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  • WATFORD 2 ALBION 0
  • Anya scores with angled shot (13)
  • Forestieri adds gift second (60)
  • Sub LuaLua hits the bar at 1-0
  • Ulloa goal disallowed
  • Six pages of coverage in The Argus tomorrow

4:55pm

Forestieri's final contribution was to get back and take the ball off LuaLua, whose threat ahd long since evaporated.

The Argentinean then went off to a standing ovation, replaced by new signing Park.

Ekstrand during the five added minutes but Stephens curled the free-kick over the bar.

Final: Watford 2 Albion 0

 

 

 

4:46pm

Watford were seeing it through with no problems. Battocchio made way for new boy Diakite for the final stages.

4:42pm

Stephens took the resulting corner from the left wing and Almunia came out to catch. 

Att: 16,096 (1,998 away)

4:38pm

Albion were being caught in possesion deep in their own half too often. Greer was booked for a foul on one such occasion. Murray went for goal with the resulting free-kick and Kuszczak held his shot diving low to his right.

David made way for March in the 81st minute.

March instantly caused problems and teed up Bruno to deliver a dangerous cross which was headed away from Rodriguez at the far post.

 

4:35pm

It was end to end stuff now. Albion cleared a counter attack and LuaLua was off on a run. His shot took a deflection and went behind.

Ulloa got his head to David's resulting corner but Almunia saved easily.

Watford sent on Murray for the limping Merkel.

4:31pm

Tozser was booked for handball as he broke up a move just outside the Watford box.

David Lopez curled the free-kick into the wall. He then retrieved the rebound and fed Ward, whose deep cross creached Greer.

But, when Greer returned it across goal, Almunia rose to catch.

 

4:28pm

Albion thought they had the lifeline they needed when Ulloa rose in a congested goalmouth to head home David's free-kick. But the flag was up for offside.

4:26pm

Watford's front two combined nicely when a long free-kick was drilled forward. Deeney flicked on, Forestieri laid the ball off and Deeney, who had continued his run, volleyed high and wide.

Stephens had a go at the other end but shot well wide from outside the box.

The hosts extended their lead when Greer lost the ball just outside his own box. FORESTIERI got away, rounded the advancing Kuszczak and rolled the ball home.

Albion sent on striker Rodriguez for Orlandi.

But Watford were pressing for a third and Tozser curled a free-kick not far over.

4:15pm

Albion were having a reasonable spell. But Forestieri nicked the ball as Andrews dwelt in possession and a dangeorus counter saw Anya's low cross blocked behind.

But Albion dealt with the corner and David sent Orlandi away down the left. Ulloa got the ball with his back to goal and his volley on the turn was blocked. The loose ball ran to David just outside the box and he was cleary angry wth himself as he dragged his shot wide.

It was disappointing by David, whose passing had been behind most of his side's better moments.

4:11pm

LuaLua found enough space to get in a low cross which was cleared as far as Andrews, whose first-time shot sliced off the outside of his right foot and well wide.

4:08pm

There was a hint of danger when Stpehens crossed deep for Ulloa. Hall headed away as far David, who could not get proper contact on a 25-yard left-foot volley which ran through to Almunia.

Upson produced a good defensive header at the other end when Cassetti whipped in a cross.

4:04pm

There were no changes at half-time.

3:47pm

David produced a terrific crossfield pass to give LuaLua his first real run at the defence. The winger fizzed in a cross/shot which beat Almunia and came back off the bar. As the attack continued David sent a first-time volley on the turn into the side-netting.

Albion were on the front foot as the half ended.

Half: Watford 1 Albion 0

3:41pm

Forster-Caskey produced nice skill in a tight area and was fouled. He tried to continue but limped off a couple of minutes later, replaced by LuaLua.

3:36pm

Orlandi linked well with Ward down the left to get the latter charging forward. His cross looked to be heading for Ulloa until Almunia stretched to divert it - but as far as David, whose volley back into the danger area was neither a cross nor shot and went harmlessly behind.

It was a better spell from the Seagulls though and David had a cross headed away by Angella.

Then Orlandi got into the box and saw his cross charged down by Cassetti for a corner. Upson got his head to the flag kick but it went well over the bar.

3:31pm

David Lopez fired a low cross into the box in a rare moment of Albion promise. But it was cleared, as was a follow-up cross by Forster-Caskey.

But Albion remained jittery at the back. Greer and Bruno should have cut out a routine cross - delivered by Cassetti after beating Ward - but seemed to confuse each other and Forestieri was allowed a shot which went straight at Kuszczak.

Bruno won a corner as Albion responded but it came to nothing.

 

3:23pm

After their tentative start Watford were suddenly looking full of confidence - and the Seagulls very jittery.

3:19pm

Albion looked uneasy at the back. Upson gave the ball away in a vulnerable area and they had to funnel back quickly. But the eventual cross was straight at Kuszczak.

3:15pm

Watford were coming more into the match, though, and they went ahead when Merkel broke away and this time looked up to his left, where Anya was arriving. ANYA got in a low cross-shot which found a way across Kuszczak and inside the far post.

