A series of surprises
By Mark Turner
Having found myself working in the North West on Tuesday night and not
having been to a Watford game since Graham Taylor's last in charge, I took
the opportunity of seeing 'my team' in the flesh.
Apologies first...as I have not seen the boys for three years (or is it four?),
this report wont be packed with precise details on the players' performances
(didn't recognise most, and could not read the names on the back from where
I was sitting), but more impressions of a good night.
Managed to get to Anfield by 7.10 and had my first set of surprises:
1. It is amazing how many cars you can park in a front garden when you are
charging £5 a go.
2. The Anfield gates were smaller than I expected - surrounded by Watford
fans taking pictures, mind.
3. A Premiership club who deals with big crowds each week making a complete
hash of the ticket pick-up at the box office - did not get into the ground
until 7.55. Some seriously hacked off people still in the queue when I
4. Anfield is a SMALL ground. They need to move to a bigger stadium if they
want to raise the sort of cash they need to compete.
Match starts, and I am between two burly gents of the scouse persuasion.
Different to other footy fans I've met. Entirely supportive of a player in
red providing he is trying hard and does not cock it up. Suffice to say they
weren't very supportive in the first half. Liverpool were dreadful, Watford
were very good...getting involved and in their faces when we didn't have the
ball, patient and progressive when we had it....some more surprises then...
5. Clearly the only Liverpool player allowed to make a forward pass is
6. Spaniards don't make tackles.
7. Germans only make sideways passes.
8. No matter who you are, a good cross into the box with people prepared to
throw themselves at it causes mayhem.
9. Watford supporters sing louder and longer than Liverpool supporters. The
away fans were sensational. Loud, supportive, funny without being rude and
Second half is more of the same until Baros comes on....makes you think that
if Liverpool lost Baros and Gerrard, they would be in big trouble. I was in
line with the defence when Baros broke free and he was on side...the most
disappointing thing was that there were four defenders waiting for the cross
but Paul Jones' parry (wont call it a fumble) completely wrong footed all of
them...and fell to the only bloke in a red shirt who could hit a barn door
at ten paces.
Watford still had chances late on...looking for someone to bung a long throw
into the box in periods where we were camped down in the corner and a little
surprised that Danny Webber did not come on to frighten the living daylights
out of the back four in the last ten minutes, but who am I to criticise the
The boys played superbly. They should be proud of themselves. In fact, Liverpool would do well to lose
Cinema-Filmstar or whatever he is called and think Icelandic...
One final surprise...
10. Watford can still win this...