Gianfranco Zola says his 'gamble' paid off after Watford thumped Leeds United 6-1

Watford Observer: Zola says he took a gamble making five changes and starting with Ikechi Anya. Picture: Holly Cant Zola says he took a gamble making five changes and starting with Ikechi Anya. Picture: Holly Cant

Gianfranco Zola was pleased his “gamble” of making five changes and choosing the attacking option of Ikechi Anya on the left-hand side paid off for Watford this afternoon as they thumped nine-man Leeds United 6-1.

Zola changed his front two and rested Nathaniel Chalobah and Jonathan Hogg at Elland Road as he attempted to provide fresh legs to a team who were playing their third match in eight days.

One of the alterations was playing winger Anya on the left side of midfield due to Daniel Pudil’s suspension, instead of the more defensive-minded Jean-Alain Fanchone.

Zola said: “We took a gamble in the first half because we made some changes to refresh the team and played Ikechi Anya, who is normally a more offensive player.

“Plus Matej Vydra up front and I thought that was the difference because whilst we took some risks at times, our counter-attacking looked dangerous and we could have scored more goals.”

He continued: “I normally try to put a team on the pitch that has a good balance between defence and going forward. I thought this team had a good chance counter-attacking and that worked.”

“Leeds are a good team and because of the nature of their team, it meant we took a risk,” he added.

Watford were leading 1-0 through Matej Vydra when Leeds defender Jason Pearce was given a straight red card for a foul on the forward.

Leeds were still competitive with ten men but they were reduced to nine when midfielder Rudolph Austin was forced off due to a double leg fracture, after the home side had already used all three substitutes.

Watford then took control and increased their lead to 4-1 during normal time and then rounded off the victory with fine efforts from substitutes Sean Murray and Troy Deeney.

Zola said: “The fact they had an injury gave us a big advantage and I think we used the extra players wisely.

“We played and played to make them come out and then we broke. It proved to work very well for us.”

Leeds boss Neil Warnock claimed Pearce did not deserve to be sent off and said that whilst the tackle was mistimed, the players feet were not “off the ground”. He also claimed the referee was not going to give a red card until he spoke to his assistants, who were “55 yards further away”. Warnock said Leeds were likely to appeal the sending off.

When Zola was asked about the red card, he replied: “It wasn’t a nice tackle but I’m not sure if it was a sending off as I would need to see it again before I say anymore.”

Warnock believes Watford defender Joel Ekstrand should also have been sent off after he conceded the penalty when already on a yellow – with the score 3-0.

The Leeds boss confirmed Austin suffered a double fracture on his leg and said the result and performance were “irrelevant” after hearing the news, which left his players “distraught”.

Click here to read a report of today's memorable victory.

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6:42pm Sat 10 Nov 12

dmuz says...

Only one man to blame for the manner of Leeds defeat and that is Warnock himself for such a risky use of all his subs after only 45 minutes. Numpty
Only one man to blame for the manner of Leeds defeat and that is Warnock himself for such a risky use of all his subs after only 45 minutes. Numpty dmuz
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6:43pm Sat 10 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

Colin W*nker - always a victim of poor refs. He has had a career of them. It is not an auto booking to concede a penalty.

Colin it is a girlie thing to pluck your eyebrows out. Let them grow.
Colin W*nker - always a victim of poor refs. He has had a career of them. It is not an auto booking to concede a penalty. Colin it is a girlie thing to pluck your eyebrows out. Let them grow. gloryhornet4
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6:48pm Sat 10 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

dmuz wrote:
Only one man to blame for the manner of Leeds defeat and that is Warnock himself for such a risky use of all his subs after only 45 minutes. Numpty
Spot on. I thought we were going to have Leeds players limping off with socks rolled down, to have less than 7 on field and the game abandoned.

Maybe Colin thought better of allowing such a thing.
[quote][p][bold]dmuz[/bold] wrote: Only one man to blame for the manner of Leeds defeat and that is Warnock himself for such a risky use of all his subs after only 45 minutes. Numpty[/p][/quote]Spot on. I thought we were going to have Leeds players limping off with socks rolled down, to have less than 7 on field and the game abandoned. Maybe Colin thought better of allowing such a thing. gloryhornet4
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6:55pm Sat 10 Nov 12

jasonwatford says...

