Watford become Championship's leading scorers and third highest in all four English divisions

Matej Vydra beats Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies to score the first of his two goals on Saturday. Picture: Pippa Douglas

Matej Vydra beats Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies to score the first of his two goals on Saturday. Picture: Pippa Douglas

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Watford’s 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday ensured the Championship’s leading away scorers also became the highest scoring team in the division.

The Hornets have now hit 53 goals in 27 games, three more than table-topping Cardiff City and fellow top-six side Crystal Palace, who have both netted 50, having played a match more.

Gianfranco Zola’s men are now the third highest scorers in all four domestic divisions, behind League Two leaders Port Vale (56 from 27 games) and Premier League pace-setters Manchester United (57 from 23 games).

Matej Vydra’s fourth successive brace in as many league starts moved him on to 16 goals for the season and up to joint fourth in the Championship’s individual scoring standings, alongside new Leicester City signing Chris Wood.

Next in Vydra’s sights is Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes, who has netted 17 times in the current campaign, with Burnley’s Charlie Austin (20 goals) and Crystal Palace hot shot Glenn Murray (22 goals) leading the way.

However, the Hornets are the only Championship club to have two players in double figures, with Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty moving him on to 11 for the season.

Three of Watford’s four goals on Saturday came after the break and an analysis of the timing of when they score reveals Zola's side are far more potent in the second half of matches.

The Hornets have netted 19 times in the opening half of matches this season, compared to 34 after the interval.

Furthermore, 27 of Watford’s goals have been scored in the last 25 minutes of games - although they have yet to register between minutes 76 and 80 - and 13 of these have come in the last ten minutes.

Defensively, the spread of goals conceded is more balanced, with 15 scored by opposing teams in the first half and 22 after the interval.

There is again a bias to the last 25 minutes though, with the Hornets letting in 16 goals in that period and eight in the last ten minutes.

Watford, who will make it three successive league wins for the first time this season if they beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday, need only three more goals to match their league tally from the whole of last season.

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2:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

watford9140 says...

Who would av thought last season...
Who would av thought last season... watford9140
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2:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Wimbledonhorn says...

Season 2012/13 to date:-

Watford 22 Yorkshire 7....Lovin' it!
Season 2012/13 to date:- Watford 22 Yorkshire 7....Lovin' it! Wimbledonhorn
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3:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Watford finish season in 2nd place, highest scorers, Vydra top goal scorer, Deeney close 2nd. Most Championship wins, eventually best defence and LD & Vialli best mates! Well nothing in this world is perfect.
Watford finish season in 2nd place, highest scorers, Vydra top goal scorer, Deeney close 2nd. Most Championship wins, eventually best defence and LD & Vialli best mates! Well nothing in this world is perfect. Boosey
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3:28pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mattymashup says...

If we can tighten up the defense there is no reason why we can't win the division, let alone finish runners up. Oh how nice it would be to not rely on the play offs!
If we can tighten up the defense there is no reason why we can't win the division, let alone finish runners up. Oh how nice it would be to not rely on the play offs! mattymashup
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3:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Penrice says...

I know we're supposed to avoid the play offs for stress seasons, but seeing as I fancy us against any team in the division these days, and seeing as we're quite unlikely to win the FA cup what with being out, I fancy a day at Wembley in the play-off final.
I know we're supposed to avoid the play offs for stress seasons, but seeing as I fancy us against any team in the division these days, and seeing as we're quite unlikely to win the FA cup what with being out, I fancy a day at Wembley in the play-off final. Penrice
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4:10pm Mon 21 Jan 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Wimbledonhorn wrote:
Season 2012/13 to date:-

Watford 22 Yorkshire 7....Lovin' it!
Beating every Yorkshire club home and away is still on.
[quote][p][bold]Wimbledonhorn[/bold] wrote: Season 2012/13 to date:- Watford 22 Yorkshire 7....Lovin' it![/p][/quote]Beating every Yorkshire club home and away is still on. gloryhornet4
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4:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

yeoldb says...

Don't think so pal, Hull did us at home didn't they.
Don't think so pal, Hull did us at home didn't they. yeoldb
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4:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

Hull is in north east lincolnshire not yorkshire
Hull is in north east lincolnshire not yorkshire jasonwatford
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5:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

scottwfc says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Hull is in north east lincolnshire not yorkshire
Oh no it isn't, its in the East Riding of Yorkshire I'm afraid.

http://www.oldtowns.
co.uk/Yorkshire/hull
.htm
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Hull is in north east lincolnshire not yorkshire[/p][/quote]Oh no it isn't, its in the East Riding of Yorkshire I'm afraid. http://www.oldtowns. co.uk/Yorkshire/hull .htm scottwfc
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5:12pm Mon 21 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

Nope mate Hull or its actual name of Kingston Upon Hull is in East Yorkshire or the county of East Riding of Yorkshire!
Nope mate Hull or its actual name of Kingston Upon Hull is in East Yorkshire or the county of East Riding of Yorkshire! DuffmanWFC
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5:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb!
We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast!
If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion!
I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line!
I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb! We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast! If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion! I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line! DuffmanWFC
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6:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Bush Hornet says...

