Watford 1 - 2 Hull City Match Report.
Watford were beaten at Vicarage Road by a well organised Hull City game thanks to goals from loanees David Meyler and Robbie Brady. The hornets were nowhere near their best and missed Fernando Forestieri in attack. Watford did get one back through Troy Deeney in added time but it was too little too late. During the game, Most Watford fans were aggrevated by some of referee Mark Haywood's decisions. The first half of the match lacked something and Watford did not turn up. They seemed frightened to attack and just seemed to pass the ball without attacking or stretching Hull. In the second half Watford did improve but Hull deservedly took away the three points. Credit to Hull as they pressurised Watford into silly mistakes. Watford made one change to the side that beat Barnsley 4-1. Matej Vydra came in for Fernando Forestieri as he had a slight hamstring problem and was deemed not fit to play. Hull also made one change. Jay Simpson came in for Aaron Mclean. Sone Aluko did not feature at all for Hull. Hull also lined up in a 3-5-2 formation. Hull were on top as early as the fourth minute when Manuel Almunia and Joel Ekstrand thwarted Jay Simpson after the ball landed at his feet from a Robert Koren cross. Minutes later, Manuel Almunia passed the ball straight to Jay Simpson whose shot went over after being put under pressure by the Watford defence. Hull were still on top in the 25th minute when Robert Koren unleashed at shot which was straight at Manuel Almunia. Four minutes later, Hulls Robbie Brady headered over from a corner whilst under pressure from Joel Ekstrand. But on four minutes from half time, Hull took a deserved lead. Corry Evans unleashed a shot from 25 yards which hit the crossbar and came out. But only as far as David Meyler who headered into a nearly empty. This was the Sunderland Loanees first goal of the season. After trying to save Evans effort Manuel Almunia scrambled back across his line to try and save but despiute his best efforts he could do nothing. Hull keeper David Stockdale barely had anything to do in the first half.
Half Time - 0-1
Ikechi Anya came for Joel Ekstrand at half time. Ekstrand had been solid throughtout the first half and must have been substituted due to an injury, Watford started the second half much livlier. Troy Deeney tried his luck from long range but his shot trickled wide. Then Watford nearly eqaulised in what would of been a bizzarre goal. Mark Yeates crossed in from the left hand side and the ball swerved towards goal nearly catching David Stockdale by surprise. The keeper caught the ball but the Rookery End thought the ball was in and were outraged to see that referee Mark Haywood and linesman Geofrey Rusell did not give it as it did look like the ball crossed the line. Almen Abdi came on for Daniel Pudil in the 65th minute. Troy Deeney could not connect with a Marco Cassetti cross in the 67th minute. Abdi nearly levelled for the Hornets in thr 70th minute. . A free kick from Mark Yeates landed at the feet of swiss midfielder Abdi whose shot hit the post and bounced out again. But Hullquickly counter attacked and won a free kick when Fitz Hall bought Robbie Brady down. The Irshman (On loan from Manchester United) took the free kick himself. He managed to get the ball up and over the wall and the ball hit the bar and came back down to make it 2-0 to Hull City. Manuel Almunia maybe could of done better if i was being harsh but he really had no chance in what was a magnificent goal and nothing more than Hull deserved. 5 minutes later and Fitz Hall was replaced by Alex Geijo. This Meant that Marco Cassetti moved into the centre of the back three where he had Tommie Hoban and Ikechi Anya alongside him. In the 85th minute, Watford had a shot cleared off the line. From a corner, Jonathan Hogg met the ball but after a scramble in the box, the ball broke for Nathaniel Chalobah whose shot was cleared off the line by Liam Rosenier. Eventually, Watford did get one back in the second minute of added time when Almen Abdi played a through ball into Troy Deeney who slid the ball into the net whilst under pressure from David Stockdale.
Full Time - 1-2
Watford - Almunia (GK)(C) 6, Ekstrand 7 (Anya H/T 5) Hall 6 (Geijo 80 5), Hoban 7, Pudil 6 (Abdi 65 6), Hogg 6, Chalobah 5, Yeates 5, Cassetti 7, Vydra 5, Deeney 6.
Subs Not Used - Bonham (GK), Thompson, Mujangi Bia, Battochio.
Goals - Deney (90+2)
Bookings - None.
Hull City - Stockdale (GK), Chester, McShane (Hobbs 27), Bruce, Meyler, Elmohamady, Quinn, Evans, Brady (Proschwitz 83), Koren ( Rosenier 84), Simpson.
Subs Not Used - Jakupovic (GK), Mclean, Cairney, Olifinkana.
Goals - Meyler (41), Brady (71)
Yellow Cards - Brady (70), Simpson (87)
Possesion - Watford 46% Hull 54%.
Watford Man of The Match for Me - Tommie Hoban and Marco Cassetti - Hard to pick the best one out of the two as they both had a good game and were the best performers for Watford in a game where most players did not turn up. Hoban again continued with his impressive performances in a Watford Shirt and looks so experienced despite him bein only 18. Cassetti also had a good match. Clearing danger and playing good balls, he deffinelty showed that he can play either right wing back, right back or in the centre of the defence. Apart from these two players, No other Watford player deserved to win my man of the match.
Attendance - 12,156 (833 Hull)
Referee - Mark Haywood.