Warnock - Sit down shut up !!!
Warnock - Sit down shut up !!! jasonwatford
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7:00pm Sat 10 Nov 12

goldanboy says...

The local papers online in Leeds are giving us far more credit than Warnock is at the moment. Shockng managerial tactics that you wouldn't accept in a Sunday league game. Fair play to the 600 Horns who went up. Couldn't stand the thought of paying £35 to a club who's fans smash our place up every year. I hope when their take over happens they do a Dyche on him...
The local papers online in Leeds are giving us far more credit than Warnock is at the moment. Shockng managerial tactics that you wouldn't accept in a Sunday league game. Fair play to the 600 Horns who went up. Couldn't stand the thought of paying £35 to a club who's fans smash our place up every year. I hope when their take over happens they do a Dyche on him... goldanboy
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7:20pm Sat 10 Nov 12

exeterhornet says...

class
class exeterhornet
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7:37pm Sat 10 Nov 12

ceebee580 says...

I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in.
Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off.
If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly.
Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it.
I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in. Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off. If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly. Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it. ceebee580
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8:51pm Sat 10 Nov 12

buckler says...

ceebee580 wrote:
I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in.
Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off.
If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly.
Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it.
Good comments. Lovely to beat them horrible northern hoof merchants, but 6-1 even nicer.👊smashed.
[quote][p][bold]ceebee580[/bold] wrote: I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in. Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off. If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly. Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it.[/p][/quote]Good comments. Lovely to beat them horrible northern hoof merchants, but 6-1 even nicer.👊smashed. buckler
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9:16pm Sat 10 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede. gloryhornet4
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11:08pm Sat 10 Nov 12

exeterhornet says...

Gloryhornet4. You forgot the 7 against walsall (7-1). I remember that cos unbelievably I bet a quid on that scre at Ladbookes under the old east stand and got a miserly 100/1
Gloryhornet4. You forgot the 7 against walsall (7-1). I remember that cos unbelievably I bet a quid on that scre at Ladbookes under the old east stand and got a miserly 100/1 exeterhornet
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11:24pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

Twitter Police have blocked me again !!!! Cos I sent a link to today's goals to multiple people ...

http://www.caughtoff
side.com/2012/11/10/
video-leeds-united-1
-6-watford-champions
hip-highlights/

Enjoy
Twitter Police have blocked me again !!!! Cos I sent a link to today's goals to multiple people ... http://www.caughtoff side.com/2012/11/10/ video-leeds-united-1 -6-watford-champions hip-highlights/ Enjoy Holly68
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12:00am Sun 11 Nov 12

Watfordwes says...

Just watched the goals on your dodgy link hols!!!

Looks like we got lucky all a touch scrappy!!!! Lol

Omg have we ever scored six better? Vydra has to play, 3 5 2 is working despite my doubts but if at home we can find a formation to play vydra Deeney abdi and young forest then we really will be a force to be reckoned with
Just watched the goals on your dodgy link hols!!! Looks like we got lucky all a touch scrappy!!!! Lol Omg have we ever scored six better? Vydra has to play, 3 5 2 is working despite my doubts but if at home we can find a formation to play vydra Deeney abdi and young forest then we really will be a force to be reckoned with Watfordwes
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8:50am Sun 11 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Very sad news about the Leeds lad who in a total accidental clash with Cassetti ended up with an Horrendous injury.Warnock states that he has no interest in the result(I think Leeds fans might disagree on that one Colin !)only concern for Austin .
Yet the thug like challenge on Vydra which could of resulted in a similar injury Warnock defended!
He said the ref was 50 yards away therefore how could he see it. You could see what type of challenge that was from outer space!
Well Neil if I were you I would be booking myself in on Monday to get a nose job done, because obviously that fecking great big conk of yours is obscuring your veiw.
What a hypocrite ...... But we all knew that anyway
Very sad news about the Leeds lad who in a total accidental clash with Cassetti ended up with an Horrendous injury.Warnock states that he has no interest in the result(I think Leeds fans might disagree on that one Colin !)only concern for Austin . Yet the thug like challenge on Vydra which could of resulted in a similar injury Warnock defended! He said the ref was 50 yards away therefore how could he see it. You could see what type of challenge that was from outer space! Well Neil if I were you I would be booking myself in on Monday to get a nose job done, because obviously that fecking great big conk of yours is obscuring your veiw. What a hypocrite ...... But we all knew that anyway Travelling Hornet
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10:39am Sun 11 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas. D.unstable
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11:31am Sun 11 Nov 12

lockerbiehornet says...

