First Team 09/12/2018

Deeney: “On Monday He’s The Enemy”

Watford captain Troy Deeney has been speaking about the prospect of facing an Everton side that contains former teammate Richarlison at Goodison Park on Monday night.

And, while the striker says it’s good to see the Brazilian winger doing so well, on Monday night he will be the “enemy”.

“I wasn’t disappointed [when he left] because you can understand it,” said Deeney. “Business-wise it was a no-brainer for the money. 

“You can see his potential daily, his enthusiasm for football is up there and he’s now getting the national team looking at him. 

“But, I don’t want to talk him up too much because I’m going to have to smash him on Monday!

“On Monday he’s the enemy.”

Watford’s first campaign in the top-flight under the current ownership began with a sunshine-filled trip to face the Toffees - it won't be quite like that on Monday night.

But, the Hornets claimed their first point of the season there. Deeney says it’s somewhere he always likes to play because of the memories it brings back of that day - and hopefully the Golden Boys can leave Liverpool with a point or more from the game.

“I made my Premier League debut there in a 2-2 draw,” said the forward. “I have fond memories and it’s a nice moment to reflect on. 

“I like Everton, they have an old stadium and the fans are right on top of you. I enjoy it and it’s a good time to be up there. 

“I thrive off of that energy and I enjoy it. 

“We know when we get there it will be hostile, they’ll give us grief and we expect that, we know what’s coming. 

“It’s a great place to play football under the lights on a Monday night.”

Ladies 08/12/2018

Ladies Preview: Rearranged Buckland Athletic Cup Tie

By Chris Smith

After last weekend’s postponement due to a waterlogged pitch, Watford FC Ladies will begin their SSE Women’s FA Cup campaign this Sunday (December 9).

Buckland Athletic will make the journey to Kings Langley; the Bucks play in the WNL Division One South West, which is one level below the Golden Girls.

Whoever is victorious on Sunday will progress to the third round, where a trip to Middlesbrough Women awaits the winners.

Views from the Head Coach

A deluge of rain last weekend meant that there was no choice but to call off the initial attempt to play the game.

“It was frustrating but sometimes these things are not in our hands,” Armand Kavaja told watfordfc.com. “We wanted to play as we had prepared well the previous week.

“We have had a good week of training and we look forward to welcoming our visitors to our home ground.

“The girls have worked hard and have shown good desire and focus, which we need to carry on to the game this weekend.

“We’ve had a little more time to prepare and it also has allowed some of the players to return to training and be up for selection.”

The postponement means that both sides will know who they’ll be facing in the next round should they be able to get the job done on Sunday.

“It doesn’t influence anything,” Kavaja explained. “We are pretty clear that we have a job in front of us that needs to be done before we start thinking of the next round.

“We hope to get through and continue on from our good performance against Chichester. Hopefully we can then take that on to Plymouth in the league next weekend.”

Visitors

Having only been formed in 2015, this is just Buckland’s third time competing in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

They first entered the competition in 2016-17. Their first match was due to be against Cheltenham Civil Service, but they received a walk over.

The first time they took the field was in the third round qualifying. Buckland were given a tough draw but competed well against a Keynsham side who were two levels higher, narrowly losing 3-2.

Last season they progressed to the first round proper, winning games against Exeter City, Marine Academy Plymouth (Walkover) and New Milton Town.

That’s where the run came to an end, as they again lost to higher division opposition at home, Brislington winning 4-1.

Buckland have gone one better this campaign, reaching the second round for the first time. Wins over Ilminster Town, Marine Academy Plymouth and Cheltenham Town have set up this weekend’s tie with Watford.

Last time out

Watford 1-0 Chichester City

Team: Baranowska, Peck (Akerman, 76), Hill, Edwards, Huggins, Scanlon, Stojko-Down, Carid (Baker, 62), Ward (C), Bell, O’Leary (Afuakwah, 45)

Goal: Scanlon (15)

Buckland Athletic 3-3 Larkhall Athletic

Team: Bond, Beales, Brooks, Butt (C), Chubb, Gough, Sheppard, Smith (Hannaford, 68), Staddon, M Warman, N Warman (Meyer, 80)

Goals: N Warman (10, 51), Gough (89)

Information

Watford FC v Buckland Athletic Ladies
SSE Women’s FA Cup
Sunday 9th December
1pm
Kings Langley FC
WD4 8BS
£6 Adults, £1 Under-18s, 50% off for Watford FC ST Holders