This piece is in no way designed to take away from the woeful and kamikaze nature of Watford Football Club in 2019/2020. The whole season has been a complete farce from the moment it kicked off, underpinned by the neglect in the transfer market and lack of strategy in helping motivate a bunch of irresponsible losers on the pitch.
While Watford undoubtedly deserve to towards the foot of the table, this Premier League season has been the most tragic and illegitimate campaign you could even imagine. Rule changes half way through, no fans and sheer incompetence. Watford’s demise has gone down to the thinnest of margins and this is exactly why Watford are on the wrong side of it…
Gameweek 1 – Watford 0-3 Brighton
Watford start the season in horrific fashion, they are however given no way back when Glenn Murray outstretches an arm in the box to deny Pereyra’s goal bound effort at 1-0 down. The Hornets lose the game 3-0.
Gameweek 2 – Everton 1-0 Watford
Javi Gracia’s side put in a poor showing against an equally lackluster Everton. For the second time in 2 seasons Yery Mina is on the right end of a decision as the replays show he fails to get the ball in the box when challenging Gerard Deulofeu. The ‘clear and obvious’ stance means this was never getting overturned but this should’ve been a game changing penalty as it was a foul. When a defender throws his hands up like that, it normally is because they’re guilty as sin.
Gameweek 4 – Newcastle 1-1 Watford
Pressure is building on Javi Gracia after 3 opening defeats. The Hornets take an early lead in another vital game to kick-start their season. In the second half they are pegged back as they Fabian Schar scores but after it hits Isaac Hayden on the arm. They don’t check on VAR, the game ends 1-1. Javi Gracia is dismissed following the result.
Gameweek 5- Watford 2-2 Arsenal
Quique Sanchez Flores is re-instated as Watford boss. It takes him 21 minutes for his side to concede, certainly not under the ‘clear and obvious’ category to overturn a goal but Will Hughes is impeded in the middle of the park, a matter of seconds later and Watford go behind in a game they start very brightly.
Gameweek 9 – Spurs 1-1 Watford
With Watford 1-0 up, this wasn’t given as a penalty. No seriously, this wasn’t given as a penalty.
It couldn’t get any worse could it? Wrong. Alli scores late on with the help of his arm, VAR doesn’t overrule it.
Gameweek 12 – Watford 1-2 Chelsea
At last Watford are on the right side of a call. Despite a horrific performance they are given a lifeline as Deulofeu receives a soft penalty after getting touched in the box. He converts but it makes no odds to the result.
Gameweek 14 – Watford 0-3 Burnley
Burnley stink the place out at Vicarage Road, the all important first goal is scored in the second half as James Tarkowski uses Jose Holebas as a ladder to nod down for the opener. Minimal complaints make it easy to swiftly move on, before VAR does decide to get involved and give Burnley a deserved penalty later on.
Gameweek 15 – Southampton 2-1 Watford
Watford enter a huge game at the foot of the table with the Saints also in dire straights. Their season is revived completely thanks to handball goal number 3 of the season to equalise. They then steal a winner to give Watford another defeat. This becomes Sanches Flores’s last game.
Gameweek 16 – Leicester 2-0 Watford
It isn’t Leicester vs Watford without a Foxes player taking a tumble in the box. Incredibly Leicester don’t a decision as Vardy receives contact from Mariappa but gets booked for diving. Watford get away with one…
It was never going to last long. The ball is swung in as both Masina and Evans get physical. A nothing challenge results in the inevitable penalty and the all important first goal once more. Leicester see the game out to get the 3 points.
Gameweek 17 – Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Just 3 days later and wrestling is now permitted in football as Gary Cahill performs a stunning choke-slam on Deeney in stoppage time. The cagey affair ends goalless.
Gameweek 21 – Watford 3-0 Aston Villa
The Hornets enter a huge game against Villa under Nigel Pearson. A comfortable performance gets nervy as Mariappa is sent off despite not making any contact with Lansbury. They still run out 3-0 winners.
Gameweek 22 – Watford 2-1 Wolves
Another victory for Pearson but no thanks to the help of VAR. Leading 2-1, Christian Kabasele is shown a yellow card for a foul with a professional foul being checked. Incredibly, deemed ‘clear and obvious’ enough to overturn, Kabasele is sent off. Despite this Watford hold on once more against the odds.
FA Cup 3rd Round – Watford 3-3 Tranmere
Watford embarrassingly blow a 3 nil lead to Tranmere. Insignificant in the context of the game but Pereyra is sent off at the death for a nothing challenge. This is rescinded upon appeal.
Gameweek 24 – Aston Villa 2-1 Watford
Another vital clash against a relegation rival. Watford take the lead through Deeney, decisively Mings uses his hand to prevent a promising breakaway at 1-0 already on a yellow card. Here he is laughing that he should’ve walked. Villa not only equalise but get a last gasp winner.
Gameweek 32 – Watford 1-3 Southampton
Watford put on a pathetic showing in lock-down but it could’ve been different had Bertrand been punished for grabbing Sarr’s shirt in the box at 0-1. With roughly 12 minutes to play Walker-Peters produces an arm lock but they don’t address it on VAR. With the score at 0-2 it was unlikely to influence the result.
Gameweek 34 – Watford 2-1 Norwich
A tackle any Rugby player would’ve been proud of. Pukki grabs Kabasele from a corner but it is completely ignored with the score at 1-1. Thankfully a stunning Danny Welbeck finish grabs the 3 points.
Watford 2-3 Everton – Watford throw away a 2 lead in first half stoppage time as 2 minutes are added on. They walk off at 2-2 with Mina equalising on 45+4.
Man Utd 3-0 Watford – Bruno Fernandes takes a tumble in the box in typical fashion and Foster bites at the invitation. Martial makes it 2 with it looking tight for offside but they don’t even look to VAR and kick off almost immediately. We are yet to see the lines confirmed for the decision.