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Watford (A) - Sat 16th Oct 2021 (12:30pm)

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Another international break completely killing the momentum of the club season. International breaks are far too frequent these days, and the recent ones have the adding 'bonus' of scheduling combined with quarantine regulations seeing to it that many players will be missing. Not just for us, but for a number of clubs. In what way is it right that FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League and the national associations have a greater say than the clubs who pay players' wages, the coaches who are unable to prepare effectively, or the players who just don't get a breather? How stupid is it to schedule a lunchtime fixture on a Saturday after an international break? Anyway:

Intelligence. Moxie. Skill. Tenacity. Ingenuity. Luck. Life. Superiority. Talent. Accuracy. Nous. Drive. Instinct. Nerve. Gumption.

 

I don't ask for much (and even less than usual given the circumstances).

 

Our last appearance in this fixture was just before the pandemic hit in early 2020. While we'd continued to rack up wins over the preceding week, we weren't looking anywhere near as assured and full of beans as earlier in the season. It came to a head in this fixture when a disastrous second half performance saw us on the end of a 3-0 hiding that was fully merited. Ismaila Sarr bagged a couple, and Troy Deeney with his bee-stung face got the other. We were uncharacteristically sloppy defensively and uncharacteristically impotent up front. It was the start of a mini-slump that led to us being knocked out of Europe and the FA Cup within the next fortnight. The lockdown, while frustrating and with the possibility of null and void being shouted loudly by voices that couldn't give a shit about public health and were more concerned about us running away with the league, at least gave the players a chance to recalibrate. That first lockdown gave everybody time to think. Well, at least those who remained personally unaffected by the pandemic.

 

Back in the days when fixture congestion seemed to be less of an issue, and the only pandemic talk was by people scared that HIV and AIDS would become too prevalent to control, Liverpool's new-look attack of Aldo, Barnesy and Beardo travelled to Vicarage Road in mid-February 1988 to take on a team that had recently sacked their manager. Dave Bassett had been booted out with the club bottom of the league and heading for the drop. They'd fallen away significantly since the Graham Taylor era. Selling Barnes was undoubtedly a factor, but I doubt even they knew his game would go up several levels following his move to Merseyside. Digger was the best player in the country by a mile at the time, which is saying a lot since the players around him were no slouches. We were absolutely flying in the league and dismantled the Hornets 4-1 on an absolute quagmire of a pitch where all the available grass was between the touchline and the stands. Beardsley fired in the opener, Aldridge bundled in the second, Beardsley dribbled around the keeper for the third, and Barnes scored the 4th against his old club with a close range finish after the ball was nodded down to him just inside the six yard box. There was time for a consolation from Luther Blissett, but Watford had been well and truly outclassed by us. They weren't the first and they wouldn't be the last in 1987/88. Or the Eighties in general for that matter.

 

 

The big draw at the box office in February 1988 was Good Morning, Vietnam, starring Robin Williams on top form and directed by Barry Levinson, who would go on to make Rain Man the following year. Williams had a gift for delivering funny and poignant in the same role, and this time he played a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service, trying to deliver news, comedy and music to entertain the troops in Saigon, going against the wishes of some of his superiors who didn't like his attitude and casual insubordination ("You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history"). For the audience (and the grunts on the front line) he was easy to warm to and side with as he balanced trying to do his job and see the humanity in the 'enemy'. It's part of a slew of 'Nam-set films released from the mid-80s onwards, a lot of which were of extremely high quality. War films in general, when the story is interesting, told well and with amazing cinematography, can still be utterly compelling.

 

 

Anyway, back to Watford. New manager bounce incoming? It's generally hard to tell but the combination of new manager up against a Liverpool team missing a number of players, playing after an international break and in an early kick-off is what twats like Jake Humphrey would be only to happy to wank off to live on air. We just need to dig deep, do what we are well capable of, and get the result. Dilly Ding Dilly Dong should just be the advertising slogan for a Saigon bank, not a manager the English media have a real love-in for.

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Tricky this.

 

Denied being able to field key players.

 

Early kick off after break.

 

New manager bounce for them.

 

We need 3 pts - it isn't going to be easy given all the things against us, not being able to field key players because of international shite scheduling is farcical - totally unacceptable.

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10 minutes ago, LFC 6 Times said:

Kelleher, Trent, Matip, Virgil, Robbo, Hendo, Jones, Milner, Mo, Firmino, Mane

 

2-1 to us.

I reckon Virgil will be rested now. The only that played for their country during the international break right?

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Children, behave ….. no matter what you break the UK number one at the time of the above featured match up between Merseyside Reds and G.A.P Yellow was ironed out, stalker anthem I Think We’re Alone Now by former M People bass player Tiffany. Contrary to popular belief Tiffany’s surname is Darwish (middle name  Renee) a surname she shares with Pato Banton and Emmerdale actor Bruce Jones. 
 

 


 

 

 

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3 hours ago, dockers_strike said:

Yeah, he's at Birmingham. A brum fan all his life apparently.

That would explain his big fuck you to the villa fans a few years ago when he scored there.

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10 hours ago, Trumo said:

 

("You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history"). 

 

 

Even at the time I remember wondering what the word "white" added to that line (and concluding that the USA is fucked up).

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Just win. Don't care how. Just win. 3 points and then fuck off out of there. 

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9 hours ago, Pete said:

Just win. Don't care how. Just win. 3 points and then fuck off out of there. 

Agree. But FIFA, Sky \ BT and the Premier League have given Watford a massive advantage.

 

Edit Fuck, it's on BT as well!

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So, La Liga postpones games so as not to punish teams for having players on international duty in S America, but the PL…

 

 

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Surely this farce is the final straw and clubs will kick off now.

 

When you have reached stage where the international calendar is stopping clubs from being able to field their employees then you know it is out of control...I find it hard to believe this is being allowed to happen and even harder to believe that clubs are going to just stand for it.

 

As Carra put it earlier in week: 
 

"The Premier League has a credibility issue on Saturday. For a long time I have considered international breaks an inconvenience. This weekend, it is an unacceptable intrusion." 
 
"Although all the title-contending clubs are affected to some extent, the integrity of the matchday has been undermined due to avoidable, external circumstances. It is inexcusable that Fifa has allowed World Cup qualifiers to be scheduled at such a time which means the clubs paying the players’ salaries - in some cases around £250,000 a week - cannot reasonably use them in an important domestic match."
 

It is fucking outrageous and it needs fucking sorting. 

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1 hour ago, Anubis said:

So, La Liga postpones games so as not to punish teams for having players on international duty in S America, but the PL…

 

 

Greatest league in the world, innit.

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Presumably, FIFA had these fixtures pencilled in before allocating the matches for BT and Sky. Do BT have to have an early kick-off every week? Could they not have picked, say, Norwich/Brighton or Everton/West Ham for the early kick-off?

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That would make too much sense.  PL is all about money and nothing else.  It does not give two shits about the game itself. It just wants money, drama & viewing figures.  They are probably delighted that the current situation gives them more exposure and also increases the chances of a shock win

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6 hours ago, sir roger said:

I think BT are second pick and only get one game a week , so they would probably feel they were being punished by being given shit games like the Everton one.

Woah,Neddy! 'The greatest team in the world,lid.'

If it wasn't for pace goals,dodgy offsides,the powers that be and 30+ years of being absolute shite Everton would be the greatest team ever.

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