A look at the opposition: Watford

Watford striker Marvin Sordell
Watford striker Marvin Sordell

STAMINA is required to last the distance on any given New Year’s Eve and it will be no different for Rovers when they visit Vicarage Road.

Watford are all about industry, as they proved at the Keepmoat last month.

There was very little between the sides that day, with little quality from either.

Rovers have looked a much more assured outfit since that 0-0 draw, but what about their December 31 hosts?

The Hornets are unbeaten in seven but draws in five of those have kept them close to the danger zone.

Sean Dyche seems to have sorted the defensive side of things following a run of eight games with just five goals conceded, compared with 25 goals in the previous 14 matches.

But the Hornets seem to be lacking sting.

The strike partnership deployed when they visited the Keepmoat was big man, little man combo Chris Iwelumo and Marvin Sordell.

Recently, Iwelumo has dropped out of the reckoning to be replaced by Troy Deeney, who offers very similar.

The loan signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves was certainly a coup, but the injuries which have robbed the midfielder of the key years of his career appear to have taken their toll on his previously devastating abilities.

Should Rovers manage a couple of goals at Vicarage Road, a positive result and a happy New Year seem very likely.

Watford have failed to score in almost half their games so far this season and managed more to score more than two goals just once.

Previous line-up: (4-4-2) Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Dickinson, Yeates, Buaben, Hogg, Kightly, Deeney, Sordell.

ONE TO WATCH: Marvin Sordell

A GRADUATE of the productive Watford Academy, striker Marvin Sordell was the surprise package of the Hornets’ excellent last season.

Possessing a great burst of pace as well as an eye for goal, the 20-year-old forged a brilliant partnership with the now-departed Danny Graham.

Sordell has struggled to match his 15-goal form this term but remains a nightmare for defenders to deal with, operating off a target man.