I can still feel a flabby Malky wobble coming. They were lucky and dogged on Sat against an uninspired Blackpool. Cardiff are not that great - their points total is flattering and Malky is still fattening.
I can still feel a flabby Malky wobble coming. They were lucky and dogged on Sat against an uninspired Blackpool. Cardiff are not that great - their points total is flattering and Malky is still fattening. Bush Hornet
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7:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

Yep I think Cardiff will wobble as they have done in the past!
I would luv to see them drop into the play off places and us go up in top two but I just can't see them wobbling enough to finish lower then second!
Yep I think Cardiff will wobble as they have done in the past! I would luv to see them drop into the play off places and us go up in top two but I just can't see them wobbling enough to finish lower then second! DuffmanWFC
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8:29pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mk6 hornet says...

Barring a points deduction we will win the division i truly believe that when is the football league hearing by the way.
Barring a points deduction we will win the division i truly believe that when is the football league hearing by the way. mk6 hornet
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10:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

stevyweavy says...

This is nothing to feel happy about - there are another two teams in the football leagues that are doing better than us. Come on Watford sort yourselves out.
This is nothing to feel happy about - there are another two teams in the football leagues that are doing better than us. Come on Watford sort yourselves out. stevyweavy
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12:35am Tue 22 Jan 13

PhilippineOrn says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb!
We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast!
If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion!
I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line!
If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what.
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb! We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast! If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion! I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line![/p][/quote]If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what. PhilippineOrn
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5:31am Tue 22 Jan 13

mk6 hornet says...

I would say a draw at forest a win at bristol city and then 2 wins at home against bolton and palace and we wont be far off baadiff city.They have not hit a bad patch yet
I would say a draw at forest a win at bristol city and then 2 wins at home against bolton and palace and we wont be far off baadiff city.They have not hit a bad patch yet mk6 hornet
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5:37am Tue 22 Jan 13

watford1881 says...

Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet...
Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet... watford1881
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8:17am Tue 22 Jan 13

endean2 says...

Leicester will provide the main challenge and would not be suprised to see them at the top. They have a very good team now with strenght in depth, our game up there should be a classic.

off to Bristol on Tuesday, even bribed the better half to come, lets hope we murder them and its not another Charlton game.
Leicester will provide the main challenge and would not be suprised to see them at the top. They have a very good team now with strenght in depth, our game up there should be a classic. off to Bristol on Tuesday, even bribed the better half to come, lets hope we murder them and its not another Charlton game. endean2
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9:01am Tue 22 Jan 13

PhilippineOrn says...

watford1881 wrote:
Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet...
Haven't you heard the expression "To travel is better than to arrive".

I will enjoy the journey if it's all the same to you regardless of where we end up at the end of the season. Feet and head definitely in the clouds dreaming of endless possibilities.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet...[/p][/quote]Haven't you heard the expression "To travel is better than to arrive". I will enjoy the journey if it's all the same to you regardless of where we end up at the end of the season. Feet and head definitely in the clouds dreaming of endless possibilities. PhilippineOrn
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9:05am Tue 22 Jan 13

Anybody_There says...

Just to correct the article slightly:

"However, the Hornets are the only Championship club to have two players in double figures, with Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty moving him on to 11 for the season."

That's not quite true. Leicester have Nugent on 13 goals and Wood on 16 according to the BBC website.

Still, it's looking good for the 'orns.
Just to correct the article slightly: "However, the Hornets are the only Championship club to have two players in double figures, with Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty moving him on to 11 for the season." That's not quite true. Leicester have Nugent on 13 goals and Wood on 16 according to the BBC website. Still, it's looking good for the 'orns. Anybody_There
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9:39am Tue 22 Jan 13

stevyweavy says...

Anybody_There wrote:
Just to correct the article slightly:

"However, the Hornets are the only Championship club to have two players in double figures, with Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty moving him on to 11 for the season."

That's not quite true. Leicester have Nugent on 13 goals and Wood on 16 according to the BBC website.

