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The opposition view: Watford

Filed: Sunday, 26th February 2017
By: Staff Writer

On the whole, the Hornets were happy to take a point from a game West Ham largely dominated.

Read what they thought about yesterday's 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road in this week's OV...

"On the balance of play, a draw was the fair result. We played ok in spells first half and West Ham were the better side in the second - though for all their pressure they actually created very little. I thought West Ham looked a decent side, certainly one of the better visiting teams we've seen at the Vic this year. The two injuries had a big impact on us and exposed yet again how horribly unbalanced and limited in depth the squad is. Zarate looked lively and was causing problems until he went off, but Behrami was the pick of the midfield for me. Thought the ref was ok though Antonio should have walked a good 20 minutes before he was actually sent off."
- dynamo380

"We played a West Ham team who are above us in the table with great recent away form (with their last away game a creditable 3-1 win at Southampton). They played well yesterday, we fell away mid-game but that was partly due to West Ham playing well. Lanzini was excellent , we missed the similar link up man Zarate who sadly again fell foul to injury which again meant our tactics and shape were affected. Frustration for me is players giving the ball away too much and that's something that cannot be laid at Mazzarr's door."
- Guy

"We had our moments, but we were lucky to get away with a point. I'm sure the injury to Zarate must have had a huge effect; you just can't believe we've now lost to serious injury both the players signed this season as playmakers. I think our reaction after conceding showed just what a pity it was that we had gone so passive and defensive from about 20 minutes in. Success will get grief for his miss, but Britos's was equally bad. Point gratefully banked against a good West Ham side (I take the point about no Payet but they've actually been on a good run since he left. Carroll was a big miss for them though, I agree). That's the problem when you reach almost March and you can't get promoted or relegated; you're not quite sure how to react to a draw!"
- Malteser

"Rubbish. Why sit back after scoring in the first minute? Where was the gameplan? Why wait until 80+ mins to bring on Success? Oh and a special mention to the West Ham fans. They are nothing but a bunch of loud-mouthed wannabe football factory bellends. Time to grow up, I think."
- El distraído

"The penalty was our only shot on target in the entire match, yet we have players like Deeney, Okaka, Success, Niang, Capoue, Cleverley, Zarate... seriously, only ONE shot? One shot is not unusual either. There have been a lot of games when we've only had one or two shots on target in the entire match. Sometimes none at all. This was a West Ham side we beat 4-2 earlier in the season. Don't forget they no longer have Payet, and Carroll was not available to them either. Yesterday you can see West Ham have improved.....but what's our excuse? We've gone backwards."
- hornetboy1

"Probably the least enjoyable game i've ever been to at Vicarage Road. Nothing to do with the game though. Anyone else sit at the top of RS2? Who were those absolute ****s there yesterday? There was about five or six of them. Picture yourself a sitcom about football hooligans, this is what the people in front of me felt like. Didn't know any Watford songs, all they did was shout abuse at West Ham, the referee and Luton. For the last 20 minutes they decided it was hilarious to punch the back of the stand non-stop. The worst part was one of them had his kid with him, who must of been around 10, who by the end was calling the ref a c-word and shouting about kicking in the West Ham fans' heads."
- ForzaWatford

"Watford fans really are the worst. We're a competitive, mid-table Premier League team. We should be enjoying these heady days, yet so many of our fans want to whine. Yesterday we played badly and drew. This is the Premier League, sometimes teams will come here and outplay us. And still we didn't lose. Many of our fans think we have a right to turn up, turn over West Ham and if we don't the manager should be sacked. I always thought Watford fans were special and better than that, but the last two seasons have shown this is sadly not the case."
- ITK platypus

"Walked out of the SEJ Stand down by the Rookery into what appeared to be a full on brawl. To me it looked like all Watford fans, anyone know what that was all about? As for the game? Well if the game plan was to break up West Ham attacks and give the ball straight back to them, then we executed it perfectly..."
- Diamond

"The game was uninspiring, at best. Our inability to maintain possession was so frustrating; banging the ball up to Troy to get a battering is not a tactic that will produce anything others than lumps in the back of Deeney's head. West Ham were not great either, thankfully. We showed no grace or poise and simply threw back possession to them time after time. At least we didn't lose, but it would test my patience if those tactics were deployed week in week out."
- Irishorn

"First 20 we looked good but from then onwards we struggled to get out. Our wingers were pegged back and were going back, rather than forwards. Deeney and Kaboul had a great game whilst Britos wasn't the greatest. Antonio and Lanzini were superb and ran us ragged. We were fortunate to get a point but I will take it."
- domthehornet

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