Watford held to 0-0 draw by Rubin Kazan in Austria pre-season friendly

Daniel Tozser made his first Watford appearances since rejoining the Hornets on loan this week. Picture: Action Images

Daniel Tozser made his first Watford appearances since rejoining the Hornets on loan this week. Picture: Action Images

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Watford were unable to maintain their 100 per cent pre-season record but they did keep a third successive clean sheet following a 0-0 draw with Rubin Kazan in Austria.

In a game of few chances, it was the Hornets who came closest to securing the win when Lloyd Dyer hit the crossbar early in the second half.

Beppe Sannino once again chose to start the third of Watford’s pre-season friendlies with a 4-3-3 formation against the side who finished ninth in the Russian Premier League last season.

Fresh from moving back to Vicarage Road on a two-year loan deal, Daniel Tozser started in his customary central midfield role while Fernando Forestieri was chosen alongside Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra in attack.

The Hornets had their first opportunity in the fourth minute when Lewis McGugan went close from a free-kick after Daniel Pudil had been upended as he attacked down the left.

It was from that side of the pitch that Kazan had an opening in the 15th minute when Kamil Mullin broke forward but he was denied by a decent save from Heurelho Gomes.

Deeney did have the ball in the net for the Hornets nine minutes later but this was ruled out before, at the other end of the pitch, a shot flew wide of Gomes’ post.

Neither side was able to make the breakthrough before the interval though, as Sannino shuffled his pack at the start of the second half, making four changes.

Joel Ekstrand replaced Gabrielle Angella, Almen Abdi came on for McGugan and Forestieri and Vydra made way as Ikechi Anya and Dyer came on to support central striker Deeney.

And it was one of those replacements, Dyer, who went close to giving Watford the lead after 52 minutes when he struck the bar following a fine move from Sannino’s men that saw the ball switched from the right side of the pitch to the other.

Deeney forced the Kazan keeper into a save shortly before the hour mark and he was then replaced by Mathias Ranegie while Sean Murray came on for Tozser. Tommie Hoban was introduced for Gabriel Tamas for the final 15 minutes as the Hornets switched to their more recognised 3-5-2 shape.

Another change saw Diego Fabbrini come on for Cristian Battocchio with around eight minutes remaining as opportunities remained at a premium with neither side able to break the deadlock.

However, the Hornets - whose performance level had improved after the break - did have a couple of late chances with Pudil firing wide before he was replaced by Josh Doherty while Fabbrini had an effort blocked.

The Hornets are back in action tomorrow when they play their final match in Austria against FC Chemnitzser at 5pm local time.

Watford: Gomes; Doyley (Brown 84), Tamas (Hoban 74), Angella (Ekstrand HT), Pudil (Doherty 86); Battocchio (Fabbrini 83), Tozser (Murray 63), McGugan (Abdi HT); Forestieri (Anya HT), Deeney (Ranegie 75), Vydra (Dyer HT).

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6:55pm Sat 12 Jul 14

watford1881 says...

Not a bad result considering the quality of Rubin Kazan.. European regulars in the past few seasons...
Not a bad result considering the quality of Rubin Kazan.. European regulars in the past few seasons... watford1881
  • Score: 16

7:02pm Sat 12 Jul 14

only5foot3 says...

The talent on paper is embarrassing. Going to be a challenge to mould a 16 man squad. If your names not down your not coming in. Keeping everyone happy not possible. Lets hope beppe can succeed here
The talent on paper is embarrassing. Going to be a challenge to mould a 16 man squad. If your names not down your not coming in. Keeping everyone happy not possible. Lets hope beppe can succeed here only5foot3
  • Score: 7

7:05pm Sat 12 Jul 14

@julesmckenzie says...

Agreed 1881. Quality opposition. Good that we seem defensively adept in this pre season.

Dyer is looking like a quality acquisition too.

All in all very promising.
Agreed 1881. Quality opposition. Good that we seem defensively adept in this pre season. Dyer is looking like a quality acquisition too. All in all very promising. @julesmckenzie
  • Score: 16

7:14pm Sat 12 Jul 14

buckler says...

SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough!
SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough! buckler
  • Score: -32

7:19pm Sat 12 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....
seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job.... bornyellow
  • Score: 13

7:56pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Bush Hornet says...

buckler wrote:
SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough!
No idea what this means but as with all your posts buckets... Hahaha

(If you don't laugh you cry)
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough![/p][/quote]No idea what this means but as with all your posts buckets... Hahaha (If you don't laugh you cry) Bush Hornet
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Sat 12 Jul 14

1234566789 says...

Less than 18 months ago this team bear Atletico Madrid and drew with Inter Milan. Not sure how strong a side they put out or how seriously they took it but if we compete with a such of side pedigree then we should be very excited for the season ahead
Less than 18 months ago this team bear Atletico Madrid and drew with Inter Milan. Not sure how strong a side they put out or how seriously they took it but if we compete with a such of side pedigree then we should be very excited for the season ahead 1234566789
  • Score: 13

9:31pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Bucks:Hornet says...

bornyellow wrote:
seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....
No, to win is to score more than your opponent. If you don't concede but also don't score, you draw.
[quote][p][bold]bornyellow[/bold] wrote: seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....[/p][/quote]No, to win is to score more than your opponent. If you don't concede but also don't score, you draw. Bucks:Hornet
  • Score: 6

2:43am Sun 13 Jul 14

rookerysteve says...

Cannot remember a time when I have seen subs being used, as you would expect in pre season, and feeling so confident that they can add more to the side. Our squad is class and we have been so flexible in pre season and solid. As Dyer says, you need to grind out results in this league. Lets get grinding. Cannot wait, personally.
Cannot remember a time when I have seen subs being used, as you would expect in pre season, and feeling so confident that they can add more to the side. Our squad is class and we have been so flexible in pre season and solid. As Dyer says, you need to grind out results in this league. Lets get grinding. Cannot wait, personally. rookerysteve
  • Score: 4

7:30am Sun 13 Jul 14

JohnnyHornet says...

rookerysteve wrote:
Cannot remember a time when I have seen subs being used, as you would expect in pre season, and feeling so confident that they can add more to the side. Our squad is class and we have been so flexible in pre season and solid. As Dyer says, you need to grind out results in this league. Lets get grinding. Cannot wait, personally.
If you look at the subs used that's almost as good a team as they replaced, strong in almost all positions + 3 more alleged signings must bode well for the coming season, lets hope they can all perform when they pull on the yellow shirt.
[quote][p][bold]rookerysteve[/bold] wrote: Cannot remember a time when I have seen subs being used, as you would expect in pre season, and feeling so confident that they can add more to the side. Our squad is class and we have been so flexible in pre season and solid. As Dyer says, you need to grind out results in this league. Lets get grinding. Cannot wait, personally.[/p][/quote]If you look at the subs used that's almost as good a team as they replaced, strong in almost all positions + 3 more alleged signings must bode well for the coming season, lets hope they can all perform when they pull on the yellow shirt. JohnnyHornet
  • Score: 5

7:38am Sun 13 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I remember being very hopeful and excited this time last year, but the talent and, in particular, balance that we'll be starting this season with is in danger of blowing my new cautious mindset out of the water before it's had enough time to take hold!

Tamas feels like a more important acquisition the more I think about it; not only for his personal qualities, but for the benefit he'll have in relieving the leadership pressures on Angella, who could start playing with a lot more freedom
The balance and firepower up front is ridiculous
Tozser was different class when he was three-quarters fit... and will also (hopefully) sit next to a fully-fit Abdi every week, who was a huge miss last year
and Dyer brings Championship-winning experience with him

Roll on Shrewsbury!!!
I remember being very hopeful and excited this time last year, but the talent and, in particular, balance that we'll be starting this season with is in danger of blowing my new cautious mindset out of the water before it's had enough time to take hold! Tamas feels like a more important acquisition the more I think about it; not only for his personal qualities, but for the benefit he'll have in relieving the leadership pressures on Angella, who could start playing with a lot more freedom The balance and firepower up front is ridiculous Tozser was different class when he was three-quarters fit... and will also (hopefully) sit next to a fully-fit Abdi every week, who was a huge miss last year and Dyer brings Championship-winning experience with him Roll on Shrewsbury!!! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 15

10:42am Sun 13 Jul 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough!
Get back to the salon you bald old coot!!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: SanninoOut .. Enough's a enough![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you bald old coot!! bristol hornet
  • Score: 6

11:11am Sun 13 Jul 14

sueinspain says...

