NEW STARS SHINE FOR IM­PRES­SIVE HOR­NETS

An­gella and Mcgugan on tar­get

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Dunlavy

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.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HOT SHOT: Gabriele An­gella scores Wat­ford’s first goal. Inset: An­gella cel­e­brates his strike

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