Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Ready with the readies for Reid?

According to Nufc.com, Souness and Saunders spent their Saturday afternoon at the same place I did - at the City Ground, Nottingham, watching the upwardly mobile Watford notch a thoroughly deserved 2-1 victory over a woeful Forest outfit perched precariously above the drop zone.

Speculation may be rife over who the Newcastle management duo were there to watch, but Forest's lanky young centre-back Michael Dawson, a long-standing target if rumours are to be believed, did himself few favours. Far more impressive was Republic of Ireland winger Andy Reid, head and shoulders above all his team-mates and clearly a big fish in a small pond at this level, even in a game his side lost. Watford's star performers, of whom there were many, included Icelandic international Heidur Helguson, who scored two excellent headers from pinpoint Neal Ardley set-pieces, and keeper Richard Lee, whose brilliant late save ensured the Hornets got the points their performance merited.

What I can be sure of, though, is that Souness and Saunders will have enjoyed a fine afternoon's entertainment - though perhaps not as much as me, caught up in the boisterous and enthusiastic atmosphere of the away end with a Watford-supporting friend. It was quite enough to put the disturbingly commonplace morgue-like atmosphere of the St James's Park faithful to shame - though, of course, it's a different story away from home.


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