Date: 23rd March 2008 at 11:38am
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If we are to win promotion back to the promised land at the first attempt, then things need to start changing. I need to stop coming out of games thinking of a draw as a ‘good draw` and the ‘right result`, else we can forget about competing against the best next season.

Once again, Watford were abject for large parts of yesterday afternoon, a lack of cutting edge up top evident and its only going to get worse. With yesterday`s draw, new captain Darius Henderson picked up his tenth yellow card of the season and will now have to serve a two match ban, John Eustace has to serve four still, so there`s a lot less to fear in the team which travels to now third-place Hull City.

A lack of cutting edge leads to a lack of goals, Plymouth as bad as the Hornets, Paul Wotton blasting one a good foot over the bar before left back Gary Sawyer sliced into the home fans from distance. However, when they finally got into the Hornets penalty area, the finish was telling as the ball into Jermaine Easter was neatly placed in Richard Lee`s bottom right-hand corner.

And, just to emphasise the lack of goalmouth action, the next shot, and five minutes later, was a Hornets leveller. A foul virtually on the ‘D` of the area, up stepped Lee Williamson to curl over the wall and into the top right-hand corner, Luke McCormick hopelessly stranded behind his wall.

There was a heart in mouth moment in injury time of the first half however as Henderson flicked across his own goalmouth, Bromby blocking an effort on the line before the whistle blew.

Half-time: 1-1

Fifteen drab minutes after the second-half commenced, Lee Williamson linked up with Collins John to set-up Jobi McAnuff down the left who fired just wide with his instep.

The drama then began as Mat Sadler skipped round Peter Halmosi who petulantly kicked him up in the air, but realising the foul, keeled over spectacularly, Sadler hobbled on, finding McAnuff who suffered a similar fate at the hands of Paul Connolly before the game was stopped.

Medical attention flooded to Halmosi and after much stop starting from the referee was given a second yellow before being stretchered off – enjoy your Easter mate!

Meanwhile in the Watford dugout, about 12 heavies moved in to replace the subs who were busy inciting the Argyle fans who were a couple of yards back from the pitch. Stewart the main culprit as he squirted water at the dying Halmosi whilst shouting abuse at the home crowd.

Poom did something to annoy the throng of Argyle supporters behind the dugout too, because after the pandemonium, he had an argument with a group of gentlemen whilst warming up for the entire second half along with Stewart. The best bit being the Watford fans agreeing to abuse Stewart alongside the Argyle fans – does anyone like him?
After that, the game descended into meaninglessness and a Paul Wotton blast from a free kick was as close as anyone came, Richard Lee down extremely well to scramble and claim.

It has come to the attention of Aidy Boothroyd and Watford Football Club that Jordan Stewart may have been racially abused following injury to Peter Halmosi after Stewart was caught squirting water at Halmosi. However hapless Stewart may be, racial abuse is simply something you cannot condone, at all.

McCormick, Connolly, Anderson, Seip, Sawyer, Teale (Paterson 74), Wotton, Clark (Nalis 74), Halmosi, Easter, Fallon (Timar 88).
Subs Not Used: MacLean, Mackie.

Lee, DeMerit, Bromby, Shittu, Sadler, Smith, Williamson, O’Toole, McAnuff, John (Ellington 77), Henderson.
Subs Not Used: Poom, Stewart, Kabba, Bangura.

Referee: Mr Phil Joslin

Player Ratings

One good save from Paul Wotton, other than that, untroubled, couldn’t do anything for goal.

Doesn’t offer much going forward at right back, but defensively very able.

Made a good clearance off the line, other than that, defended well with Shittu.

Given a hard afternoon by Easter but coped well with his pace.

Couple of scraps with Halmosi, but in terms of football, got forward well and defended well.

Always tried to do too much, but did at least get a couple of decent balls in.

Continued off from poor midweek showing.

Few excellent passes and a cracking goal.

Quiet down the left though didn’t get much service.

Henderson (c)-6
Suspended for two games after yellow, a quiet afternoon due to poor refereeing.

One 1v1 chance, wasted, otherwise ineffectual.

Aidy Boothroyd [Source BBC Sport]
‘I think it’s definitely a point gained although we are disappointed not win – especially as we were left playing against 10 men.
‘I was disappointed about the goal we conceded. We thought there was a hint of offside about it, although we haven’t seen it again.

‘With the pace at the back we have, we should not have been caught out like that.’

Paul Sturrock [Source BBC Sport]
‘We still went with two forwards even when we went down to 10 men because at this juncture of the season, we have got to try and win football games.
‘We had to change our system and take a winger off but strangely enough we still got up the football pitch, which was quite pleasing.

‘But in the end, a draw was a fair reflection of the whole game.’