Shorty Says; Scott Duxbury and how the next few weeks will have a huge bearing at the Vic

Yesterday’s match wasn’t just about the result but the reaction from a poor run of results and also, the continued media speculation regarding, Marco Silva.


The players rose to the challenge fantastically, especially against a potential ‘banana skin’ of West Ham, who were expected to come out fighting with a new manager at the helm.


As supporters we have to accept that we are a part of the Elite League in world football and will always be in the spotlight. Media coverage will always be focused on us, especially as we are preforming well and have a Manager who is distended for a long and successful career.


Whatever the road the Club takes with regard to Marco, we have a group of players now playing for the badge and giving us quality performances week in week out but in the coming weeks, the Club will need decide whether we are a buying or selling club. 


The first decision is to show the Premier League that we won’t be bullied into letting a quality manager go and so giving notice that we won’t allow players and staff leave unless we decide its best for the Club.


Scott Duxbury discussed this point to me a few years ago at The Gate Pub in Chorleywood saying that we are now a club which employs managers to do a job and then get rid.  The Club will then employ a new one to takes us to the next level. This is now his chance to stand by that claim and allow Marco to succeed and take us to Europe next season.


The club has come a long way since the Pozzo’s took over the club and this is the first real test for them to show the supporters that we are truly a Club with long term ambitions and just don’t want to survive but progress in the best league in the world.


The right decision will have long term bearing on the Club, showing potential players and managers that Vicarage Road is a place to come and develop rather than just a brief stepping stone in the lime light.


We the fans have to stay strong, enjooooytheride and trust the owners who have yet to let us down.


COYH and Enjooooythegame



20 November 2017



Shorty Says; Bouncebackablity & Is Euro Football More Than A Dream

With the International break upon us, it’s a great time to review what has already been an outstanding start to a season.


A simple comparison to 2016/17 already shows Watford up by 4 points compare with last season but more importantly an air of confidence and belief in the player’s and Manager.


The club has invested well pre-season and this has been reflected in just one defeat and that to Manchester City, who look title favorites.


What is encouraging is that we now have a squad with quality throughout and is playing for the shirt and Manager. In addition all our ‘departments’ are all working together with 3 clean sheets at one end and goals coming regularly without the need for Troy to be our only scorer. 


Our belief and termination is also heartening with points being won after hard working displays, highlighted in particular with our ‘bouncebackablity’ from being two nil down at WBA.


October will be challenging with games against Arsenal, Chelsea and the physical presence of Stoke City but unlike previous seasons, there is an air of confidence that whatever is comes our way we have a team that believes and has the ability to overcome what is in front of them.


This season, unlike the previous premiership campaign’s look and feels like we have everything in place to really ‘lay a marker’ and to endorse the belief and financial support the Pozzo’s have injected into our not so little club.


So let’s set our expectations levels to challenge for a European place and get our passports ready for next season?



COYH and Enjooooythegame


8 October 2017



Southampton vs Watford

Shorty Says; Refreshing to Watford playing with No Fear

After the first month of this season’s Premier League I don’t think anyone would have thought we would be sitting unbeaten in four place but more importantly playing quality football.


Without doubt the Club has brought well over the close season and with Marco Silva he has invested in pace, steel and quality to a side which last season lost its way.


Yesterday’s win was much about how Watford taking control and not giving  Southampton a chance to boss a match on their own turf which resulted in the Saint’s only achieving a single shot on target and this, in injury time.


We have a midfield which not only looks quality with Doucoure and Chalobah but has depth with Janmaat and Cleverly.  Having spoken to an Everton fan this week he told me what we already know, that we have signed a young quality player who is already being missed at Goodison Park


I look back to the days of Hyde and Johnson, who like their counterparts of 2017 are now adding to their quality play with goals to assist the forwards, who have to add their hard work with their contribution too.


We have to remember we are only are 4 league games into the season but have a makings of a good quality young side who look pacey and hungry for success. Let’s not forget that our defence too who havn’t conceded in three of the four league games which again show’s fantastic development since last season.


The players seem to have no fear and this will be tested to another level this Saturday with the visit of Manchester City who beat us (all be it against a ‘different’ Watford side on the last day of last season) in May and who put five past Liverpool yesterday. 


Manchester City will be another test which I am sure the players will relish especially after our 3 – 3 draw against Liverpool earlier this season and with their great start to the 2017/2018 Premier Season should try and dictate the match on our terms.


Certainly as things stand we have an exciting season ahead with players who want to play both for their manager and club and this is certainly is showing with their performances and subsequent results.

We are all behind you Watford so bring on Manchester City.



COYH and Enjooooythegame


25 August 2017



Watford vs Brighton

Shorty Says; Is Troy now only an 'impact' player and will desire beat us tomorrow?

After Tuesday’s surprise defeat to Bristol City, I can’t imagine it will take much to get the boys back into the grove especially with a home to tie to Brighton, a match which we should approach as a straight forward three pointer with the positive start we have had.


The question after Tuesday is what did we learn and whether golden opportunities were taken or do players need to re-evaluate their futures with less than a week to go before the transfer window shuts?


With a very encouraging start to the season are we going to find greater desire from opponents going to be our undoing or are the players who came in on Tuesday just not good enough. For example, is Troy now going to be too slow for the quick counter attacking fast pace forwards we have brought, so leaving him as an impact player when we are needing a late goal?


If we don’t regain as a team the desire which secured a point against Liverpool, three points verses Bournemouth and for Paul Merson to apologize, our match against Brighton could be a potential ‘banana skin’ waiting to happen?


