View from the Hornets

View from the Opposition – Watford

A bit about you:

Name: Wally Denton

Current home town: Watford

Birthplace: Watford

How long have you supported your team? 50 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Atmosphere

Favourite match played by your team & why: Most games from the 82/83 season when we ended up the second best team in the country.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Luther Blissett for being such a faithful servant

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Roberto Pereyra – great goal scorer

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? As above

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy – always a threat (& looks to be playing)

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Dion Pereira – young player of the season who made his debut against Leicester last season

How do you think you’ll do against us? Win 2-0

General Questions:

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  Pushing for a European place hopefully

Who do you think will win the league? Man City

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Fulham, Southampton and Huddersfield

Any other comments? Your Chairman was a legend.

Next Up – Watford 1 December 2018

Next Up – Watford 1 December 2018

Manager:            Javi Gracia           Founded      1881

Ground        Vicarage Road

Address        Watford, WD18 0ER

Capacity      21,000

Squad:

1              Brazil                     GK          Heurelho Gomes

2              Netherlands          DF           Daryl Janmaat

3              Uruguay               DF           Miguel Britos

4              France                  DF           Younès Kaboul

5              Austria                  DF           Sebastian Prödl

6              Jamaica                 DF           Adrian Mariappa

7              Spain                     FW         Gerard Deulofeu

8              England                 MF         Tom Cleverley

9              England                 FW         Troy Deeney (captain)

10           Nigeria                  FW         Isaac Success

11           Italy                       DF           Adam Masina

12           Sweden                 MF         Ken Sema

14           England                 MF         Nathaniel Chalobah

15           Northern Ire          DF           Craig Cathcart

16           France                  MF         Abdoulaye Doucouré

17           Venezuela              FW         Adalberto Peñaranda

18           England                 FW         Andre Gray

19           England                 MF         Will Hughes

20           Portugal                MF         Domingos Quina

21           Spain                     DF           Kiko Femenía

22           Netherlands          DF           Marvin Zeegelaar

23           Spain                     DF           Marc Navarro

24           England                 DF           Ben Wilmot

25           Greece                  DF           José Holebas

26           England                 GK          Ben Foster

27           Belgium                 DF           Christian Kabasele

29           France                  MF         Étienne Capoue

30           Sweden                 GK          Pontus Dahlberg

33           Italy                       FW         Stefano Okaka

37           Argentina              MF         Roberto Pereyra

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.watfordfc.com

 

The good, the bad and the ugly

Brighton 1  City 1

Report by Kate Thompson

It is an over-used cliché, but this really was a game of two halves.  Several Leicester fans were badly delayed by an accident on the M1 and many (including my sister and friends) only got to the ground in time for the second half.  Had they known, they may not have been upset at missing the horror show that was the first half and which went from bad to worse.

The line-up seemed rather strange, although no-one could object to the inclusion of Iborra; Ndidi has not been his usually dominant self for a few matches now.  Okazaki up front was bizarre and although he worked as hard as ever, made little impact despite a rather soft penalty claim in the third minute. 

Sadly, Iborra’s cameo led ultimately to the Brighton goal as he lost the ball in the final third, not for the first time.  This came in the 11th minute and Brighton were ahead three minutes later when Murray (who else?) seemed to have acres of space to score with a header.

Maddison (who also has not been at his best in recent games) gave away a silly foul in the 25th minute, clipping the heels of one-time City favourite Knockaert in an area where he could not have much of an impact on the game.  Maddison did not learn from others’ mistakes when on a yellow card, and went down in the box in the 28th minute when there was minimal contact. 

As it was at the far end from the City supporters, it was not clear if it was a dive or not but the man who mattered – the referee – clearly thought it was and the inevitable second yellow meant that Leicester had to play the rest of the game with ten players.  Fortunately, Brighton did not press home their advantage and were made to pay for it.  Maddison later admitted that he had dived and that he would learn from his mistake.

