Gianfranco Zola has a decision to make; stick with Watford's successful XI or utilise their squad against Bristol City?

Watford Observer: Will Gianfranco Zola make changes tonight? Fitz Hall was a regular before injury and is back fit again. Picture: Holly Cant Will Gianfranco Zola make changes tonight? Fitz Hall was a regular before injury and is back fit again. Picture: Holly Cant

Gianfranco Zola is contemplating making changes for Watford's visit to Bristol City tonight.

Tommie Hoban, Sergio Neuton, Ikechi Anya and Connor Smith are still out and whilst Zola said there were no fresh injuries following Saturday's win, there is a temptation to make alterations - with the likes of Fitz Hall, Jonathan Hogg and Fernando Forestieri all on the bench against Nottingham Forest.

"Making changes is one possibility I am considering but I haven't decided yet," Zola said yesterday afternoon.

"Whoever we play, can cause problems. But we have a team who are doing very well at the moment and they deserve a high consideration."

On the injuries, Zola added: "Tommie hasn't trained with the team yet. He is progressing but he will not be ready for tomorrow.

"We have a couple of players who have niggles but it shouldn't be a problem. Everyone who played on Saturday should be available.

"Along with Hoban and Connor Smith, Sergio Neuton is unavailable and Ikechi Anya is also out.

"Ikechi had a little problem with his hamstring and Sergio is back after a muscle problem three weeks ago but he is not ready yet."

Watford, who could climb into the automatic places tonight with victory in Bristol, drew 2-2 with City in September.

However, the Championship's bottom side have changed manager recently, with Derek McInnes being replaced by Sean O'Driscoll, who was in charge of Nottingham Forest when the Hornets won 2-0 in December.

Zola said: "We played against a Sean O'Driscoll team a month ago so I know a lot about him and I know a lot about Bristol City as well.

"It is a game where we have to play very well because it is never easy in the Championship."

He continued: "In the first game, Bristol were playing a little better than now in terms of league position and since then, they have had a few problems.

"They have a new manager and they beat Ipswich the other day so it certainly won't be easy.

"In this division, you have to treat everyone like they are the best in the league because you will always face a tough game."

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1:00pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Harry's Bar says...

Never change a winning team.
Never change a winning team. Harry's Bar
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1:13pm Tue 29 Jan 13

llloydwithathirdl says...

Forestieri and Geijo are two of the most talented strikers we've ever had at the club. Am sure they've still got a big part to play this season.
Forestieri and Geijo are two of the most talented strikers we've ever had at the club. Am sure they've still got a big part to play this season. llloydwithathirdl
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1:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

overhere says...

Look what happened v Charlton, our only league blip in the last 6 matches. If GZ hasn't learned from that then I'd be amazed. No more than one unforced change should be enough.
Look what happened v Charlton, our only league blip in the last 6 matches. If GZ hasn't learned from that then I'd be amazed. No more than one unforced change should be enough. overhere
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1:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Harry's Bar says...

It's a nice problem to have. When Deeney was otherwise disposed I was asking who have we got to play upfront?
It's a nice problem to have. When Deeney was otherwise disposed I was asking who have we got to play upfront? Harry's Bar
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1:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green gloryhornet4
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1:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

JoeWFC_12 says...

No doubt in my mind, keep it how it is! No need to put a hault to the momentum that 11 have, especially the form Deeney/Vydra are in.

I just want us to finish this Bristol lot off, then if Zola wants to make subs, then make them!

Not doubting the talent we have on the bench as we know, we have a very strong bench but like the Charlton game proved, not worth the risk.

A point at Forest would of been more than acceptable but we can't be dropping points tonight!
No doubt in my mind, keep it how it is! No need to put a hault to the momentum that 11 have, especially the form Deeney/Vydra are in. I just want us to finish this Bristol lot off, then if Zola wants to make subs, then make them! Not doubting the talent we have on the bench as we know, we have a very strong bench but like the Charlton game proved, not worth the risk. A point at Forest would of been more than acceptable but we can't be dropping points tonight! JoeWFC_12
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1:34pm Tue 29 Jan 13

gloryhornet4 says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Oops forgot Eddy
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Oops forgot Eddy gloryhornet4
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1:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

WessexLad says...

I'd start Hogg to stiffen the midfield, and maybe Onesize to give Doyley a rest, but leave any other changes until we're three up.
I'd start Hogg to stiffen the midfield, and maybe Onesize to give Doyley a rest, but leave any other changes until we're three up. WessexLad
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1:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

lloydinho says...

