Watford follow up goalless draw with Rubin Kazan with another 0-0 against Chemnitzer FC

Watford Observer: Sean Murray was forced off injured in the second half. Picture: Action Images Sean Murray was forced off injured in the second half. Picture: Action Images

Performances and results are not crucial at this stage of pre-season but it is understandable to have some sympathy for the Watford fans who travelled to Austria this weekend as they return home having not seen a goal in the two friendlies in recent days.

Some Hornets fans were fortunate enough to witness the seven goals scored again SV Feldkirchen on Tuesday but more appear to have opted for the double header this weekend.

However, the Golden Boys followed up yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Rubin Kazan with another goalless game against Chemnitzer FC in Bad Bleiberg.

There was a slow start to the match and Chemnitzer FC’s free kick which went narrowly wide of the post was the only decent chance in the opening quarter of an hour.

The best opportunity for the Hertfordshire side in the first half went to Ikechi Anya when Daniel Tozser’s long, diagonal ball picked out the Scotland winger and his shot from a tight angle hit the far post and Mathias Ranegie was unable to gather the rebound.

The German third division outfit controlled possession and created more chances for large parts of the opening half.

Chemnitzer’s full back forced Bond into a decent stop, their striker headed over and a jinking run ended with a stab at goal all in quick succession.

The Hornets, who lined up in a 3-5-2 formation in the first half, were under pressure for a considerable spell and there were several last-ditch interventions from the Watford defenders which led to corners. One of the set pieces ended with a volley going over the bar.

For Watford, captain for the afternoon, Sean Murray, had a shot from outside the area blocked and good play from Diego Fabbrini almost released Mathias Ranegie before the break.

The Golden Boys made six changes to their side for the second half and also opted for a 4-3-3 formation. Tommie Hoban, Joel Ekstrand, Anya, Lewis McGugan, Josh Doherty and Fabbrini all made way, with Lloyd Doyley, Gabriele Angella, Daniel Pudil, Cristian Battocchio, Lloyd Dyer and Matej Vydra all coming on.

Vydra had the first effort of the second half when he had a shot blocked following Tozser’s diagonal and moments later the German side sent a volley wide of the far post.

The game stopped for a few minutes when Murray went down injured and he was seen walking on crutches shortly after he was replaced by Luke O’Nien. Fernando Forestieri also came on for Ranegie soon after.

The Hornets were much more solid defensively in the second half and controlled more of the possession but chances were harder to come by for both teams.

Watford did have a glorious opportunity to win in with six minutes remaining but substitute Alex Jakubiak was denied when one-on-one following Battocchio’s through ball.

Chemnitzer also had a good chance in injury-time when Bond saved a header following an in-swinging cross.

Watford’s first half XI (3-5-2): Bond; Cathcart, Hoban, Ekstrand; Anya, McGugan, Tozser, Murray, Doherty; Ranegie, Fabbrini.

Watford’s second half XI (4-3-3): Bond; Doyley (Johnson 87), Cathcart (Ekstrand 75), Angella, Pudil; Battocchio, Tozser (Jakubiak 80), Murray (O’Nien); Vydra, Ranegie (Forestieri 56), Dyer.

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6:05pm Sun 13 Jul 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Any news on Murray's condition? Is he likely to be fit for the start of the season or is the injury too severe?
Any news on Murray's condition? Is he likely to be fit for the start of the season or is the injury too severe? The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Sun 13 Jul 14

True watford fan says...

no deeney.........is this a sign?
no deeney.........is this a sign? True watford fan
  • Score: -22

6:31pm Sun 13 Jul 14

AngelHornet says...

Sannino should have a good idea of his favoured formation and team.
Never mind the score line in the last two games.
Sannino should have a good idea of his favoured formation and team. Never mind the score line in the last two games. AngelHornet
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Sun 13 Jul 14

paultheshrink says...

