Match Of The Week: Derby County 4-1 Watford


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Jamie Parkins says:

    Thank you for the match report. From what I followed of the game this seems a fair reflection. However you state “After a shaky start to the season (which included a five game run without a win), though, they started to pull themselves together” yet we won our opening game against Norwich away 3-2 so you might want to correct that.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, Jamie. I did watch that match (it was a Friday night, wasn’t it?) and they were really impressive. I haven’t been quite as up to speed as I would like to be with Watford this season, but they seem to be blowing hot and cold – if it’s any consolation, I think that there are probably three worse teams – at least – than them in the Championship this season. They were not great this afternoon, but this was the first time that I have seen Derby since they played Coventry near the start of the season and I was very impressed by them.

  3. Micky F says:

    This is match of the week simply for the scoreline. Oh Dear, poor old hornets!

  4. Jamie Parkins says:

    Hot and cold yes, but mainly hot given our pre season expectations. Like any season I’d say there are two outstanding teams in the division and the rest can slug it out between them. Form really counts for much in The Championship. Any team is capable of, and quite often does, beating any team on its day. That adds to the excitement and the closeness of the division. That’s why Watford’s aim remains 52 points. Safety first. The rest is a bonus.

    Based on what I have seen to date, if we can stay relatively injury and booking free then we are more than capable of staying up. Teams that score regularly rarely go down – given that none of the teams in this division can defend – and we are scoring plenty of goals at present.

  5. Julian Perry says:

    A very accurate assessment on a game that could herald a turning point for both clubs. As a Rams fan, I just feel that even though our performances are starting to pay dividends and we have suddenly shot up the table, everything about our situation has a feeling of something very new and slightly fragile. Talk of promotion, obviously what we’re all after, perhaps would not be the best thing for a squad that is just starting to take shape and get results. I know all Rams fans want the big times back as soon as possible, no one more than myself but, Nigel is steadily building a nucleus of a solid team right now and I believe another season in the Championship will allow him the time he needs to solidify the squad ready for the big jump. No one wants a club not ready to deal with the harsh realities of the Premier League. Been there, absolutely don’t want it happening again.

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