Tag Archives: Murray

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 […]

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: Doncaster Rovers (H) 17.09.13

Those of a certain persuasion will have had to tear themselves away from their copies of Grand Theft Auto V to get to Vicarage Road on Tuesday. Scourge of middle-class adults, an emblem of the degradation of society and a terrible role model for kids; yes, the underperformance of Watford’s foreign legion on Saturday meant […]

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 […]

Half-Term Report: Winners and Losers

Having looked at how the new guard have settled into life in leafy Hertfordshire, ITWM looks at which of last season’s squad have benefitted, and which have suffered from the new way of doing things… Winners: Troy Deeney  There was a lot of debate over whether the club was right to retain the services of […]

Working with what we’ve got: A look at the squad (Part Two)

As the season draws ever nearer, we continue our look at the current playing squad. These are the men to whom you will be devoting your weekends… 15 Stephen McGinn After a quiet start, much like the one his compatriot Craig Forsyth has experienced, McGinn was just beginning to come into his own, forming a […]