Thoughts: Watford 1 – 0 Newcastle

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This was my first visit to Vicarage Road since the opening home game of the season; what was this brave new world I’d heard so much about….?

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Wolves 2 – 2 Watford: The Good, the Bad & The Ugly

The Good

Matej Vydra’s first touch for his goal was a thing of wonder. Having got inside his man, his touch to take it further away from his man was a beauty. His second touch was even better. A ridiculously clinical finish from a chap who appears to have hit form at just the right time

The Bad

Having praised Vydra’s clinical finish for the first ‘orns equaliser, the defending that allowed Wolves to open the scoring was school boyish; yes it was a great ball & finish, but the defence need to do better to cut that ball out.

The Ugly

I’m quite happy to admit that I’m a big fan of Fernando Forestieri. The way he’s bought into the community ethos of the club, and – having been sent off for it – cut down on his theatrics, combined with his impish joy on the pitch all add up to a player I’m delighted we have at the club. That doesn’t mean he gets a free pass though; there was absolutely no need to for him to get Sakho sent off in the 94th minute with a transparently terrible dive. As a club, I sometimes get the impression we don’t get decisions because we have a reputation for play acting – an unfair one, in general. This isn’t going to help. There was plenty of (justified) annoyance at Wes Hulahoops dive which won Norwich a penalty (and the game) at Vicarage Road. We can’t then take the high ground if we have a player behaving like this

One last thing

As I detailed in an earlier post, I suggested that our poor record against our fellow top 8 teams could cost us. This was a more than decent result; although a win would obviously have been nice, to go to a rival and get a point is an excellent outcome. It sets us up nicely for the Reading game, and for the final sprint of the season.

Massive hat tip to @watfordtalk for the Vines.

Evening Standard London Fives: 1993

This video was posted earlier, but having given it a proper watch, I think it’s worth a whole post to itself.

Notes:

For younger viewers, you’ll notice that the players are wearing trainers in two colours; black or white. The idea of wearing any colour other than those two (and even white is debatable) was beyond the pale.

That Wimbledon team beaten by the Orns in the final was very decent; some real talent there in the form of Warren Barton, John Scales, Hans Segers and Dean Holdsworth

That team in orange, with a chap called Chamberlain in goal, used to be our rivals who we struggled to beat in the league. Presumably they were only involved in the London 5s due to the absence of Arsenal.

Fulham were a lower league team in the those days. As they may well be again soon.

The next silverware we won was the 97/98 Division 2 (old new money) title