At this stage of the season, the result is not really important, it is the performance of the team and the successful application of the managers orders that is. If the players are doing that, bonding together with each other as well, and getting as fit as they have ever been!! then this pre-season will have been a success, and will bode well for the year ahead.
At this stage of the season, the result is not really important, it is the performance of the team and the successful application of the managers orders that is. If the players are doing that, bonding together with each other as well, and getting as fit as they have ever been!! then this pre-season will have been a success, and will bode well for the year ahead. sueinspain
  • Score: 7

11:40am Sun 13 Jul 14

hornetsteve says...

bornyellow wrote:
seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....
I don't think scoring goals will be a problem this coming season especially if troy stays with us!! but our defending was so awful last season & our overall performances under sannino in the second half of the season were poor to! he certainly didn't make that instant impact a change a change of manager some times does, McLaren at derby for example, so we must improve our goals against this season 64 last season burnley 37 Leicester 43!!! is sannino the right man!! we will see, the pozzos think so, so he has my support at this moment in time, looking at the fixtures its important we get of to a good start this time around 20 POINTS min from the first 10 games I think is a realistic target COYH
[quote][p][bold]bornyellow[/bold] wrote: seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....[/p][/quote]I don't think scoring goals will be a problem this coming season especially if troy stays with us!! but our defending was so awful last season & our overall performances under sannino in the second half of the season were poor to! he certainly didn't make that instant impact a change a change of manager some times does, McLaren at derby for example, so we must improve our goals against this season 64 last season burnley 37 Leicester 43!!! is sannino the right man!! we will see, the pozzos think so, so he has my support at this moment in time, looking at the fixtures its important we get of to a good start this time around 20 POINTS min from the first 10 games I think is a realistic target COYH hornetsteve
  • Score: -2

12:56pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Victory Yellow says...

hornetsteve wrote:
bornyellow wrote:
seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....
I don't think scoring goals will be a problem this coming season especially if troy stays with us!! but our defending was so awful last season & our overall performances under sannino in the second half of the season were poor to! he certainly didn't make that instant impact a change a change of manager some times does, McLaren at derby for example, so we must improve our goals against this season 64 last season burnley 37 Leicester 43!!! is sannino the right man!! we will see, the pozzos think so, so he has my support at this moment in time, looking at the fixtures its important we get of to a good start this time around 20 POINTS min from the first 10 games I think is a realistic target COYH
What's all this re Sannino. For starters we did certainly improve at home under him compared to Zola. The last few games we lost the plot but lets be honest it was a lost cause and the players knew that. Its too early to say if he is the right chap but he has shown enough to be allowed the chance. He seems like a really nice chap and its all about how he gels with the players as to what results we will get, just look at Harry Rednap not the best coach but makes players believe. We need to get behind him and the team 100% as settled teams who have the manager all season are the most likely to go up, not those who show lack of faith and who chance their manager. Keep Deeney too and we will be looking forward to a different fixture list this time next year! (And I mean the prem nothing else)
[quote][p][bold]hornetsteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bornyellow[/bold] wrote: seemed like a good work out, not conceding is a good plus too....to win is not to let in goals.....a tight defence will take us to the promised land....Sannino knows this and is why he is the man for the job....[/p][/quote]I don't think scoring goals will be a problem this coming season especially if troy stays with us!! but our defending was so awful last season & our overall performances under sannino in the second half of the season were poor to! he certainly didn't make that instant impact a change a change of manager some times does, McLaren at derby for example, so we must improve our goals against this season 64 last season burnley 37 Leicester 43!!! is sannino the right man!! we will see, the pozzos think so, so he has my support at this moment in time, looking at the fixtures its important we get of to a good start this time around 20 POINTS min from the first 10 games I think is a realistic target COYH[/p][/quote]What's all this re Sannino. For starters we did certainly improve at home under him compared to Zola. The last few games we lost the plot but lets be honest it was a lost cause and the players knew that. Its too early to say if he is the right chap but he has shown enough to be allowed the chance. He seems like a really nice chap and its all about how he gels with the players as to what results we will get, just look at Harry Rednap not the best coach but makes players believe. We need to get behind him and the team 100% as settled teams who have the manager all season are the most likely to go up, not those who show lack of faith and who chance their manager. Keep Deeney too and we will be looking forward to a different fixture list this time next year! (And I mean the prem nothing else) Victory Yellow
  • Score: 4

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