Friday, 30 September 2016

Rival Lines: Watford may have lost their flow

Rival Lines
Match Preview: Watford v AFCB
Blogger Interview: From the Rookery End
Twitter: @Watfordpodcast

I managed to get hold of Jon from the tremendous Watford podcast and website - From the Rookery End. He can kindly give us an insight into what Watford fans are making to the start of their season and what may be awaiting AFCB when they turn up at Vicarage Road this weekend.
CC: What would be considered progress for Watford this season?

FTRE: You've asked me this after our away lose at Burnley, so it won't be as positive as a week early when we beat Manchester United. Progress is to be a place or two higher than last season. Do we have the potential to push for Europe, yes - but lots of teams could do that with a few great wins.

CC: Troy Deeney said Watford were bullied by Burnley in their last game but is that the whole story?

FTRE: We never found our flow, they were closing us down and a bit more physical, but I wouldn't say bullying. We put on our weakest performance yet, and several players had the worst performance in many weeks.

CC: Which was the more pleasing win - the comeback against West Ham Utd or the home battering of Man Utd?

FTRE: A tough one. Manchester United was the first time we beat them since 1986 and beating teams like that is why you want to be in the Premier League. And the West Ham game showed us a team that we didn't see last season, one with confidence and fight.

CC: Which players are injured and likely to be out of next Saturday's game?

FTRE: Not sure at this point - Janmatt on the right hand side is the only one we are aware of with a few weeks out.

CC: How do you expect to line up against AFC Bournemouth?

FTRE: It won't be much different from how we started against Burnley, however there have been calls for a change up front and dropping Ighalo. Will we see a starting pair of Deeney and Success upfront.

CC: Can you see more goals in the team this season or are Watford still very reliant on Deeney and Ighalo?

FTRE: This is already happening - Capoue has been scoring plenty of goals and the 3-5-2 with a more attacking focus is putting more players in better scoring positions.

CC: Where will Watford and AFC Bournemouth finish in the league?

FTRE:  Not too far away from where we ended last season!

CC:What is you score prediction for the game?

FTRE: 2-1 to the Glory Hornet Boys!

CC: Would you like to see former Watford manager Sean Dyche as the next England manager and do you see Eddie Howe as the front runner for the job?

FTRE: No and No. Both need to step up and manage a different blend of players before getting the England job. Neither has ever brought a lot of players together with a range of backgrounds or have had the pressure you get for the England manager. Each has evolved and built teams. However, they both know how to get Championship players to set up, maybe that is something the England squad needs?

CC: Well I believe From the Rookery End is in good company with AFCB fans who also don't believe that Eddie Howe should yet be in contention for the England manager's job. We have far more important matters to be considering like what kind of mood will Watford's players be in when they face AFCB. I'm expecting a close game and having seen the Hornets under perform at Burnley there should be no complacency from them in this game which will make it tougher for the Cherries. AFCB need to find a way of scoring more regularly now that they have kept the goals against down in their last match, but Watford have been scoring well at home. I'm going 1-1.

Take a look over at the From the Rookery End site to see why Watford fans were not so impressed with their last match.

Meanwhile, Eddie Howe killed of rumours about the England job yesterday by saying I'm committed to AFCB. 

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