ceebee580 wrote:
I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in.
Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off.
If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly.
Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it.
CeeBee.. As a protest to this I sat in the home end, it was £24!! And I have to say I did enjoy myself listening to the (dirty)Leeds fans moaning, I do now have sore knees from knocking my Leeds supporting mates legs everytime we scored though!!
[quote][p][bold]ceebee580[/bold] wrote: I was going to the game today until I realised they wanted £34 to get in. Every cub in this league should raise the price for Leeds fans when they visit and every club should refuse tickets from Leeds until they stop ripping visiting fans off. If all would be visiting fans boycotted Leeds until they stopped overcharging fo admission they would soon come to their senses and price the admissions fairly. Sweet to give them a good thrashing just a shame that on principle I couldnt be there to see it.[/p][/quote]CeeBee.. As a protest to this I sat in the home end, it was £24!! And I have to say I did enjoy myself listening to the (dirty)Leeds fans moaning, I do now have sore knees from knocking my Leeds supporting mates legs everytime we scored though!! lockerbiehornet
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11:34am Sun 11 Nov 12

lockerbiehornet says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.[/p][/quote]You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens lockerbiehornet
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12:19pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Stoney77 says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens
'twas only 1-5. I remember it well, as it stands out in my memory as the worst WFC game i have ever been to!
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.[/p][/quote]You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens[/p][/quote]'twas only 1-5. I remember it well, as it stands out in my memory as the worst WFC game i have ever been to! Stoney77
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12:39pm Sun 11 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Gloryhornet4. You forgot the 7 against walsall (7-1). I remember that cos unbelievably I bet a quid on that scre at Ladbookes under the old east stand and got a miserly 100/1
Hi E H - when was that? Please can you give me more info.
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Gloryhornet4. You forgot the 7 against walsall (7-1). I remember that cos unbelievably I bet a quid on that scre at Ladbookes under the old east stand and got a miserly 100/1[/p][/quote]Hi E H - when was that? Please can you give me more info. gloryhornet4
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12:46pm Sun 11 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens
Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off.
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.[/p][/quote]You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens[/p][/quote]Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off. gloryhornet4
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1:10pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Be honest how many times have you watched the replay of the game.
Me, ten times last night and five this morning :o)
Be honest how many times have you watched the replay of the game. Me, ten times last night and five this morning :o) Travelling Hornet
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1:18pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

D.unstable wrote:
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong. Bush Hornet
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1:27pm Sun 11 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.
Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.[/p][/quote]Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!! D.unstable
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1:28pm Sun 11 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

D.unstable wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.
Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!!
Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.[/p][/quote]Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!![/p][/quote]Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal. D.unstable
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1:56pm Sun 11 Nov 12

jamigilmore2 says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
lockerbiehornet wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens
Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off.
Happy to be corrected, I think I added the 6th in the nightmare I had that followed that night!!

Johnson would fall over in a phonebox!
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.[/p][/quote]You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens[/p][/quote]Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off.[/p][/quote]Happy to be corrected, I think I added the 6th in the nightmare I had that followed that night!! Johnson would fall over in a phonebox! jamigilmore2
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2:10pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

D.unstable wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.
Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!!
Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal.
Bring back the days of Aidy B turning to his mentor Harry Bassett for advice.

Bring back the days of having one good player, whose imminent transfer would hang over our heads from the day of his impressive debut when some random journo touts his name and some made up figure to the day some bigger club eventually buys him for half that sum.

Bring back the Salad brothers.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.[/p][/quote]Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!![/p][/quote]Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal.[/p][/quote]Bring back the days of Aidy B turning to his mentor Harry Bassett for advice. Bring back the days of having one good player, whose imminent transfer would hang over our heads from the day of his impressive debut when some random journo touts his name and some made up figure to the day some bigger club eventually buys him for half that sum. Bring back the Salad brothers. Bush Hornet
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2:10pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

D.unstable wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow.

Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely.

Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!!

I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair.

Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.
I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.
Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!!
Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal.
Bring back the days of Aidy B turning to his mentor Harry Bassett for advice.

Bring back the days of having one good player, whose imminent transfer would hang over our heads from the day of his impressive debut when some random journo touts his name and some made up figure to the day some bigger club eventually buys him for half that sum.

Bring back the Salad brothers.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watching MOTD last night really made me realise that for the first time since I have been following the orns, we would not look out of place in the Prem, style wise. You could mirror the formation and play of a few of the top teams and imagine they were in yellow. Whenever we have made a brief appearance in the top flight we were always going against the grain and totally lacking in ability regardless of the team togetherness. If we keep on this path we will go up if not this season next, but most importantly be a force #coming together nicely. Regardless of the numerical advantage in the second half yesterday, we ripped them part. It is often difficult against 10 or even 9 as Colin made a serious error of judgement in using all subs. Look how long it took Cardiff to break us down with 9, therefore shouldn't underestimate the result, and great finishing!!! I hope Abdi is ok, he is a top player and key to bossing the midfield with flair. Roll on Wolves, we'll be in the top six by Christmas.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not implying that Watford might be a potentially stable top-flight team playing good football, with sustained periods of possession, holding our own against the top 4? That is such a betrayal to our tradition. It could lead to a full stadium and all sorts of nonsense. Kids would choose Watford over big London teams. Eventually (and this would take a while), they'd show us in the first half of MOTD. The pundits might even praise our game. This would be completely wrong.[/p][/quote]Indeed, bring back Hoofball, bankrupt Baz, ring fenced money, the key to the safe, Carlisle on a Tuesday night and all that we love about our club. Pozzo's out!!![/p][/quote]Oh, not forgetting Nathan Ellington, get him back on a 5 year deal.[/p][/quote]Bring back the days of Aidy B turning to his mentor Harry Bassett for advice. Bring back the days of having one good player, whose imminent transfer would hang over our heads from the day of his impressive debut when some random journo touts his name and some made up figure to the day some bigger club eventually buys him for half that sum. Bring back the Salad brothers. Bush Hornet
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2:50pm Sun 11 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

jamigilmore2 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
lockerbiehornet wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games

Sunderland 8
Darlington 8

Grimsby as above 7
Southampton 7
Bradford C 7
Burnley 7


Doncaster 6
Derby 6
Grimsby 6
Millwall 6
Dirty Leeds 6


The against is

Forest 7
Norwich 6
Spurs 6

Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.
You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens
Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off.
Happy to be corrected, I think I added the 6th in the nightmare I had that followed that night!!

Johnson would fall over in a phonebox!
Thanks Jamie, I don't blame AJ as with players like many Prem players in particular MUFC the 18 yard paint is so thick you can't help but trip over it.
[quote][p][bold]jamigilmore2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: From memory since the 7-1 against Grimsby when Graham Taylor played for them in 67/68 season this is the high scoring games Sunderland 8 Darlington 8 Grimsby as above 7 Southampton 7 Bradford C 7 Burnley 7 Doncaster 6 Derby 6 Grimsby 6 Millwall 6 Dirty Leeds 6 The against is Forest 7 Norwich 6 Spurs 6 Seems the Horns dish it out far more than they concede.[/p][/quote]You forgot the mauling Palace gave us at The Vic a few years ago, think it was 1-6 and that little tw*t Johnson fell over for a couple of pens[/p][/quote]Lockerbie that was 5-1. Cox got sent off & HH scored WFC's goal from a pen. Palace had one pen from when Cox got sent off. AJ was always falling over - the prev season I think he managed to fall over in the box and nearly got Page sent off.[/p][/quote]Happy to be corrected, I think I added the 6th in the nightmare I had that followed that night!! Johnson would fall over in a phonebox![/p][/quote]Thanks Jamie, I don't blame AJ as with players like many Prem players in particular MUFC the 18 yard paint is so thick you can't help but trip over it. gloryhornet4
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2:53pm Sun 11 Nov 12

KeithMercer says...