There's still a lot season left to come. We need to keep making changes to keep the whole squad primed and match fit.
There's still a lot season left to come. We need to keep making changes to keep the whole squad primed and match fit. lloydinho
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1:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

For me I would only make 1 or 2 changes max! The only changes that should happen if you are gonna give a couple of players a run out are Eustace and Hall in to get some game time and this may mean Doyley and Bottachio drop to the bench!
What I don't want seeing is Anya, Yeates, Geijo, Hall, Eustace all starting as that hampers the way we've been playing recently!
My ideal preference is to start with the same side and introduce Geijo, Hall and Forestieri in the second half hoping we are two or three up at the time!
For me I would only make 1 or 2 changes max! The only changes that should happen if you are gonna give a couple of players a run out are Eustace and Hall in to get some game time and this may mean Doyley and Bottachio drop to the bench! What I don't want seeing is Anya, Yeates, Geijo, Hall, Eustace all starting as that hampers the way we've been playing recently! My ideal preference is to start with the same side and introduce Geijo, Hall and Forestieri in the second half hoping we are two or three up at the time! DuffmanWFC
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1:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

WessexLad says...

Let's just hope that it starts and finishes: there's more heavy rain forecast!
Let's just hope that it starts and finishes: there's more heavy rain forecast! WessexLad
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1:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AngelHornet says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Never change a winning team.
I agree
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Never change a winning team.[/p][/quote]I agree AngelHornet
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1:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Mad Mo says...

More of the same from Saturday tonight. COYH

Has anyone heard anything on signing any of the players Vydra and co. as it is only two days to the end of the window?
More of the same from Saturday tonight. COYH Has anyone heard anything on signing any of the players Vydra and co. as it is only two days to the end of the window? Mad Mo
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1:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

londomollari says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Oops forgot Eddy
Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any)
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Oops forgot Eddy[/p][/quote]Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any) londomollari
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1:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

eltonsjohn says...

do not get carried away.
SOD is a canny bloke, so all this talk about changing the team when 3-0 up is disrespectful.
remember, this is the championship, peterborough beat cardiff the other month, so strange things always happen.
i will be happy with an away draw.

would definitely start with hall & ff
do not get carried away. SOD is a canny bloke, so all this talk about changing the team when 3-0 up is disrespectful. remember, this is the championship, peterborough beat cardiff the other month, so strange things always happen. i will be happy with an away draw. would definitely start with hall & ff eltonsjohn
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1:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

JohnnyHornet says...

Keep it the same as Saturday and make changes after the hour if all is well.
Keep it the same as Saturday and make changes after the hour if all is well. JohnnyHornet
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1:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

G_Whiz says...

Would like to see foresti and fitz get a runout - maybe second half!

A lot depends on the opponents and their tactics too of course!
Would like to see foresti and fitz get a runout - maybe second half! A lot depends on the opponents and their tactics too of course! G_Whiz
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1:57pm Tue 29 Jan 13

There was only one Scully says...

londomollari wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Oops forgot Eddy
Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any)
I would always have Bert Slater over Mickey, Mickey Walker and what about Brian Owen to!
[quote][p][bold]londomollari[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Oops forgot Eddy[/p][/quote]Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any)[/p][/quote]I would always have Bert Slater over Mickey, Mickey Walker and what about Brian Owen to! There was only one Scully
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1:59pm Tue 29 Jan 13

craig239 says...

Glory Hornet
Where's Brian Owen? I think Walley is without the H Not so sure the goal keeper should be Slater
Glory Hornet Where's Brian Owen? I think Walley is without the H Not so sure the goal keeper should be Slater craig239
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1:59pm Tue 29 Jan 13

buck-stops says...

The strength in this team isn't in the starting eleven, it's in the squad. No-one that's come in has let the team down.

Don't see why GFZ would change his successful rotation approach now.
The strength in this team isn't in the starting eleven, it's in the squad. No-one that's come in has let the team down. Don't see why GFZ would change his successful rotation approach now. buck-stops
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2:09pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AMP4WFC says...

Whoever starts; they better win.....

By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton".
I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really".
So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read.
Believe it or not.

3 points tonight, folks ?
Whoever starts; they better win..... By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton". I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really". So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read. Believe it or not. 3 points tonight, folks ? AMP4WFC
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2:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

londomollari says...

Owen to be sub---could play anywhere. So good he could score goals off the Observer clock..
Owen to be sub---could play anywhere. So good he could score goals off the Observer clock.. londomollari
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2:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

Vydra and Ekstrand to the bench, maybe one other but not half the team as we did v Charlton.

