Jonny Forumer: Watford fans assess 6-1 win at Leeds

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Jonny ForumerWho cares what a bunch of disinterested hacks have to say when you can get the skinny direct from those to whom it matters most? Well, good news – Football Burp’s very own Jonny Forumer, lurker extraordinaire, is here to collate choice message board analysis so you can get the lowdown from the people who really know what they’re on about. Take it away, Jonny…

Morning folks, Jonny Forumer signing in. Watford’s 6-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road on the weekend may have been helped along by the Whites playing half the game with nine men, but it kept the Hornets buzzing along nicely under Gianfranco Zola as they moved up to 12th in the Championship, within just four points of the playoffs. I hotfooted it down to online joints WFCForums.com, GloryHorns.co.uk and Watford Not606 to see what folk had to say about it all…

Vicarage Road
Vicarage Road… Hornamental value

Dennis_Booth, WFCForums.com…

We all know that confidence is key to a players performance. Especially important when shooting at goal. It makes goal scorers Great when they don’t have to think about how they are striking the ball. This was particularly evident yesterday.

We had one of our lowest ‘shots total’ of the season, 11, with 8 on target and we score 6. All cleanly struck without trying to break the back of the net. Even ‘Mr scuff it’ Troy took his goal calmly.

Great stuff boys. If we can replicate this every game then we will be scoring the goals our play deserves.

Much more penetration with Matej playing. He is our only true goalscorer and has to start most games! Love Fernando but Matty gives us the directness. I think we have so many attacking options. Would love to see MV and FF start onne game

This is the best trip…………………………

How are all the detractors that said ‘this is not my Watford anymore ‘ feeling now? surely you must be loving this ? i’d love to know.

I am more excited going in to every game, than I have been for years. COYO !!!

wfcmoog, WFCForums.com…

Agree Dennis. Matej has to be the first choice. I understand that he will be rested or benched occasionally under Zola’s system, but our strongest 11 certainly features him.

As for the “our club,” It’s always our club. Players come and players go, as do managers. I think it’s ridiculous that people can’t identify with a club because they sacked Dyche or whatever. Look at it now – 3 months later and Dyche has a new job and a few grand in the bank from his payoff. Better that than us “give him a chance” knowing that as soon as we get an excuse he’s going to get sacked and we’d have wasted valuable time. The Pozzos had a plan and we’re starting to see how that affects us. It’s looking good. Plus it’s annoying pundits and fans of other clubs, which is a massive bonus

CheesusKY, GloryHorns.co.uk…

Great to hammer Leeds. In the context its not possible to read too much in in to it…but who cares?

Flittonhorn, Watford Not606…

Leeds commentators said sending off was soft that it was not a bad tackle, blaming that for result, why do we never seem to get credit were credit is due? we could have done the same against Leicester last week had we taken some off those chances we had when we had men over. This is, with a doubt such an exciting period in our clubs history we are no where near the finneshed articule but can anyone remember such exciting matches since the Jenkins/Blisset days?

oldnickhornet, Watford Not606…

At the risk of sounding a cynic(!) & not suggesting anyones getting just a little carried away by one result today ….but ‘such exciting matches’ Flitton ? Have you seen the home record this season ?Surely cant have been ‘unlucky’ in that many matches.

Craig Ramage, GloryHorns.co.uk…

Professional job racking up the goals – well done GZ

hornetboy1, WFCForums.com…

It’s a shame Watford cannot reproduce the away scoring form at home. Maybe the attendances would be higher if we were hitting the target more often at the Vic. 17 goals from 8 scored away, but only 8 from 8 at home.

Hopefully Zola can find a way to reproduce our scoring touch at home and then we could become a real force. I would like him to find a way to play Vydra and Forestieri in the same side as it would reap dividends I’m sure.

NNNN, GloryHorns.co.uk…

Reminds me of the year we went up, with King & Young scoring all those long-range goals.

UEA_Hornet, WFCForums.com…

The thing is HB we’re much more suited with the current players and formation to counter attacking. If the team sit back at home waiting for their opportunity to break the crowd get jittery. The tension spreads to the pitch and we clam up. That’s been a constant theme of Watford teams for a while now and will only change when the home faithful can get their heads around the fact that football ain’t all about attack attack attack.

Malteser, WFCForums.com…

I think yesterday’s result shows that if we really go for it, we can be lethal. It’s totally understandable that, after defending so shambolically at Derby, our Italian manager decided to change our formation to try and strengthen our back line, playing in effect with 3 central defenders, 2 defensive midfielders and 2 full/wing backs. It worked too, because we now look tighter at the back but, as Tuesday’s game against Millwall showed, it’s been at the expense of looking so threatening going forward.

Yesterday it seems we threw off the shackles, only played 1 defensive mid, included more creativity and most importantly of all, restored to the starting eleven our most potent goalscorer. Bingo!

Hands up all of us who feared we’d shut up shop at 2-0, make defensive substitutions and close out the win? I did! How wrong I was as we poured forward time after time, brought attack minded players on against a shellshocked defence and really boosted our goal difference, which in such a tight division may yet be crucial. Fantastic!

Si, Watford Not606…

Not getting carried away but we are yet to get to that point where teams squads get exposed to the number of games in a season. We made 5 changes today and won (level of win exceptional admittedly). How many other teams have the depth of squad we have? None. Do not underestimate that as the season goes on.

UEA_Hornet, WFCForums.com…

Yes it’s to our credit and an excellent result. And I’m sure people will point to our last minute defeat to Cardiff when I say this but let’s not lose sight of the fact we were playing against 9 men for half the match. That said, the ruthlessness impressed me most as I think that’s something Watford teams have lacked for years. I’ve seen too many Watford teams shut up shop early and miss opportunities to bolster the goal difference when things are in our favour. Even this current team was guilty of it earlier in the season although I suspect fitness was a factor then.

PaddingtonsYellowArmy, WFCForums.com…

Anything but a top 6 position will be under achieving this season but doesn’t mean to say that finishing 8 th is bad for a consolidation season to go on and win the championship next season. Hopefully the bookies will still treat wfc as underdogs as they only beat 9 men

La_tempesta_cielo_68, WFCForums.com…

I love Google translation of Udinese blog…… ‘Watford under attack by the evil of the men of Warnock’ and apparently Ekstrand ‘stained his test area’

How far can Watford go under Zola and the Pozzo family, Hornets fans? Have your say in the comments section below…

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