True watford fan wrote:
no deeney.........is this a sign?
More likely to do with playing 75 mins the previous day I would guess.
[quote][p][bold]True watford fan[/bold] wrote: no deeney.........is this a sign?[/p][/quote]More likely to do with playing 75 mins the previous day I would guess. paultheshrink
  • Score: 15

6:58pm Sun 13 Jul 14

KeithMercer says...

Sorry,but I am not part of the Deeney love in !
If he is here next season great and lets make a strong push for automatic.
But if he decides to move where the grass is greener then good luck and thanks. But I am not one who wants to throw all and sundry towards him , like the captaincy and a silly new contract. Wasnt it less than a year ago a lot on here were calling for Troy to be dropped and wanted to give him a big kick up the backside as he sulked about his non existent August move to West Ham/Tottenham. His Ego is more than big enough without all you sycophants telling him Watfords future lies in his hands. I am more than happy to see how Matej/ Fernando, Rangegie and another get on with the Pozzos acquisitions . Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer, so I hope he commits to us and gives it 100% next season but if not thanks and best wishes. But I am not up for throwing him the keys to the castle .
Sorry,but I am not part of the Deeney love in ! If he is here next season great and lets make a strong push for automatic. But if he decides to move where the grass is greener then good luck and thanks. But I am not one who wants to throw all and sundry towards him , like the captaincy and a silly new contract. Wasnt it less than a year ago a lot on here were calling for Troy to be dropped and wanted to give him a big kick up the backside as he sulked about his non existent August move to West Ham/Tottenham. His Ego is more than big enough without all you sycophants telling him Watfords future lies in his hands. I am more than happy to see how Matej/ Fernando, Rangegie and another get on with the Pozzos acquisitions . Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer, so I hope he commits to us and gives it 100% next season but if not thanks and best wishes. But I am not up for throwing him the keys to the castle . KeithMercer
  • Score: -12

7:01pm Sun 13 Jul 14

@julesmckenzie says...

4-3-3 is definitely the way to go.

Another clean sheet.

Lets just hand Udinese their **** on a plate and all is good with the world!
4-3-3 is definitely the way to go. Another clean sheet. Lets just hand Udinese their **** on a plate and all is good with the world! @julesmckenzie
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Sun 13 Jul 14

KeithMercer says...

PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .
PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside . KeithMercer
  • Score: -10

7:59pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Poppet Bear says...

To me, I can see the basics of a first team squad forming. Even a starting eleven. Good times ahead, I hope. !!!
To me, I can see the basics of a first team squad forming. Even a starting eleven. Good times ahead, I hope. !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 3

8:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Stoney77 says...

Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?)
Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?) Stoney77
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Sun 13 Jul 14

1234566789 says...

Stoney77 wrote:
Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?)
From my (limited) knowledge of the condition, it is one that can stick with you for a number of years. Heavy and persistent exercise can trigger it at any stage so my guess is that they are being cautious with the amount of game time they are giving him. I imagine, with the quality we now have in the squad, he will be rested fairly often over the first few months of the season and rarely playing Saturday, Tuedsay.
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?)[/p][/quote]From my (limited) knowledge of the condition, it is one that can stick with you for a number of years. Heavy and persistent exercise can trigger it at any stage so my guess is that they are being cautious with the amount of game time they are giving him. I imagine, with the quality we now have in the squad, he will be rested fairly often over the first few months of the season and rarely playing Saturday, Tuedsay. 1234566789
  • Score: 9

8:55pm Sun 13 Jul 14

lutondown says...