No good saying never change a winning team. You have to rest players, it is a 50 game season and we have very good back up... That is a big advantage over other teams, use it.
Vydra and Ekstrand to the bench, maybe one other but not half the team as we did v Charlton. No good saying never change a winning team. You have to rest players, it is a 50 game season and we have very good back up... That is a big advantage over other teams, use it. Bringe
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2:26pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

AMP4WFC wrote:
Whoever starts; they better win.....

By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton".
I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really".
So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read.
Believe it or not.

3 points tonight, folks ?
did you check the till and the kids afterwards?
[quote][p][bold]AMP4WFC[/bold] wrote: Whoever starts; they better win..... By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton". I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really". So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read. Believe it or not. 3 points tonight, folks ?[/p][/quote]did you check the till and the kids afterwards? Bringe
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2:26pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

Afternoon all-
I would like to see Eustace start and perhaps even Hogg as i think Bristol might try to out-muscle us in the middle.
Doyley should remain as he is playing well, maybe Hall to come on later.
Anyone who doesnt go with Troy and Matej is insane! Fernando and Geijo to come on but not to start those two, seriously!
Obviously the talent of the new lads is other-wordly but what has impressed me most is the improvement GZ has got out of our existing players.
If the likes of Eustace, Hogg,Yeates, Doyley, Nosworthy, Deeney and to a lesser extent Forsyth and Hoban had played like this last season we may have pipped a playoff place. I really hope that all of the players I just mentioned stay as I feel they still have a lot to offer us.
From reading some of the comments made on this and other sites I would warn against Watford fans getting big-headed. Lets enjoy this (as I am, sooooo much) because God knows we deserve it but lets not start thinking that we are better or too-good for anyone.
One step at a time, dont get me wrong I want promotion this season and believe its achievable. However I also want the foundations being built now to be solid and long-lasting so things should not be done in hast.
We have a great manager and a team-spirit, complemented with genuine ability, that I have not seen at Watford before. Enjoy this time but lets make it last!
Good luck tonight boys, my prediction, 3-1 to us. My Mum and Dad are making the trip over to Bristol to see the game so give them a show Golden boys, dont let me down. COYH!!!!!!!!
Afternoon all- I would like to see Eustace start and perhaps even Hogg as i think Bristol might try to out-muscle us in the middle. Doyley should remain as he is playing well, maybe Hall to come on later. Anyone who doesnt go with Troy and Matej is insane! Fernando and Geijo to come on but not to start those two, seriously! Obviously the talent of the new lads is other-wordly but what has impressed me most is the improvement GZ has got out of our existing players. If the likes of Eustace, Hogg,Yeates, Doyley, Nosworthy, Deeney and to a lesser extent Forsyth and Hoban had played like this last season we may have pipped a playoff place. I really hope that all of the players I just mentioned stay as I feel they still have a lot to offer us. From reading some of the comments made on this and other sites I would warn against Watford fans getting big-headed. Lets enjoy this (as I am, sooooo much) because God knows we deserve it but lets not start thinking that we are better or too-good for anyone. One step at a time, dont get me wrong I want promotion this season and believe its achievable. However I also want the foundations being built now to be solid and long-lasting so things should not be done in hast. We have a great manager and a team-spirit, complemented with genuine ability, that I have not seen at Watford before. Enjoy this time but lets make it last! Good luck tonight boys, my prediction, 3-1 to us. My Mum and Dad are making the trip over to Bristol to see the game so give them a show Golden boys, dont let me down. COYH!!!!!!!! Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga
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2:33pm Tue 29 Jan 13

McHornet says...

I think the Charlton result was purely down to the fact that Zola had 3 fit centre halves, Hoban, Ekstrand and Neuton and all three young players had a bad game against 2 experienced centre forwards. The introduction of Sean Murray to that game was wrong too as he looked about 3 yards off the pace. As long as we have at least 1 leader at centre half, who can do the simple thing i.e. Hall, Nosworthy or Doyley i think we'll do ok defensively! I'd rest Cassetti, Battocchio, Chalobah and Deeney tonight and bring in Mujangi Bia, Eustace, Hogg and Geijo! COYH!!
I think the Charlton result was purely down to the fact that Zola had 3 fit centre halves, Hoban, Ekstrand and Neuton and all three young players had a bad game against 2 experienced centre forwards. The introduction of Sean Murray to that game was wrong too as he looked about 3 yards off the pace. As long as we have at least 1 leader at centre half, who can do the simple thing i.e. Hall, Nosworthy or Doyley i think we'll do ok defensively! I'd rest Cassetti, Battocchio, Chalobah and Deeney tonight and bring in Mujangi Bia, Eustace, Hogg and Geijo! COYH!! McHornet
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2:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

Geijo is a good swap for Deeney however no swap for Vydra. Fernando i see playing off 2 strikers given a free role and one size back in for either doyley or nosworthy.
Geijo is a good swap for Deeney however no swap for Vydra. Fernando i see playing off 2 strikers given a free role and one size back in for either doyley or nosworthy. jasonwatford
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2:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Vicar*o*rage says...

