For the second week in a row Watford won comfortably at home on a cold Tuesday night. In a match that was literally a game of two halves Watford started brilliantly – passing, running and attacking Bristol almost constantly. It seemed that every midfield ball fell to the feet of a yellow shirt and Scott Loach must of been freezing up with little to do. The pressure led to goals – a classic Heidar Helguson header on 17 minutes and a first goal for Martin Taylor on 34 minutes where he volleyed across the goal after a Landsbury free-kick.
The second half was slightly different. Watford seemed to take their foot off the gas and it made for a slightly uncomfortable watch at times. The Watford midfield might have been giving up the ball, but Bristol were never a real threat and the Watford defence held them back nicely. Since the introduction of Taylor at centre back we seem to be much steadier ship and we’ve only let in 1 goal in the last 3 games.
As for individual performances:
– Jon Harley played a solid game in midfield. He might not be a wow player, but he certainly never falters
– Danny Graham returned to the starting line up and was very sharp. Having him up front feels much better then having Landsbury up with Heidar
– Both Lloyd Doyley and Adrian Marriappa play very well – getting forward and were much more stable on the defence
– Henri Landsbury had an slightly off form second half. He certainly seems to play better when along side Cleverly
– Liam Henderson lack any real gust when he came on for Graham. This needs to be addressed before next season – otherwise a new striker is a must in the summer when we lose Heidar
Our next home game maybe against top of the league Newcastle United, but if Watford play to their full potential then I have no worries that we could get another home win.