Millwall 1 Watford 2 (Phillips 2)
Birmingham City 1 Watford 0
Watford 3 Tranmere Rovers 0 (Phillips 2, og)
Oldham Athletic 0 Watford 0
Very nearly the month when we turned it around. The win at Millwall was as brilliant as it was unexpected - at the time, Millwall were top and we were embarrassingly low on confidence. In some ways, our lowly position did us some favours - the number of travelling 'Orns was greatly reduced from the previous season but they got right behind the team from the start. Paul Wilkinson returned for a month on loan and we raced to a two-goal lead - the first a clanger by Keller, dropping the ball at Phillips' feet; the second a marvellous run and shot by Super Kev. They got one back but we held on grimly to the death, Wilko taking the ball to the corner flag in the last few minutes, and earnt a win to savour.
The Birmingham game provided an opportunity to build on the Millwall success. We should have got something from it (that's the story of the season, I'm afraid). Having gone a goal down early in the second half, we had two glorious chances to level late in the game - but Wilko missed a header and then Hessenthaler wasted an even better opening. We had no-one but ourselves to blame for that one.
Steve Hodge played his first and only full game in a Watford shirt against Tranmere - it's not entirely coincidental that we thrashed Tranmere for our first (and only) double of the season. Hodge was excellent and, after weathering an early storm in which Rovers hit the woodwork, we ran out comfortable winners and looked like we were actually enjoying ourselves for once. Hodge was quoted afterwards as asking if there was a bonus for getting a playoff place. He was injured at Oldham and never seen again.
I didn't go to Oldham but no-one who did has been able to find anything remotely interesting to say about the game. Our fans did go in fancy dress, though, including two as a pantomime cow and many in shorts (Oldham is supposed to be the coldest ground of all). It wasn't supposed to be the last game of '95 but the freezing weather saw to it that the holiday games were all postponed.