There was only one Scully wrote:
londomollari wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Oops forgot Eddy
Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any)
I would always have Bert Slater over Mickey, Mickey Walker and what about Brian Owen to!
Bernie Lewis had a takeaway on St Albans Rd, almost opposite The Harebreaks and Tom Walley still lives in Watford.

Micky Walker was a great reaction keeper, but his domination of the goal area was poor. No Roy Sinclair, Ray Lugg, Ken Furphy, a class right back
[quote][p][bold]There was only one Scully[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]londomollari[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Oops forgot Eddy[/p][/quote]Not too sure about playing 'Fingers' Walker. (He caught crosses as if he didn't have any)[/p][/quote]I would always have Bert Slater over Mickey, Mickey Walker and what about Brian Owen to![/p][/quote]Bernie Lewis had a takeaway on St Albans Rd, almost opposite The Harebreaks and Tom Walley still lives in Watford. Micky Walker was a great reaction keeper, but his domination of the goal area was poor. No Roy Sinclair, Ray Lugg, Ken Furphy, a class right back Vicar*o*rage
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2:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

abbotshornet says...

Our Danish friend ascerts he encountered someone from L*t*n who was not violent and could read, we have to bare in mind Denmark is well known for their fairytales.
I would love to give the rest of the squad a run out tonight, I would also love to get 3 points, after the Charlton game I would rather not change things. COYH!
Our Danish friend ascerts he encountered someone from L*t*n who was not violent and could read, we have to bare in mind Denmark is well known for their fairytales. I would love to give the rest of the squad a run out tonight, I would also love to get 3 points, after the Charlton game I would rather not change things. COYH! abbotshornet
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2:57pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AMP4WFC says...

Bringe wrote:
AMP4WFC wrote:
Whoever starts; they better win.....

By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton".
I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really".
So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read.
Believe it or not.

3 points tonight, folks ?
did you check the till and the kids afterwards?
Yes and all was in order but I can understand your concern and I appreciate it.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AMP4WFC[/bold] wrote: Whoever starts; they better win..... By the way; Here is a true story from Denmark: I have a little bookstore in the northern part of Denmark (Blokhus) and last summer I had a wide selection of english books for sale in my store. One day, I had a costumer from the UK and he had found quite an impressive selection of english books which he, to my great pleasure wanted to buy. We started talking about all kinds of things and I asked him where he was from in the UK. He replied "Luton". I was a little worried to tell him that I was a long-time Watford-supporter because I fancied my good health..... Nevertheles WFC-fans are never scared so I told him and to my big surprise he did not beat me into the ground. I asked him if he was into football and he replied "No, not really". So, there you have, folks. There actually IS people, or at least ONE, from Luton who actually is non-violent and actually can read. Believe it or not. 3 points tonight, folks ?[/p][/quote]did you check the till and the kids afterwards?[/p][/quote]Yes and all was in order but I can understand your concern and I appreciate it. AMP4WFC
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3:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

The first goal really is key, even against Bristol, they are no patsies.

They may be at home but Driscoll is likely to park the bus against and hope they can nick a goal. Forestieri in and around their box is a must and I think Battachio would provide a good attacking option too. Also Cassetti must be rested soon, he is no spring chicken.

I hate counting chickens but if we can't rest players against City then who can we rest them against?
The first goal really is key, even against Bristol, they are no patsies. They may be at home but Driscoll is likely to park the bus against and hope they can nick a goal. Forestieri in and around their box is a must and I think Battachio would provide a good attacking option too. Also Cassetti must be rested soon, he is no spring chicken. I hate counting chickens but if we can't rest players against City then who can we rest them against? Bringe
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3:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

andyhooked says...

We screwed up against Charlton changing a winning forward line and were awful at the back, although some were not available. Bristol City have a new manager and we should pay them respect.
We screwed up against Charlton changing a winning forward line and were awful at the back, although some were not available. Bristol City have a new manager and we should pay them respect. andyhooked
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3:10pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AMP4WFC says...

abbotshornet wrote:
Our Danish friend ascerts he encountered someone from L*t*n who was not violent and could read, we have to bare in mind Denmark is well known for their fairytales.
I would love to give the rest of the squad a run out tonight, I would also love to get 3 points, after the Charlton game I would rather not change things. COYH!
Dear abbotshornet, I kid U not and it is NO fairytale although it could have been. Nevertheless I was surprised to have met a ""hatter" and lived to tell about it.....