All good stuff guys ! but lets not get too carried away just yet after one great performance. Long way to go and even the men upstairs said last week that they dont expect promotion this season and are looking to establish Watford as a solid Championship club over the next few years.
Not wanting to pooh pooh on anyones parade ! but lets keep it real, enjoy the ride and then we wont be too dissappointed when it doesnt always go our way. Believe me I will be cheering louder and longer than anyone when this all materializes .
All good stuff guys ! but lets not get too carried away just yet after one great performance. Long way to go and even the men upstairs said last week that they dont expect promotion this season and are looking to establish Watford as a solid Championship club over the next few years. Not wanting to pooh pooh on anyones parade ! but lets keep it real, enjoy the ride and then we wont be too dissappointed when it doesnt always go our way. Believe me I will be cheering louder and longer than anyone when this all materializes . KeithMercer
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3:00pm Sun 11 Nov 12

exeterhornet says...

gloryhornet4, the 7-1 v Walsall (or it may have been 7-0 actually) was when Glyn Hodges was playing so I would guess within the two years post Bassett relegaion year.
gloryhornet4, the 7-1 v Walsall (or it may have been 7-0 actually) was when Glyn Hodges was playing so I would guess within the two years post Bassett relegaion year. exeterhornet
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7:08pm Sun 11 Nov 12

gloryhornet4 says...

exeterhornet wrote:
gloryhornet4, the 7-1 v Walsall (or it may have been 7-0 actually) was when Glyn Hodges was playing so I would guess within the two years post Bassett relegaion year.
Thanks EH,

Please go to the Hornet History site created by one of our own, if you have not already heard of it.

Think the game was W 7 Brad C 2 16.12.89 when I remember Ashby Porter Henry Penrice and quite likely Hodges as WFC were 5-0 up at half time. (that made Penrice 6 in 6 consec games I think).

Can't find Walsall mentioned.

Did find having forgotten that WFC lost 6-1 to Blackburn and Alan Shearer in the league cup that was not on my list.
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: gloryhornet4, the 7-1 v Walsall (or it may have been 7-0 actually) was when Glyn Hodges was playing so I would guess within the two years post Bassett relegaion year.[/p][/quote]Thanks EH, Please go to the Hornet History site created by one of our own, if you have not already heard of it. Think the game was W 7 Brad C 2 16.12.89 when I remember Ashby Porter Henry Penrice and quite likely Hodges as WFC were 5-0 up at half time. (that made Penrice 6 in 6 consec games I think). Can't find Walsall mentioned. Did find having forgotten that WFC lost 6-1 to Blackburn and Alan Shearer in the league cup that was not on my list. gloryhornet4
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7:36pm Sun 11 Nov 12

lutondown says...

KeithMercer wrote:
All good stuff guys ! but lets not get too carried away just yet after one great performance. Long way to go and even the men upstairs said last week that they dont expect promotion this season and are looking to establish Watford as a solid Championship club over the next few years.
Not wanting to pooh pooh on anyones parade ! but lets keep it real, enjoy the ride and then we wont be too dissappointed when it doesnt always go our way. Believe me I will be cheering louder and longer than anyone when this all materializes .
I think your right Mercs! But what we saw was coming, a tonking!
D Unstable is right, not only does tht look like prem football, most of the players on show are prem class.
If there's anyone left out there not thanking the Pozzos by now, they really must be nutjobs.
Don't Zola look classy in every manner stood next to thug clapper Colin?
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: All good stuff guys ! but lets not get too carried away just yet after one great performance. Long way to go and even the men upstairs said last week that they dont expect promotion this season and are looking to establish Watford as a solid Championship club over the next few years. Not wanting to pooh pooh on anyones parade ! but lets keep it real, enjoy the ride and then we wont be too dissappointed when it doesnt always go our way. Believe me I will be cheering louder and longer than anyone when this all materializes .[/p][/quote]I think your right Mercs! But what we saw was coming, a tonking! D Unstable is right, not only does tht look like prem football, most of the players on show are prem class. If there's anyone left out there not thanking the Pozzos by now, they really must be nutjobs. Don't Zola look classy in every manner stood next to thug clapper Colin? lutondown
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9:02pm Sun 11 Nov 12

KeithMercer says...

