NEW STARS SHINE FOR IMPRESSIVE HORNETS
Angella and Mcgugan on target
MATEJ who? Watford may have lost last season’s 20-goal talisman but with a centreback like Gabriele Angella, who needs him?
And don’t forget Troy Deeney, scorer of a classy hattrick, or new signing Lewis McGugan, who bagged his first goal for the Hornets since joining from Forest.
As the goals flew in at Vicarage Road, poor old Vydra must have been sat in Udine wishing he was back with his old mates.
This was a ruthless display that had title contenders written all over it, made all the more impressive for the fact that Bournemouth dominated the first half.
And after seeing his side turn in a 45-minute finishing masterclass, Watford boss Gianfranco Zola hailed his shothappy heroes.
“We lost an important player in Matej,” said Zola. “But we added players who can score goals from other positions. I never thought we would struggle.
“Angella, we always knew he could score goals. He always did in Italy. He is a young player and he is one of those who, potentially, will go to play for a big, big team.
“Troy, he is fantastic because we know we can rely on his goals. He has worked a lot in pre-season on his physical condition and that is important.
“If Troy is fit then he is a great player because he has got power, he has got ability and he has got intelligence. I think that football intelligence is one of the things that people don’t see with Troy, but he is very bright.
“Are people interested in signing him? That could be a problem but I am relying on the fact that he has a good environment here and he knows we can help him to improve. I really am expecting him to stay with us.”
The first half gave little inkling of the carnage to come, with newly-promoted Bournemouth playing out from the back, breaking at speed and causing the home side all sorts of problems.
Even after Angella smashed Watford ahead from a corner, it was the Cherries who created the better chances, with Lewis Grabban twice going close before eventually slotting home from Ryan Fraser’s clever cut-back.
“I think our players were surprised by how good they were,” added Zola. “They kept the ball, played football the right way. They got control of the midfield and they really pushed us back. They didn’t deserve to lose 6-1 and if they keep doing these things I think they will do very well.”
What they didn’t do so well
was defend. The second half had barely begun when Angella rose unmarked to head a second, and moments later the Cherries defence split like a banana as Deeney lashed Fernando Forestieri’s through ball into the top corner.
It was a similar story as McGugan raced clear to sweep home a fourth, though they could do little about Deeeney’s thunderous second, a top- corner pile driver from the edge of the box.
When sub Diego Fabrini was felled in the box, Deeney immediately collected the ball and rattled home for the first senior hat-trick of his career.
“I always knew it would be a huge step up,” said Cherries boss Eddie Howe, whose side notched a 2-1 win over Charlton last weekend.
“And potentially this could be a good thing for us and our supporters. This early in the season it does you no harm and it keeps everybody’s expectations in check, lets everybody know that it really is a big jump.
“First half, I thought we were very good. We took the game to them and had I felt we could go on and win.
“But we chased the game at 3-1 and they were ruthless in exposing that. We kept giving the ball back and you can’t do that against a good side like Watford.
“There are a lot of positives for us, but for all of that there is one big negative – we shipped too many goals and that is something we need to address pretty quickly. If you want to get anything in this division, you need to get the basics right.”
HOT SHOT: Gabriele Angella scores Watford’s first goal. Inset: Angella celebrates his strike