It just occured to me: Perhaps he was a undercover terrorist planning a new attack on Denmark as retaliation for the Muhammed drawings..... or even from EDL...All sorts of terroist seems to have come from Luton lately !!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: Our Danish friend ascerts he encountered someone from L*t*n who was not violent and could read, we have to bare in mind Denmark is well known for their fairytales. I would love to give the rest of the squad a run out tonight, I would also love to get 3 points, after the Charlton game I would rather not change things. COYH![/p][/quote]Dear abbotshornet, I kid U not and it is NO fairytale although it could have been. Nevertheless I was surprised to have met a ""hatter" and lived to tell about it..... It just occured to me: Perhaps he was a undercover terrorist planning a new attack on Denmark as retaliation for the Muhammed drawings..... or even from EDL...All sorts of terroist seems to have come from Luton lately !!!!!!!! AMP4WFC
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3:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tomgeehornets says...

Bring in demerit and young, perhaps Adam Johnson as well and defo play graham if fit
Bring in demerit and young, perhaps Adam Johnson as well and defo play graham if fit tomgeehornets
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3:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight.
I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
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3:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

andyhooked wrote:
We screwed up against Charlton changing a winning forward line and were awful at the back, although some were not available. Bristol City have a new manager and we should pay them respect.
We still scored 3 it was the midfield that really didn't perform thus putting pressure on our makeshift defence.
I said beforehand GFZ had changed too much and with Abdi getting hurt it backfired right on cue for the Man City game. But I never said we shouldn't rotate one or two, quite the opposite - we must.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We screwed up against Charlton changing a winning forward line and were awful at the back, although some were not available. Bristol City have a new manager and we should pay them respect.[/p][/quote]We still scored 3 it was the midfield that really didn't perform thus putting pressure on our makeshift defence. I said beforehand GFZ had changed too much and with Abdi getting hurt it backfired right on cue for the Man City game. But I never said we shouldn't rotate one or two, quite the opposite - we must. Bringe
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3:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

3Lions4Ever says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Ha ha now that's what I call a team. I fear some of the legs may have gone though.
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Ha ha now that's what I call a team. I fear some of the legs may have gone though. 3Lions4Ever
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4:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Colin West's mullet says...

Letsalldothecongafor
brittassombalonga
wrote:
Afternoon all-
I would like to see Eustace start and perhaps even Hogg as i think Bristol might try to out-muscle us in the middle.
Doyley should remain as he is playing well, maybe Hall to come on later.
Anyone who doesnt go with Troy and Matej is insane! Fernando and Geijo to come on but not to start those two, seriously!
Obviously the talent of the new lads is other-wordly but what has impressed me most is the improvement GZ has got out of our existing players.
If the likes of Eustace, Hogg,Yeates, Doyley, Nosworthy, Deeney and to a lesser extent Forsyth and Hoban had played like this last season we may have pipped a playoff place. I really hope that all of the players I just mentioned stay as I feel they still have a lot to offer us.
From reading some of the comments made on this and other sites I would warn against Watford fans getting big-headed. Lets enjoy this (as I am, sooooo much) because God knows we deserve it but lets not start thinking that we are better or too-good for anyone.
One step at a time, dont get me wrong I want promotion this season and believe its achievable. However I also want the foundations being built now to be solid and long-lasting so things should not be done in hast.
We have a great manager and a team-spirit, complemented with genuine ability, that I have not seen at Watford before. Enjoy this time but lets make it last!
Good luck tonight boys, my prediction, 3-1 to us. My Mum and Dad are making the trip over to Bristol to see the game so give them a show Golden boys, dont let me down. COYH!!!!!!!!
Hmm, I think Eustace was the bedrock last season, Hogg impressive and Nos made a big difference when he came in. Yeates was a carthorse that I wouldn't have wasted a bullet on admittedly, and Forsyth flattered to deceive, but Lloyd had a good season, like he always does, and Hoban was still in nappies. Troy had an excellent final third of the season.

