Scunthorpe and Watford, two names of footballing near-anonymity clashed at Vicarage Road on Saturday, proving that sometimes, a little bit of luck can win the day.
Following the win against Ipswich on Tuesday night, Watford fans could be forgiven for getting carried away with being third in the league.
Thankfully, as one fan shouted at the end of a lifeless encounter at Vicarage Road, ‘back to life, back to reality’, the Horns were brought down to earth with an almighty bump as the Iron fought their way to a deserved 2-0 victory.
Maybe Tuesday’s heroic win had taken it out of them, but Watford just did not get going, despite periods of intense attacking pressure, in a scrappy game on a sun drenched Vicarage Road pitch.
Of the three chances Scunny had, they scored two. Watford were unimaginative up front and rarely looked like scoring.
It was one of those days when it became apparent early on that things would not fall our way. A great strike putting us behind was followed by a golden opportunity to equalise – it fell to Lloydinho who headed over from 10 yards with the goal gaping – and hence the game was summised.
A second goal essentially finished Watford off and a team who had started the day looking uncomfortably low in the table, scraped three points from a dejected Watford team.
We never looked like fighting back, and that will be more worrying to the Hornets’ coaching staff, than the result itself.
Watford: Injuries to Danny Graham and Marv are a concern, Matty Wichelow barely had a touch and Troy Deeney is still yet to convince. Michael Bryan had a good game, but needs to stop over complicating his runs – just get in the box! A tough defeat, but one to take and learn from.
Scunthorpe: Came with a plan and stuck to it. Tony Warner was the main man when it came to time wasting – a tactic liberally employed and dutifully ignored by the referee – and enjoyed a verbal challenge with the Rookery front row. They’ll be ok this season and will beat many a team better than us.