Post Match Bullets – Watford
After writing last week about the calm before the storm, I had a very similar feeling of ambivalence before yesterday’s game against Watford. Albeit slightly different in terms of it being the last league home game of the season and also feeling a bit hung over from watching The Rifles at Rock City the night before.
However after a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon I felt compelled to drop down a few lines about our fantastic team and their dismantling of Watford.
- All things considered there was a period in the first half of about twenty minutes when I thought we played some of the best stuff we have played all season. Absolutely superb hi-tempo champagne supernova football that we could have only dreamed about this time last season. With automatic promotion gone and third place pretty much in the can too, the players and staff have to take massive credit for the fact we are still playing with this level of intensity. Just brilliant stuff.
- The midfield in particular yesterday were absolutely immense. Bryson is back on full throttle following his injuries and causes havoc with his non stop running. George Thorne is just mercurial in the pivot and Hendrick is playing the football of his life. Sometimes when he powers through midfield he looks like a 16 year old running past a load of primary school kids. Its really tough on Hughesey, who has been so key for us this season, that he can’t get in but you can’t even think of changing these three the way they are playing.
- In the pub before the game I saw a glimpse of Paul Green playing for Ipswich. I always liked Greeny, but if you think Wizzer was an upgrade on Freeman and Thorne an upgrade on the Eust, what about Craig Bryson as an upgrade on Greeny? All things considered he has to be one of our best signings ever.
- If I was a Watford fan, I’d be really worried about they’ve become. A really friendly likeable club have become a cog in somebody’s wheel and seem to have lost their soul and identity. It can’t be right to have that turnover of foreign players, the majority of which have just been parked for development purposes. They got away with it last year because the quality of players was better, now the quality of player is poor they just look lost. Shame.
McClaren has an interesting conundrum now for the Leeds game whether to retain momentum or “use the squad”. Personally I would rest Martin (always likely to get sent off too) and maybe Bryson. I would also give Dawkins some serious game time so get him firing.
I don’t think we will know our opponents until full time next weekend (aside from it definitely won’t be Forest!) but on this form we certainly shouldn’t fear anyone.
Come on you Rams!
PS – Regular followers will have seen me enthusing about the Rifles a lot on twitter. If you haven’t heard or come across them before, check out the opener of their new LP here. Great band.