The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WAT­FORD fi­nally seem to be sort­ing them­selves out af­ter a dread­ful run. Be­fore Fe­bru­ary, they’d won once in 16 league games – a re­ally mis­er­able record.

But that 2-0 win over Brighton was a ter­rific re­sult, and af­ter seven points from three games, I think their Ital­ian man­ager, Giuseppe San­nino, may just have got to grips with English foot­ball.

Now he’ll be hop­ing this good run can turn into a long run, but I fear their prob­lem this sea­son may have cost them an­other shot at pro­mo­tion.

I’ve said be­fore that the loss of Matej Vy­dra to West Brom was vi­tal. For me, he was the best striker in the di­vi­sion by a mile and he wasn’t ad­e­quately re­placed.

Fer­nando Forestieri isn’t a bad player. He’s a good fin­isher who is good to have around the team, but he’s very hit and miss.

And that’s been Wat­ford’s prob­lem to be quite hon­est. They’ve got a lot of for­eign play­ers, who aren’t used to play­ing at this pace for 46 games.

As well as they did last sea­son, it’s maybe caught up a lit­tle bit and they haven’t been able to get the con­sis­tency you need to be suc­cess­ful. It’s some­thing Charl­ton, who seem to be go­ing down the same route, should bear in mind.

BOSS: Giuseppe San­nino

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