Blackpool Vital have spoken to Watford Vitals editor Kieron to get his views on tomorrow’s game at Vicarage Road. here are his views.
Who would you class as your man to watch for the game and why?
Last time out the whole team put a great shift in. Our latest signing Miguel Layun was particularly impressive, so he should be kept an eye on, but for me our player in best form is striker Odion Ighalo.
Ighalo was not expected to be a starter at the club when we signed him early on in the season, but recently he has displaced Matej Vydra as the preferred option alongside Troy Deeney. He’s deceptively good with the ball at his feet, twisting and turning his way through opposition defences in an inimitable style. He’s also good in the air and has four goals in as many games, so should hopefully carry on in this way against Blackpool.
What do you know about Blackpool Fc?
That’s quite an open ended question! You play in orange, play on a terrible pitch at Bloomfield Road, and have owners who you thoroughly dislike right now.
You started the season with a threadbare squad, and you have been on a terrible run of form for god knows how long. If the season started last January and ended around now you’d probably have taken the least amount of point in the Championship for a little while, surely?
I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but I’ve read snippets of reports from fans and the press about the Oystons siphoning money out of the club and not investing properly in players or infrastructure. Perhaps you could tell me more about it in our Q&A.
If you could have any Blackpool player playing for Watford who would it be and why?
To be honest, I don’t know who I’d take. Maybe Ishmael Miller to stop him scoring against us tomorrow – I swear he scores against us pretty often… I could be wrong about that but it certainly feels that way.
If you’d have asked me this last season it would have of course been Tom Ince, but this season, in the form you’re in, it’s hard to choose a player that I’d want to come and play for Watford. Sorry… Maybe it’s my lack of knowledge that’s stopping me, but players like Andrea Orlandi or even Nathan Delfouneso feel like they should be better than they are right now.
What were your expectations for Watford at the start of the season? And have your expectations changed now that you are challenging promotion?
Well our expectations at Watford were pretty high, I think it’s fair to say. I was hoping for top six at least, and a serious challenge for the top two. The players we brought in in addition to what I believe was already a very talented squad means that this was a reasonable thing to expect I reckon.
Now that we’ve got 20 games to go I fully expect us to push on and put pressure on the automatic spots. We are light in midfield at the moment but this is being rectified. We’ve just brought in a hugely talented Mexican wingback, and we’ve retained all of our best players, getting rid of a couple of alleged troublemakers in Lloyd Dyer and Lewis McGugan. Keith Andrews fell out with the staff and has also been removed from training which means our squad should hopefully pull together and improve.
Any tips for fans travelling to Watford at the weekend? What are the best pubs, places to park, any places to avoid?
The Oddfellows is a pub just around the corner from the ground, and is usually reserved for away fans, although last time you played us it was open to anyone as you didn’t bring too many fans. It’s a proper pub with the best pint of Guinness in Watford. Other than that there are a load of bars on the High Street, but it’s all pretty standard fare – Walkabout, Wetherspoons, etc etc.
In terms of parking there are places in the town centre, and your sort of DIY car parks around the ground as you’d find at most grounds.
In terms of places to avoid, I don’t think there’l be any trouble anywhere. Watford’s a fairly friendly place on match days on the whole, so I wouldn’t have any specific recommendations on that front.
What is the stadium like for away fans?
You’ve got a good view but a slightly small concourse. We finally have four complete stands, which means the stadium may look a bit different to the last time you were here.
And finally. …… What do you think the score will be on Saturday?
With such a good performance last weekend at home to Charlton and your position at the bottom of the league, it’s hard to predict anything other than a win for Watford. However, we’ve struggled against sides who have forced us into a bit of a dogfight, and sometimes we become disorganised in the face of adversity. Our lack of midfielders could mean our passing game is left a little exposed, but if we are professional in our performance our quality should shine through.
I don’t want to put a score on it but I will say I think Watford should win.