Author Archive for Ed Aarons at Vicarage Road


Burnley’s Sean Dyche returns to old home to send Watford to the bottom

This was not exactly what Quique Sánchez Flores had planned. Attempting to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first side in the club’s history to go 11 home league matches without a win, instead the Spaniard could only watch on in despair as Burnley sc…


Watford in FA Cup semi-finals after Andre Gray sinks Crystal Palace

Ray Hodgson must be sick of the sight of Watford by now. A third 2-1 defeat of the season to Javi Gracia’s side after substitute Andre Gray’s late winner dashed Crystal Palace’s chances of reaching Wembley will certainly not live long in the memory for…


Andre Gray gives Watford victory over Marco Silva’s struggling Everton

This return was never likely to be a happy one for Marco Silva. Thirteen months after he was unceremoniously sacked by Watford, Andre Gray’s second-half goal saw Everton go down to yet another defeat – their fifth in six matches in all competitions – o…


Tom Heaton is Burnley’s hero as Sean Dyche enjoys his homecoming

Given that none of the 19 previous league meetings between these two sides at Vicarage Road had ended goalless, there always had to be a first time. Yet, while this probably wasn’t the way Javi Gracia had intended to mark his a year in charge of Watfor…


Crystal Palace battle to a point at Watford to edge closer to safety

Wilfried Zaha must be wondering what it is about this stadium. The last time he was here, in December 2016, the Crystal Palace forward reacted angrily after being accused of diving by the Watford mascot, Harry the Hornet, after winning a penalty for hi…


Watford brush West Ham aside to show David Moyes scale of the task he faces

If David Moyes still had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier League will be among the biggest challenges of his career then the manner of this defeat will surely act as a major wake-up call. Aside from a 10-minute spell either side of ha…


Watford burst Hull City’s hopes thanks to Michael Dawson’s late own goal

It is fair to say the first top-flight meeting between these teams will not live long in the memory. Michael Dawson’s own goal, eight minutes from time, was a bitter blow for a Hull City side who had looked like ending a disastrous run of results on the road but have now lost seven of their past eight games and seem destined for a long season battling relegation.

Considering they came into the match having conceded 11 goals in their past two away trips, against Liverpool and Bournemouth, going down to a solitary goal against an in-form Watford side – who now find themselves above Manchester United in the table – might be seen as progress. Yet Mike Phelan knew it could easily have been very different.

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