Sadly I called it before kick off. There's a real problem with creativity when we set up with Nolan in the side at home because we either set up 4-3-3 which becomes 4-5-1 or we go 4-4-2 and Noble can't control the game as he does with an anchor alongside him. Meanwhile, we have a whole clutch of forwards who can't finish as well as 'Arry's wife and wide midfielders who can't beat opponents and cross the ball.
Let's put this result into perspective. Watford lost 3-0 at home to Southampton a couple of weeks back and have been shipping goals at a rate of knots lately. But did we stretch them? Barely. Yes we hit the bar, early doors, yes Faubert missed a couple of good chances, but apart from that, the keeper had a relatively easy night. We were dreadful, and Watford actually had the best chance to win it.
The worry is that Reading are now breathing down our necks and that teams have seen how easy it is to frustrate us at Upton Park. Faubert is back to his awful worst, Allardyce doesn't seem to trust Taylor to last longer than 60 minutes, Nolan and Noble can't be paired in a midfield four, Baldock is low on confidence in front of goal, Maynard looks crap and all in all, we are unimaginative, uninspiring and uninspired.
Yes we are still second but just as with the victory at Blackpool, all the good work done away to Cardiff has been undone by our dreadful home form. Where do we go from here? To be honest, I don't know. Allardyce has his squad and is intent on playing Nolan, so we have to set up 4-5-1 / 4-3-3. The trouble is, only Cole can lead the line and he is not a Lambert, he doesn't score enough goals. Allardyce will blame the forwards again no doubt but he signed Baldock, Maynard, Vaz Te, Nolan and Carew so it's his fault if we can't score.
We were crap again tonight and got what we deserved. No hang on, we got one more point that we deserved!