Low-key start for Hoddle
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Glenn Hoddle's career as manager of Wolves began with a 1-1 at Watford which left his new club as close to relegation as they are to the play-offs.
Wolves' lacklustre season, which has now reached its half-way point, was typified by their sluggish start to this game and they were unable to rouse themselves until half an hour had passed.
By that time they were already a goal behind to Heidar Helguson's 11th goal of the season but Watford, who have beaten as many Premiership as Championship sides at Vicarage Road this term, could not hold on.
Wolves rallied as Hoddle headed down from the directors' box to the touchline and levelled on 34 minutes through midfielder Seyi Olofinjana.
Watford were ahead as early as the fourth minute, when Neal Ardley crossed from the left for Helguson, who chested the ball down before beating Michael Oakes from 12 yards.
Paul Devlin was just off target with a fierce drive as he looked to double Watford's advantage, but Wolves slowly improved and Dean Sturridge struck a post from close range.
They then levelled when Olofinjana volleyed in from the penalty spot after Jody Craddock had nodded back Keith Andrews' long ball into the area.
Sturridge then missed the target from six yards moments before the half time interval, when it seemed easier to score.
Wolves could not maintain their momentum after the break and they were second best for much of the second half, having Oakes to thank for some fine saves which kept them in the game.
Devlin and Helguson were both denied by Oakes as Ray Lewington's side chased a winner which would have given them only their third three-point haul from 12 home games.