Date: 21st March 2010 at 8:19pm
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Watford racked up 15 shots on goal and had “4 or 5 incredible efforts that didn`t go in” according to the gaffer but still managed to leave Cardiff on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline as they shot themselves in the foot

…in fact, on this showing, we`re surprised they even managed to shoot straight to hit that!!!

Sure, it certainly wasn`t the Sunday afternoon “romp” that the Bluebirds ‘fficial site suggests (we agree with Dave Jones` “battle” assessment) but Cardiff – with a front 3 to frighten anyone in the Championship – were just all a little bit too clinical for the Hornets backline and Watford once again were weak at the back.

Whilst the high flying Bluebirds nicked an early strike through McCormack`s 8th minutes rocket (against the run of play), Watford were at their wasteful best in the final third with some woeful finishing and a lack of accuracy when it was most needed.

Hey, if you don`t shoot straight, you don`t deserve the points right?

Taylor rattled the bar with a towering header. Clever Tom fired a free-kick straight down the throat of Marshall. Hoskins fired high, wide and not so handsome inside the 6-yard box. Helguson had the goal at his mercy after great work by Cowie and Hodson…

Even the Cardiff homepage admits “it was a game Watford could have taken something from had they taken their opportunities” – which is oh so kind of them but doesn`t earn us any valuable points in our fight for survival.

And as the hapless Hornet frontline couldn`t hit a cowie`s ass with a banjo, Cardiff didn`t really even need to work to find the back of the net.

Peter Whittingham
(VitalWatford`s nomination for Championship Player of the Season), headed home too a bit too easily [64] after Burke made a right ol` er burke out of Doyley. Then ex Rangers winger Burke ran the full length of the Hornets half, before making mugs of Hodson and Mariappa before firing under Loach [71].

It could have been worse had Loach not produced a moment of magic between the sticks to somehow keep out a Bothroyd header.

Clever, clinical, counter attacking with bags and bags of confidence – that`s how it`s done boys!

Yes, Helguson`s consolation spectacular strike in injury time showed off all of that – and far more – but at 3 down and heading home with nothing, it`s a bit late to be showing it.

It`s off to Hillsborough on Wednesday night for a crunch 6-pointer – Let`s just hope the Hornets pack their shooting boots this time.