Watford v Scunthorpe United

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Football League Championship

Watford0 (0)Scunthorpe United1 (0)

Hayes 69

Watford :
Lee, Doyley, Shittu, DeMerit, Stewart, Smith, Eustace, O'Toole, McAnuff (Ellington 61), Darius Henderson (Ainsworth 61), Priskin
Subs not used:
Poom, Williamson, Mariappa

Scunthorpe United :
Murphy, Butler, Iriekpen, Byrne, Williams, Hurst (Sparrow 45), Morris, Cork, Forte (Winn 88), Hayes (Wright 89), May
Subs not used:
Weston, Picton


by Keith Solomon at Vicarage Road

HOWEVER unlikely, the chance to scupper Hoof It and Elbows F.C in their quest to be relegated by Christmas from the Premiership was too good to miss.

When a locality is so grim, a pint at Euston and a last minute dash seems a small price to pay and so it was that we gathered to call time on the awaydays of the Championship.

Much has been made of the much of a muchness of the division, only the mighty Iron and Colchester refusing to enter into such nonsense. Watford, kings of the ugly bug ball of football, had gone into meltdown at home, but expecting United to add to their woes was probably just a little too far fetched.

Myself and comrade Borrill mused at length at the sheer silliness of it all. Utterly garish in their council house yellow paint kit, Watford looked every bit the bullies who had at last been found out, cowering at the 'might' of Scunthorpe and seemingly afraid of their own shadows on the pitch.

A first-half of little note saw Watford ineffective and scarcely average against a team who, only having pride to play for, looked at least a match for them. Reaching half-time goalless might have seemed an achievement in the grand scheme of things, but there was even talk of winning the game, such was the scale of pure average pitting its wits against the Iron.

Sixty-nine minutes into festivities, Forte's impressive impersonation of a flying winger delivered a ball into the box for Hayes, whose headed finish spread smiles amongst the travelling fans and further boos of discontent from the disaffected of Hertfordshire.

A couple of minor scares after Hayes had scored but, in truth, a victory United richly deserved. After the ugly bruisers had taken the honours at GP, it was nice to see football win the day at Vicarage Road.

If Watford do scrap their way through the play-offs, the happiest team should be Derby. Their points tally may have been woeful, but if there's any justice, Watford will gain even less...after beating a certain other team in the play-offs to get there, of course!