Let’s see hope for a positive reaction from the players and also see what effect Marco Silva has on his team tomorrow afternoon after the surprise defeat on Tuesday night.


I am confident we will see another three points won whether it’s pretty or not and then say that this encouraging start has turned into a great one.



COYH and Enjooooythegame


25 August 2017



Watford vs Bristol City

Shorty Says; What Happens if Troy doesn't Play Tonight?

Today we look back on an encouraging start to the season and await to see whether Marco will take the Carabao Cup as a opportunity to bleed some new potential stars or go ‘hell for leather’ and push for a real attempt to win our first Cup Competition.


Having seen your reaction to the Enjooooythegame poll it’s clear that a mixture of academy and first teamers is what is expected tonight and also that if our Captain Troy Deeney doesn’t play then we can expect him to leave before the end of the month.


The encouragement in our opening encounters was the real pace we have upfront which brings back memories of those promotion chasing days when our counter attacking options put fear into all defenses. If we can mirror those days with goals like those against Leicester in the playoff semi-final and at Brighton which secured promotion, we will have without a successful season ahead, injury permitting.


As for tonight, a convincing victory and another three points Saturday will send a message to all the pundits that our spending over the close season has been worthwhile and we have a team to watch for all the positive reasons.


COYH and Enjooooythegame


22 August 2017



Bournemouth vs Watford

Shorty Says; Lets Put that Positive Start into Season Defining Week

Today we embark on a defining week in Watford’s season all be it just one game in.


We have three games which on paper should see us with the level of spend pre-season secure some valuable points and morale boasting performances.


Firstly it’s nice to look back and with our first away game of the season it brings back memories of the first match of 1996/97 and a trip to Dean Court and Bournemouth.


It was the season with thanks to Graham Taylor that I started my career at Vicarage Road but the trip to the South coast was eventful with a crash on the M25 and a journey that took 5 hours to complete. Fortunately, the trip with friends and other half’s was completed by the boys in my convertible!!


Upon arrival the match had been delayed due to the crash and the largest contingent of away fans Bournemouth had seen at the time. Once into the ground we literally couldn’t move and with the sun beating down on us during the hottest day of the year, faces by the end of the two one victory were red as red could be.


What was funnier, was when we met the other half’s in the pub later with our red hot faces and their disgust of our tans as they had gone to the beech to enjoy the weather but only encountered sea fog and not a beam of sun!!!


But today memories need to be parked and a focus on Bournemouth who will include Jermaine Defoe in their first outing at home. Yes we have secured a well-deserved point last week but surly at least 4 points and progression to the next round of the League Cup should be a minimum expectation this week.


Yes the weather mirrors that fantastic day in 1996 but today lets travel back with not just sand in our shoes and a sun burnt faces but success on the field with a performance to match.


COYH and Enjooooythegame


19 August 2017



Watford vs Liverpool

Shorty Says; 'Great to have the Passion and Desire Back'

Well what a start to a season at Vicarage Road with Watford saying to the Premier League that we aren’t here to make up the numbers this season and 17th certainly won’t be good enough.


A six goal thriller with Watford standing ‘toe to toe’ to Liverpool in all areas and without a few mistakes three points could have been quite easily secured after our first match of the 2017/18 campaign.


A few questions were raised prior to kick off with regard to the first team selected by Marco Silva but these were quickly dispelled with our early goal.


Watford’s fight and desire were refreshing after our finish to our last campaign especially after conceding two quick goals after the break.


The real test will come against both Bournemouth and at home to Brighton later in the month but the reaction and positive interview the Gaffer gave post-match with the obvious intent to engage and congratulate the fans on their support is encouraging.


The point was a bonus and with the great display has I’m sure sent the fans away with a ‘spring in their step. but again the issue regarding injuries I hope won’t scupper our positive start.


A great start not only with the result but also with the desire and passion the Manager and Players played with today.


COYH and Enjooooythegame!!!


12 August 2017



11th August 2017

Shorty Says - Clean Slate & High Expectations?

With the 2017/18 season starting this weekend comes a new dawning at Vicarage Road with Marco Silva and a host of new additions to Watford's squad. 


With such a disappointing end to the last campaign what can the fans of our great Club expect this season?


Well we or the Gaffer certainly can't say that the Owners haven't invested both on and off field with a fantastic ground and facilities in addition to the Club breaking its own transfer record with the purchase of Andre Gray.


Should our expectations be more than just achieving 17th place or are we just keeping up with the pace of the Premier League transfer fees?


Certainly with the purchases of Andre Gray, Richarlison, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia and contract extensions of Craig Cathcart and Heurelho Gomes I would be extremely disappointed if we don’t finish mid table at least with a brand of exciting attacking football?


We now have quality and depth of squad in all areas from an experience and quality Goal Keeper and back four to young talented mid fielders and with the recent purchases, don’t have to rely on Troy again with proven strikers available on tap.


Yes, there have been questions on the fitness and even the commitment to the Club from our Captain but with Marco’s stewardship let’s hope that Troy can still add that fire power up front with the additional options the owners have so heavily invested in recently.


Times have changed both in football and at our ‘little’ club since I started watching in 1977 but we have to applaud the commitment from the owners and the opportunity we have been given to watch top flight football for the third season in a row.


Now it’s over to the players and manager who have to repay the investment with a brand of football which will excite, motivate and guarantee another top flight season in 2018/19.


The commitment is certainly there from the owners and fans so let’s see our passion mirrored on the pitch so together lets shout -


COYH and Enjooooythegame!!!


11 August 2017



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  • Zoe Overing (Wednesday, November 01 17 07:44 pm GMT)

    Happy birthday John Eustace, we share same birthday date. 👍🏻

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