Iborra was injured in the 32nd minute and was replaced by Ndidi, who seemed back to his best – perhaps being dropped was the spur he needed!  For the rest of the first half it was damage limitation and the section of City fans calling for Puel’s sacking were in full voice.

For once, Puel’s second and third substitutions were inspired – Vardy in the 55th minute and Iheanacho in the 70th.  Vardy was putting himself about in a way we haven’t seen for a while and clearly unsettled the Brighton players and their fans, who anticipated what was to come. 

In the 79th minute Iheanacho was tripped in the penalty area and Vardy despatched the penalty with power and accuracy (Mahrez take note!).  After this, there were few chances for either side although Iheanacho could have scored at the death with a shot that only just went wide.

It is difficult to know what the future holds.  Being charitable, perhaps the players are still adapting to the chairman’s death and their heads are still not right, but they cannot go on with starting so sluggishly and playing catch-up.  They are still in tenth place in the table, but a few more displays like the first half and we will be worrying about relegation again.

LEICESTER: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell; Albrighton, Iborra (Ndidi 32), Mendy, Gray (Vardy 55); Maddison; Okazaki (Iheanacho 70). Subs: Ward, Simpson, Soyuncu, Fuchs.

BRIGHTON: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert (March 72), Propper, Kayal, Izquierdo; Gross; Murray (Locadia 90). Subs: Steele, Bong, Bissouma, Balogun.

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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View from the opposition – Brighton and Hove Albion

View from the opposition – Brighton and Hove Albion

A bit about you

Name: Matthew Parkes

Current home town: Brighton

Birthplace: Brighton

How long have you supported your team? 40 years

Overview of your club:

We have certainly had our ups and downs

Favourite thing about your home ground: It is our ground in Brighton and built with football in mind!

Favourite match played by your team & why: FA Cup Final 1983 v Man u 2-2 draw (we never talk about the replay!)

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Steve Foster

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Pascal Gross – great to see him back in contention for a match (been out since the beginning of September)

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?  Glenn Murray – always looks dangerous

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Kasper Schmeichel – so hard to beat

How do you think you'll do against us? 2-0 – we are due a win!

General Questions:

Where do you think you'll finish this season? I’ll take mid table, but a European place would be brilliant

Which 3 teams do you think will go down? Fulham, Huddersfield and (hopefully) Palace

Who do you think will win the league?  You have to say Man City

Any other comments?  Your fans have been superb over the recent very tragic period for your club.

Next Up Brighton 24 November 2018

Next Up Brighton 24 November 2018

Manager        Chris Hughton      Founded       30,750

Ground          Falmer Stadium      Address   Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL

Capacity        30,750

Squad: 

1              Australia                                GK          Mathew Ryan

2              Spain                                     DF          Bruno (club captain)

3              Cameroon                             DF          Gaëtan Bong

4              Republic of Ireland                DF          Shane Duffy

5              England                                DF           Lewis Dunk

6              England                                MF          Dale Stephens

7              Israel                                     MF         Beram Kayal

8              Mali                                       MF         Yves Bissouma

9              Netherlands                          FW         Jürgen Locadia

10           Romania                                FW         Florin Andone

11           France                                   MF         Anthony Knockaert

13           Germany                               MF         Pascal Groß

14           Nigeria                                  DF          Leon Balogun

16           Iran                                       FW         Alireza Jahanbakhsh

17           England                                FW         Glenn Murray

19           Colombia                              FW         José Izquierdo

20           England                                MF         Solly March

21           Italy                                       DF          Ezequiel Schelotto

22           Spain                                    DF          Martín Montoya

23           England                                GK         Jason Steele

24           Netherlands                          MF         Davy Pröpper

27           England                                GK          David Button

29           Austria                                  DF          Markus Suttner

30           Brazil                                    DF          Bernardo

35           England                                DF          Ben Barclay

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:

www.brightonandhovealbion.com