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The opposition view: Watford

Filed: Thursday, 21st April 2016
By: Staff Writer

Watford are in an FA Cup semi final, apparently. Not that anyone's mentioned it at all. Hear from the Hornets in this week's edition of the OV...

"It may be better not to go to any more league games this season. QSF said earlier on in the season that once we're safe he'll be trying things out - I imagine it'll be more of the same after the semi final. I'm sure the coaching staff didn't call it nothing game, but in reality it was. Subconsciously, none of the players with a chance to start on Sunday are going to bust a gut, it's probably going to be the biggest games of some of their careers, and to some, their last real chance to win some silverware. If we had Deeney or Ighalo, perhaps even Olaure, it would've been a different game - Ambrabat, despite his passion and work ethic, just isn't cut out to be a striker. Nor is Jurado."
- Cassetti's Beard

"The way we played will give Flores food for thought re: Sunday's FA Cup semi final, however we were missing Deeney, Ighalo, Watson, Capoue, Britos, Nyom and Ake from the starting line up. Those seven will probably start on Sunday, with the other three outfield players from Cathcart, Prodl, Behrami, Jurado, Suarez and Guedioura. I would add Anya as he had a good game last time we played at Wembley and his pace is useful."
- Teide1

"Surprised with the amount of negative comments considering we made seven changes and have a semi final at the weekend. We looked competitive for 80 per cent of the game I thought, and had it not been for Holebas - who had a complete mare - we'd have maybe got something. Jurado caused real problems all game, if he had Ighalo and Deeney in front of him instead of Amrabat - who clearly isn't a striker - then we could've scored a few I reckon. Amrabat deservedly out of the match on Sunday, very silly indeed!"
- Harris

"From what I saw, we looked ok. It wasn't a rampant West Ham that tore us apart, like the commentators seemed to suggest, and we seemed to play well. Take away the two unnecessary pens and that was a 1-1 game in the making, not bad from our second string team versus a Champions League-chasing Hammers. One thing I would say is that all four defenders have played on regular occasionw this season already, and for once and it was the defence which let us down rather than lack of attacking options. Perhaps it was an off day, perhaps the challenges were those of players not wanting to get injured for the weekend. I'm happy this dog is out of the way and looking forward to the weekend now!"
- Meh!

"We stunk the place out. Tell me, how can players get worse over the season? How can so many passes go to the opposition? How can we completely forget how to defend? If we're giving away penalties like Christmas gifts then God help us against Palace. What the fuck is Flores doing?"
- Diamond

"I think people are underestimating the impact of West Ham's pressing tactics, which I thought were the best I've seen from any team this season. There were three players around anyone in midfield and even Holebas and Paredes were shackled the moment they got space out wide. I thought our makeshift midfield did well to break through to create chances on even a few occasions considering that pressing. If we had even one proper striker on the field, we might have got something from that encounter."
- põder

"Enjoyed most of the chanting, fairly good-humoured, though there was plenty of unpleasantness too. Four penalties conceded in the last two games has to be some sort of record?"
- TomH

"First penalty seemed very harsh to me. Second was a penalty but Antonio went over like he'd been shot. Overall we did a lot of things we haven't been doing at all well of late much better. Kept the ball well and had a lot of nearly moments. We have to stop giving away penalties, though. It's mad."
- 352

"Llast ever visit to Upton Park, a ground that will be missed, just seems a shame they are going the flatten the place. What a waste of three good stands. I won't miss a dreadful view, standing up for 90 minutes and paying £45 for the privilege. I thought it was a good game, they are chasing a Champions League place and we are looking at Sunday's game as we are safe. Pretty impressed with West Ham and their side; they were both penalties, harsh but pens. I was impressed with Andy Carroll and the space he covered. It'll be interesting to see how the new ground goes down next season, I was there for the rugby last year and it is not a football stadium in my opinion. I had front row seats behind the posts in the upper tier and was miles from the ground. Upton Park has some happy memories for me and will always be one of my favourite away grounds. I've been taxed there, seen us win there, watched John Barnes take them apart (I think we won 4-2 in a midweek game)."
- iamofwfc

"On a positive note, we will never lose at Upton Park again."
- Malteser

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