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Key points

Watford’s seven-match unbeaten run came to a disappointing end as a much-changed Hornets side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Gianfranco Zola’s decision to make six changes seemingly backfired at Ashton Gate as Watford lacked a cutting edge and were deservedly beaten by the Championship’s bottom club.

A mistake by Manuel Almunia resulted in Greg Cunningham’s cross finding the top corner in the first half and Bristol added another from Paul Anderson in the second period.

Bristol City line-up:

Heaton; Moloney, Carey, Fontaine, Cunningham (Nyatanga 90); Anderson, Kelly, Skuse (Elliott 28), Pearson; Baldock, Davies (Stead 73).

Subs: Gerken, Foster, Wilson, Burns.

Watford line-up:

Watford: Almunia; Nosworthy, Hall, Ekstrand; Murray (Deeney 61), Eustace (Chalobah 74), Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Forestieri, Geijo (Forestieri 61).

Subs:  Bond, Yeates, Cassetti, Battocchio.

Referee:

Carl Berry.

Attendance:

13,585 (1,079).

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7:13pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Wotfud says...

This is a line-up to banish any complacency. A new formation? Zola backing his tactical nous.
This is a line-up to banish any complacency. A new formation? Zola backing his tactical nous. Wotfud
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7:13pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Poppet Bear says...

Oh No ! Hear we go again.
Oh No ! Hear we go again. Poppet Bear
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7:16pm Tue 29 Jan 13

JohnnyHornet says...

I hope I am wrong, but what the FH is GFZ playing at making so many changes, yes give a few a runout but BC could view this as us fielding a weakened team and showing them disrespect and kick our ar5es, IMHO a bad mistake.
I hope I am wrong, but what the FH is GFZ playing at making so many changes, yes give a few a runout but BC could view this as us fielding a weakened team and showing them disrespect and kick our ar5es, IMHO a bad mistake. JohnnyHornet
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7:28pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

can go 1 or 2 ways !!! either bad to make changes or bristol citys plans all out the window as half the squad is different and all there tacticle plans to stop deeny and vydra **** in the wind
can go 1 or 2 ways !!! either bad to make changes or bristol citys plans all out the window as half the squad is different and all there tacticle plans to stop deeny and vydra **** in the wind jasonwatford
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7:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

grahamwfc says...

WTF

I fear another Charlton - hope I'm wrong
WTF I fear another Charlton - hope I'm wrong grahamwfc
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7:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Stoney77 says...

Thats a hell of a back 3 and a hell of a bench! COYH and C'MON SEAN MURRAY - this is your chance boy
Thats a hell of a back 3 and a hell of a bench! COYH and C'MON SEAN MURRAY - this is your chance boy Stoney77
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7:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

lincoln horn says...

I'm sure Bristol City are pleased not to be facing MV and TD , I'm a big fan of Fernando and feel he could be the key tonight and will be the difference between the two sides. COYH
I'm sure Bristol City are pleased not to be facing MV and TD , I'm a big fan of Fernando and feel he could be the key tonight and will be the difference between the two sides. COYH lincoln horn
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7:39pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

One nil to the Horns after 3 mins!
One nil to the Horns after 3 mins! Boosey
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7:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

a1derek says...

I hope these massive changes do not trip us up tonight! I really do not like the look of that midfield!
I hope these massive changes do not trip us up tonight! I really do not like the look of that midfield! a1derek
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7:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AngelHornet says...

GZ has given Bristol City a massive boost. I just hope it's not a repeat of Charlton, as that should never happen twice!
GZ has given Bristol City a massive boost. I just hope it's not a repeat of Charlton, as that should never happen twice! AngelHornet
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8:16pm Tue 29 Jan 13

stevyweavy says...

