As Watford reach the 40th game of the season, who does Beppe compare to Zola?
Just in case you were still in any doubt!
We’re all aware of the personal significance to Troy Deeney’s when he second his goal against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday. However, it also hit a threshold for Beppe Sannino. That’s now 30 goals in his 18 Championship games at Watford, which matches the 30 goals that Watford scored in the division under Zola’s reign this season. That number was achieved in 20 games overseen by Gianfranco. Only a couple of games more, but more nonetheless.
It’s been a chaotic season for Watford, that so far hasn’t really gone to plan. Keen to find out how fellow Hornets are dealing with what is unfolding at Vicarage Road, Mike took to Twitter and asked Watford supporters to share their feelings about the season so far.
Those of you that have listened to the latest podcast will know that Jon and I travelled to Ipswich to try our hand at various roles within the media team. I was tasked with being a photographer for the day, and was immediately set a task by legendary club snapper Alan Cozzi.
From time to time we get asked to contribute a few FTRE thoughts for a Guardian website feature. This month, Mike, along with fans from every Championship club, was asked to contribute a ‘Half Term Report on the Hornets season so far.
Watford’s starting 3-5-2 formation felt like a Watford ghost of Christmas present. New Hornets Head Coach, Giuseppe Sannino, may have made 7 changes from the last line up named by Gianfranco Zola a week earlier, but the faces and ethos didn’t seem too different.
I’d never describe being a Watford supporter as easy. There’s always something. You don’t have to have been a Hornet for too long to have experienced pretty much all the game has to offer; promotion, relegation, great football, awful football, terrifyingly dodgy owners, financial meltdown, last minute winners for, last minute winners against, we’ve seen it all in the past decade or so.
We’ll be recording the next From The Rookery End podcast next Wednesday, during the Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup game between Watford and Hadley. Here are the details:
Exactly two years ago (24 September 2011), this was the Watford line-up that was named to face Nottingham Forest at Vicarage Road:
Loach, Doyley, Mariappa, Taylor, Dickinson, Yeates, Eustace, Hogg, Forsyth, Garner and Sordell. The subs were Deeney, Iwelumo, Gilmartin, Mirfin and Murray. (The Hornets lost 0-1, with the game broadcast live on the BBC).Whilst there are a number of players that remain dear to our heart in that list, it was a squad that lead to more concerns about relegation than it did hopes for promotion.