KeithMercer wrote:
PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .
Absolutely right to say how you see it.
The biggest objectors will be those who wanted him never to don a yellow shirt after doing his porridge.
I like him but no one is irreplaceable and its obvious the right bid comes in then he goes. Simples..
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .[/p][/quote]Absolutely right to say how you see it. The biggest objectors will be those who wanted him never to don a yellow shirt after doing his porridge. I like him but no one is irreplaceable and its obvious the right bid comes in then he goes. Simples.. lutondown
  • Score: 6

9:57pm Sun 13 Jul 14

londomollari says...

lutondown wrote:
KeithMercer wrote:
PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .
Absolutely right to say how you see it.
The biggest objectors will be those who wanted him never to don a yellow shirt after doing his porridge.
I like him but no one is irreplaceable and its obvious the right bid comes in then he goes. Simples..
Agreed. Might not agree, but entitled to say without being abused.
It's the mental image of someone blowing smoke up someone's backside that troubles me---.
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .[/p][/quote]Absolutely right to say how you see it. The biggest objectors will be those who wanted him never to don a yellow shirt after doing his porridge. I like him but no one is irreplaceable and its obvious the right bid comes in then he goes. Simples..[/p][/quote]Agreed. Might not agree, but entitled to say without being abused. It's the mental image of someone blowing smoke up someone's backside that troubles me---. londomollari
  • Score: 3

10:21pm Sun 13 Jul 14

soulfulhornet says...

KeithMercer wrote:
PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .
Keith,no it's a matter of opinion. Yours is different frommine. Our season is not over if Troy goes, but I disagree with you.

I would make Troy captain. Not to persuade him to stay, but because I believe he is someone who rises to a challenge. yes he had a dip in form (for what reason neither of us know) last term.

I would extend his contract not to reward 'loyalty' but to preserve his transfer value. If he stays, at the end of next season he has one year left and would be worth £3-4m at most.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .[/p][/quote]Keith,no it's a matter of opinion. Yours is different frommine. Our season is not over if Troy goes, but I disagree with you. I would make Troy captain. Not to persuade him to stay, but because I believe he is someone who rises to a challenge. yes he had a dip in form (for what reason neither of us know) last term. I would extend his contract not to reward 'loyalty' but to preserve his transfer value. If he stays, at the end of next season he has one year left and would be worth £3-4m at most. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 6

11:04pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Elswickhornet says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Sorry,but I am not part of the Deeney love in !
If he is here next season great and lets make a strong push for automatic.
But if he decides to move where the grass is greener then good luck and thanks. But I am not one who wants to throw all and sundry towards him , like the captaincy and a silly new contract. Wasnt it less than a year ago a lot on here were calling for Troy to be dropped and wanted to give him a big kick up the backside as he sulked about his non existent August move to West Ham/Tottenham. His Ego is more than big enough without all you sycophants telling him Watfords future lies in his hands. I am more than happy to see how Matej/ Fernando, Rangegie and another get on with the Pozzos acquisitions . Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer, so I hope he commits to us and gives it 100% next season but if not thanks and best wishes. But I am not up for throwing him the keys to the castle .
Agree with you entirely. If he goes thanks and all that. If he stays, crack on lad, you''re here to do a job. And a very well paid job at that.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: Sorry,but I am not part of the Deeney love in ! If he is here next season great and lets make a strong push for automatic. But if he decides to move where the grass is greener then good luck and thanks. But I am not one who wants to throw all and sundry towards him , like the captaincy and a silly new contract. Wasnt it less than a year ago a lot on here were calling for Troy to be dropped and wanted to give him a big kick up the backside as he sulked about his non existent August move to West Ham/Tottenham. His Ego is more than big enough without all you sycophants telling him Watfords future lies in his hands. I am more than happy to see how Matej/ Fernando, Rangegie and another get on with the Pozzos acquisitions . Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer, so I hope he commits to us and gives it 100% next season but if not thanks and best wishes. But I am not up for throwing him the keys to the castle .[/p][/quote]Agree with you entirely. If he goes thanks and all that. If he stays, crack on lad, you''re here to do a job. And a very well paid job at that. Elswickhornet
  • Score: 2

12:30am Mon 14 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

seems like we are keeping clean sheets...this is the Sannino way....a clean sheet means points on the board....a fit team can see out a result.....a strong defence will be key to success....cant wait
seems like we are keeping clean sheets...this is the Sannino way....a clean sheet means points on the board....a fit team can see out a result.....a strong defence will be key to success....cant wait bornyellow
  • Score: 6