Hope we don't get caught with our trousers down. Great decision if we win disaster if we don't.
Hope we don't get caught with our trousers down. Great decision if we win disaster if we don't. stevyweavy
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8:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Boosey wrote:
One nil to the Horns after 3 mins!
I might have been right if the team wasn't changed so much!
Apparently Geijo just missed 1 on 1.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: One nil to the Horns after 3 mins![/p][/quote]I might have been right if the team wasn't changed so much! Apparently Geijo just missed 1 on 1. Boosey
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8:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

why TF did zola make so many changes! just play the team from Huddersfield with maybe 1 chnage!! not Eustave, hogg and murray instead of NC, CB and the italian right mid i so angry i cant even think of his name!! Friggin crazy!! we could be 2nd tonight!
why TF did zola make so many changes! just play the team from Huddersfield with maybe 1 chnage!! not Eustave, hogg and murray instead of NC, CB and the italian right mid i so angry i cant even think of his name!! Friggin crazy!! we could be 2nd tonight! francowatford
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8:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bush Hornet says...

Don't panic kids. Nothing's lost yet. Game of 2 halfs and all that
Don't panic kids. Nothing's lost yet. Game of 2 halfs and all that Bush Hornet
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8:46pm Tue 29 Jan 13

goldanboy says...

1st half forwards have scored 5 between them and the 2 on the bench 30. Rest TD and MV after 60 minutes when we're 3-0 up! Their off the ball running will frighten any team. BBC report says we're playing it around alright but nothing in final third. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!
1st half forwards have scored 5 between them and the 2 on the bench 30. Rest TD and MV after 60 minutes when we're 3-0 up! Their off the ball running will frighten any team. BBC report says we're playing it around alright but nothing in final third. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE! goldanboy
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8:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

AngelHornet says...

So far GZ has made another mistake.
Needs to bring on one of the game changing players for the second half
So far GZ has made another mistake. Needs to bring on one of the game changing players for the second half AngelHornet
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9:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

stevyweavy says...

Half time and I think I have to plump for disaster
Half time and I think I have to plump for disaster stevyweavy
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9:15pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

2-0 aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrr we have missed Marco Cassetti with his crossing, he stays so wide it leaves space in the middle for Nathan. Zola better not fck up again like this as it shows that we have too many average players that can struggle in the championship
2-0 aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrr we have missed Marco Cassetti with his crossing, he stays so wide it leaves space in the middle for Nathan. Zola better not fck up again like this as it shows that we have too many average players that can struggle in the championship francowatford
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9:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

stevyweavy says...

Treat teams with total disrespect and this is what happens. Would have been such a boost to be into an automatic promotion place but not looking likely now at 2-0
Treat teams with total disrespect and this is what happens. Would have been such a boost to be into an automatic promotion place but not looking likely now at 2-0 stevyweavy
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9:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bush Hornet says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Don't panic kids. Nothing's lost yet. Game of 2 halfs and all that
Ok .. A game of 2 cr@p halves. Not good. But could've worked
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Don't panic kids. Nothing's lost yet. Game of 2 halfs and all that[/p][/quote]Ok .. A game of 2 cr@p halves. Not good. But could've worked Bush Hornet
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9:26pm Tue 29 Jan 13

sussex hornet says...

You do not change a winning team, charlton?
You do not change a winning team, charlton? sussex hornet
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9:34pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

I don't give a sh1t about it's a long season, 46 games, we win on sat and this will be forgotten about!! Today was massive for the club and the players that have not gone out there not taken there chance. Zola should never ever do this again all season. We drop a 37 goal partnership for a 5 goal partnership no other manager would do that! **** about the players are tired, did TD and MV go into the gaffers office and say please don't play me as i'm knackered, no! I am so **** of you would not believe. Winwinwinwinwinwin for every game, do not make 6changes like it is a friendly against Borehamwood! Angry watford fan and do not give me this crap about this time last year we could have been like portsmouth and all of that rubbish
I don't give a sh1t about it's a long season, 46 games, we win on sat and this will be forgotten about!! Today was massive for the club and the players that have not gone out there not taken there chance. Zola should never ever do this again all season. We drop a 37 goal partnership for a 5 goal partnership no other manager would do that! **** about the players are tired, did TD and MV go into the gaffers office and say please don't play me as i'm knackered, no! I am so **** of you would not believe. Winwinwinwinwinwin for every game, do not make 6changes like it is a friendly against Borehamwood! Angry watford fan and do not give me this crap about this time last year we could have been like portsmouth and all of that rubbish francowatford
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9:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides!
I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side!
I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now!
Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides! I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side! I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now! DuffmanWFC
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9:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

