Just less than two weeks ago Town fans were leaving the John Smiths Stadium happy following a gutsy, hard earned victory against Neil Lennon's in form Bolton. However, after an extremely below par performance against Reading last Saturday, a result that saw Town exit the FA Cup, the mood has swung massively amongst the Town faithful and questions of Powell's tactical astuteness and the clubs ambition to succeed are starting to be fired across social media and the forums.
The next test for Chris Powell and his Terriers comes in the form of a very powerful Watford team who are looking a good bet to be up in the promotion race come may and the desire for another spirited performance from Town is strong.
Watford have won four of their last five away games and have also won on each of their last three visits to the John Smiths Stadium whilst Town can only boast one win in their last five matches.
Jonathan Hogg misses out against his former club as a result of his red card in the cup last week whilst Adam Hammill will not feature after completing a loan move to relegation rivals Rotherham United on friday. Danny Ward could also follow to Rotherham, although those rumours are yet to be confirmed. Murray Wallace is expected to miss out due to injury hopefully giving way to the fit again Joel Lynch who has returned to training over the last few weeks.
Powell has a few options for his starting line-up. Oscar Gobern could complete the middle three in the absence of Hogg, although Lee Peltier may be preferred for more mobility whilst Philip Biling will be hoping for an appearance on the bench at least. Joe Lolley is another that must be pushing for more game time, especially with Harry Bunn in indifferent form of late.
Alternatively, we may opt to give Vaughan and Wells more time together in either a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation, who's knows? Trying to predict Chris Powells team is beginning to get ever more difficult these days as he looks to find that winning formula.
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Watford are good and have the type of players that will punish mistakes with good effect. If Lynch does make the starting line-up I'd hope he can rekindle that partnership with Hudson that was looking quite strong before christmas but I think we'll then miss Jonathan Hogg's energy in the middle and can see Deeney, Forestieri and Vydra (to name a few) causing lots of problems for a Town side that, last week, looked low on confidence.