Watford were brought down to earth with a bump on Monday evening, when they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Vicarage Road, and after the match their fans offered support to one of their best players this season, despite a monumental error which cost them dearly.
The Hornets were on a real high heading into the match, having reached the FA Cup final in their last outing, and with the Gunners offering up a below par away record, many expected Javi Gracia’s men to come out victorious.
It soon transpired that it wasn’t going to follow that path though, with two key moments going against Watford inside the opening 15 minutes of the contest.
The first came about when Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster, so reliable all season, dwelt on a backpass and was closed down by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was able to block his clearance and see the ball cannon into the home side’s net.
Worse followed almost immediately after, when Watford captain and talisman Troy Deeney was sent off for a stupid raising of the arm into the face of Lucas Torreira.
To be fair to the Hornets, they were far from disgraced with 10 men, and rattled the woodwork and missed some good openings throughout the second half, but could not find the equaliser that they will feel their efforts on the night deserved.
All the attention after the match centred on the former Manchester United goalkeeper Foster, a veteran in his second spell with Watford.
He didn’t need any Hornets fans to tell him that he made an error which cost them the match, but he owned up in the aftermath and took it on the chin.
While disappointed to lose the game, most Watford supporters who took to social media after the contest were completely supportive of the stopper, fully aware that he has saved them many more times than he has let them down this term.
Here are some of their messages:
Mistakes happen, still made some big saves tonight that kept us in it. We move onto the next one
— . (@DeadeyeDoucoure) April 16, 2019
Every fan is furious at the moment it happens, perplexed at HOW it happened…… but hey, it's absolutely no worse than when a striker miss-kicks and misses an open goal or a defender lets an attacker through. Bad luck @BenFoster, we're good!
— David Brew (@BrazilianBrew) April 16, 2019
Ben, you owe us nothing. You are so far in credit, tonight will soon be forgotten. What a great team effort though! 💛
— Mike Smart 🐝 (@mswd18) April 16, 2019
— Lee Partridge (@LeePartridge16) April 16, 2019
Imagine Ben Foster has been unreal all season and makes one mistake and apparently he’s bad 🤒
— Joe (@JosephGilby) April 16, 2019
You’ve saved us so many times this season Ben, one mistake means nothing to us, I’m only focusing on how many times you’ve saved us 💛
— H (@HolebasRole) April 15, 2019
Hero, absolutely outstanding season Ben. Been the best keeper by a mile and we can’t appreciate you enough.
Mistakes happen. Onto the next one 🐝
— Ashley Clarke (@AshleyClarkey8) April 15, 2019
Don't worry Ben, despite that mistake you had a really good game today!
— 𝔹𝕖𝕣𝕟𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕚 (@DubiBernacci) April 15, 2019
One of those things; crack on big man! #playeroftheseason
— Malc Haines (@Ramageland) April 15, 2019
— Murf 🏴🐝 (@MurfiCulture) April 15, 2019