stevyweavy wrote:
Treat teams with total disrespect and this is what happens. Would have been such a boost to be into an automatic promotion place but not looking likely now at 2-0
agree. megapissed off
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: Treat teams with total disrespect and this is what happens. Would have been such a boost to be into an automatic promotion place but not looking likely now at 2-0[/p][/quote]agree. megapissed off francowatford
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9:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

francowatford says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides! I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side! I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now!
agree
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides! I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side! I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now![/p][/quote]agree francowatford
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9:47pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Zola said there should be no complacency with the players or the supporters but what about the arrogance of the manager! Annoyed tonight but will be there Saturday.
Zola said there should be no complacency with the players or the supporters but what about the arrogance of the manager! Annoyed tonight but will be there Saturday. Boosey
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9:50pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jasonwatford says...

looks like jeremy helan has re jected watford to go to sheff wed
looks like jeremy helan has re jected watford to go to sheff wed jasonwatford
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9:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

DuffmanWFC says...

For me you pick your best team! That means if all fit then you keep a winning side!
If a player gets injured or is tired you then swap him and maybe one or two miss the next game! Not as if we have a wafer thin squad?
Best strike force in championship is on the bench and no real chances on goal! Gutted is an understatement!
Forget a potential Bassini points deduction spoiling our season... At this rate Zola's chopping n changing is loosing us valuable points!
I may be harsh but Bristol City are a poor team and I'm certain if we started full strength and gone two up they would of collapsed! We could of changed it then!
For me you pick your best team! That means if all fit then you keep a winning side! If a player gets injured or is tired you then swap him and maybe one or two miss the next game! Not as if we have a wafer thin squad? Best strike force in championship is on the bench and no real chances on goal! Gutted is an understatement! Forget a potential Bassini points deduction spoiling our season... At this rate Zola's chopping n changing is loosing us valuable points! I may be harsh but Bristol City are a poor team and I'm certain if we started full strength and gone two up they would of collapsed! We could of changed it then! DuffmanWFC
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9:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

gloryhornet4 says...

francowatford wrote:
DuffmanWFC wrote:
Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides! I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side! I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now!
agree
Spot on. 3-0 up at Forest and MV & TD stay on the pitch.

You cannot afford to put your League Cup side out for Championship games. You can beat Wycombe with it if you go in to extra time.

Better to let the big guns have the first half and have a kip on the coach 2nd half.

I could not believe hoping being 2-0 down of catching BC on the break.
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Well this is turning into a disaster! Tonight was a chance to go second and put some pressure on the other sides! I can't understand six changes? It has tampered with the flow of the side! I thought Zola would have learnt his lesson? Why not start with the same side and change it with 30 mins to play! This game is lost now![/p][/quote]agree[/p][/quote]Spot on. 3-0 up at Forest and MV & TD stay on the pitch. You cannot afford to put your League Cup side out for Championship games. You can beat Wycombe with it if you go in to extra time. Better to let the big guns have the first half and have a kip on the coach 2nd half. I could not believe hoping being 2-0 down of catching BC on the break. gloryhornet4
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9:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

allgood says...

Do good managers change winning sides for important games?
Did Zola play under the Tinkerman at Chelsea?
6 points given away tonight and home to Charlton could be the difference between automatic promotion and the play off lottery.
Do good managers change winning sides for important games? Did Zola play under the Tinkerman at Chelsea? 6 points given away tonight and home to Charlton could be the difference between automatic promotion and the play off lottery. allgood
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9:56pm Tue 29 Jan 13

weeblehorn says...

