Cottee, Jewell, Dowie and Robinson analyse the big Championship games

Watford thrash Bournemouth, QPR and Reading are held, while Forest grab a late winner...

Last Updated: 19/08/13 9:06am

Tony Cottee on Watford's huge win over Bournemouth

Watford 6-1 Bournemouth: Read our match report here

"At half-time I questioned the performance and formation of Watford. Gianfranco Zola believes in the football his team plays, though, and the way he sets his team out and he didn't panic at half-time. Bournemouth were definitely the better side in the first half and were deservedly level at half-time but Watford came out in the second half, got two very quick goals and, once they'd done that, Bournemouth really struggled and lost their way.

"Was it a 6-1? Not really because it sounds like an absolute battering for Bournemouth, who played well in the first half, although not so well in the second half.

"Once Watford get playing they are a good side, though. They've got some good players and in Troy Deeney they've got someone who's going to score a lot of goals for them. I think they will miss [Matej] Vydra because he was a really good player for them last season but they were coming from all angles and Zola will be really pleased with the result today."

Paul Jewell on QPR's score draw with Huddersfield

Huddersfield 1-1 QPR: Read our match report here

"This Championship is no gimme and Huddersfield is a hard place to go so, although Harry Redknapp will be disappointed they didn't get the three points, he won't be unhappy they got something out of it. They were the better team without ever really hitting any dizzy heights. There wasn't ever much of a tempo to the game and Huddersfield will probably be happy with a point, too. But whatever you get away from home, as long as your home form is solid, you're going to be somewhere close to the top of the league. They've got four points now and two points a game will probably win them the league.

"Charlie Austin had a great opportunity in the first half in the inside left position and miss-hit it horribly. He had a clash of heads before half time and came out second half with a big bandage on. He had a header that hit the crossbar but he'll get better. Him, Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora - whatever combination Harry plays - will be a handful for any defence in this league.

"Joey Barton was one of the most influential players. He started on the right half of the pitch and he has great vision, he's a good player, and he was behind most of their good moves. But it was just a little bit of zip and belief in the box that was missing today, which will dissapoint Harry - but he knows a point away from home, if you win your home games, you're going to be close.

"Huddersfield only had two shots on target in the game and the first one was the goal, which woke QPR up. But Huddersfield will be disappointed with the equaliser because the defenders just stood and watched it. James Vaughan scored for Huddersfield, he's got three goals already, and he'll be pleased with that."

Iain Dowie on Nottingham Forest's last-gasp win at Blackburn

Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest: Read our match report here

"It was a terrific game. Forest did most of the pressing but, while Blackburn have got no points, you have to feel sorry for Grant Hanley and Scott Dann who were outstanding throughout the game. But there's a resiliance and grit about Billy Davies' sides; he knows how to get results and grind it out. Some of Forest's football in the first half was outstanding and in the end that little bit of craft we thought they were lacking came from an unlikely source in Jamie Mackie.

"Mackie's ability to chase lost causes led to the goal and it was a great finish from Darius Henderson. But Billy Davies is a master at setting up sides to go away from home and not get beaten. They dominated the game, deserved to win - but they weren't going to get beaten. They'll be in the shake-up.

"They are a big side but they played a lot of football; they passed it around nicely and they showed they can play direct as well. Blackburn, meanwhile, gave their front men very little service. Alex Marrow and Jason Lowe worked so hard in the middle and did so much great defensive work but because Rovers were playing 4-4-2 Forest dominated the midfield area. Maybe they'll have to adjust that system against better sides and go with three in the middle."

Paul Robinson on Bolton and Reading's battling draw at the Reebok

Bolton 1-1 Reading: Read our match report here

"It was a very good game of football and in the second half Reading really came on strong. Bolton took an early lead and from then on both teams tried to play the right way. Bolton have a reputation from years gone by of playing direct football but under Dougie Freedman it looks like they'll play a lot more passing.

"As the game wore on Reading looked fitter, stronger and the quality of Royston Drenthe was far and above anyone else on the pitch; you could see he's played at a different level. Drenthe is a luxury player but he definitely fancied it today and he caused Bolton lots of problems. If Reading had won by two or three it wouldn't have been unjust - Bolton have got a lot to thank their keeper Adam Bogdan for.

"Both sides lined up in a 4-4-1-1 and it was an evenly matched game. Reading would have been happy to take a point away but based on the way the game panned out you'd think they'd have taken all three because Bogdan made three or four very good saves."