Watford have once again thrown away a lead and once again it was in shocking circumstances at Selhurst Park. Tom Cleverley was sent off for the Hornets and ever since that moment the team seemed to fold. However even writing so quickly after the game I probably unlike the majority am not feeling the anger and hurt that most will, particularly to such a detestable opposition such as Crystal Palace.
This is perhaps because I smelt an air on inevitability about the way the game was heading. To me it just feels like the world is against Watford at the minute, in the last two games refereeing decisions have marred two results that should have been more. I almost seemed to switch off when Patrick Van Aanholt went crashing into Roberto Pereyra in a more nasty fashion than when Marvin Zeegelaar was sent off at the weekend. Two minutes later and it was Tom Cleverley that was sent for an early bath. The script was there to be written and a very fortunate Palace goal just a couple of minutes later only confirmed my expectations. What was to follow after the red card was not good enough and the fact we have previous with it this season shows that players and management are culpable, that is without question.
On the other hand my emerging emotions are that these type of games which are truly horrific outcomes should not disturb what has been to me a really fun season. Prior to Cleverley’s sending off the side looked comfortable and we saw flashes of superb football, maybe not as much as in prior games but enough to walk away with the 3 points away from home.
While it’s more than understandable for any Watford fan to be fuming as to what has happened I believe again that perspective is needed. Ultimately refereeing decisions have cost the club it’s recent form, whether you attach much significance to that is another matter but Silva and his players are having to battle the tide. The work rate, the organisation and the ability as a whole has been a real joy to watch for the large part and while there are lessons to learn I believe Saturday couldn’t come soon enough for the chance to get that winning feeling back and recollect the bigger picture.