Watford suffered their first pre-season defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Coventry City at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park ground

Lewis McGugan came close for the Hornets in the second period. Picture: Action Images

Lewis McGugan came close for the Hornets in the second period. Picture: Action Images

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Watford suffered their first defeat of pre-season as a disappointing Hornets performance resulted in a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park stadium.

Marcus Tudgay struck the winner in the seventh minute for the League One side. Poor defending from the Golden Boys allowed the striker space in the area and he poked his shot past Hereulo Gomes.

Watford created several half chances throughout the contest. Their best effort on goal came from Lewis McGugan in the second period but he was denied by goalkeeper Lee Burge.

While pre-season is mainly about fitness, Beppe Sannino’s side lacked fluency in possession throughout the contest. It will be a worry for the Golden Boys head coach with the Championship campaign starting in only ten days 

The Hornets once again lined up in a 4-3-3 formation. Gomes started in goal behind a back four of Lloyd Doyley, Gabriele Angella, Gabriel Tamas and Daniel Pudil.

Daniel Tozser, Almen Abdi and Cristian Battocchio were the midfield three while Matej Vydra led the attack with Lloyd Dyer and Ikechi Anya on the wings.

Watford started brightly and moved the ball at pace. A neat passing move almost freed Dyer before a pass which would’ve put Anya through on goal was intercepted by Andrew Webster.

The Hornets had dominated the opening stages but poor defending allowed Coventry to open the scoring.

Gomes punched clear a free-kick, the ball was worked back to John Fleck who flicked a pass into Tudgay and the striker confidently finished. It was poor defending from Sannino’s men.

The Hornets looked to hit back immediately. Anya lifted a lob over the crossbar after a long ball forward before Abdi collected a pass from Tamas and fired over from 20 yards.

Watford’s early incisive passing dissipated throughout the opening period. The defenders resorted to several aimless long passes forward while promising attacks in the Coventry defensive third broke down.

The Sky Blues continued to create chances. Danny Pugh drilled a half volley wide from a tight angle and Tudgay forced Gomes into a reaction stop with an effort from distance.

Vydra became frustrated as the half progressed and failed to threaten the Coventry defence.

The final opportunity of the half went to Steven Pressley’s side. Shaun Miller collected a throw, was given room to turn and curled a low shot narrowly wide of the post.

Sannino made seven changes to his side at the interval. Troy Deeney, Mathias Ranegie, Sean Murray, Joel Ekstrand, Tommie Hoban, Diego Fabbrini and McGugan replaced Vydra, Battocchio, Abdi, Tamas, Pudil, Anya and Dyer.

Watford created two quick chances. Fabbrini flashed a shot across the six yard box before Ranegie fired wide from distance.

The Hornets persisted with their 4-3-3 shape. Deeney played wide on the right but struggled to make an impact.

Ranegie had replaced Vydra in the centre and he almost equalised with a shot from distance which rolled just past substitute goalkeeper Burge’s left-hand post.

Another chance fell to the Swedish striker but he could only head straight at Burge before McGugan and Murray sent shots into the arms of the goalkeeper.

New Hornets signing Odion Ighalo was introduced with 13 minutes remaining in place of Murray, who appeared to have picked up an injury to his thigh.

Watford had created few clear chances throughout the contest but a wonderful moment of skill from McGugan almost levelled the contest.

He showed great technique to bring down a Deeney pass, evaded the challenge of Ivor Lawton and fired low towards the corner. Unfortunately for the Hornets, his effort was saved by the leg of Burge.

It proved the final opportunity of the contest. For the first time during pre-season the Golden Boys left the pitch beaten.

It wasn’t an inspiring display and Watford supporters will hope there is an improvement from their side against Udinese on Saturday at Vicarage Road.

Watford: Gomes (Bond 58) ; Doyley, Angella, Tamas (Ekstrand HT), Pudil (Hoban HT); Tozser (Andrews 22), Abdi (McGugan HT), Battocchio (Murray HT (Ighalo 77)) Dyer (Fabbrini HT), Vydra (Ranegie HT), Anya (Deeney HT). 

Coventry City: Allsop (Burge HT); Willis (Haynes 71), Webster (Lawton 71) Johnson (Seaborne HT); Clarke (Finch 71), Thomas (Barton 71), Fleck (Phillips 71), O'Brien (Swanson 64), Pugh (Daniels 71); Tudgay (Thomas 64), Miller (Maddison 64).

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9:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SCMW57 says...

Same as last season ......
Journeymen will finish mid table at best
Same as last season ...... Journeymen will finish mid table at best SCMW57
  • Score: -39

9:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Harry the 1st says...

Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't!
Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't! Harry the 1st
  • Score: 21

9:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

monkhorn says...

While Deeney is still at the club then we have to play him and Vydra up front as a two. If that means we stick with a 3-5-2 or play 4-4-2 so be it as it is such a waste to have Vydra or Deeney out wide in a 4-3-3. I don't really care about pre season results, however they are indicating that it might take us a while to find the right formation and the right players to play in it.
While Deeney is still at the club then we have to play him and Vydra up front as a two. If that means we stick with a 3-5-2 or play 4-4-2 so be it as it is such a waste to have Vydra or Deeney out wide in a 4-3-3. I don't really care about pre season results, however they are indicating that it might take us a while to find the right formation and the right players to play in it. monkhorn
  • Score: 21

9:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SuperHorn says...

Quite worrying that Murray went off injured again. Look at the positives of losing a pre-season friendly though- it shows us where we need to fix the gaps in time to smash the league this year! COYH
Quite worrying that Murray went off injured again. Look at the positives of losing a pre-season friendly though- it shows us where we need to fix the gaps in time to smash the league this year! COYH SuperHorn
  • Score: 1

9:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Guess it was a dress rehearsal for our league cup form where we scratch around for a goal.

I agree with above - sort the formation and set a target of 130 goals for the season and promotion by the Reading game in March.

There you see - easy to take your mind off a bad day at the office for the 'Orns!

On another topic - I see Blackpool are recruiting - they even have a keeper.
Guess it was a dress rehearsal for our league cup form where we scratch around for a goal. I agree with above - sort the formation and set a target of 130 goals for the season and promotion by the Reading game in March. There you see - easy to take your mind off a bad day at the office for the 'Orns! On another topic - I see Blackpool are recruiting - they even have a keeper. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 0

10:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

endean2 says...

come on guys at least we did not concede in the last few minutes

JOKE; I am sure we will have it sorted by the start of the season and
on a positive note we have given some good cheer to those poor Coventry
fans for the new season.
come on guys at least we did not concede in the last few minutes JOKE; I am sure we will have it sorted by the start of the season and on a positive note we have given some good cheer to those poor Coventry fans for the new season. endean2
  • Score: 8

10:04pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mooneyman says...

I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins?
I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins? Mooneyman
  • Score: -4

10:04pm Wed 30 Jul 14

goldanboy says...

That was a very good starting line up. Let's hope it was a case of let's not get injured and knock it around. These players have got to realise they are fighting for their places in a very big squad.
That was a very good starting line up. Let's hope it was a case of let's not get injured and knock it around. These players have got to realise they are fighting for their places in a very big squad. goldanboy
  • Score: 8

10:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ricky Holden says...

We lost a friendly! WTF! Pozzos out I doubt their desire to get us promoted. They've spent no money. Bring back Bazza.

4-3-3! Who's Idea was that! Let's got back to 3 at the back as that worked so well for us. Time Beppe stepped aside I doubt his ability too. If only we'd kept Hoggy,Eustace and anyone else who didn't play much in the Zola season but has since been made out to be a football genius.

I think I covered the bases. Actuality I missed £10m+ man Troy who I'll boo if he comes back playing for anyone I don't consider to be appropriate to have him in their side.
We lost a friendly! WTF! Pozzos out I doubt their desire to get us promoted. They've spent no money. Bring back Bazza. 4-3-3! Who's Idea was that! Let's got back to 3 at the back as that worked so well for us. Time Beppe stepped aside I doubt his ability too. If only we'd kept Hoggy,Eustace and anyone else who didn't play much in the Zola season but has since been made out to be a football genius. I think I covered the bases. Actuality I missed £10m+ man Troy who I'll boo if he comes back playing for anyone I don't consider to be appropriate to have him in their side. Ricky Holden
  • Score: 13

10:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

andyandyandy says...

Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work.
Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best.
Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work. Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best. andyandyandy
  • Score: -13

10:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Stewbyhorn1 says...

Mooneyman wrote:
I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins?
According to Twitter and fans who were there he has a minor injury?
Hopefully just a little knock
[quote][p][bold]Mooneyman[/bold] wrote: I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins?[/p][/quote]According to Twitter and fans who were there he has a minor injury? Hopefully just a little knock Stewbyhorn1
  • Score: 3

10:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

WHY OH WHY IS HE PLAYING DEENEY AND VYDRA OUT WIDE? WHAT IS HE TRYING TO PROVE. ABSOLUTE NONSENSE...
WHY OH WHY IS HE PLAYING DEENEY AND VYDRA OUT WIDE? WHAT IS HE TRYING TO PROVE. ABSOLUTE NONSENSE... Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 24

10:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jasonwatford says...

calm down dears ,
calm down dears , jasonwatford
  • Score: 6

10:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SAHornet says...

