First Team 1 week ago

FA Cup: Weather Update For Tranmere Tie

Tonight's Emirates FA Cup third round replay against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park remains scheduled to go ahead as planned despite heavy rainfall from Storm Brendan.

A high volume of rain fell on Prenton Park on Sunday and Monday, with further rain forecast for this afternoon.

Both clubs have been in regular contact with each other, the referee and the Football Association over the past two days, discussing the options available.

In order to give the game the best possible chance of going ahead as scheduled, a MacLeod Pitch Covering System was deployed at Prenton Park yesterday evening. The cover protects the pitch from rain and also allows air to circulate underneath which is hoped will dry out the surface.

The referee is expected to arrive at Prenton Park at lunch time today, but with more Storm Brendan forecast to hit Wirral with more heavy rain this afternoon, the MacLeod Cover will be in place until approximately 6-6.30pm tonight, which will be the first opportunity the referee will have to carry out his full normal pre-match inspection.​

Both clubs appreciate the difficulty this may pose for supporters, but the timing has been determined to give the fixture every chance possible of taking place tonight.

Any further updates will be posted on the club website and social media and we thank supporters for their patience.

First Team 2 weeks ago

Deeney on GT: “We’re Trying To Move His Legacy Forward”

By Kevin Affleck

Nigel Pearson and Troy Deeney were proud to be able to mark the third anniversary of the passing of Graham Taylor with a performance that had the club's greatest ever manager stamped all over it.

The Hornets were resolute in defence, full of running in midfield and posed a varied threat in attack as they steamrollered Bournemouth to rack up a fourth win in five games. Most of all, there was a unity about the group, a togetherness and that was fully evident in the goal celebrations and scenes at full-time in front of the fans.

Amid the thrilling scenes in the away end, the supporters showed just how much the great man means to them by holding their scarves aloft and belting out a rendition of ‘One Graham Taylor’ on 72 minutes.

“I saw some stuff on social media about Paul Robinson putting that GT was his idol,” said Deeney. “He was an inspirational man but not just for football people – but for people that came into contact with him. He's definitely looking down and giving us a little kick up the backside to make sure we do it right – and we see Rita at games all the time.

”The word legend can be used too often but he is definitely a Watford legend. As players, you have to realise what someone has done and to move forward you have to acknowledge the past. As players we appreciate we wouldn't be in this position without him and we are just trying to move the legacy forward.”

Allan Smart remarked how Pearson, who he did a coaching course with, reminds him of GT and there is no doubt he looks cut from the same cloth in terms of his principles, his beliefs and the way he treats people.

“You’ve got to remember the status of Graham Taylor at this football club, it’s huge,” said the Head Coach. “If that [winning on the anniversary] is something that gives the players and gives the fans an awful lot of pleasure, then I think that’s something else the players can be proud of. I’m sure he would have been proud of that performance because it showed a lot of grit and determination as well as ability.

“I’ve talked already about our club needing to in some ways re-establish its identity on the pitch, because it’s never nice for players to be questioned and for our fans not to be able to make a connection with us as a football team. Hopefully they’ll have seen some character and some desire to play for the club.”