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Skoorb Meets The Hornets

Skoorb Meets The Hornets

City's FA Cup campaign is about to begin. VMC's Skoorb touches base with Vital Watford's Tom Bodell before Saturday's Etihad Stadium third round clash...

1. Who is your favourite Watford player of all time and why?

'I've only been going to Watford games for 12 years so my choice is somewhat limited. I would therefore have to go for Heidar Helguson, now (unfortunately) of Cardiff City. He never had the largest quantity of technique, but he worked so hard and did the unattractive graft so well that it allowed those around him to play. For a player under six foot in height he scored a lot of a headers and was only very rarely beaten in the air.

'Supporters want a player who cares for a club as they do and Heidar always seemed to care about Watford.'


2. Zola remains one of my favourite all time players & seems to be a thoroughly nice bloke. How do you rate him so far & do you think he can take you up to the PL?

'So far, so good. He's proven himself to be quite tactically astute and is not afraid to make big calls. We rested five players against Charlton on New Years Day and lost 4-3. However, as he correctly told the Official Site afterwards, he had done exactly the same against Leeds - a game we won 6-1. We've also switched from 4-3-3 at the beginning of the season to 3-5-2, a move which has paid off spectacularly, utilising the best qualities of our two wing-backs, Marco Cassetti and Daniel Pudil.

'Will he get us promoted? It's a topsy-turvy division and I don't think there's any one team which is significantly better than the others - Cardiff might be seven points clear but they have a rich history of blowing leads. Aside from them, I think almost anyone who isn't fighting relegation has a good chance of getting into the Play-Off's; it's about holding your nerve and making sure you put together a good run at the right time.'


3. If there was one player in your club's squad that you would want to keep above all others who would it be and why?

'Almen Abdi is superb. I can't remember the last time we had such a good ball-playing midfielder with vision, intelligence and an exemplary range of passing. He is the very definition of a playmaker and most good things in the side go through him.

'I would have said Nathaniel Chalobah (on-loan from Chelsea), but realistically that is never going to happen - he's far too good!'


4. If you could pick one player from the Manchester City squad who would it be and why?

'Vincent Kompany is a magnificent defender. I don't think we're necessarily weak at the back, but we have had to chop-and-change a bit - he'd be a classy addition to any English side.'

5. What makes Watford a special club to support?

'We're a family club and despite the continual change of ownership and the fact that the Pozzo family are not British, we remain so. The board are doing some good things in looking at ways to get more people through the gate and family days are part of that.

'On top of that we have long been a club which produces some terrific homegrown talent, the latest of which includes the imperious defender Tommie Hoban and rangy midfielder Connor Smith - both of whom have enjoyed a much greater impact this season than they would surely have ever dreamed of, especially when you consider the number of additions.'


6. Time machine time - fast forward a season and Watford can either win the FA Cup Final or remain in the Premier League. Which would you choose?

'Remaining in the Premier League might be where the money is, but winning our first trophy is the only answer I'm going to give! FA Cup every day of the week.

What do you predict the score will be on Saturday?

'3-1 to City.'

Very many thanks and respect going out to Tom and the Vital Watford team.

Click Here To Read Vital Watford - Opposing View: Manchester City

UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Sa 05 Jan 15h00 Watford, The Etihad, FAC 3
Su 13Jan 16h00 Arsenal, The Emirates, PL
Sa 19Jan 15h00 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Tu 29Jan 19h45 QPR, Loftus Road






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Skoorb
Date:Thursday January 3 2013
Time: 12:27PM

Comments

0
A good read. This could prove to be a tougher assignment for City than some pundits think.
Johnny Baguette
03/01/2013 12:31:00
0
Having been to the Watford game on Saturday, I don't think that a giant killing is likely. The defence, without Fitz Hall, looked very shaky, hence the four goals. I think that the score will be 5-1 to City.
kevhenderson
03/01/2013 12:45:00
0
All depends on City's attitude I'd say Kev. Here's hoping for a good game anyway.
Bluedub
03/01/2013 13:31:00
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Bd I hear Ballotosser is now handing out free boxing sessions... Any chance u could get me a session?
Mix26
03/01/2013 18:47:00
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I'm afraid you've got it wrong Mix, again!
Bluedub
03/01/2013 19:18:00
0
Looks like you Mix but can't match, Mix
Oziman
04/01/2013 04:55:00
0
Good interview Skoorb.
Oziman
04/01/2013 04:56:00
0
dont try an rip off my bib, it took me long enough to put it on lol.....the city circus countinues.
123spurs
04/01/2013 16:21:00
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Jealousy will get you nowhere 123
Bluedub
04/01/2013 17:02:00
0
Sure Balotelli would be more than happy to give you a few slaps Mix26
fifthcolumnblue
04/01/2013 21:50:00
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