Tag Archives: Forestieri

Outgoing: Almen Abdi – Mr Robot

Almen Abdi is the best Watford player I have ever seen. Let me clarify that, as I’ve been trying to in my own head for the past few days. Almen Abdi is not the most gifted or productive player at Watford, nor is he even the best midfielder, probably. But never have I seen a […]

Match Reaction: Charlton (H) 14.09.13

All the pre-game talk around Vicarage Road concerned the bold change of formation that incorporated both Diego Fabbrini and Fernando Forestieri in a front three. While Charlton lined up in the 3-5-2 formation that Watford did so much to resurrect in the Championship last season, it remains to be seen if the Fabb/For combination will […]

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 […]

Top Five Moments: Part Five

Bugger. We deserve more than this. Anthony Knockaert puffs out his cheeks as he rocks from foot to foot. The exhaustion of the tie tells in his frantic breathing. The fan stands stock still, palms firmly pressed to his crown. Where the Frenchman pants, for the fan there is only one solitary gulp. The penalty […]

What’s the Matej with Vydra?

We at ITWM Towers are nothing if not forthright, so let us say what we’re all thinking: the last month’s Matej Vydra – he’s been a bit… crap, hasn’t he? Now, now, I know what you’re going to say: “How can you slate a guy who’s scored 20 goals in his first season at this […]

Half-Term report: The Loanees

When the Gino Pozzo rocked up to Vicarage Road this summer and initiated more change than can be found in a programme seller’s fanny pack there were more than a few voices of doubt. The Harefield stuff, the never-ending horde of loanees, Sean Dyche’s exit and the diversifying of the hitherto fish and chips, stiff […]

Charlton (H) 01.01.13 – Post-Festive Gloom As Addicks Go Cold Turkey.

Seven goals, three more disallowed, a penalty, another good appeal turned down and more bad challenges than you can shake a bestudded foot at – you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was an enthralling game that kicked off 2013 in style. In fact, for us Watford fans at least, it was a frustrating match, […]

The Game – Wolves (H) 17.11.12

Good vibes continue to echo throughout south-west Hertfordshire after Watford’s good run of form continued with a tight-ish win over a stuttering Wolves side at Vicarage Road on Saturday. After a good start to the season, Ståle Solbakken’s men haven’t won a game since October 6th, and arrived in the South desperate to reignite their […]

Fans’ Forum Transcript: Part Two – On the Pitch

Your four predecessors all gave same answer to this question. Which player impressed you most when you arrived? And don’t worry, Bob Paisley never knew his players’ names either! GZ: In terms of attitude they have all impressed me. Since I came I keep asking them to change things; things they’d been doing very well […]

Dissecting the Game: Charlton (A) 02.10.12

Trying to sum up a match as full of emotion and intensity as last night’s gripping contest was is never easy. Especially when you’re writing the following day, fatigued by a lack of sleep. And even more especially when you forgot to take your notebook to London with you. But allow us to try, as […]