We have just about reached the half-way stage of the season so far for the Npower Championship and things are looking very rosy for Gianfranco Zola and his men.
Watford are currently sitting in 6th position in the table, just inside the play-offs and six points off the automatic positions. But they are out of all of the domestic competitions and only have the league to play for.
Things got off to a slow start in August. Wins over Wycombe, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City gave us fans some confidence that this year could be our year but things fell to pieces after the shock defeat to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup Second Round. Watford went on a three game losing streak and ended up dangerously near the relegation zone. This included a 5-1 hammering by Derby County at Pride Park and the performance was close to sub-zero. Though things did pick up after a nervy 3-2 away victory over Huddersfield Town which was followed up with a 2-1 away win at Charlton Athletic.
But Watford once again started to stutter with defeats to Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers. Though in fairness, these games were against tricky opponents. However, a 2-1 win over Leicester City was the start of a seven match unbeaten run which propelled Watford to in and around the play-offs. Impressive wins over Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Middlesbrough have meant that Watford have kept in touch with the teams above and to stay clear from the sides below.
Watford have been playing some attractive and attacking football, and have adapted very nicely to the new formation, 3-5-2. Though there have been a few games where this has worked but have lost to some suspect defending. Regardless of this, Watford as a whole has been given huge amounts of praise even if there are a few who don’t like the amount of loan signings. Teams that play us now fear going a goal behind as they know that they will have to come out which will leave space at the back and one of our specialities now is counter-attacking football, evident in the goals scored by Matej Vydra in the away wins over Brighton and Middlesbrough.