Dont get me wrong LD, I am loving every minute and agree at times we look Prem class no problem ! And we have so many players performing it really is a headache finding places for everyone.
just dont want to get too carried away in November ! but agree wholeheartedly there has surely never been a brighter future in prospect than the one we are on the cusp of now.
Dont get me wrong LD, I am loving every minute and agree at times we look Prem class no problem ! And we have so many players performing it really is a headache finding places for everyone. just dont want to get too carried away in November ! but agree wholeheartedly there has surely never been a brighter future in prospect than the one we are on the cusp of now. KeithMercer
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11:17pm Sun 11 Nov 12

MINTYHORNET says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Dont get me wrong LD, I am loving every minute and agree at times we look Prem class no problem ! And we have so many players performing it really is a headache finding places for everyone.
just dont want to get too carried away in November ! but agree wholeheartedly there has surely never been a brighter future in prospect than the one we are on the cusp of now.
i agree but its so hard not to get carried away COYH
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Dont get me wrong LD, I am loving every minute and agree at times we look Prem class no problem ! And we have so many players performing it really is a headache finding places for everyone. just dont want to get too carried away in November ! but agree wholeheartedly there has surely never been a brighter future in prospect than the one we are on the cusp of now.[/p][/quote]i agree but its so hard not to get carried away COYH MINTYHORNET
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10:51am Mon 12 Nov 12

JoeWFC_12 says...

I was defintately worth the hangover I was suffering from sunday. Myself and friends partied long into the early hours of sunday morning in Leeds. Well worth the trip! #horns on tour

Hoping the Abdi injury is not anything serious as he is a key player. Vydra in my opinion did everything right to justify being on that teamsheet in the starting 11 every week.

Zola has himself a selection headache...I do feel Forrestieri should be dropped into midfield, Vydra & Deeney up top. Be interesting to see who the 11 will be sat!

My feet are firmly grounded after such a huge win...taking the game at a time approach! Wolves @ home saturday..cant wait COYH
I was defintately worth the hangover I was suffering from sunday. Myself and friends partied long into the early hours of sunday morning in Leeds. Well worth the trip! #horns on tour Hoping the Abdi injury is not anything serious as he is a key player. Vydra in my opinion did everything right to justify being on that teamsheet in the starting 11 every week. Zola has himself a selection headache...I do feel Forrestieri should be dropped into midfield, Vydra & Deeney up top. Be interesting to see who the 11 will be sat! My feet are firmly grounded after such a huge win...taking the game at a time approach! Wolves @ home saturday..cant wait COYH JoeWFC_12
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11:10pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Fun Bobby says...

That 5-1 defeat to Palace is etched on my mind as it was the first game I took my son to (age 6?).. I feared he wouldn't want to ever return, especially when school friends all follow Arsenal / Chelsea / Spurs etc, but happy to relate he is now a Hornet forever, our best day yet was the Cardiff playoff final, speaking as a fan of 35+ years I am 100% delighted with the current situation and I am so enjoying the ride!
That 5-1 defeat to Palace is etched on my mind as it was the first game I took my son to (age 6?).. I feared he wouldn't want to ever return, especially when school friends all follow Arsenal / Chelsea / Spurs etc, but happy to relate he is now a Hornet forever, our best day yet was the Cardiff playoff final, speaking as a fan of 35+ years I am 100% delighted with the current situation and I am so enjoying the ride! Fun Bobby
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5:13pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Bush Hornet says...

Fun Bobby wrote:
That 5-1 defeat to Palace is etched on my mind as it was the first game I took my son to (age 6?).. I feared he wouldn't want to ever return, especially when school friends all follow Arsenal / Chelsea / Spurs etc, but happy to relate he is now a Hornet forever, our best day yet was the Cardiff playoff final, speaking as a fan of 35+ years I am 100% delighted with the current situation and I am so enjoying the ride!
Good stuff. It's gonna be fun Bobby
[quote][p][bold]Fun Bobby[/bold] wrote: That 5-1 defeat to Palace is etched on my mind as it was the first game I took my son to (age 6?).. I feared he wouldn't want to ever return, especially when school friends all follow Arsenal / Chelsea / Spurs etc, but happy to relate he is now a Hornet forever, our best day yet was the Cardiff playoff final, speaking as a fan of 35+ years I am 100% delighted with the current situation and I am so enjoying the ride![/p][/quote]Good stuff. It's gonna be fun Bobby Bush Hornet
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