Tag Archives: Deeney

Andre Gray doesn’t care for your criticism

Slotting away the third and decisive goal at Newcastle on Saturday, his second for the club, Andre Gray immediately circled the goal and held his ears to the Watford fans located some miles above the pitch, fixing them with a steely death stare. This was a response to the by-no-means universal but vocal derision of […]

The siege of Troy: Is it time to move on?

This ‘Deeney Day’ found the skipper in perhaps his most precarious position since he wrote himself into Watford folklore by kicking the ball very hard at a time when everyone else’s legs had turned to jelly. It’s now been four years since that moment, a period in which Troy has been made the highest paid […]

The Year of the Hornet – 2015

2015. What a year, eh? Played 41, won 23, lost just 10. 72 goals scored, 44 conceded. In just twelve months we’ve seen players transformed, historic promotion won (and lost), and an assault on the richest league in the world beyond our wildest dreams. We’ve even managed to get ourselves a proper nemesis. Over the […]

On Troy Deeney (and Roy Hodgson, and England, and a few other things)

Troy Deeney should be in the next England squad. Let me explain…

Too Many Man – Has Summer Recruitment Gone Too Far?

The warping of mindset as a fandom makes the leap into the Premier League is inescapable. We saw it last time around: the good will to all men that accompanies a rollocking good Championship season becomes arrogance, expectation and a Shakespearean mistrust of fellow supporters when confronted with the glamourous outlook of trips to Aston […]

“Life is like a box of biscuits…”: Reading (H) 11/01/14

New Year, same old Watford. After an early twenty minute spell of sustained Reading pressure that produced one goal for the Royals and about three or four Watford touches of the ball, the rest of the game was spent dominating possession, having the rule of three-quarters of the pitch, and finding new ways to not […]

Festive Round-up (Millwall, QPR, Sannino)

Managers who moan about the congestion created on their festive calendar by the oodles of football crammed in by the relentless FA should try having a large extended family. Given the choice between running around a muddy pitch for the third time in a week or sitting on a flower-print sofa in a distant corner […]

Match Reaction: Leicester City (H) – 02/11/13

Sequels are rubbish. Jaws 2 was a stinker, the second and third Matrixes besmirched the good name of a classic and even the best film ever made – Anaconda – wasn’t safe from the clutches of a crap follow-up. Reboots are better: a chance to use the broad confines of a fictional world, but develop […]

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 […]

Match Reaction: Stevenage 20/07/13

Just a quick reaction to the Stevenage game, here. We must make the most of these Saturdays not completely dominated by football while we can. Disclaimer: By saying that a certain player was unimpressive, I am not saying that they’re crap, that there’s no hope for them, or anything of the sort. I am saying […]