Preview

A dismal defeat to Nottingham Forest where we lacked any cutting edge and played too many long-balls followed Saturday's disappointing draw against Charlton, where we were well and truly shafted by one of the worst refereeing performances of all time.

Full credit to the players last week who performed brilliantly, even when down to ten men and we should have taken all three points. James Vaughan is also back and scoring goals, albeit into the wrong net, a bit like Rufus Smalls in Mike Bassett: Manager.

The Huddersfield Town board have also allowed Mark Lillis to bring in defensive reinforcements with the transfer window shutting on Monday and no sign of a new manager. Jack Robinson has joined on loan from QPR, hours after completing his signing from Liverpool.

You'd expect one or two more signings two, with our defensive reinforcements down to it's bare bones with only two centre-backs fit.

Likely Line-up

You would expect Mark Lillis to keep a similar line-up to the one that started against Charlton. However, Tommy Smith looks set to miss out through injury, whilst Lee Peltier are facing a race against time to be fit enough for the trip to Vicarage Road.

New loan signing and England under-21 international could make his debut coming into the side for Paul Dixon, but potentially may be needed to fill the right-back void should Peltier not be fit.


Prediction

Watford 2 -0 Town

Injuries at the back and a lack of depth in our defensive resources means that it will be an even tougher test for Town against the Hornets. A front three of Deeney, Vydra and Forestieri will surely take advantage of Town's weaknesses and continue their charge at the top of the Championship.


Know Your Enemy

If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of tomorrows fixture against Watford down at Vicarage Road, we spoke to Jon Moonie, who is one of the three regular voices than can be heard on the 'From The Rookery End' podcast.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...


TC: After last seasons disappointing finish, what would you class as a good season for Watford?

FTRE: There were many disappointments last season, the lost against you was just the final nail to the season. A good season this year is play offs, but if all goes right then it's automatic promotion. Yes confidence is high!!

TC: How do you feel the transfer window so far has gone for you so far?

FTRE: Perfectly - We live in a different world to everyone else. We don't sign players in the same way, but the players that the Pozzo Family (our owners) Network have brought in are brilliant.

Back in we have Daniel Tozser in Midfield and up front Matej Vydra (you know the fella who won Championship Player of the season last time he played). We've also had in the likes of Juan Carlos Paredes who was whipping up and down the wing for Equador in the world cup. That and a few players with English football experience - Lloyd Dyer, Keith Andrews and Gabriel Tamas. It's scary how many international players we have these days!

TC: Giuseppe Sannino had a rough ride last season at the start of his Watford managerial career, do you now think he's settled into the role?

FTRE: Well there is a downside to Watford at the moment. There 'might be' some issues with Beppe and some of the players.  They don't seem to understand that they aren't going to start every game when we have the squad our size. You may have heard about Lloyd Dyer shouting abuse at Beppe after scoring away at Rotherham. There were rumblings of Beppe going last week because he didn't have the players backing. As fans we're not sure if it's being blown all out of proportion because ... well it's football.

TC: How big is it for Watford to tie Troy Deeney down to a new deal ?

FTRE: It's huge... massive... just like him! His strength upfront is going to be very important to us winning promotion. He is a classic Championship striker, but the continental influences he's had the last few years has brought his game on immensely! The Pozzo's were right not to let him go for less than £10 million.

TC: Which Watford player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

FTRE: See the list of players above, but add in Fernando Forestieri. He may not start, as he played against Leeds and squad rotation is a factor, but he was ON FIRE against Leeds last week. If he is in full flow he is unplayable. 3 goals already and the first was with his first touch of the ball coming on as a sub against Bolton. We all love 'Fessi'.

TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Watford fans should worry about?

FTRE: Johnny Hogg... we were very disappointed when he left the club, he was the most important player in 'that goal'  just watch his run! 

TC: What have you made so far of your start in the Championship?

FTRE: Same old, same old. 10 clubs have made great starts and you know what 5 of them could drop off and be replaced. The margins are so so small and 20 clubs can be in with a shout of the play off up until the last few weeks. 

TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?

FTRE: 3-1 to Watford. Deeney, his new contract with put two in and Vydra or Forestieri will add the third.


Jon Moonie of 'From the Rookery End' was speaking with Thrice Champions' Greg Marah.

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