CUP FEVER HAS A DAY OFF AT WAT­FORD

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND -

MAGIC of the Cup? There was about as much star­dust at Vicarage Road as a dead rab­bit and a squashed top hat.

An eye­sore of a game got the goal it de­served when Scott Woot­ton scuffed com­i­cally through his own net, seal­ing Wat­ford’s pas­sage to the quar­ter fi­nals.

But the less said about the other 94 min­utes, the bet­ter. For a Premier League side, the Hor­nets dis­played a shock­ing lack of qual­ity, seem­ingly con­tent to grind down lim­ited but ob­du­rate op­po­nents.

As for Leeds, they could have played un­til Cup fi­nal day and not warmed the gloves of Cos­tel Pan­til­imon.

The Whites can de­fend. They can keep their shape. They can do all the ba­sics very com­pe­tently. But when you don’t have a striker to frighten even mod­est Cham­pi­onship sides, you aren’t go­ing to draw blood from the elite.

It is a prob­lem that has dogged Leeds for sev­eral sea­sons now and, un­less Massimo Cellino puts his hand in his pocket, then it’s hard to see that chang­ing.

STAR MAN BEN WATSO

N Wat­ford

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.