RUDY’S RIDING HIGH AS ROVERS RETURN
AFTER the worrying events off the field, a match to warm the heart. This was a high-class contest between two teams with some of the best strikers in the division – and in Rudy Gestede, a player who is set to be a star of the season.
Young and fragile at Cardiff, the Frenchman is now a brutish power- house, deft on the deck and almost unstoppable in the air. His goal was just the garnish on a performance of serious substance.
Rovers, too, look a million miles from the whipping boys of years past. Resilient and dangerous, only injuries will prevent a genuine tilt at the top six.
As for Watford, this was not the match to judge future prospects. Missing star striker Troy Deeney and chief play- maker Almen Abdi, two fine goals disguised what was an understandably average performance. Lacking a manager and their two best players, Billy McKinlay’s assessment that 2-2 was a good result is fair enough.
STAR MAN RUDY GESTE