And Graham must score…

Sometimes you just know.

It should have become apparent that we’d be in for a tough night when young William Hoskins defied physics, gravity and every other logic defining law to spoon the ball miles over the Coventry City bar from barely a yard.

A slightly more impressive effort from the ex Rotherham man – a smart backheel from a corner – elicited more groans from the Rookery end (which reminds me, follow for interesting WFC “tweets“) and when Danny Graham missed wonderful chances either side of half time, you just knew there wasn’t going to be a happy ending.

And of course there wasn’t. We ended up beaten 2-3 by a very average* C0ventry, despite creating enough clear cut chances to win 3 games.  Initially, the overriding emotion was  frustration. Having managed to battle back from a goal down (again), it was disappointing that we ended up with nothing, and as I blathered on at my long suffering brother, all I could see was three points dropped and a season rapidly turning into what we all feared it might.

By the time I’d got to the car however, I was in more reflective mood.

The Watford FC class of 2009/10 isn’t exactly bursting at the seams in terms of numbers or experience, and when the squad was depleted further by suspension, illness and random injury (has anyone other than our American hero ever cut their eye with a contact lens?!) we looked mighty thin on the ground.

The result was that we saw the future. Admittedly Mackay’s hand was forced, but Hodson, Bennett, Henderson and Oshodi all featured on Tuesday night, and have to my knowledge all come through the Watford youth ranks. So have more established, experienced names – Doyley, Mariappa, Richard Lee. We should be proud and excited by that.

Our club has gone through an exciting yet turbulent decade, with two near-fatal dalliances with wreckless spending.  Whilst we struggle to right the good ship Watford, the emergence of these youngsters prove that somewhere along the line, our club is operating as it should be. Perhaps better than it should be – how many other clubs can boast such a successful conversion rate of their academy players to the 1st team?

Alright, so Liam henderson should have scored at the end, and young Eddie Ashodi looked a bit tentative. Who cares. With a name like that he can do no wrong. These are our kids, our future. And they are a welcome sign that there will continue to be an our Watford.

*Nothing average about Clinton Morrison though. He has to be the most sulky footballer I have ever seen. If he chanelled half as much energy into his game as he does at hurling abuse at his team-mates, his name might appear on the scoresheet a bit more. What a clown. Entertaining to watch though.



Filed under Football Matches, Rookery Ramblings

5 responses to “And Graham must score…

  1. Jas

    Morrisson has 6 league goals already this season 😉 Sky Blue Army!

    • rookerythoughts

      In which case, perhaps his sulking is his secret…

      Can’t argue with the goals, but his body language and histrionics are absolutely laughable.

      It was an enjoyable game on Tuesday, if not slightly concerning for both sets of supporters. I think the excitment of a late winner for the Sky Blues could have masked what was an abysmal defensive display. Watford suffered similarly, and on this evidence I don’t think either team will be involved in many 0-0’s this year.

  2. Yorkshire

    Hopeful….. if we can stop leaking our good players and ge a chance to build a half-decent squad. Our manager seems good enough tactically.

  3. WatfordDave

    Hoskins’ shot in the first min was on the 6 yard box and went an inch over the bar. It was a snap shot – not the sitter you make it out to be! He’s a good player who deserves more chances.

    • rookerythoughts

      Thanks for taking the time to respond Dave. I sit a fair way back in the Rookery so will plead innoncence on the grounds of “trompe l’oeil”

      I am inclined to agree with regards to Hoskins, but can’t help but feel his chances have been limited due to off field activities. Having said that, he played whilst unwell on Tuesday, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

      In my original article I wasn’t having a go at Hoskins, I know it was a trickier chance than perhaps I made out, but chances like that are usually converted and looking back on the game, it seemed to set the tone.

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