Watford 6 : AFC Bournemouth 1 – 10th August 2013

Where do I start? A fantastic game surely if Watford won 6-1? Well, yes. And no.  Bournemouth outplayed Watford in the first half, despite conceding an early goal and played some brilliant passing football . Better tacticians than me can explain why it happened but I think Watford just sat back and let Bournemouth play. And boy can they play. They knocked the ball around with aplomb, with Pugh and Arter in midfield and Grabban up front looking skilful and dangerous. 

Pozzotives

Deeney – obviously Troy is the beating heart of this team. A bull of a player, so powerful but with some great skill too, exemplified by his second goal. And the first Watford hat trick in a decade. Heroic stuff.
Angella – classy and assured in the centre of the defence but obviously a major threat at set pieces either on the ground or with his head. A dead cert for 10+ goals this season. 
The Crowd – a nearly full ground and a pretty decent, enthusiastic atmosphere (if you ignore the fretful silence that accompanied Bournemouth’s domination in the first half). Time to get the East Stand demolished and put some plans together quickly for a new stand. Build it and they will come!  

Negatives

Forestieri – Yes, I do love the little guy, defenders don’t know how to pick him up and he has created two goals for Deeney in two games. However, I think he plays too deep at times and this leaves Deeney too isolated. Give Fabbrini a start, he looked good again when he came on, very mobile along the edge of the penalty area and won a deserved penalty. 
Whatever happened in the first half – we need to stamp that out. Better teams will punish Watford more if they play like that again. 
Iriney – I’m a bit unsure about him to be honest. Played just in front of the defence and knocked a few little balls around. I just want him to put him some crunching tackles. Or get a yellow card. 

Random thoughts 

Just me and The Big Man at The Vic today, as the Witch was at a wine tasting in Kings Langley. She won’t want to miss many more games if they turn out like this.
We walked past Gianluca Nani on the way out, although I thought it was Giampaolo Pozzo at first. I’m easily confused. 
Forest are next at home. Would love to see them well beaten. 

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