I hate to say this but it shows signs of Zola's inexperience of his managerial skills. The mistake was made against Charlton and he has mad the same mistake again. Ok, most of us often make the same mistake twice if we are honest but please Zola don't do this again in our remaining fixtures and just play your strongest team available.
I hate to say this but it shows signs of Zola's inexperience of his managerial skills. The mistake was made against Charlton and he has mad the same mistake again. Ok, most of us often make the same mistake twice if we are honest but please Zola don't do this again in our remaining fixtures and just play your strongest team available. weeblehorn
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10:08pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Unbelievable! and Not in a good way! Speechless and soo annoyed with Zolas Charlton debacle Mk2!!!!!
Unbelievable! and Not in a good way! Speechless and soo annoyed with Zolas Charlton debacle Mk2!!!!! Hornets number 12 fan
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10:09pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Poppet Bear says...

I'm sooooooo cross, I can't even speak at the mo. Maybe in a few days. Good Night .............
I'm sooooooo cross, I can't even speak at the mo. Maybe in a few days. Good Night ............. Poppet Bear
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10:15pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Still fuming!
Still fuming! Boosey
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10:17pm Tue 29 Jan 13

onlyonerodthomas says...

so annoyed!.why make 6 changes?.sean odriscoll couldnt believe his luck when he saw the team sheet after seeing his forest team lose last month at the vic.thats six points now from charlton and bristol city,(who until tonight had conceded 34 goals at home in 14 games!!!).ahhhhhhgh!
! why? why? why?.its not as if we played loads of games and players needed resting.you start with your strongest team,get a good lead,then do your subs and let the second string play and see ther game out.these two games could mean the difference between promotion and champ football come the end of the season.and dont post back saying ah well roll on sat for the bolton game,3 points and all that.nearly 1100 fans made the difficult trip tonight and i am glad i didnt go.we are not utd,chelsea or arsenal,yes we have a big squad but you cant tinker in this league.
so annoyed!.why make 6 changes?.sean odriscoll couldnt believe his luck when he saw the team sheet after seeing his forest team lose last month at the vic.thats six points now from charlton and bristol city,(who until tonight had conceded 34 goals at home in 14 games!!!).ahhhhhhgh! ! why? why? why?.its not as if we played loads of games and players needed resting.you start with your strongest team,get a good lead,then do your subs and let the second string play and see ther game out.these two games could mean the difference between promotion and champ football come the end of the season.and dont post back saying ah well roll on sat for the bolton game,3 points and all that.nearly 1100 fans made the difficult trip tonight and i am glad i didnt go.we are not utd,chelsea or arsenal,yes we have a big squad but you cant tinker in this league. onlyonerodthomas
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10:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

onlyonerodthomas wrote:
so annoyed!.why make 6 changes?.sean odriscoll couldnt believe his luck when he saw the team sheet after seeing his forest team lose last month at the vic.thats six points now from charlton and bristol city,(who until tonight had conceded 34 goals at home in 14 games!!!).ahhhhhhgh! ! why? why? why?.its not as if we played loads of games and players needed resting.you start with your strongest team,get a good lead,then do your subs and let the second string play and see ther game out.these two games could mean the difference between promotion and champ football come the end of the season.and dont post back saying ah well roll on sat for the bolton game,3 points and all that.nearly 1100 fans made the difficult trip tonight and i am glad i didnt go.we are not utd,chelsea or arsenal,yes we have a big squad but you cant tinker in this league.
I was going to write something like that but couldn't be bothered. Arrogant Watford, please do not repeat wholesale changes again. Still fuming!
[quote][p][bold]onlyonerodthomas[/bold] wrote: so annoyed!.why make 6 changes?.sean odriscoll couldnt believe his luck when he saw the team sheet after seeing his forest team lose last month at the vic.thats six points now from charlton and bristol city,(who until tonight had conceded 34 goals at home in 14 games!!!).ahhhhhhgh! ! why? why? why?.its not as if we played loads of games and players needed resting.you start with your strongest team,get a good lead,then do your subs and let the second string play and see ther game out.these two games could mean the difference between promotion and champ football come the end of the season.and dont post back saying ah well roll on sat for the bolton game,3 points and all that.nearly 1100 fans made the difficult trip tonight and i am glad i didnt go.we are not utd,chelsea or arsenal,yes we have a big squad but you cant tinker in this league.[/p][/quote]I was going to write something like that but couldn't be bothered. Arrogant Watford, please do not repeat wholesale changes again. Still fuming! Boosey
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10:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

a1derek says...

