Watford Condemn City To Back-To-Back Defeats At Vicarage Road


Norwich City left Vicarage Road with 0 points and fans have been left with even more questions with the squad and the club after a very poor showing from the team.


Norwich City went into this game with the hopes of leaving with 3 points and going to the top of the table looking to make an immediate return to the premiership.

Norwich made 2 changes for this game one of them has been a very hotly debated topic after several poor performances by his standards saw Tim Krul dropped and saw Angus Gunn given his opportunity in between the sticks in the league. The 2nd change saw Aaron Ramsey dropping to the bench being replaced by Kieran Dowell and also this game saw Issac Hayden and Todd Cantwell both make it on the bench after recovering from their injuries.

Watford then came into this game hoping to pick up 3 points that would see them climb the table after quite a poor run of games. Watford boss Slaven Bilic made three changes from their previous 3-1 defeat at Blackpool which saw Christian Kabasele, Edo Kayembe and Vakoun Bayo all dropped to the bench and Craig Cathcart, Yaser Asprilla and Keinan Davis come into the starting 11 all with individual points to prove and also adding a bit of experience and physicality to their game.


The game started and the Hornets came out firing with a point to prove to their fans that they have the ability and willingness to push for the promotion spots. The first chance of the game fell the way of Keinan Davis after he went around Sam Byram and forced Angus Gunn into ton his first big save of the game but Gunn was equal to it and stopped it going in at his near post a issue that Tim Krul had in previous games.


Watford pressed and dominated when in procession found it very easy to move the ball around the pitch and then their golden opportunity came after Liam Gibbs was judged to have brought down Ismalia Sarr inside the box to give Watford a penalty.


Imran Louza stepped up to take the penalty and tried to place it in the keepers bottom right corner but Angus Gunn kept it out giving the Canaries a lifeline after a very poor start.

But just 5 mins later Ismalia Sarr found himself with plenty of space down the Norwich left hand side of the pitch he turned Max Aarons and put a pinpoint ball in the box which fell to Imran Louza who slotted it past Angus Gunn into the far corner of the goal.


Watford then managed to double their lead which saw Norwich defenders gave Sarr far too much space and he was able to lay the ball off to Asprilla who had his shot deflected and fell into the path of Davis who put the ball into the back of the net.


Norwich managed to get a goal back just before half time which saw Josh Sargent take a shot from just outside of the box and managed to beat the keeper at his near post to give the Canaries a slim lifeline going into half time.

The Norwich manager clearly wasn’t very impressed at all with his teams first half performance so he made 2 changes which saw Marcelino Nunez and Liam Gibbs come off and be replaced by Gabriel Sara and Issac Hayden who is making his Canaries debut after his injury ravaged start to the season.


Kenny Mclean found himself with the 1st real opportunity of the 2nd half which saw his shot go narrowly wide after a slight deflection. Then from the corner it was whipped in by Gabriel Sara found the head of Norwich captain Grant Hanley who’s header hit the crossbar and was cleared.


Norwich then went on to dominate a lot of the ball and was able to move the ball about but a lot of poor miss-timed passes didn’t see any real big opportunities and Watford just sat back and defended extremely well and held out for 3 points which sees them go up to 10th just 2 points off the play off places.

Watford: Bachmann, Choudhury, Troost-Ekong, Louza, Davis (Kayembe 86), Sema, Kamara, Cathcart, Gosling, Asprilla (Joao Pedro 63), Sarr (Kalu 90)


Norwich: Gunn, Aarons (Cantwell 82), Byram, Omobamidele (Ramsey), Hanley, Dowell (Hernández 73), Pukki, McLean, Sargent, Núñez (Sara 46), Gibbs (Hayden 46)




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