of the season he will be doing ery well for us. Our line up with three at the backdid not help Adam hit long balls unneccessarily and Carl could not hit a potive ball all night. Hodson looked ncomfrtable and Beleck had an awful full debut. Forsyth looked good against Division 2 opposition (as he always doe) and Ross like him did a job. Hogg is going throuh a bad patch and I thought the others were not too bad. Bia and Murray pulled up and that may be a problem on Saturday, but with a fewof the loaneesplaing well, Bia included he future is looking good but perhaps GF will now see the gap between the first team and squad plyers. His biggest mistake was benching Garner he would have done well against City unlike Beleck Chris the Vic

9:24am Wed 29 Aug 12

Terry Dactile says...

A Hillcroft I would have an educated guess you didn't go then. Ross Jenkins had a superb game and Hodson was well out of position. Out of the players you named only Dickinson is surplus in my view and I would wish him well as he is a 100% er. I would suggest that Forsythe and Hodson are worth keeping and investing in. As both I can only see improving, equally I would like to some soul kept in the club and not a full squad of loanies. To be fair Beleck was the poorest player on the pitch last night abd before he scored Anya flattered to deceive.
A Hillcroft I would have an educated guess you didn't go then. Ross Jenkins had a superb game and Hodson was well out of position. Out of the players you named only Dickinson is surplus in my view and I would wish him well as he is a 100% er. I would suggest that Forsythe and Hodson are worth keeping and investing in. As both I can only see improving, equally I would like to some soul kept in the club and not a full squad of loanies. To be fair Beleck was the poorest player on the pitch last night abd before he scored Anya flattered to deceive. Terry Dactile

9:28am Wed 29 Aug 12

Terry Dactile says...

One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well.
One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well. Terry Dactile

9:40am Wed 29 Aug 12

watford1881 says...

Bradford number 7 the lad from West Ham. The first goal scorer was head & shoulders the best player on the park.... Maybe this is the wake up call the club needed....
Bradford number 7 the lad from West Ham. The first goal scorer was head & shoulders the best player on the park.... Maybe this is the wake up call the club needed.... watford1881

9:44am Wed 29 Aug 12

Dr,Oftaw says...

Terry Dactile wrote:
One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well.
jenkins was awful as usual, never shows for the ball,marking and tracking back always 5 yards behind his man.no pace, poor heading ability and generally has no impact on the match whatsoever, great midfielder eh?
[quote][p][bold]Terry Dactile[/bold] wrote: One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well.[/p][/quote]jenkins was awful as usual, never shows for the ball,marking and tracking back always 5 yards behind his man.no pace, poor heading ability and generally has no impact on the match whatsoever, great midfielder eh? Dr,Oftaw

9:48am Wed 29 Aug 12

Hornet1988 says...

Jenkins was MotM for me. He doesn't do anything instantly eye catching but over 90mins he was excellent, linked the whole team together with simple passes, always wanting the ball and making space for other players. Very mature performance from a young guy who barely gets a game.
Jenkins was MotM for me. He doesn't do anything instantly eye catching but over 90mins he was excellent, linked the whole team together with simple passes, always wanting the ball and making space for other players. Very mature performance from a young guy who barely gets a game. Hornet1988

10:49am Wed 29 Aug 12

harrowboy says...

I agree with the above positive comments about Jenkins - by far his best game in the first team.
I agree with the above positive comments about Jenkins - by far his best game in the first team. harrowboy

10:49am Wed 29 Aug 12

harrowboy says...

I agree with the above positive comments about Jenkins - by far his best game in the first team.
I agree with the above positive comments about Jenkins - by far his best game in the first team. harrowboy

10:51am Wed 29 Aug 12

ynotdunne says...

I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads.
I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads. ynotdunne

11:10am Wed 29 Aug 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

I think some people need to go to games with a different attitude as to whether certain players are any good or not. No one has yet mentioned that Hogg gave the ball away just outside his own penalty area, twice, directly leading to efforts on our goal which on another day would have gone in. He badly let the team down and yet he does not get slagged off like others do. Jenkins was generally good last night (doing all the simple things very effectively), and yet he gets absolutely crucified. So, please please please go with an open mind and at least be fair in your criticism.
Oh, and the reason we lost is because we could not defend 2 long free kicks into our box, which I don't think would have happened last season. Fair play to BC and a valuable lesson to GZ about how never to underestimate anyone.
I think some people need to go to games with a different attitude as to whether certain players are any good or not. No one has yet mentioned that Hogg gave the ball away just outside his own penalty area, twice, directly leading to efforts on our goal which on another day would have gone in. He badly let the team down and yet he does not get slagged off like others do. Jenkins was generally good last night (doing all the simple things very effectively), and yet he gets absolutely crucified. So, please please please go with an open mind and at least be fair in your criticism. Oh, and the reason we lost is because we could not defend 2 long free kicks into our box, which I don't think would have happened last season. Fair play to BC and a valuable lesson to GZ about how never to underestimate anyone. Only 2 Ross Jenkins

1:59pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Terry Dactile says...

