Barnsley vs Watford

Vicarage Lane, April 23, 3pm

AVOIDING relegation with rather surprising comfort will be a pleasing achievement for a club with such tight finances. But this season might also be looked back upon with a ‘what might have been’ mindset.

The Hornets looked set to become this season’s surprise play–off chancers, but have proved far too inconsistent overall.

Holding promotion chasing duo Norwich and Leeds to 2-2 draws in their last two matches brought stability after a run of three defeats.

MANAGER

FEW could have predicted how well Malky Mackay would have done when he took over at Watford from the departing Brendan Rodgers last season.

The former Scotland international centre half guided the Hornets to safety last season and has pushed them into play off contention this season on a small budget.

Still just 39, Mackay is regarded as one of the brightest young managers around and was linked with a move to Burnley following Brian Laws’ dismissal.

Mackay was at Celtic, Norwich and latterly Watford as a player.