Cardiff v Watford. Match preview

Last updated : 14 September 2004 By Michael Morris
City welcome Watford to Ninian Park tonight. It's a game City need to win to start the climb away from the foot of the table. It's also vital to get a boost of confidence before Saturdays home game with Derby.

The last time the teams met here in the Capital Cardiff ran out easy 3 - 0 winners. The Hornets triumphed in the return game at Vicarge Rd. A dreadful City display was punished by a 2 - 1 win for Watford.

There is the added spice of the Burton factor to this match. Watford assistant Terry Burton is expected to join Cardiff as Lennie's assistant after the game. I hope he can add something to CCFC, we need it. Paul Wilkinson, the reserve team boss, was temporary assistant on Saturday at Forest and I thought he did a sterling job. I would have seriously considered him for the role full time.

On the pitch City are expected to be without Tony Warner. The keeper had 10 stitches in a head would at Forest. He wanted a small bandage so he could carry on, very commendable but just not possible. Martyn Margetson will keep the shirt and Alexander will be on the bench if Warner can play no part.

Will Lennie play Thorne from the start? Andy Campbell has not helped himself and will have no argument if he loses his place to Thorne.

Chris Barker is back and added to the squad. He has been recalled from his loan spell at Stoke.

City could possibly be

Margetson, Weston, Gabbidon, Page, Vidmar, McAnuff, Boland, Kavanagh, Robinson, Thorne, Lee.

Subs from Alexander, Collins, Barker, Parry, Bullock, Campbell, Fleetwood.

Watford are set to name an unchanged team after Saturdays 1 - 1 home draw with Brighton. The man to watch is Danny Webber. The young striker has scored 6 in 6 league games so far this season.

Watford have 10 points from 6 games and sit currently in 8th place.