Sunday, 4 May 2014
Was at the match, of course, yesterday.
Had been looking forward to it and the fine weather inflated my enthusiasm.
Add in the fact that my cousin and his sons were coming down to the game and Watford were unbeaten in all of their previous visits, there was cause for huge optimism.
What unfolded was utter, gutless rubbish and a pathetic end to not only the season but to an unbeaten home run dating back to January.
The first half was a stroll about in the sunshine for both teams. Then, as Huddersfield scored seconds after the restart, they threw caution to the wind and thought, 'sod it, we can win this' and had a right good go at us.
Our response came in the dying seconds at 4 nil down, when we showed enough fight to win and convert a penalty.
It was shameful, really.
Before the Charlton game I couldn't contemplate losing the final two games of the season. I thought we had a Head Coach fighting to show that he has what it takes to continue in the job and players who would be playing like men who want to show that they are worthy of continued employment.
The players let everyone down yesterday (and indeed in many games this season). Most significantly, they let us down, the fans. The very people who pay their wages.
Now I've always been able to accept defeat as part of football (and life, to be honest) but I find that a lack of fight, even in defeat, is a bitter pill to swallow.
As a kid, I dreamed of being privileged enough to earn a living playing football and I remember thinking that if that came true, there would be no way I'd not give 100% every game.
Many of those on the pitch yesterday, need to understand that unlike me, they have got themselves to the privileged position I dreamed about as a child and they need to remember that although defeat may sometimes be unavoidable, each and every game they must give it their all.
It's not a difficult concept.
One of the few to end yesterday on a positive was Troy Deeney, scoring his 26th goal of what, for him, has been a landmark season (his second 20 plus goal season on the spin). He has been a shining light. A massive positive in a season of failure.
Troy was fittingly awarded with the Watford Observer player of the season trophy (as voted for by the fans), prior to kick off. I don't think anyone can begrudge him this accolade and he can hold his head up high, knowing that he has repaid Watford FC twice over for the faith they showed in standing by him, following his bush with the law a couple of years back.
The transfer speculation surrounding Deeney is already in full swing. I would love him to stay, of course but reality wound suggest that if a significant offer comes in from a Premier League club, Watford would be in no position to turn it down.
More of that and where we go from here, in the coming days and weeks, I'm sure.
For now, I am glad that the season is over, as it is time for all that is beyond our control to play out and shape our destiny for the 2014/15 campaign. That in itself brings its own excitement and discussion but I will say that despite 2013/14 falling far below expectations, I have enjoyed it. For me it goes beyond results into time spent with my son, away days visiting new places, discussions with likeminded fellows and some decent banter.
That said, a successful promotion push next season will be at the top of my wish list.
Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend, folks.
Speak to you soon.