Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

The Opposition View - Watford

The Opposition View - Watford
With great thanks to Vital Watford Editor Tom, we ask a few questions about his club, how they have survived losing some key players and how he thinks tomorrows game will go......

------------------------------------------------------------

1) What are your expectations for the season?

To stay up, although based on our start - no win in six league and cup game that's more of a hope now!

2) What are your strengths and weaknesses as a team?

One strength is our depth. Last year we flooded the team with a lot of youngsters, and although they did well this year we have more depth which is due to the five sub rule and 10 summer additions. I think the defence is pretty solid too and that is due to the fact it's been pretty settled with a fulcrum of 'keeper Scott Loach and centre-halves Martin Taylor and Adrian Mariappa missing two league games between them from the start of last season. Weakness' - well, everything else! At the time of writing we have had the highest number of shots on target in the league but the lowest conversion rate.

3) Who is the player/s to look out for?

Former Aston Villa youngster Jonathan Hogg only made his debut for the club the week before the international break but he already looks at home. Fearsome in the tackle but with the guile to open up a defence with a good through-ball he looks like a solid acquisition. Home-grown striker Marvin Sordell is another to watch, 15 league and cup goals in his debut campaign last season, he's got a couple already and scored thunderbolt for England U21's vs. Israel in midweek.

4) How did you think your gaffer has suited to the managers role from assistant?

I was personally quite positive about the appointment on the basis he provided continuity. It's early doors and I don't think it's fair to judge him yet. Based on results alone - badly! But realistically, he's done everything he could by bringing in his own staff, patched up the holes in the squad and said the right things in the press.

5) Have you suffered with losing some key players this summer? (Graham, Buckley, Cowie etc.)

Massively: Danny Graham obviously scored 27 goals last season and although Don Cowie and Will Buckley didn't neccesarily rack up the goals or assist they certainly brought things to the table. Cowie was an absolute workaholic and not at all in your traditional winger mould per say. Buckley was the traditional winger; unplayable at times, absent the rest.

6) Are you pleased with the acquisition of Joe Garner?

Yes. The more I think about it, we need him. Sordell is our main forward and other than him we have Andi Weimann (a loanee), Troy Deeney, who's never cut it at this level and Chris Iwelumo who is currently injured and the scapegoat, despite playing just a couple of games since signing due to injury. We needed someone and if he can score six from 14 for a poor Scunthorpe side last season hopefully he'll re-discover his scoring touch at Vicarage Road!

7) What is your prediction for the game?

A Watford win! 2-1 in a hard-fought victory I think. Not at all biased ;)

Join The Vital Debate

Writer:Josh
Date:Friday September 9 2011
Time: 10:26AM

Comments

0
Watford 3 - 1 win...
watford1881
09/09/2011 18:35:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Stam being linked away with Hammers move

It was probably going to be touted sooner or later, but Jaap Stam is being linked with a move away from the club.

Nine Royals called up for international duty

It's that unfortunate time of year where international football takes priority, but eight Royals will be jetting off to play for their country this week.

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

Premier League Confirm 2017/18 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have now confirmed the date on which the fixtures for the campaign of 2017/18 will be released.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sheff W MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Al Habsi51%
Gunter0%
Moore0%
Blackett0%
Obita0%
Williams0%
van den Berg0%
McCleary0%
Swift0%
Beerens0%
Kermorgant12%
Sub - Grabban0%
Sub - Popa25%
Sub - Oxford12%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 5:30PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 8:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment