Tag Archives: Vydra

Incoming (Again): Matej Vydra

Go get the fatted calf, the prodigal prodigy is back. After some baiting from Troy Deeney on Tuesday, the club announced Wednesday that Matej Vydra, the lightning-haired striker, had returned to the club on a one year loan. So that’s great news… right? ITWM duel-wielded Czechs when Matej first arrived in July 2012, back in […]

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 […]

Watford’s Playoff Hopes Take A KerKnock – Leicester (A) 09/05/13 – Playoff Semi Final

I’m not sure how to feel about sitting here, the morning after the night before, with a 1-0 defeat in the bank. On the one hand, the thrashing that Watford received in the first twenty minutes, with Leicester having at least two extremely gilt-edged chances – worst of all Chris Wood’s skewed drive from a […]

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 […]

Crystal Palace (H) 08/02/13 – Sky’s the limit for tired Hornets

Let’s not beat around the bush. Not winning when 2-0 up after 13 minutes is poor. Not winning when 2-0 up at half time is criminal. Putting aside Palace’s strengths and their considerable second-half improvement for one moment, a team of our quality should be closing games like that out. This was two points dropped […]

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 […]

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 […]

Middlesbrough (H) 06.10.12

There really is never a dull moment to be had at Watford. When it seems the team have started to overcome their inner demons brought about by the takeover and all that came with it, the outside world starts to conspire against them. A first half red card was the catalyst for a great team […]

Dissecting the Game: Bristol City (H) 22/09/12

Another good performance, another set of points snatched from our grasp. Whilst the Brighton game saw Watford dominate in fits and spurts, but fail to turn their possession into chances, Saturday saw them go one further rung up the ladder – lots of possession, lots of chances, few goals. It’s getting closer, but results need […]

Dissecting the Game – Birmingham (H) 25.08.12

What a difference a few days make. In the time between Tuesday’s lacklustre defeat to Ipswich and Saturday’s consummate victory over Birmingham, everything seemed to click for Watford. The team was not majorly different – though the changes that were made had a huge impact – but the display, disjointed and generally lacking in all […]