8:49am Mon 14 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

1234566789 wrote:
Stoney77 wrote:
Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?)
From my (limited) knowledge of the condition, it is one that can stick with you for a number of years. Heavy and persistent exercise can trigger it at any stage so my guess is that they are being cautious with the amount of game time they are giving him. I imagine, with the quality we now have in the squad, he will be rested fairly often over the first few months of the season and rarely playing Saturday, Tuedsay.
He should be wearing special insoles to support the arch. Hopefully that will hold everything in place.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know anything about Abdi's fitness. Not included today and only 45 mins against RK. Is he still struggling with Plantar Fascitis (or whatever it's called?)[/p][/quote]From my (limited) knowledge of the condition, it is one that can stick with you for a number of years. Heavy and persistent exercise can trigger it at any stage so my guess is that they are being cautious with the amount of game time they are giving him. I imagine, with the quality we now have in the squad, he will be rested fairly often over the first few months of the season and rarely playing Saturday, Tuedsay.[/p][/quote]He should be wearing special insoles to support the arch. Hopefully that will hold everything in place. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

9:03am Mon 14 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

KeithMercer wrote:
PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .
I agree with you about the silent thumbers so let me ask you a question instead. When you write "Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer" can we assume that you have some inside knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: PS expect to get plenty of thumbs down and thats fine doesnt bother me one bit ! I prefer to tell the truth and tell it as it is, not on here to blow smoke up anyones backside .[/p][/quote]I agree with you about the silent thumbers so let me ask you a question instead. When you write "Troy is and always will be a troublemaker and has never fully accepted what Watford did for him when he was in the slammer" can we assume that you have some inside knowledge. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

9:34am Mon 14 Jul 14

KeithMercer says...

Sorry Harry, no I do not have any inside knowledge . Just an observation and have probably heard the same stuff as you the likes of him and Fernando not getting on and the end of season fall out when asked to stay on training etc. The way he sulked when last seasons move never materialized ,the comments about him being "The main man". The taking the penalty away from AA away to Blackpool and promptly missing it.
Dont get me wrong ! Troy has talent and has improved amazingly from the player he was under Malky! just personally not quite ready to put 100% faith in someone who is likely to jump ship at the first opportunity.
Sorry Harry, no I do not have any inside knowledge . Just an observation and have probably heard the same stuff as you the likes of him and Fernando not getting on and the end of season fall out when asked to stay on training etc. The way he sulked when last seasons move never materialized ,the comments about him being "The main man". The taking the penalty away from AA away to Blackpool and promptly missing it. Dont get me wrong ! Troy has talent and has improved amazingly from the player he was under Malky! just personally not quite ready to put 100% faith in someone who is likely to jump ship at the first opportunity. KeithMercer
  • Score: -2

11:42am Mon 14 Jul 14

Mad_Hat says...

So Keith, Troy scoring 25 goals in 48 games for us last season is something we can do without? Regardless of his ego, players who score that ratio of goals/games even in the Championship are hard to come by, and you don't want to see him play for us because he upset a few people? Where is this world that you know of where people get along with each other in perfect harmony all of the time? You also can't blame the guy for having feelings and aspirations, get real.
So Keith, Troy scoring 25 goals in 48 games for us last season is something we can do without? Regardless of his ego, players who score that ratio of goals/games even in the Championship are hard to come by, and you don't want to see him play for us because he upset a few people? Where is this world that you know of where people get along with each other in perfect harmony all of the time? You also can't blame the guy for having feelings and aspirations, get real. Mad_Hat
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Mon 14 Jul 14

KeithMercer says...

Where did I say I dont want him to play for us ?
I just stated that I am not part of the Deeney for President brigade !
But of course you are free to hang your hat on him and I hope he scores 40 goals for us in 46 games this season.
Where did I say I dont want him to play for us ? I just stated that I am not part of the Deeney for President brigade ! But of course you are free to hang your hat on him and I hope he scores 40 goals for us in 46 games this season. KeithMercer
  • Score: 1

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