Match Day Thread Watford v Preston North End Vicarage Road

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    LAST TIME OUT

    BRISTOL CITY 0 WATFORD 0

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    PRESTON NORTH END 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 3

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    FORM GUIDE

    WATFORD 10 PNE 8

    WATFORD TRANSFERS IN

    Pussetto, Pedro, Penaranda, Segura, Stuperavic, only one of these came from the Owner's other teams.

    HEAD TO HEAD

    First five meetings between the clubs were all FA Cup ties with our first visit and loss to Vicarage Road in 12/1/1929 1-0 home side, first league visit was 4/4/1970 0-0 our first victory was just over 20 years ago 2-3 18/11/2000.
    My only visit in October 1996 resulted ina 1-0 defeat with a Russ Wilcox own goal in the 93rd minute


    Preston North End head to Vicarage Road for the first time in almost ten years when they take on Vladimir Ivić’s Watford this weekend

    It was February 2011 when the Lilywhites last locked horns with their weekend’s hosts, with Sean St. Ledger and Leon Clarke scoring in a 2-2 draw.

    Since then the two sides have had periods when they were two divisions apart, but now find themselves fighting for the same aim in the Championship, to get to the top flight.

    Ivic’s side, who had a goalless draw at Bristol City in midweek currently sit fifth in the table with 23 points after a solid start to the season under their new boss and with a Premier League experienced squad at their disposal, it will be another good test for Alex Neil’s injury and suspension hit squad.


    Team News
    Where do we start?! Manager Alex Neil was without Louis Moult, Billy Bodin, Josh Earl, Ben Pearson, Ben Davies, Paul Gallagher, Josh Harrop and Andrew Hughes all through injury for the midweek clash with Blackburn.

    Alan Browne picked up his fifth booking of the season in the clash with the Lancashire rivals, whilst Joe Rafferty much also sit out the game following his red card against Tony Mowbray’s men.

    At the time of writing, the FA are still to hear the case relating to Darnell Fisher’s charge of violent conduct for an off the ball incident caught on camera versus Sheffield Wednesday. If he is found guilty, he will miss the game and potentially the clashes with AFC Bournemouth and Wycombe Wanderers as well.

    Watford announced on Wednesday, prior to their game at Ashton Gate, that they had three first team player isolating after Covid-19 tests and they have stated that they will miss the with the Lilywhites at the weekend.

    Meanwhile, Tom Cleverly was again absent for the midweek trip to the south west and he remains a doubt for the visit of North End, but Troy Deeney, who came off the bench in the second half could be set for his first start of the season.

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    Match Officials
    Australian referee Jarred Gillett – who was the fourth official at Deepdale on Tuesday night - will take charge of his third Preston North End game for Saturday’s match.

    The Aussie joined the EFL lists in 2018/19, after taking up an educational position in Liverpool, but he has been a top class official in his home country’s A League for many years.

    He took charge of his first Championship game at the end of that season and joined the Select Group Two list in 2019/20. This season he has officiated ten games, issuing 36 yellow and two red cards, including four cautions in Watford’s goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday in mid-September.

    His first trip to Deepdale was over the last Christmas period when he took charge of our last game of 2019, against Reading, as well as the club’s 5,000th league game against Derby County back in July.

    Jarred will be assisted by Philip Dermott and Robert Hyde, with Adrian Quelch acting as the fourth official.

    MACS VIEW

    Having been placed in Tier 3 misery due to our diseasd East Lancashire kinfolk which means I cannot go and watch my local Level 6 club average attendance 60 as they also have to play behind closed doors, add into that a hammering against the Plastics on Tuesday night, and a first team which is likely to be without any full backs, this looks like a straight forward home win.
    Luckily for the home support they are in Tier 2 and one upside of this is that their support are not allowed in to watch our hapless side.
    The home side did well to keep most of their players following their relegation last season and have a chance of returning to the top flight at the first attempt. If they don't go up they will no doubt sack the manager.
    Altrhough they have recruited from far and wide still think Ben Foster is a more than decent keeper and has kept them in games at times this season, given our lack of shots on targets in the last two matches would be nice to think we would test him tomorrow.
    Personal view free hit this game not expected to get anything lets hope wounded pride spurs them on.

    FAMOUS WATFORD PEOPLE

    Thomas Ernest Bennett "Tibby" Clarke (7 June 1907 – 11 February 1989) was a movie scriptwriter who wrote several of the Ealing Studios comedies. His elder brother Dudley Clarke was notable as a military deception pioneer.

    His scripts always feature careful logical development from a slightly absurd premise to a farcical conclusion. In 1952 he was awarded a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his script for The Lavender Hill Mob, making him one of just a handful of Britons to receive this award. He continued to work as a scriptwriter after Ealing ceased production in the mid-1950s, his later contributions including Sons and Lovers and the Disney film The Horse Without a Head.

