The crowd of 44440 turning up at Vicarage Road
today were greeted with some nasty showers of rain. Aivo Väärsi
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Romicã Luca
and Pelle Røll
hornets had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
The following players took the field: Koopman - Schübel, Irelli, Farkas - Bin-Hamdan, Prager, Węgrzynowski, Zein, Virkkilä - Taricco, Di Pinto.
Toepoke decided to use a 4-5-1 set up.
Starters: Tobias - Villahoz, Vaquero, Huizinga, Rowe - Reksten, Diržinskas, Salis, Mickausch, Adolescente - Blackburn.
Thighs bulging, F. Prager
charged past the weaker players, seemingly oblivious to the rain.
Some great play up the middle by hornets led to a chance for U. Bin-Hamdan
to score after 12 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar.
G. Di Pinto
spent most of the time in a heap on the ground today, his normally rapid movement hindered by the slippery pitch.
A foul after 19 minutes resulted in a free kick. H. Zein
cannonballed it, giving the home team the lead 1 - 0.
hornets put themselves up 2 - 0 when H. Zein
broke through on the right, leaving the entire defence trailing in his wake.
hornets managed to extend their lead to 3 - 0 when J. Virkkilä
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
By now, the players in hornets felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward.
It was 3 - 0 at the break.
hornets enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 61 percent of possession.
The visitors' right side was dangerous today; R. Rowe
made the home team's keeper look foolish as he easily reduced the lead to make it 3 - 1 57 minutes into the match.
Coming from the right, G. Di Pinto
almost managed to score another goal for hornets, but his header was tipped over the bar by the visitors' keeper.
hornets put in a good effort on the right, but F. Prager
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 70 minutes into the game.
hornets had most of the ball, with 61 percent of possession.
performed admirably for hornets.
However, S. Farkas
made a disastrous appearance.
The most dominating Toepoke player was without a doubt G. Blackburn
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 3 - 1.