So basically, of the players you mentioned, only Yeates has undergone a massive transformation.
[quote][p][bold]Letsalldothecongafor brittassombalonga[/bold] wrote: Afternoon all- I would like to see Eustace start and perhaps even Hogg as i think Bristol might try to out-muscle us in the middle. Doyley should remain as he is playing well, maybe Hall to come on later. Anyone who doesnt go with Troy and Matej is insane! Fernando and Geijo to come on but not to start those two, seriously! Obviously the talent of the new lads is other-wordly but what has impressed me most is the improvement GZ has got out of our existing players. If the likes of Eustace, Hogg,Yeates, Doyley, Nosworthy, Deeney and to a lesser extent Forsyth and Hoban had played like this last season we may have pipped a playoff place. I really hope that all of the players I just mentioned stay as I feel they still have a lot to offer us. From reading some of the comments made on this and other sites I would warn against Watford fans getting big-headed. Lets enjoy this (as I am, sooooo much) because God knows we deserve it but lets not start thinking that we are better or too-good for anyone. One step at a time, dont get me wrong I want promotion this season and believe its achievable. However I also want the foundations being built now to be solid and long-lasting so things should not be done in hast. We have a great manager and a team-spirit, complemented with genuine ability, that I have not seen at Watford before. Enjoy this time but lets make it last! Good luck tonight boys, my prediction, 3-1 to us. My Mum and Dad are making the trip over to Bristol to see the game so give them a show Golden boys, dont let me down. COYH!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Hmm, I think Eustace was the bedrock last season, Hogg impressive and Nos made a big difference when he came in. Yeates was a carthorse that I wouldn't have wasted a bullet on admittedly, and Forsyth flattered to deceive, but Lloyd had a good season, like he always does, and Hoban was still in nappies. Troy had an excellent final third of the season. So basically, of the players you mentioned, only Yeates has undergone a massive transformation. Colin West's mullet
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4:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AMP4WFC says...

I remember the old days of Blissett and Barnes..... Now we got Deeney and Vydra. Same power, same excitement, same hunger for goals. Lovely to watch. Bring in on again tonight.
I remember the old days of Blissett and Barnes..... Now we got Deeney and Vydra. Same power, same excitement, same hunger for goals. Lovely to watch. Bring in on again tonight. AMP4WFC
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4:09pm Tue 29 Jan 13

WessexLad says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight.
I would have no qualms about resting Cassetti, but definitely not with Yeates as a wing back. With Anya unfit, I'd rather see Doyley pushed forward and Fitz come in.
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight.[/p][/quote]I would have no qualms about resting Cassetti, but definitely not with Yeates as a wing back. With Anya unfit, I'd rather see Doyley pushed forward and Fitz come in. WessexLad
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4:33pm Tue 29 Jan 13

DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian says...

Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen,
It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated.
#PrayForVialli
Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen, It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated. #PrayForVialli DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian
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4:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

andyhooked says...

Just hope that the Football League do not spoil it all and that we just get off lightly. How do you sleep at night Bas!! A friend of a friend tells me that even the family have had enough of him (Bas) with the rotten hat. COYH and lets keep on going. Tough away games at the end of the season so let's do the business NOW. Hope we stuff Palace as well and I can have bragging rights over one of my best friends.
Just hope that the Football League do not spoil it all and that we just get off lightly. How do you sleep at night Bas!! A friend of a friend tells me that even the family have had enough of him (Bas) with the rotten hat. COYH and lets keep on going. Tough away games at the end of the season so let's do the business NOW. Hope we stuff Palace as well and I can have bragging rights over one of my best friends. andyhooked
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4:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

WessexLad wrote:
Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight.
I would have no qualms about resting Cassetti, but definitely not with Yeates as a wing back. With Anya unfit, I'd rather see Doyley pushed forward and Fitz come in.
Think Pudil can play either side so Forsyth would be the obvious choice.
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: I have a feeling that Yeates will start in place of Cassetti (rested, not dropped). No need to change the back 3 after 2 clean sheets. As for the attack, well we may see some changes, but only half time tonight.[/p][/quote]I would have no qualms about resting Cassetti, but definitely not with Yeates as a wing back. With Anya unfit, I'd rather see Doyley pushed forward and Fitz come in.[/p][/quote]Think Pudil can play either side so Forsyth would be the obvious choice. Bringe
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4:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

MINTYHORNET says...

GK Alumnia
RCB Doyley
CB Hall
LCB Ekstrand
RWB Bia
LWB Forsyth
CM Abdi
CM Hogg
CM Chalobah
ST Forestieri
ST Geijo
Subs
Bond
Nosworthy
Pudil
Cassetti
Battachio
Vydra
Deeney
GK Alumnia RCB Doyley CB Hall LCB Ekstrand RWB Bia LWB Forsyth CM Abdi CM Hogg CM Chalobah ST Forestieri ST Geijo Subs Bond Nosworthy Pudil Cassetti Battachio Vydra Deeney MINTYHORNET
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4:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tiger bay says...