3:13pm

Albion strung together a nice move which got Forster-Caskey breaking away down the left but his cross was too far in front of Ulloa in the middle.

Stepehens earned applause from Albion fans for a bit of ball-winning and neat pass whch led to David looking for Ulloa over the top. Almunia came out of his box to clear - and the ball eventually ran to Forestieri for a low shot which Kuszczak dived to his right to hold on to.

3:09pm

Merkel had the first shot of the contest when Albion played themselves into trouble on the edge of their own box but his 25-yarder was dragged tamely wide with better options available.

 

3:08pm

Albion knocked the ball about neatly in the early stages and spent plenty of time at the far end of the field but with with no threat to Almunia's area.

3:05pm

No tweets ar extra little bits today unfortunately due to software issues.

3:03pm

3:02pm

The Rookery End,which we overlook here in the corner of Vicarage Road, is split halfway down the middle into a home section and the sold-out away area. Albion are defending that end in this half.

3:00pm

Almost set to go here in the sunshine. Three sides of Vicarage Road well populated, the other a building site. But a decent atmosphere. 

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3:27pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Interesting - the team that can't hold a lead beating the team that can't come from behind to win.
Interesting - the team that can't hold a lead beating the team that can't come from behind to win. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 6

3:51pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Neville says...

For goodness sake play two forwards Oscar,give it a go, a loss today is no good. Totally frustrated.
For goodness sake play two forwards Oscar,give it a go, a loss today is no good. Totally frustrated. Neville
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

I agree 2 up front needed, have done well so far this season but goal difference compared to top 6 is well behind why have 2 strikers on bench and only 1 on
I agree 2 up front needed, have done well so far this season but goal difference compared to top 6 is well behind why have 2 strikers on bench and only 1 on Tonyuk175
  • Score: 6

4:20pm Sun 2 Feb 14

mikeygit says...

Oh dear--now looking ominous 2--0 down
Oh dear--now looking ominous 2--0 down mikeygit
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

starlion says...

Bloody hell , 2-0down and Rodriguez on for .... Orlandi. No change of formation , what is going on?
Hope i am made to eat my words
Bloody hell , 2-0down and Rodriguez on for .... Orlandi. No change of formation , what is going on? Hope i am made to eat my words starlion
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Think we are in for a very disappointing second hall of Season, and I thought it would be good
Think we are in for a very disappointing second hall of Season, and I thought it would be good Tonyuk175
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Solly on bench he deserves the chance David needs to come off
Solly on bench he deserves the chance David needs to come off Tonyuk175
  • Score: 3

4:38pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Neville says...

No hope in attack and cumbersome at the back,mid table looms unfortunately.
Football being played is dire and very negative.
No hope in attack and cumbersome at the back,mid table looms unfortunately. Football being played is dire and very negative. Neville
  • Score: 7

4:55pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Very disappointing, as we have had 66% of this match, 14 shots, yet only 1 on target is poor. You can be the most attractive side in the division, but if you cant find the old onion bag then thats a pointless exercise!! This is not promotion form and if that doesn't change soon, we would end up mid table.
Very disappointing, as we have had 66% of this match, 14 shots, yet only 1 on target is poor. You can be the most attractive side in the division, but if you cant find the old onion bag then thats a pointless exercise!! This is not promotion form and if that doesn't change soon, we would end up mid table. Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Sun 2 Feb 14

starlion says...

Neville wrote:
No hope in attack and cumbersome at the back,mid table looms unfortunately.
Football being played is dire and very negative.
Agreed, sounds as though we were poor, at best, today. Only plus, sounds as though Stephens had a half decent debut. Can't keep playing with one up front, or the midfielders need to be given some license to go forward with Leo.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: No hope in attack and cumbersome at the back,mid table looms unfortunately. Football being played is dire and very negative.[/p][/quote]Agreed, sounds as though we were poor, at best, today. Only plus, sounds as though Stephens had a half decent debut. Can't keep playing with one up front, or the midfielders need to be given some license to go forward with Leo. starlion
  • Score: 4

4:59pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Sorry have been slated all week for being to negative. Well truth is our league season is over. Reality not negativity. We from all pros ay the club got no big signings but have sold big. Morale is not going to be easy to get up now..
Sorry have been slated all week for being to negative. Well truth is our league season is over. Reality not negativity. We from all pros ay the club got no big signings but have sold big. Morale is not going to be easy to get up now.. Far gull
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Sun 2 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

Beside playing like Germany, back, sidewards, back again... I feel we need to create in that final third. Ulloa is getting nothing unless crossed from the wing. When Lua lua and March came on the things started to change. I keep saying we need to play March ; he is hungry and shows the opposition no respect. However 10mins is not long enough. Lopez cannot be given a start every game when underperforming... Rant over
Beside playing like Germany, back, sidewards, back again... I feel we need to create in that final third. Ulloa is getting nothing unless crossed from the wing. When Lua lua and March came on the things started to change. I keep saying we need to play March ; he is hungry and shows the opposition no respect. However 10mins is not long enough. Lopez cannot be given a start every game when underperforming... Rant over bbb1969
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

WoodingdeanDS says...

