Category Misc

After Ipswich – ‘So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance?’

It’s been a while since last we spoke. Life, y’know? Last time round, you’ll remember, I was calling for fans to be patient, not to expect and moreover demand success, and deem anything else as failure. Sod that, let’s go and win the thing. This Good Friday I was sitting in a holiday cottage in […]

Slow and Steady Pisses Everyone Off: Why It’s Really Not All Bad

So once more, after a run of 5 unbeaten games in February, Watford are in crisis. Long gone is the comfortable win over a Brighton side that have been strongly financially backed and are fighting for a place in the playoffs. Irrelevant is the game at Leicester – ten points clear at the top at […]

The Magic of the Cup – Can the Man City Result Transform Watford’s Season?

The FA Cup has come in for a lot of criticism lately. To the big clubs it has become a chance to give the bit-part players in bloated squads a run out, while the other fourteen-or-so Premier League clubs, all desperately fighting off the spectre of relegation, see it as an unnecessary hassle in a […]

Great Expectations. Welcome to the New Season

Here we go. Birmingham away. The start of a new year. A bunch of new signings have rocked up at the Vic, most of the last lot have tattooed over their temporary transfers. It’s all rather exciting. Let’s not let our excitement slip into expectation. The division is wise to us now, we’re one of […]

Analytics, Marginal Goals and Matej Vydra

The Numbers Game, the book written by two American social economists (me neither) that was published earlier this year, aimed to do for football analytics what Moneyball did for Baseball. Though the book’s ambitions to highlight what we can learn from statistics and data in the stubbornly traditional sport are praiseworthy, it often lapses into […]