Dr,Oftaw wrote:
Terry Dactile wrote: One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well.
jenkins was awful as usual, never shows for the ball,marking and tracking back always 5 yards behind his man.no pace, poor heading ability and generally has no impact on the match whatsoever, great midfielder eh?
Dr think you best get the eyes tested mate. Jenkins was our best player!
[quote][p][bold]Dr,Oftaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry Dactile[/bold] wrote: One thinks you were not watching the game Holly, Jenkins controlled the midfield from the 1st minute to 85th (unfortunately). Best performance I have seen from him in a Watford shirt. This wasn't just me it was a concensus around as well.[/p][/quote]jenkins was awful as usual, never shows for the ball,marking and tracking back always 5 yards behind his man.no pace, poor heading ability and generally has no impact on the match whatsoever, great midfielder eh?[/p][/quote]Dr think you best get the eyes tested mate. Jenkins was our best player! Terry Dactile

2:05pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Holly68 says...

Jenkins was his usual "hidden" self. Hardly shows for the ball. Abdi showed more quality in 10 mins than Jenkins while game albeit one good pass. Hogg was badly missed when he went off. Thompson always looked for the pass, never went long. Maybe some of you have your players mixed up ??
Jenkins was his usual "hidden" self. Hardly shows for the ball. Abdi showed more quality in 10 mins than Jenkins while game albeit one good pass. Hogg was badly missed when he went off. Thompson always looked for the pass, never went long. Maybe some of you have your players mixed up ?? Holly68

3:14pm Wed 29 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

A Hillcroft Esq wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure.
Hopefully he will have learned that Ross Jenkins, Dickinson, Forsyth and Hodson are sh!te
3CR reckons that Forsyth was MOM
[quote][p][bold]A Hillcroft Esq[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Disappointing end to a game we seemed to be bossing. I assume that GZ will have learned more valuable lessons from this which will stand us in good stead in the league, I'm sure.[/p][/quote]Hopefully he will have learned that Ross Jenkins, Dickinson, Forsyth and Hodson are sh!te[/p][/quote]3CR reckons that Forsyth was MOM SAHornet

3:26pm Wed 29 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

ynotdunne wrote:
I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads.
Ynotdunne, see Chris Bottoms post above and one or two others also. Gives fair play to BC for your effort, what more do you want....adoration? That's your job not ours.
[quote][p][bold]ynotdunne[/bold] wrote: I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads.[/p][/quote]Ynotdunne, see Chris Bottoms post above and one or two others also. Gives fair play to BC for your effort, what more do you want....adoration? That's your job not ours. SAHornet

4:19pm Wed 29 Aug 12

mickallen57 says...

Holly68 wrote:
Jenkins was his usual "hidden" self. Hardly shows for the ball. Abdi showed more quality in 10 mins than Jenkins while game albeit one good pass. Hogg was badly missed when he went off. Thompson always looked for the pass, never went long. Maybe some of you have your players mixed up ??
I am with you 100% Holly and for those who say that long kicks were not defended and it wouldn't happen last season.Which part of last season are they thinking of .If my memory serves me right we weren't defending anything in the first part of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: Jenkins was his usual "hidden" self. Hardly shows for the ball. Abdi showed more quality in 10 mins than Jenkins while game albeit one good pass. Hogg was badly missed when he went off. Thompson always looked for the pass, never went long. Maybe some of you have your players mixed up ??[/p][/quote]I am with you 100% Holly and for those who say that long kicks were not defended and it wouldn't happen last season.Which part of last season are they thinking of .If my memory serves me right we weren't defending anything in the first part of the season. mickallen57

9:09pm Wed 29 Aug 12

radlettman says...

ynotdunne wrote:
I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads.
Totally agree - read my post - 1st on . here
[quote][p][bold]ynotdunne[/bold] wrote: I am a Bradford City supporter and would like to make a couple of points. firstly we are a team two divisions below watford, we made six changes to our side that mauled wimbledon on Saturday, we had a blatant penalty turned down and another for hand ball dismissed. gz said he thought watford deserved to win this game he thought you did enough. well i think along with many of you who where at the game that bc deserved this victory and would be nice to see you wishing us luck in the next round. better team won lads.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - read my post - 1st on . here radlettman

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