Opposition View: ‘As long as we finish outside the bottom three, it’s a success’

We've been unlucky with injuries and our back line has been a bit shaky so far

This month we catch up with Watford fan Cian Hallahan to chat through their League struggles and predictions ahead of this week’s meeting at London Stadium…

How do you think your team will get on this season?

As you can already tell, it’s not been a brilliant season so far for us but as long as we finish outside the bottom three, it’s a success to me.

Do you think you’ll stay up?

It’ll be a struggle, but I’m hopeful. We’ve been unlucky with injuries and our back line has been a bit shaky so far. But hopefully with some recruitment in January we’ll stay above the dotted line.

Why do you seemingly change your manager every month?

I’m all for a bit of stability and think it’s vital but Gino Pozzo has his own philosophy which has been incredibly successful for Watford in recent times so I see why he likes to shake it up.

Was it a surprise when Troy Deeney left and how much do you miss him?

I think Troy’s time at Watford was coming to an end. We all knew it was going to be happening at some point. Like in life, it’s hard to let go from the things you get so attached to. He’ll be a huge miss going forward but he’s left his mark and for sure achieved legendary status.

Ex-West Ham player Ashley Fletcher joined Watford earlier this year – presumably to help fill the Deeney void. Does he get the game time he deserves?  

He has had very little league game time, but I was personally impressed with what I’ve seen in the cup and during his limited minutes. Hopefully we’ll see a bit more of him as the season goes on.

Jeremy Ngakia – another ex-West Ham player – is at your club. What is he like for you?

Like Fletcher, game time has been limited for Jeremy. He’s struggled to nail down his place on the team sheet with the competition in the squad. I’ve enjoyed watching him and hope he’ll get a proper spell of game time, definitely deserves a shot to prove himself consistently.

As it’s Mark Noble’s last season do you have any vivid memories of him playing against your team?

A memory I have of Mark Noble is in the 18/19 season he scored against us passing it past Foster at Vicarage Road. Later on, in that game you got awarded a penalty and obviously the king of penalties took it and scored. The score ended in a 4-2 win to you.

And Cian, why do you have a moose as your badge considering your nickname is the Hornets?

Watford is in Hertfordshire hence the Hart on our badge, which is the same as a stag I think. It does confuse me as well.

What’s your score prediction for your game against West Ham?


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