SuperHorn wrote:
Quite worrying that Murray went off injured again. Look at the positives of losing a pre-season friendly though- it shows us where we need to fix the gaps in time to smash the league this year! COYH
More worrying that fans are still talking about smashing the league this year. Have you learned nothing from the preceding 2 seasons ?
[quote][p][bold]SuperHorn[/bold] wrote: Quite worrying that Murray went off injured again. Look at the positives of losing a pre-season friendly though- it shows us where we need to fix the gaps in time to smash the league this year! COYH[/p][/quote]More worrying that fans are still talking about smashing the league this year. Have you learned nothing from the preceding 2 seasons ? SAHornet
  • Score: 27

10:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

lockerbiehornet says...

andyandyandy wrote:
Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work.
Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best.
Glad some of you don't live near a cliff, it's a friendly that's all, a chance to get to look at a Plan B that so many claimed hasn't been here for the past 2 seasons, for all we know Beppe knows TD/MV up front as a 2 is best but what if that's not working?
[quote][p][bold]andyandyandy[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work. Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best.[/p][/quote]Glad some of you don't live near a cliff, it's a friendly that's all, a chance to get to look at a Plan B that so many claimed hasn't been here for the past 2 seasons, for all we know Beppe knows TD/MV up front as a 2 is best but what if that's not working? lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 4

10:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Oldhorn says...

Stewbyhorn1 wrote:
Mooneyman wrote:
I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins?
According to Twitter and fans who were there he has a minor injury?
Hopefully just a little knock
I've just got back from the game, and yes it was a knock. Don't think it's too serious as he went over to the bench before he came off and seemed to show his left ankle, but was walking OK. I think only taken off as a precaution.

My only gripe about today's game...and I know it's only a friendly...was the surprising number of missed passes and the lack of shots on target. Cov closed us down very quickly and I think it was a good lesson for them about how the championship will be.

In other news, another reasonable outing for Fabbrini. After his woeful showing against Wealdstone, he has appeared to be a bit more up for it against stronger teams. He tried to make things happen and stayed on his feet a lot more tonight. I suspect we may see a bit more of him this year.

Comedy moment of the game? A shot from a Cov player that smashed a window of one of the B'Wood cabins behind the corner flag!
[quote][p][bold]Stewbyhorn1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mooneyman[/bold] wrote: I wonder why Tozser came off after just 22mins?[/p][/quote]According to Twitter and fans who were there he has a minor injury? Hopefully just a little knock[/p][/quote]I've just got back from the game, and yes it was a knock. Don't think it's too serious as he went over to the bench before he came off and seemed to show his left ankle, but was walking OK. I think only taken off as a precaution. My only gripe about today's game...and I know it's only a friendly...was the surprising number of missed passes and the lack of shots on target. Cov closed us down very quickly and I think it was a good lesson for them about how the championship will be. In other news, another reasonable outing for Fabbrini. After his woeful showing against Wealdstone, he has appeared to be a bit more up for it against stronger teams. He tried to make things happen and stayed on his feet a lot more tonight. I suspect we may see a bit more of him this year. Comedy moment of the game? A shot from a Cov player that smashed a window of one of the B'Wood cabins behind the corner flag! Oldhorn
  • Score: 11

11:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 1

1:07am Thu 31 Jul 14

mkhornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
"Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!"
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...[/p][/quote]"Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!" mkhornet
  • Score: -2

1:46am Thu 31 Jul 14

KeanerHornet says...

Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up.
I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another.
We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH.
We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on...
I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.
Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up. I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another. We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH. We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on... I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS. KeanerHornet
  • Score: 37

1:54am Thu 31 Jul 14

mkhornet says...

KeanerHornet wrote:
Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up.
I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another.
We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH.
We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on...
I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.
Absolutely right.
[quote][p][bold]KeanerHornet[/bold] wrote: Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up. I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another. We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH. We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on... I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. mkhornet
  • Score: 9

2:01am Thu 31 Jul 14

watford4ever says...

KeanerHornet wrote:
Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up.
I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another.
We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH.
We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on...
I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.
Completely agree, we are very, very luck considering what could have happened under Baz! It seems like we have created a good squad, but who really knows until the season starts. Good news is the owners obviously have ambition for our club and will not tolerate failure, if changes are needed they will make them
[quote][p][bold]KeanerHornet[/bold] wrote: Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up. I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another. We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH. We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on... I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.[/p][/quote]Completely agree, we are very, very luck considering what could have happened under Baz! It seems like we have created a good squad, but who really knows until the season starts. Good news is the owners obviously have ambition for our club and will not tolerate failure, if changes are needed they will make them watford4ever
  • Score: 16

6:54am Thu 31 Jul 14

robo bovingdon says...

