There was palpable and audible anger in the away stand as Watford crumbled to a miserable away defeat, losing 3-1 at Blackpool.
The away fans booed and chanted ‘you’re not fit to wear the jersey’ as the Hornets obediently bowed out in the final 20 minutes having had ample possession before that.
However, they got off to their usual slow start and once again fell behind a poorly defended goal.
The response was good and they equalized thanks to an excellent free kick from Louza. After that, they had the lion’s share of the ball, but just didn’t create enough to count.
It left them feeling sensitive as they searched for a goal and the home side gained confidence in the counter-attack as the game wore on.
The last ten minutes were painful as the rearguard folded and Yates punished them twice.
The boos at the end were long and meaningful – they were fans making an eight-hour round trip, just as many of them did to watch the surrender at Blackburn.
Injuries may have played their part, but it was still a performance that lacked cunning and creativity, and the kind of passion and desire the home side displayed and Watfird fans demanded. .
The task ahead of Slaven Bilic is getting more complicated day by day – and he’s only been here a fortnight.
Watford made four changes as injuries took their toll. Gosling moved into the right-back position, Troost-Ekong returned to the center of defence, Louza made his first start of the season in place of Asprilla and Bayo started in attack in place of Davis.
Sierralta was fit enough for a place on the bench, alongside Davis and Asprilla as well as Dele-Bashiru, who suffered a long-term injury.
Watford carved out the first chance after four minutes when Kayembe released Louza halfway into Blackpool’s half, he moved forward and fired a low shot from 20 yards which Maxwell held.
They fell behind in the ninth minute, however, amid another moment of defensive frailty. They cleared a corner but when the ball was recycled and then played back into the box, Madine completed a stroke and had enough time and space to touch and lob Bachmann.
However, Watford responded well to go behind and had good possession in the Blackpool half before a quick counter saw Carey free Yates on the left, he cut inside and curled a shot which Bachmann held.
In the 21st minute, Bayo sent a pass to Kamaras on the left, he crossed the first time and Sarr couldn’t quite deflect the ball towards the goal.
However, Watford equalized, and in style, after 28 minutes.
They won a free-kick into the right corner of the penalty area and Louza came forward to bend a well-hit effort past Maxwell and into the top corner.
After that, the visitors had the best of things, with Blackpool largely limited to counterattacks.
Watford were so close again after 38 minutes when Sema slid Bayo into the box and Maxwell deflected his feeble effort wide wide.
In first-half stoppage time, a long ball from Kayembe over the top allowed Bayo to get rid of his marker. He then attempted to head the ball into the net but a combination of Maxwell and a defender blocked the effort.
Just at half-time, Blackpool reminded Watford they were dangerous as Madine was released to the right of the box but sent a low shot into the side netting.
The Hornets made a change at halftime, replacing Sema with Asprilla.
There was a warning early in the second half for Watford as Corbeanu cut in from the left and sent a shot wide wide.
In the 51st minute there was a different free-kick routine from Watford as Louza played the ball in from the right side, Choudhury took a touch but deflected his shot.
Then Asprilla broke midway, popped a tackle and caught Sarr, who trailed his shot wide
Blackpool had a good chance on the block as Corbneau was released down the left but his shot after cutting was wide of the target.
In the 69th minute there were two superb saves from Bachmann. Connolly crossed from the right and Madine dived to head for goal where the Austrian went full length to tip the ball over. From the resulting corner, he made another fingertip save from very close range.
Four minutes later, the keeper succeeded again, diving to save Patino’s long shot.
Blackpool regained the lead in the 80th minute. Substitute Hamilton crossed from the left and the ball went to Yates deep in the box, who hooked his volley through Bachmann and inside the back post.
The home side sealed the points four minutes later as Yates collected the ball on the edge of the box, dodged a tackle and then headed a shot past Bachmann.
Chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ rang out outside, although many Watford fans were already heading back to their cars for the long drive home.
Watford: Bachman; Gosling (Sierralta 77, Morris 86), Troost-Ekong, Kabasele, Kamara; Choudhury, Kayembe (Dele-Bashiru 77); Sarr, Louza, Sema (Asprilla ht); Bayo (Davis 57). Subs: Okoye, Hungbo