Carlos Edwards pulled no punches and insisted the Blues paid Watford too much respect after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Portman Road, last night.

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A first-half strike from Ikechi Anya and Nathaniel Chalobah’s second-half clincher gave Gianfranco Zola’s men a crucial three points in their promotion push.

Town, meanwhile, remain in 18th position in the Championship, three points clear of the drop-zone but were spared a worse fate thanks to defeats for Wolves, Bristol City and the Blues’ next opponents, Huddersfield, who were thumped 6-1 at Nottingham Forest.

Edwards was quick to praise the Hornets but revealed Town failed to stick to their game-plan and made it too easy in the opening exchanges as the visitors threatened to run riot.

“Watford were quality and one of the better teams we have played against this season, in terms of possession, organisation and going forward,” said Edwards.

“Both teams had their game-plans but maybe ours went a little wrong, although we are not going to point fingers.

“We were second-best on the night and started on the back foot instead of taking the game to them.

“Things didn’t go according to plan for us and they capitalised on that.

“Once we went one-down we then realised we had to get the ball in behind them more and not give them the space to play out as they like.

“I think we gave them a bit too much respect in that department and the second goal, after we had come into the game, was perhaps the final nail in the coffin.”

Last night’s defeat was only Town’s second under McCarthy at Portman Road and followed on from a 1-0 win over Blackpool at the weekend.

Three points from two games represents means Town are still battling out at the bottom but Edwards was satisfied with points haul, in hindsight.

“Three points from the six is OK, looking at the quality Watford possessed,” said Edwards.

“I will accept three points from six after this defeat.”

14 comments

  • Why do the threads always say not enough investment that in my view is rubbish we have had trhe investment that a club in this league deserves without parachute payments etc. We do not have the cash to keep buying, if so we will end up as we did in the last rein back to the financial wall with the club going into administration and the pain that comes with that including docking points and relegation certs. Lets get in the real world money not there at present so MM earn your pay and keep the present crop of players in this division which I am sure you will do, then rebuild by getting rid of any overpaid players and bring in fresh young talent please.

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    finchk702

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Carlos, you are one of the worst players in the side, the sooner we replace you the better

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    Angry Commuter

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Glad to know we had a game plan, what was it, keep passing the ball back or sideways? Or hoofing it up to their defenders? Or on the several opportunities to score fail dismally.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Boring repetitive uninformed comments. The Pozzo's have a plan to bring in players to compliment and enhance those already there. Nothing illegal or underhand is being done. Unlike the so called big clubs buying their way into the PL.

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    Jim Davies

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Watford will go up this season, set up like that. Very few sides have the confidence and personnel to play 3-5-2. We were always going to struggle, that's why the win against Blackpool was vital and the trip to Huddersfield now has even more importance. I'd imagine most other fans would have taken 3 points from those two games.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • wow ged scoot. didnt norwich do down? then bound back? ur manager quit to go to a sinking ship that say it all! all tho respect is a big word town where just not gd enough last nite

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    Peter Bland

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • THE GAME PLAN WAS CALLED ( L.O.O.S.E )

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Sorry, we needed at least 4 points from those last two home games. We should win or draw at home to have any chance of survival this year. Far too many excuses, we are where we are, because we are not very good. The reasons why are well documented - not enough investment, not enough strategic planning, not enough quality, not enough leadership of the right quality on and off the pitch, etc, etc...

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Sadly the fact is we lost, and we lose to poor, average and good teams, with too much regularity. The performances are very inconsistent - the Middlesbrough game being the one warming experience in several poor and indifferent seasons. Maybe it is the grey day that brings upon this gloomy feeling - or maybe it is yet another big dose of harsh reality. The future does not bode well...

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Good statement from towns worst player, what do he know about class??? Naff all like his fellow 10 players, thats why town look doomed to relegation and the abyss.

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Of course I haven't included football's other secret garden - players' contracts and terms and conditions!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Too much respect, from where I was sitting it looked more like too afraid. As paying supporters could we asked what the game plan was last night, at what point was it realised it wasn't working and what actions were taken to rectify the situation. I don't think that for one moment we would get this as I think they realised the game plan was not working about one minute after the final whistle.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • This is not he first time that Carlos Edwards has come out with this waffle. He does it time and time again after a defeat. "We showed them to much respect."Now where have I heard that before? Trouble is Mick McCarthy shows Carlos Edwards too much respect by letting him keep the armband. Let's face it, he hardly leads by example - or maybe that's the problem? He is a bad example to everyone by stating the blindingly obvious!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Let's be clear, there's significant investment, major investment and minor investment, minimal investment, no investment and asset stripping.... to name a few. In football clubs the whole matter relating to the financial situation is further confused by the value and sale of players,,season ticket sales and shops sales,,land and stadium vale and rent, etc.. It would only be clear what any situation was if a full analysis was available and could be interrogated. I don't think football clubs lend themselves easily to such transparency but I may be wrong?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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