3Lions4Ever wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Walker
Welbourne
Williams
Hale
Garvey
Whalley
Scullion
Garbett
Endean
Lewis

Sub Green
Ha ha now that's what I call a team. I fear some of the legs may have gone though.
Wheres Walter Lees?? Maybe a couple of years later but Colin Franks and John Farley???
[quote][p][bold]3Lions4Ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Walker Welbourne Williams Hale Garvey Whalley Scullion Garbett Endean Lewis Sub Green[/p][/quote]Ha ha now that's what I call a team. I fear some of the legs may have gone though.[/p][/quote]Wheres Walter Lees?? Maybe a couple of years later but Colin Franks and John Farley??? tiger bay
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4:56pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Roger "Studs" Joslyn says...

MINTYHORNET wrote:
GK Alumnia
RCB Doyley
CB Hall
LCB Ekstrand
RWB Bia
LWB Forsyth
CM Abdi
CM Hogg
CM Chalobah
ST Forestieri
ST Geijo
Subs
Bond
Nosworthy
Pudil
Cassetti
Battachio
Vydra
Deeney
6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy.
[quote][p][bold]MINTYHORNET[/bold] wrote: GK Alumnia RCB Doyley CB Hall LCB Ekstrand RWB Bia LWB Forsyth CM Abdi CM Hogg CM Chalobah ST Forestieri ST Geijo Subs Bond Nosworthy Pudil Cassetti Battachio Vydra Deeney[/p][/quote]6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy. Roger "Studs" Joslyn
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5:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

LesCSP says...

Only just realised their man Albert Adomah is away in South Africa. He usually does a bit against us.
Only just realised their man Albert Adomah is away in South Africa. He usually does a bit against us. LesCSP
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5:27pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

it'd time to release the Fessi onto them!! The way he come on against Huddersfield he was like a caged footballing beast
it'd time to release the Fessi onto them!! The way he come on against Huddersfield he was like a caged footballing beast francowatford
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5:32pm Tue 29 Jan 13

wheelsonfire says...

Love to Geijo on alongside Vydra. They could be devastating!!!
Wish people would stop rubbishing GFZ for the Charlton game. The forwards were not to blame they scored 3 and could have had half a dozen more with a bit of luck.
The problems were in defence and I'm shore he learnt a lot from that game and wont be afraid to change the team again when necesary. Bristol City's new manager is a very shrewed geyser so we have to be carefull.
Love to Geijo on alongside Vydra. They could be devastating!!! Wish people would stop rubbishing GFZ for the Charlton game. The forwards were not to blame they scored 3 and could have had half a dozen more with a bit of luck. The problems were in defence and I'm shore he learnt a lot from that game and wont be afraid to change the team again when necesary. Bristol City's new manager is a very shrewed geyser so we have to be carefull. wheelsonfire
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5:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

MINTYHORNET says...

Roger "Studs" Joslyn wrote:
MINTYHORNET wrote:
GK Alumnia
RCB Doyley
CB Hall
LCB Ekstrand
RWB Bia
LWB Forsyth
CM Abdi
CM Hogg
CM Chalobah
ST Forestieri
ST Geijo
Subs
Bond
Nosworthy
Pudil
Cassetti
Battachio
Vydra
Deeney
6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy.
Thats what I think GFZ will do although i would like to see Vydra and Geijo up front.COYH.
[quote][p][bold]Roger "Studs" Joslyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MINTYHORNET[/bold] wrote: GK Alumnia RCB Doyley CB Hall LCB Ekstrand RWB Bia LWB Forsyth CM Abdi CM Hogg CM Chalobah ST Forestieri ST Geijo Subs Bond Nosworthy Pudil Cassetti Battachio Vydra Deeney[/p][/quote]6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy.[/p][/quote]Thats what I think GFZ will do although i would like to see Vydra and Geijo up front.COYH. MINTYHORNET
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5:50pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

The problems were in midfield particularly as Abdi got injured ... defensively there was little choice.
No one rubbished GFZ but he prioritized the wrong game ... understandable because of it's magnitude but it totally backfired.
The problems were in midfield particularly as Abdi got injured ... defensively there was little choice. No one rubbished GFZ but he prioritized the wrong game ... understandable because of it's magnitude but it totally backfired. Bringe
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5:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Hopemole says...

Spot on \wheels on Fire!
Spot on \wheels on Fire! Hopemole
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6:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rousman 2 says...

