First Team 21/06/2018

World Cup: Amrabat Voted Man Of The Match

Morocco fell to a second defeat in Group B at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this time by a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal. But, despite the result, Nordin Amrabat was voted man of the match via the BBC's player rating system.

With an average rating of 7.50, Amrabat eclipsed the rating of match-winner Ronaldo, who could only manage 6.65, and his closest rival was teammate Hakim Ziyech on 7.07.

The winger had been a major doubt heading into the game, after coming off in the previous fixture against Iran with a concussion.

Amrabat, who spent the majority of last season on loan in Spain with Leganes, wore a scrum cap for part of the first half before tearing it off in frustration.

Ronaldo scored a header in the fourth minute - the only goal of the game. While Morocco - and in particular Amrabat - impressed for the remainder of the game, they were unable to find the reply they needed to keep their hopes of reaching the group stage alive.

Morocco face Spain on Monday June 25, with the Spaniards needing to avoid defeat to qualify for the knockout stage.


Getting To Know You: Home Shirt Winner!

As part of our ‘Getting To Know You’ survey, participants were entered into a prize draw to win a new 2018/19 home shirt.

As with previous years, we felt it was essential to have an up-to-date understanding of our football community. The information we received will greatly assist us to improve everyone’s matchday experience, as well as allowing us to monitor and report to the Premier League Equality Standard.

This year’s home shirt winner was Peter, a long-standing Watford fan who works closely with Proud Hornets, the LGBTQI+ Watford supporters group.

“I’ve been a Watford fan since I was about 10 or 12. I didn’t come from a family that really supported football,” said Peter. “Though my brother likes it, but he’s unfortunately a Spurs fan – I can just about forgive him for that!

“I’ve come on and off but it’s been growing in the last 10 years, and then in the last year I’ve been really involved in the Proud Hornets, so I’ve been coming to a lot more games.”

The Proud Hornets have slowly been growing since their inception last winter. And it was through their relationship with the club that he found out about the survey.

Peter said: “We started at the Manchester United game last year, so this November will be our anniversary – if you can call it that – hopefully when it’s the Rainbow Laces game again.

“I’d been asked to promote [the survey] through the Proud Hornets, and on the last day I suddenly thought, I hadn’t done it myself! So, I thought I’d better do it before it was too late, so it was a bit of a surprise when I got the email the next day saying I’d won!”

And now, standing pitchside at The Vic with his shirt, what does he think of his new threads?

“I love the new shirt! I’ve always preferred the kits that are more black and yellow, and not too much red – sorry, it’s just a personal thing! When I first saw the pictures of it I thought it’s time to replace my 2015 one, so I’ve been quite lucky really.” said Peter.

The club would like to say thank you to everyone that took the time to complete the survey – the winner of the away shirt will be announced soon!