Rodgers has the last laugh at The Vic

Swansea City survived a superb comeback from the Hornets to take all three points and to give Swansea City and ex-Watford boss, Brendan Rodgers a happy return to Vicarage Road.

Swansea City started more brightly than Watford and deservedly got their goal after ten minutes when Scott Sinclair linked with Stephen Dobbie whose pass cut Watford’s defence wide open. Scott Sinclair kept his composure and coolly placed the ball past Scott Loach and in to the back of the net to send the Swansea City fans into raptures. I felt at the time that Lloyd Doyley had to take some blame as he didn’t pick up the run of Scott Sinclair.

Swansea City then made it 2-0 after Stephen Dobbie superbly linked up with Joe Allen to fire a shot from the 18 yard box that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line and trickled into the back of the net. By this time, the Swans were pretty much out-playing Watford and that a 2-0 scoreline didn’t flatter them. I was very impressed with Swansea to be honest. 

Watford, who had won their last three matches, could have pulled one back within a minute, but Adrian Mariappa’s header was cleared off the line by Alan Tate. Marvin Sordell and Danny Graham both went close as the Hornets desperately sought a way back into the game, but the Swans got to the half-time whistle unscathed.

At the break, I felt that a comeback was still on the cards. But those hopes were dashed, when the impressive Nathan Dyer burst into the box and squared it for Frank Nouble, who is on loan from West Ham – an easy tap in and it was his first touch since coming on.

But the Swans fell apart as Troy Deeney sparked Watford’s recovery and Martin Taylor headed a second. I thought to myself, maybe a comeback is still on the cards. I went ecstatic after John Eustace’s last-minute strike crashed into the back of the net but then my joy was short-lived when I saw that his strike was ruled out for offside. 

Substitute Deeney nodded home Marvin Sordell’s cross from close range with 14 minutes remaining to give hope, and five minutes later Taylor firmly headed home Lloyd Doyley’s cross. Watford thought they had completed their task deep into injury time, only to see Eustace’s effort ruled offside, the Hornets dropping a place to fourth in the table.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was jeered off by me and the rest of the home fans – we were still annoyed at his acrimonious June 2009 exit from the manager’s job at Vicarage Road – but the Northern Irishman will be more than satisfied with his first away points at his new club. So Rodgers has the last laugh at Vicarage Road after the Swansea’s 3-2 victory over Watford and the Swans had numerous chances to put the game to bed.

So what did I learn about Watford’s defence, I learnt that Watford’s defence struggles quite a lot against speedy wingers like Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair, and pace in general.

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