Watford Football Club had better thank God that I`m a blindly passionate Watford fan; else I wouldn`t be spending my hard-earned cash on a trip to Scunthorpe next weekend after today`s performance.
For those that missed it – or stayed away, you lucky gits! It was not pretty. Although Watford had the better chances the Seasider`s football was far superior through and the Hornets, well, Tommy Smith was painfully wasteful in front of goal.
Despite midweek reports suggesting King, Henderson and DeMerit would all miss the game, the crucial trio all started.
Adam Johnson continued where he left off against Q.P.R and Southampton and looked to have won a penalty just twelve minutes in. As he jinxed his way past a couple of pathetic Blackpool challenges he was tripped inside the area. His only reward for his sheer determination and trickery was a yellow card for ‘simulation.`
A minute later Andy Morrell threatened to give Simon Grayon`s side a shock lead when he was put clean through, he was eventually called back for offside but what was alarming was the ease with which the veteran escaped our centre backs attention. Morrell was quick on his toes in Blackpool`s next attack and was only denied when Jay DeMerit made a tremendous sliding challenge in the penalty area.
With a quarter of an hour gone, Watford fans disbelief had hit an unbelievable height (!) as the players thrice somehow contrived to put the ball in the back of the net. Jay DeMerit first of all crashed a goalbound header against the post before another header was palmed into the path of Shittu who crashed a half-volley off the defender covering the post. The resulting corner was wasted.
Blackpool`s response came through full back Danny Coid who looped a teasing cross over the head of a stranded Mart Poom, luckily for Watford there was no-one gambling at the far post to score a tap-in.
With Blackpool well on top in terms of possession, Watford were once again indebted to loanee Adam Johnson who curled home a superb left-footed free kick. With just four minutes until half time it looked although the goal would spur Watford onto more goals. However, this is Watford Football Club and we ALWAYS do things differently!
The second half should have kicked off as the first half ended yet the bloody infuriating Marlon King pranced around with the ball too long when on the edge of the area and was outnumbered eventually.
The chances continued to flow; at both ends and Blackpool fans were left heads in hand when Gary Taylor Fletcher headed out for a throw-on when poised to score, unmarked, at the far post.
Not long after Tommy Smith amazingly contrived to head wide of an open goal from just TWO YARDS! The chance had been made by the overlapping run of Lloyd Doyley whose inch-perfect cross was flicked across to Smith by the head of Nathan Ellington.
Just two minutes after failing to double their lead, Watford were pegged back by a goal from Wesley Hoolahan. The midfield playmaker smashed home a penalty after Andy Morrell took what looked like a superb dive. I await a replay, but am certain it was NOT a pen.
The drama did not end there as Tommy Smith was once again left open to the abuse of the Rookery after he managed to scoop a shot against the cross bar from FOUR YARDS. After a corner had not been cleared, Smith found himself with the chance of the match, and probably season, yet crashed his shot against the bar.
Miracles will never cease as they say and for the club with a ‘skipper named Michael Jackson, this was just another?
Blackpool: Rachubka; Coid, Southern, Jackson, Morrell, Hoolahan, Taylor-Fletcher, Fox, Flynn, Barker, Gorkss.
Referee: Mr R Beeby
Attendance: 16 580
MoM: Lee Williamson
Solid bar one dropped corner.
Had a nightmare. Got forward well, but balls out of defence and positioning were woeful.
Had an injury scare in the first half, but solid up against Morrell.
Never looked out of his depth and was comfortable all day.
If he doesn’t earn a new deal, I for one am not bothered.
How did he fail to score? TWICE!
Did the simple things well and broke up the play.
Broke up the play and scarcely gave away the ball.
Not as his best despite a great goal.
As poor as he’s been this term.
Poor guy never gets a break. Plays well, but still subbed AHEAD of Marlon.