dan2000smith visited Vicarage Road on 07/01/2017

Game watched: Watford 2-0 Burton Albion

I was interested to see Vicarage Road, as it was a ground in London (but also sort of not in London) to which I hadn't been. An FA Cup tie against some weaker Championship opposition provided the perfect opportunity for me and my Dad to go, so we got on the train and followed the crowd to the ground. Vicarage Road is an interesting one, due to part of the ground being built below street level, so it is slightly sunken in to the ground. It is therefore a bit of a shock when you enter the stadium itself to see how large it actually is. We were sat very far forward and due to the gap between the front seats and the pitch could not see all that much. We were able to move back but I wouldn't recommend sitting so far forward in the home end at a busier game. The game was a bit average in all honesty, with Watford running out easy two-goal winners, the first goal came from a lovely threaded ball across the box by the young academy left-back Maso 'He's one of our own...'. After Half-time Jerome Sinclair, a former Liverpool youngster, scored a superb solo goal but in reality the only other action was an injury to one of Burton's attackers and the great length of time taken by Costel Pantilimon to kick the ball when passed to by his defenders, a player being jeered by his own fans was a sight to behold, and was the first of three consecutive FA Cup games I saw it happen at.

As a final thought, I must commend the Watford staff for their wonderful help and general nice demeanour. Though I must also say that the atmosphere wasn't great on this occassion, though I have heard it is rocking for Prem games.

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