Listening on the radio there's too much ****-footing around - born out by the possession stats from BBC (65%) - no doubt mostly in our own half, hence when you loose the ball in your own half you can get punished.
Subs used should have been in the starting line up. Albion are flat-lining this season instead of improving. Oscar doesn't seem to be learning and I'm not convinced Nathan Jones knows what he's doing or his role. There's been a striker goal drought for - worryingly - too long. We seem to pack the squad with good league 1 players. You need a team that that is going to hold it's own in the Premier League if that is where is where the club wants to be. The fair play rules are OK - they apply to all clubs. Albion have the best attendance in the division and prices are not cheap. I've written off this season after this result, and I was going to buy a ticket for the Hull game if we won - not now, I'll watch it on TV. We are going to continue to be mid-table side until we get quality players doing the business. Need a clear out. Jake F-C should not have started and I hope he goes out on loan. Lua Lua should have started and it was a no-brainer putting him on as a replacement. Next game for me is Donny - I bet they make it difficult for us.
Listening on the radio there's too much ****-footing around - born out by the possession stats from BBC (65%) - no doubt mostly in our own half, hence when you loose the ball in your own half you can get punished. Subs used should have been in the starting line up. Albion are flat-lining this season instead of improving. Oscar doesn't seem to be learning and I'm not convinced Nathan Jones knows what he's doing or his role. There's been a striker goal drought for - worryingly - too long. We seem to pack the squad with good league 1 players. You need a team that that is going to hold it's own in the Premier League if that is where is where the club wants to be. The fair play rules are OK - they apply to all clubs. Albion have the best attendance in the division and prices are not cheap. I've written off this season after this result, and I was going to buy a ticket for the Hull game if we won - not now, I'll watch it on TV. We are going to continue to be mid-table side until we get quality players doing the business. Need a clear out. Jake F-C should not have started and I hope he goes out on loan. Lua Lua should have started and it was a no-brainer putting him on as a replacement. Next game for me is Donny - I bet they make it difficult for us. WoodingdeanDS
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

WoodingdeanDS says...

Update - great comment on Radio Sussex from someone who was at the game - 2000 turn up but let down by 11. Other comments similar - we need to start with two up front, have more width, and support the front player(s). Others saying Oscar needs to change the way they play. Oscar? Who Is he anyway? A cheap option? I don't get it. Are the players doing what is being asked of them? If not why not.
Update - great comment on Radio Sussex from someone who was at the game - 2000 turn up but let down by 11. Other comments similar - we need to start with two up front, have more width, and support the front player(s). Others saying Oscar needs to change the way they play. Oscar? Who Is he anyway? A cheap option? I don't get it. Are the players doing what is being asked of them? If not why not. WoodingdeanDS
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Sun 2 Feb 14

starlion says...

I sort of have some sympathy playing Oscar's style when away to the likes of Burnley - in fairness, a point up there was a good result. However, Watford were there for the beating and yet the same style and formation, odd. The most disappointing aspect is that Doncaster will come to the Amex knowing exactly what to expect and how to play us. We know how good Leo can be and we know he needs to bag a couple for his confidence, at the current rate it just isn't going to happen. Arghhhh, I hate being so negative ... but struggling at the moment.
I sort of have some sympathy playing Oscar's style when away to the likes of Burnley - in fairness, a point up there was a good result. However, Watford were there for the beating and yet the same style and formation, odd. The most disappointing aspect is that Doncaster will come to the Amex knowing exactly what to expect and how to play us. We know how good Leo can be and we know he needs to bag a couple for his confidence, at the current rate it just isn't going to happen. Arghhhh, I hate being so negative ... but struggling at the moment. starlion
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Right. Obviously we needed they money from sales . Ffp withstanding we were buying players like Bruno ,ex champions league experience now good league 1 / championship players. The ethos has changed. Now am not saying this is wrong given our wonderful owner's input. But i wonder all along and i hope i am proved wrong ,was the complex for training a tad to ambitious until prem money in the bag. 29 million a huge commitment after only just finishing amex.
Long ,long term right but big money is in the prem and maybe this is one of the things Gus could see and was where his unhappiness started.
Oscar for the long term but he needs to wake up fast to the demands of this league for next season now. A poor start next and we could be in trouble.
A few loans need to come in of real quality not just Grabban types which are just not good enough. See he missed a couple against leicester which lost his team the game so nothing would have been gained out of him.
Right. Obviously we needed they money from sales . Ffp withstanding we were buying players like Bruno ,ex champions league experience now good league 1 / championship players. The ethos has changed. Now am not saying this is wrong given our wonderful owner's input. But i wonder all along and i hope i am proved wrong ,was the complex for training a tad to ambitious until prem money in the bag. 29 million a huge commitment after only just finishing amex. Long ,long term right but big money is in the prem and maybe this is one of the things Gus could see and was where his unhappiness started. Oscar for the long term but he needs to wake up fast to the demands of this league for next season now. A poor start next and we could be in trouble. A few loans need to come in of real quality not just Grabban types which are just not good enough. See he missed a couple against leicester which lost his team the game so nothing would have been gained out of him. Far gull
  • Score: 3

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