Dont panic one swallow does not make a summer lets wait for the real season to start trust all in charge to get it right THEN if it is not working changes will i am sure be made the POZZO family along with all true fans want this to work get behind the team dont look for any excuse to make changes just because we lost a friendly.COME ON U HORNS.
Dont panic one swallow [hornet] does not make a summer lets wait for the real season to start trust all in charge to get it right THEN if it is not working changes will i am sure be made the POZZO family along with all true fans want this to work get behind the team dont look for any excuse to make changes just because we lost a friendly.COME ON U HORNS. robo bovingdon
  • Score: 3

7:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

Gash69 says...

KeanerHornet wrote:
Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up.
I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another.
We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH.
We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on...
I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.
As someone more than 3 times your age I fully respect your considered post, with young fans like you the club really does have a bright future, as you say come on everyone get behind OUR golden boys
[quote][p][bold]KeanerHornet[/bold] wrote: Some of you (not all of) seriously need to take a look at what we really have. At the end of the day, look at the sort of hands we are in. The Pozzos are rich investors who obviously saw something in Watford Fc. We have been managed under a footballing legend, Gianfranco Zola. We have been sent the sort of players that I would never dream would play for the Golden Boys three years ago. We have played some of the best football ever seen at Vicarage Road. We have been on this ride for two seasons, and the first we came so close to going to the Barclays Premier League. We have a nearing complete East Stand that was always promised, but never happened. Yet, it's still not enough for some of you 'supposedly' fellow Hornets, is it? Yes, we had a disappointing campaign last season, everybody feels that, but this is going to take time. I would be more happy to go up knowing we have a complete team, than to go up for the hell sake of going up. I am more than willing to wait, and be patient. This is going to take time, and I don't think some of you understand this. Get behind the team, and stop going from one extreme to another. We lose a friendly, so that instantly means to you the following: " We will have mid-table at best, Sannino out, Pozzos out, Should have kept Zola, Should have kept Eustace, Should have kept Hogg, Chalobah??!!!". UTTER RUBBISH. We win a friendly, so that instantly means the following: "We'll stuff the league this year, Sannino tactical genius, 4-3-3 is the new 3-5-2 of two seasons ago!" Come on... I'm sorry to all those who are behind the club that read this, it doesn't apply to you. But some of you fans need to take a look at yourself, look at the bigger picture. I am behind the Hornets until I am five feet underground, quite a statement for a 16 year old like me isn't it? That's the way it will always be, are you behind the Yellow Army too? COYHS.[/p][/quote]As someone more than 3 times your age I fully respect your considered post, with young fans like you the club really does have a bright future, as you say come on everyone get behind OUR golden boys Gash69
  • Score: 18

8:40am Thu 31 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...[/p][/quote]I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

8:52am Thu 31 Jul 14

the sniper says...

Not to bothered by friendly results, what bothers me is that I believe we have a squad of players that are good enough to achieve promotion but we don't have a manager who is capable of getting us up...I give Sannino 8-10 games
Not to bothered by friendly results, what bothers me is that I believe we have a squad of players that are good enough to achieve promotion but we don't have a manager who is capable of getting us up...I give Sannino 8-10 games the sniper
  • Score: 6

9:13am Thu 31 Jul 14

Goldentrue1 says...

Harry the 1st wrote:
Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't!
It was a friendly FFS. Results do not matter
[quote][p][bold]Harry the 1st[/bold] wrote: Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't![/p][/quote]It was a friendly FFS. Results do not matter Goldentrue1
  • Score: 0

9:13am Thu 31 Jul 14

Goldentrue1 says...

Harry the 1st wrote:
Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't!
It was a friendly FFS. Results do not matter
[quote][p][bold]Harry the 1st[/bold] wrote: Yes I know it's only a friendly but clearly 4-3-3 not working and not playing to our players strengths. If we want to hit the ground running shouldn't we start playing the way we're intending to this season? Hopefully 4-3-3 it isn't![/p][/quote]It was a friendly FFS. Results do not matter Goldentrue1
  • Score: -1

9:15am Thu 31 Jul 14

Goldentrue1 says...

