Vital Report: Cardiff 2 Watford 4
Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff ended what's been a pretty miserable year from a footballing prospective with another defeat as Watford came to the Cardiff City Stadium and duly went away with a 4-2 win.
Only an injury time goal prevented us from suffering our heaviest defeat since Russell Slade took over, but it was still a comprehensive defeat with our defensive frailties exposed once again as we continue to ship goals regularly.
Most of the first half wasn't too bad and we might have just about been the better side, with the good parts of our game coming from Peter Whittingham. He was causing problems with his delivery from corners and freekicks.
Tom Adeyemi should have added to his festive period goals when Sean Morrison knocked on a Whittingham freekick, but just a matter of yards out he couldn't get the touch that was needed with Whittingham himself just firing a freekick wide with Heurelho Gomes beaten.
No surprises really that when the Bluebirds goal did eventually come it was assisted by Whittingham, his dangerous delivery was turned in by Adam Le Fondre.
Watford came back into the game after this and started to ask a few more questions.
These questions brought answers, Fernando Forestieri might not have finished too convincingly from close range and that helped David Marshall make the save but Juan Carlos Paredes was quickest to react and put the ball back into the box allowing Adlene Guedioura to equalise for Watford before the break.
In first half injury time Watford then went ahead when Daniel Pudil crossed into Odion Ighalo who was able to beat both Bluebirds defenders Bruno Manga and Morrison to the ball to turn it home and see the game turn around completely within five minutes.
That injury time goal knocked whatever stuffing we had left in us out with Watford looking the most likely to add further goals in the second half, Ighalo and Guedioura almost did that with Forestieri causing Marshall more trouble than he should have from distance but it was only a matter of time you thought before they completely turned the screw.
Guedioura's second, and Watford's third, was a fine strike from 30 yards into the top corner. There wasn't anything that Marshall could do with the win then assured to Watford with a little under half an hour to go.
Not bad when you can call upon someone of the calibre of Troy Deeney from the bench is it.
Watford did that and he provided the assist for Gabriele Angella to head home a simple fourth as Watford outplayed us, a Kenwyne Jones goal in injury time was a mere consolation and perhaps flattering to us with Watford by far the better side.
Things started so promising for Slade but a fifth game without a win will increase the pressure on him and with this club anything is possible so he'll be sitting a little uncomfortably at the moment I would think.