Another game and another clean sheet. A point on the board and a lot of positives on show. Many felt heading into the match against Watford that if Wednesday came away with a draw, it would be a good result. I thought we could win the game, and I would agree with that on what we saw.
I was pleased to see Garry Monk go with the same starting XI from last weekend. I feel it was the right way to go, and a reward for those who got us up and running for the season. Again, it saw us make use of our squad effectively, with Fulham to come in the next round of the Carabao Cup.
In the first half, the level of control Wednesday had on the game was fantastic. There was only one team in it for me at this point, and while Watford spurned a good chance, it was us dictating proceedings. The high intensity and high press worked wonders again, forcing errors from the opposition and allowing us to retrieve the ball after turning it over.
As I mentioned in another piece, the high intensity and high press are signs of multiple positives. Everyone must work together to orchestrate a press, making their move at the right time. It also required players to be committed to doing the running and putting the effort in. It’s something we must be working on regularly in training, and it’s pleasing to see it transfer from Middlewood Road into matchdays. Also, a mention for Andrew Hughes. His shouts have been crucial to our new approach firing during games.
In the second half, I’d say Watford were the better team, and agree with the gaffer that we lost some of our composure. But, we’re a work in progress after all. And, these are early days. What was important was for us to preserve the point when things were going against us, and we did that. We fought for each other, dug in, and got our bodies in the way of everything. How refreshing is it to see?
There are a lot of positives to take from the performance and result. And, of course, things to work on as well. We need to be clinical when chances come our way, and we must try and replicate the dominance and control for more extended periods. But again, we saw a team which is together. Players are putting in a shift and being there when called upon, such as Cam Dawson pulling a couple of good saves off. We move forward, and we do so with that unity.