andyandyandy wrote:
Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work.
Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best.
No it is not worrying, it was a friendly! Results are not important in friendlies
[quote][p][bold]andyandyandy[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake, pre season game or not. We had a full side out so this result is very worrying. 433 is not going to work. Starting to think Sanninio hasn't got a clue. Sacked by end of September. Mid table at best.[/p][/quote]No it is not worrying, it was a friendly! Results are not important in friendlies Goldentrue1
  • Score: 1

11:10am Thu 31 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

monkhorn wrote:
While Deeney is still at the club then we have to play him and Vydra up front as a two. If that means we stick with a 3-5-2 or play 4-4-2 so be it as it is such a waste to have Vydra or Deeney out wide in a 4-3-3. I don't really care about pre season results, however they are indicating that it might take us a while to find the right formation and the right players to play in it.
My thoughts exactly monkhorn. Two up front should work with the players we have plus a more solid midfield of four including quick supporting wide men. Playing three up front seems to unbalance everything.

Personally i am fully behind Sannino and accept that he is trying out a Plan B that some people having been screaming for but our league opener is fast approaching and if two up front is the way to go whilst keeping it tighter at the back i'd have expected to see it in action by now.

Sannino has said he knows Vydra's best postion so let's hope that he thinks it's alongside Deeney (or Ranegie/Ighalo) and we'll see another formation this coming Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]monkhorn[/bold] wrote: While Deeney is still at the club then we have to play him and Vydra up front as a two. If that means we stick with a 3-5-2 or play 4-4-2 so be it as it is such a waste to have Vydra or Deeney out wide in a 4-3-3. I don't really care about pre season results, however they are indicating that it might take us a while to find the right formation and the right players to play in it.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly monkhorn. Two up front should work with the players we have plus a more solid midfield of four including quick supporting wide men. Playing three up front seems to unbalance everything. Personally i am fully behind Sannino and accept that he is trying out a Plan B that some people having been screaming for but our league opener is fast approaching and if two up front is the way to go whilst keeping it tighter at the back i'd have expected to see it in action by now. Sannino has said he knows Vydra's best postion so let's hope that he thinks it's alongside Deeney (or Ranegie/Ighalo) and we'll see another formation this coming Saturday. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 0

11:45am Thu 31 Jul 14

watford06 says...

as many have said just a friendly result does not matter. he is trying different things give it chance i am sure he works in training on his plan a but this may be his plan b or c or d. who cares as long as we get going when it matters. i for one am fully behind everyone at the club and will be forever if that is the current manager then fine if not then also fine (even if it is hollowhead ) but lets worry about things when they happen not speculate about what will happen before a ball is kicked lets be honest it could be a whole lot worse now.
as many have said just a friendly result does not matter. he is trying different things give it chance i am sure he works in training on his plan a but this may be his plan b or c or d. who cares as long as we get going when it matters. i for one am fully behind everyone at the club and will be forever if that is the current manager then fine if not then also fine (even if it is hollowhead ) but lets worry about things when they happen not speculate about what will happen before a ball is kicked lets be honest it could be a whole lot worse now. watford06
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.
Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice...
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...[/p][/quote]I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.[/p][/quote]Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -3

9:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

lockerbiehornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.
Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice...
Talking of deep down, any chance you could bury yourself? Your comments are offensive, unintelligent and boring and as you can see you get thumbs down every time, why bother?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...[/p][/quote]I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.[/p][/quote]Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice...[/p][/quote]Talking of deep down, any chance you could bury yourself? Your comments are offensive, unintelligent and boring and as you can see you get thumbs down every time, why bother? lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Fri 1 Aug 14

lutondown says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
It's time Now to change the manager...

Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad...

We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...
I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.
Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice...
Talking of deep down, any chance you could bury yourself? Your comments are offensive, unintelligent and boring and as you can see you get thumbs down every time, why bother?
Because he has a different opinion he's offensive? It's subjective and anyway some of us aren't here to pander to your requirements.
SJM...Keep on laughing at Luton and challenging me for my title as most thumbed down poster in history...
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: It's time Now to change the manager... Nothing has changed from last season,great squad of players,a good manager will get Watford promoted with this squad... We don't have a good Manager... Don't leave it too late Watford to make the change needed...[/p][/quote]I thought you were going to wait until August 9th before casting judgement on Saninno.[/p][/quote]Deep down u all know he's the wrong choice...[/p][/quote]Talking of deep down, any chance you could bury yourself? Your comments are offensive, unintelligent and boring and as you can see you get thumbs down every time, why bother?[/p][/quote]Because he has a different opinion he's offensive? It's subjective and anyway some of us aren't here to pander to your requirements. SJM...Keep on laughing at Luton and challenging me for my title as most thumbed down poster in history... lutondown
  • Score: 1

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