Big fan of what GFZ has done in bringing the squad together and employing a great style of play, but he does have these lapses.

Playing Hogg, Eustace and Murray in midfield just didn't look on and so it proved. How can Battocchio be in need of a rest?

This team selection shows disrespect to the fans that travelled and probably motivated the opposition as well. It was pure folly - arrogance I think not, just folly.

We have lost momentum, probably 1,500 from the gate on saturday and worst of all a massive chance to put huge pressure on Leicester and Hull. Instead we have put pressure back on ourselves.

Very, very poor management by GFZ today. Very poor indeed, it has cost as an awful lot tonight - it may cost us much. much more in the final shake up.
Big fan of what GFZ has done in bringing the squad together and employing a great style of play, but he does have these lapses. Playing Hogg, Eustace and Murray in midfield just didn't look on and so it proved. How can Battocchio be in need of a rest? This team selection shows disrespect to the fans that travelled and probably motivated the opposition as well. It was pure folly - arrogance I think not, just folly. We have lost momentum, probably 1,500 from the gate on saturday and worst of all a massive chance to put huge pressure on Leicester and Hull. Instead we have put pressure back on ourselves. Very, very poor management by GFZ today. Very poor indeed, it has cost as an awful lot tonight - it may cost us much. much more in the final shake up. a1derek
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10:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals.

Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.
Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals. Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder. Bringe
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10:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

onlyonerodthomas says...

Bringe wrote:
Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals.

Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.
i was listening to the game on 3cr and basically pinging balls into the box was what we were doing most of the second half,unfortunately the wind kept blowing them out for goal kicks!!!.so frustrated is an understatement.abdi to me seemed the only creative player supported by two "david batty" style players in hogg and eustace playing either side.we needed the youth in chalobah and battochio tonight to unlock the bristol city players.poor selection tonight.eustace is not match fit and hogg is just coming back from injury.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals. Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.[/p][/quote]i was listening to the game on 3cr and basically pinging balls into the box was what we were doing most of the second half,unfortunately the wind kept blowing them out for goal kicks!!!.so frustrated is an understatement.abdi to me seemed the only creative player supported by two "david batty" style players in hogg and eustace playing either side.we needed the youth in chalobah and battochio tonight to unlock the bristol city players.poor selection tonight.eustace is not match fit and hogg is just coming back from injury. onlyonerodthomas
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10:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Bringe wrote:
Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals. Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.
Sorry no one can justify that many changes unless taking injuries into account.
Apparently no shots on target in first half? No matter what they parked in front of the goal we should have least had a go.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals. Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.[/p][/quote]Sorry no one can justify that many changes unless taking injuries into account. Apparently no shots on target in first half? No matter what they parked in front of the goal we should have least had a go. Boosey
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10:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bringe says...

onlyonerodthomas wrote:
Bringe wrote:
Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals.

Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.
i was listening to the game on 3cr and basically pinging balls into the box was what we were doing most of the second half,unfortunately the wind kept blowing them out for goal kicks!!!.so frustrated is an understatement.abdi to me seemed the only creative player supported by two "david batty" style players in hogg and eustace playing either side.we needed the youth in chalobah and battochio tonight to unlock the bristol city players.poor selection tonight.eustace is not match fit and hogg is just coming back from injury.
pinging is not floating balls in on the wind but smashing knee high balls in at pace ... then you get a pinball effect and anything can happen.
[quote][p][bold]onlyonerodthomas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: Forestieri and Geijo was the right choice against the parked bus but we were too narrow and would have been better off pinging in low and hard balls into the crowded box from the sides and feeding off any resulting corners, free kicks, seconds and who knows, maybe own goals. Now you can bet even the good sides will mirror O'driscolls home tactics and they will be much better on the break than Bristol. Our season has just got a lot harder.[/p][/quote]i was listening to the game on 3cr and basically pinging balls into the box was what we were doing most of the second half,unfortunately the wind kept blowing them out for goal kicks!!!.so frustrated is an understatement.abdi to me seemed the only creative player supported by two "david batty" style players in hogg and eustace playing either side.we needed the youth in chalobah and battochio tonight to unlock the bristol city players.poor selection tonight.eustace is not match fit and hogg is just coming back from injury.[/p][/quote]pinging is not floating balls in on the wind but smashing knee high balls in at pace ... then you get a pinball effect and anything can happen. Bringe
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10:39pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Sorry Vialli, you're still not the better Italian! I'm calming down now.
Proud to be Watford.
Anyone else want to calm down with me?
Sorry Vialli, you're still not the better Italian! I'm calming down now. Proud to be Watford. Anyone else want to calm down with me? Boosey
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11:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Vet_kills_puppy says...

Sorry but 'No' Boosey.
I want to read on the Official Site tomorrow that GFZ realises that he has now fcuked up twice by making wholesale changes to a winning side etc.
The psychology of 2nd place would have far out-weighed the psychology of the supposed need for squad rotation.
Had we been 2nd those in the wings would have fought that much harder or had to fight that much harder for a run-out. When they came on as a sub it would have been their chance to make sure their name HAD to be first on the teamsheet.
And as for the psychology of saying to your in-form front two 'chomping at the bit' strikers "I'm starting with you both on the bench tonight"... Pathetic, 4th or not.
Sorry but 'No' Boosey. I want to read on the Official Site tomorrow that GFZ realises that he has now fcuked up twice by making wholesale changes to a winning side etc. The psychology of 2nd place would have far out-weighed the psychology of the supposed need for squad rotation. Had we been 2nd those in the wings would have fought that much harder or had to fight that much harder for a run-out. When they came on as a sub it would have been their chance to make sure their name HAD to be first on the teamsheet. And as for the psychology of saying to your in-form front two 'chomping at the bit' strikers "I'm starting with you both on the bench tonight"... Pathetic, 4th or not. Vet_kills_puppy
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11:09pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Boosey says...

Vet_kills_puppy wrote:
Sorry but 'No' Boosey. I want to read on the Official Site tomorrow that GFZ realises that he has now fcuked up twice by making wholesale changes to a winning side etc. The psychology of 2nd place would have far out-weighed the psychology of the supposed need for squad rotation. Had we been 2nd those in the wings would have fought that much harder or had to fight that much harder for a run-out. When they came on as a sub it would have been their chance to make sure their name HAD to be first on the teamsheet. And as for the psychology of saying to your in-form front two 'chomping at the bit' strikers "I'm starting with you both on the bench tonight"... Pathetic, 4th or not.
Must admit you wrote a top comment and I was fuming so much I couldn't be bothered to post but calmed down now.
Yes, I believe an apology from Zola would be nice.
[quote][p][bold]Vet_kills_puppy[/bold] wrote: Sorry but 'No' Boosey. I want to read on the Official Site tomorrow that GFZ realises that he has now fcuked up twice by making wholesale changes to a winning side etc. The psychology of 2nd place would have far out-weighed the psychology of the supposed need for squad rotation. Had we been 2nd those in the wings would have fought that much harder or had to fight that much harder for a run-out. When they came on as a sub it would have been their chance to make sure their name HAD to be first on the teamsheet. And as for the psychology of saying to your in-form front two 'chomping at the bit' strikers "I'm starting with you both on the bench tonight"... Pathetic, 4th or not.[/p][/quote]Must admit you wrote a top comment and I was fuming so much I couldn't be bothered to post but calmed down now. Yes, I believe an apology from Zola would be nice. Boosey
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