Still, it's looking good for the 'orns.
That's because WO never use up to date info plus Leicester have just bought in Wood and his cumulative goals so not really attributable to Leicester.
[quote][p][bold]Anybody_There[/bold] wrote: Just to correct the article slightly: "However, the Hornets are the only Championship club to have two players in double figures, with Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty moving him on to 11 for the season." That's not quite true. Leicester have Nugent on 13 goals and Wood on 16 according to the BBC website. Still, it's looking good for the 'orns.[/p][/quote]That's because WO never use up to date info plus Leicester have just bought in Wood and his cumulative goals so not really attributable to Leicester. stevyweavy
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9:57am Tue 22 Jan 13

Anybody_There says...

Thanks stevyweavy,

That makes sense. I only noticed as I'd just come to this thread straight after looking at the BBC site, but obviously the WO are only counting his goals since his move.
Thanks stevyweavy, That makes sense. I only noticed as I'd just come to this thread straight after looking at the BBC site, but obviously the WO are only counting his goals since his move. Anybody_There
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10:53am Tue 22 Jan 13

Bush Hornet says...

The best news today is in the Star: Chelski may get the special one back. Mourinho and Abramovic are chummy again. Should keep the Chelski fans happy and no turning of Zola's head during this critical time in our season.
The best news today is in the Star: Chelski may get the special one back. Mourinho and Abramovic are chummy again. Should keep the Chelski fans happy and no turning of Zola's head during this critical time in our season. Bush Hornet
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1:17pm Tue 22 Jan 13

neil-bs says...

PhilippineOrn wrote:
DuffmanWFC wrote:
I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb!
We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast!
If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion!
I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line!
If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what.
No we won't!
[quote][p][bold]PhilippineOrn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb! We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast! If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion! I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line![/p][/quote]If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what.[/p][/quote]No we won't! neil-bs
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1:32pm Tue 22 Jan 13

neil-bs says...

PhilippineOrn wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet...
Haven't you heard the expression "To travel is better than to arrive".

I will enjoy the journey if it's all the same to you regardless of where we end up at the end of the season. Feet and head definitely in the clouds dreaming of endless possibilities.
Keeping feet on the ground I do hope we go for the second automatic promotion place. However the match I am dreading is the play-off final .....against Burnley! In theory a super game for all Watford fans but it could all go breasts up. Cardiff are going to be hard to overhaul but I would rather like to have Watford & Cardiff getting the automatic places and Burnley winning the Wembley Final. 3 Watford managers achieving promotion together. Some sort of story! And if Burnley can't mange it then perhaps Millwall?
[quote][p][bold]PhilippineOrn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Let's not get too carried away... First is beyond us... 2nd is a possibility but playoffs more likely... If not this season then next to go up... Please keep our feet on the ground.... To date we've won nothing.... We haven't signed players we need to yet...[/p][/quote]Haven't you heard the expression "To travel is better than to arrive". I will enjoy the journey if it's all the same to you regardless of where we end up at the end of the season. Feet and head definitely in the clouds dreaming of endless possibilities.[/p][/quote]Keeping feet on the ground I do hope we go for the second automatic promotion place. However the match I am dreading is the play-off final .....against Burnley! In theory a super game for all Watford fans but it could all go breasts up. Cardiff are going to be hard to overhaul but I would rather like to have Watford & Cardiff getting the automatic places and Burnley winning the Wembley Final. 3 Watford managers achieving promotion together. Some sort of story! And if Burnley can't mange it then perhaps Millwall? neil-bs
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2:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Correct me if I'm wrong If we won the Play off final i believe we would be the only team to do it at Old Wembley, Cardiff and new Wembley.
Unfortunately will not have that great day out cos we will finish second.
Correct me if I'm wrong If we won the Play off final i believe we would be the only team to do it at Old Wembley, Cardiff and new Wembley. Unfortunately will not have that great day out cos we will finish second. Boosey
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2:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

PhilippineOrn says...

neil-bs wrote:
PhilippineOrn wrote:
DuffmanWFC wrote:
I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb!
We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast!
If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion!
I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line!
If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what.
No we won't!
Umm yes we will.
[quote][p][bold]neil-bs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PhilippineOrn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: I really think second is up for grabs and if we could win the next three on the bounce we could be in that position come Feb! We have the fortune of a really good and large squad, and our rivals may just struggle with a few injuries/suspensions over the next few weeks or towards the end of the season when the games start to come thick and fast! If Abdi, Vydra, Ekstrand, Chaloboah and Hall keep fit for the rest of the season then we really have a great chance of promotion! I just hope more people turn up at the Vic from now to the end of the season to help push us over the finish line![/p][/quote]If we win the next two we will be in 2nd place no matter what.[/p][/quote]No we won't![/p][/quote]Umm yes we will. PhilippineOrn
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