DEENEY

02 Feb 2017

LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: MAZZARRI’S WATFORD DENT ARSENAL’S TITLE BID IN HONOUR OF CLUB LEGEND GRAHAM TAYLOR

The League Managers Association’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Watford for their 2-1 victory against title chasing Arsenal on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and a LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the result.

Match Report

On the eve of Graham Taylor’s funeral, Watford produced a fitting performance, the sort Taylor’s teams of the eighties used to churn out with regularity, to spectacularly and unexpectedly bloody the nose of one of the big boys. What a night.

Goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney inside 13 minutes put Watford in the driving seat and set them on the road to what must rank as their best ever Premier League win, right up there with the 1-0 win under Taylor at Anfield in 1999.

They were good value for the lead, too, executing Walter Mazzarri’s counterattacking gameplan to the letter in the first half as they smothered the Gunners’ interplay before hitting the home side on the break time after time. The first half was as good as the Hornets have played all season.

The expected onslaught from the home side arrived in the second half and it required several smart saves from Heurelho Gomes to prevent Arsenal getting back into the game earlier than they did, through Alex Iwobi just before the hour. But Watford defended doggedly and determinedly, surviving a shot from Lucas Perez that hit the underside of the bar, to hold on for a thoroughly merited three points, their first since December 10 against Everton.

Source: https://www.watfordfc.com/club/match-review-arsenal-1-2-watford