Q&A With Watford

  • September 15, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton welcome Watford to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday and we have got the views of a Hornets fan ahead of the game.

The Championship fixture will be the first meeting between the two sides since February 2007, when a solitary Nicolas Anelka goal gave Sam Allardyce's Wanderers side a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

A lot has changed since that day, with both clubs then playing their football in the Premier League. Ahead of this weekend's game, we have got the views of Smudger from WFC Forums.

In this edition of Q&A, Smudger gives us his views on Gianfranco Zola, Watford's foreign owners and whether Bolton can turn around their poor start to the season.

Q: At the time of writing, Watford sit seven places and two points above Bolton in the Championship. How has your season been so far and is promotion a realistic possibility?

A: The season has been up and down, as is to be expected with a new manager and footballing philosophy, as well as a large influx of players.

How the side melds together and shows heart and application, as well as technical ability coming up to December, will decide the fate of the club. If all goes well, a playoff spot perhaps this season with promotion the aim the season after.

Q: How did you feel when you heard about the appointment of Gianfranco Zola over the summer and did Sean Dyche deserve to be sacked?

A: There is precious little loyalty left in football. It was harsh on Dyche, but he may have been a one season wonder. We will never know.

The new owners saved the club and therefore have a right to decide who they think is suitable to them in fulfilling their ambitions for the club. Zola plays football the right way but he may need more experience in this combative division.

The owners have shown that they don't tolerate failure so there is a Damoclean Sword hanging over his head. He has, however, been assured of at least one season. He is, as everyone says, a thoroughly likeable bloke.

Q: Are you a fan of your new owners and are you comfortable with the amount of players you have on loan from their other clubs?

A: Yes. Their model with Udinese and Granada has shown success and a profitable business model at that. It's unlike some other clubs, who have had foreign owners coming in without any track record of owning football clubs and making them work.

It is slightly disconcerting with the numbers of loanees, which has led to the rather silly joke that we are Udinese B. I would have preferred seeing more local lads breaking into the side from the Harefield Academy project, but, who knows, if we do make it up then we can re-establish that academy.

Now we have a direct link to one of the most successful global scouting programmes on the planet. I think anyone would be excited if they could lay their hands on the next Alexis Sanchez, even if it was only for a season.

Q: Who is the most dangerous player in your team?

A: It's difficult to say. Matej Vydra has pace, intelligence and technical ability and Almen Abdi can dictate from midfield.

If he get's his act together and works hard, Sean Murray has great ability and the potential to make it to the top ranks of the game.

Q: Which Bolton player will you be most wary of on Saturday afternoon?

A: Chung-Yong Lee would have been my choice but he looks a bit dull at present. Kevin Davies inevitably will be a focal point for the side.

With Stuart Holden injured, your team misses an integral component in him.

Q: Can you see Bolton winning promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking?

A: Perhaps not this season, but the next. Owen Coyle is under immense pressure, but you do have those parachute payments and if you've negotiated sensible clauses in player's contracts then it shouldn't be a financial problem.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for the game at the Reebok?

A: We are still getting strangers together in a team and if we do not defend set pieces, as at Derby, then it should be a relatively comfortable win for you. However, we can play.

I think it will be a 2-1 win to Bolton.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Smudger for sharing his views ahead of Saturday's game at the Reebok Stadium.

You can read more answers from the Hornets fans by checking out our Q&A thread at WFC Forums.

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