MINTYHORNET wrote:
Roger "Studs" Joslyn wrote:
MINTYHORNET wrote:
GK Alumnia
RCB Doyley
CB Hall
LCB Ekstrand
RWB Bia
LWB Forsyth
CM Abdi
CM Hogg
CM Chalobah
ST Forestieri
ST Geijo
Subs
Bond
Nosworthy
Pudil
Cassetti
Battachio
Vydra
Deeney
6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy.
Thats what I think GFZ will do although i would like to see Vydra and Geijo up front.COYH.
Why leave Nosworthy out he has been just about our best defender in the last 3 games leave the back three as they are.
[quote][p][bold]MINTYHORNET[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roger "Studs" Joslyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MINTYHORNET[/bold] wrote: GK Alumnia RCB Doyley CB Hall LCB Ekstrand RWB Bia LWB Forsyth CM Abdi CM Hogg CM Chalobah ST Forestieri ST Geijo Subs Bond Nosworthy Pudil Cassetti Battachio Vydra Deeney[/p][/quote]6 Changes from Saturday - are you sure? Never change a winning team, thats my motto. Start from a position of strength and change later if things are goung well. The last time we made that many changes we all know what happened. Bringing on subs to chase a game when you are losing isn't easy.[/p][/quote]Thats what I think GFZ will do although i would like to see Vydra and Geijo up front.COYH.[/p][/quote]Why leave Nosworthy out he has been just about our best defender in the last 3 games leave the back three as they are. rousman 2
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6:12pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tommy gunn says...

I hope there are not too many changes,city will be fighting for their lives it will not be an easy game.To change the front two would be a mistake the form they are in.Maybe rest Cassetti and bring a fresh pair of legs in but other than that I hope he keeps it the same.
I hope there are not too many changes,city will be fighting for their lives it will not be an easy game.To change the front two would be a mistake the form they are in.Maybe rest Cassetti and bring a fresh pair of legs in but other than that I hope he keeps it the same. tommy gunn
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6:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

holtonian says...

The only way forward is to rotate players, it takes time to get best permutation but long term all good sides rotate.Its about having a strong squad not just strong 11.There are no easy games in the championship any team can beat another.Win lose or draw we now have one of the best set ups that i have ever seen at the Vic.Happy days.
The only way forward is to rotate players, it takes time to get best permutation but long term all good sides rotate.Its about having a strong squad not just strong 11.There are no easy games in the championship any team can beat another.Win lose or draw we now have one of the best set ups that i have ever seen at the Vic.Happy days. holtonian
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6:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian says...

Does anybody know if this game is being streamed anywhere?
Does anybody know if this game is being streamed anywhere? DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian
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6:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

grahamwfc says...

MINTYHORNET wrote:
GK Alumnia
RCB Doyley
CB Hall
LCB Ekstrand
RWB Bia
LWB Forsyth
CM Abdi
CM Hogg
CM Chalobah
ST Forestieri
ST Geijo
Subs
Bond
Nosworthy
Pudil
Cassetti
Battachio
Vydra
Deeney
WTF

DARK ROOM PLEASE NURSE!
[quote][p][bold]MINTYHORNET[/bold] wrote: GK Alumnia RCB Doyley CB Hall LCB Ekstrand RWB Bia LWB Forsyth CM Abdi CM Hogg CM Chalobah ST Forestieri ST Geijo Subs Bond Nosworthy Pudil Cassetti Battachio Vydra Deeney[/p][/quote]WTF DARK ROOM PLEASE NURSE! grahamwfc
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7:00pm Tue 29 Jan 13

londomollari says...

50 years of watching Watford. So many times a bad result against bottom of the league. Please don't change the team---but heard rumour Deeney and Vydra out tonight.
50 years of watching Watford. So many times a bad result against bottom of the league. Please don't change the team---but heard rumour Deeney and Vydra out tonight. londomollari
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7:50pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian wrote:
Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen, It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated. #PrayForVialli
Please let Vialli back in, I love the trading of insults. W.O. It's only light hearted fun.
[quote][p][bold]DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian[/bold] wrote: Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen, It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated. #PrayForVialli[/p][/quote]Please let Vialli back in, I love the trading of insults. W.O. It's only light hearted fun. Boosey
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8:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

chrisptrifle says...

Dont care who plays, just praying for the point that could see us safe from relegation.
Dont care who plays, just praying for the point that could see us safe from relegation. chrisptrifle
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9:50pm Tue 29 Jan 13

lutondown says...

Boosey wrote:
DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian wrote:
Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen, It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated. #PrayForVialli
Please let Vialli back in, I love the trading of insults. W.O. It's only light hearted fun.
Vialli in
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian[/bold] wrote: Friends, Watfordians, Countrymen, It is with deep sadness that I announce that 'super troll' Gianluca Vialli the better Italian was been permanently removed from this website. I'm sure you all (well, those of you not personally insulted by him) will join me in calling for his account to be reinstated. #PrayForVialli[/p][/quote]Please let Vialli back in, I love the trading of insults. W.O. It's only light hearted fun.[/p][/quote]Vialli in lutondown
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