Watford’s two goals from Stephen McGinn and Marvin Sordell before the break were just about enough to sink Ipswich Town as Watford moved up to third in the Championship.
Obviously, this was a highly anticipated match as it was Watford who were 5th against Ipswich Town, who were sixth. This became even more highly anticipated when I found out that ex-Watford striker, Tamas Priskin, was returning to Vicarage Road for the first time since he left Watford and joined Ipswich Town. However, Tamas never got to grips with the game and had three shots on goal before being substituted on the hour mark by highly-rated striker, Connor Wickham. By the way, two shots were smartly saved by Scott Loach and the other shot was agonizingly close.
Ipswich were in command of the game but the momentum swung dramatically before half-time. Watford opened the scoring when Martin Taylor flicked on a long throw from Lloyd Doyley and Stephen McGinn expertly volleyed home at the far post. Then, two minutes later, Marvin Sordell, who is Football League Young Player of the Month for September, rose superbly to flick a header into the top corner for a 2-0 lead. The cross which was inch-perfect was from Andrew Taylor, who has been absolutely brilliant. I’ve really been impressed with him. Watford’s passing was so good that even Arsene Wenger would be proud of it.
In response, Ipswich offered little threat in attack and did not look likely to get back into the match until a double substitution close to the hour mark, with 17-year-old Connor Wickham being particularly effective after coming off the bench.
The Hornets were well on top, even after the break, but David Norris replied with a looping header even though Watford had two defenders on the line. However, me and my fellow Watford fans were furious as we clearly felt that Scott Loach had been impeded and that led to the goal. Watford nearly paid the price for sitting back on the lead and not going for a third when Ipswich then had a goal by Ronan Murray ruled out in a tense finale. So, Ipswich Town couldn’t do what Coventry City did and take advantage of Watford’s negativity.
It was Watford’s fifth successive league victory over Ipswich at Vicarage Road but, up until the Hornets’ quick-fire brace of goals, the visitors were comfortable and even created chances themselves, with Jason Scotland twice shooting off target when well placed.
Watford moved up to third and are now seven points off the leaders, QPR, and 5 points off second placed side, Cardiff City. Overall, a very impressive performance by Watford. The victory has sent Ipswich Town down to 8th place. I feel that if we want to gain promotion or gain a place in the play-offs in May then we can’t have too many slip ups as there are plenty of teams that are capable of overtaking us. However, there is a long way to go.
There will be no match report on the Watford v Scunthorpe United game on Saturday as I will be travelling to Liverpool. Though, I may do a match report on the Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers game which I’m going to as my second cousins have invited me to join them. They are Liverpool supporters.