    Clarke was also a novelist and writer of non-fiction, and was not above presenting his fictions as fact – most notably the 1981 book Murder at Buckingham Palace, which purports to tell the story of a hushed-up murder in the Royal residence in 1935. Despite its including 'documentary' photographs, there is no external evidence that the book is anything but pure fiction. For The Blue Lamp (1950) he drew on his experience as a war reserve constable with the Metropolitan Police during the Second World War.[1][2]

    He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1960 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre

    Thomas won't be at the game tomorrow as we are still in lockdown and the fact he is dead also stops him.
     
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  2. yorkshirehornet

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    Great thread..... wish you well the rest of the season..... from a Watford exile north of [email protected]@ds!
     
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    Preston’s football has been the most impressive I have seen so far this season in the EFL. You deserve a better league position, imho. You play beautifully. Bit worried if you come down our left flank.

    Good luck this season <ok>, apart from two games, obviously. ;)
     
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    Looking at your website’s team photos, two questions arise for me.

    1) Does Tom Bayliss moonlight as a young Leonid Brezhnev impersonator?

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    2) Why was Ben Pearson the only player allowed to wear a hat?

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    Be good if Bayliss actually got a game
     
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    Just a reminder for you.

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    The quickest exploration of Watford Not606 will reveal the “WATFORD BLACK SHIRT”, as listed above, has left the site. :emoticon-0102-bigsm
     
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    2 down debatable penalty
     
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    2-1 Barky
     
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    Preston are better than Reading, Bristol City, QPR, most sides we’ve played. They will finish in the play-offs, no question.
     
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    Watford moved up to third in the Championship with a thumping victory against struggling Preston North End.

    Domingo Quina smashed Ismaila Sarr's cross past Declan Rudd on the volley before Joao Pedro's tap-in from Troy Deeney's cross was ruled out for offside.

    The lead was doubled when Deeney smashed a penalty through Rudd's hands after Sarr went down under Jordan Storey's challenge before Tom Barkhuizen's heavily deflected shot halved the deficit.

    But Nathaniel Chalobah quickly restored the Hornets' two-goal lead with a fine half-volley after a one-two with Deeney, and Pedro plundered a fourth via James Garner's corner and Craig Cathcart's flick-on.
    Watford made it 19 points from a possible 21 at Vicarage Road this season, but had to overcome a side which boasted the second-best away record in the division, with all but three of their 16-point total earned on the road.

    Ben Foster had to tip over Sean Maguire's fierce shot from the edge of the box and then had to be out quickly to save from Patrick Bauer after a mix-up at the back.

    But the hosts bossed the first half and almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Rudd made a fine save to tip over Sarr's fierce drive.

    Deeney had a big impact after being recalled to the starting XI, despite seeing strike partner Andre Gray limp off midway through the first half, and could have added to his penalty, but headed over unmarked from six yards.

    Preston are the only Championship team to have scored in every away game this season and did threaten a second-half comeback through Barkhuizen, but it was quickly snuffed out as Vladimir Ilic's side stepped up and made it 14 goals in their last five home matches.

    And while Watford extended their unbeaten run to five matches, the Lilywhites' fifth defeat in seven matches dropped them to 18th.
     
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    It is a great shame that you are not getting any reaction from others on your forum after taking the trouble to write such a good intro to the game thermaclad. Our commentary said you had 11 players missing, but there didn't seem to be a lack of understanding from those that were available.
     
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    There’s usually 2 of us on here were more but that’s life thread’s always get hits so some success
     
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    Watford boss Vladimir Ivic told BBC Three Counties Radio:

    "We started today like we want to start every game, but today a lot of things were positive.

    "Troy (Deeney) is captain of this club; all of us know he is one of the most experienced players and we don't need to speak about his quality - everyone knows that. His mentality can help us, his quality, his assists, his goals.

    "After a long period being injured we must be smart now how we use him because we see what has happened today with Andre Gray - he has one injury, stay out two months, play two games and again injured."

    Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

    "We don't have a fit full-back, or even cover for a full-back available, so we felt it best to go with a back five and put our quickest players in there to counter their threat out wide.

    "To be honest, I thought it was a good, competitive match for about 60 minutes and then we just don't defend some basic stuff in our box well enough, and when you give Watford goals quite cheaply then you find it doubly difficult to get into the game.

    "We then have a penalty shout which I was too far away to see, but if we do get it, it potentially goes to 3-2 and we're back in the match, but as soon as the fourth goal goes in really the game's over."

     
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    You guys were a threat first half and had 2/3 chances but we took control after half time.

    I do agree we got lucky with the penalty!

    Good luck for the season and sure you will be in the top half after injuries return.
     
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