After yesterday’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Brighton, Nigel Pearson, Watford’s boss, is determined to make things right. Watford has lost only one of five matches, with the rest being draws or losses.
After Abdoulaye Doucoure scored in the 19th minute, Watford almost had a win in their sights. The Hornets were solid throughout the match and didn’t allow any of the 10 Brighton shots to reach their goal.
The Hornets had only 32% possession advantage, and only five shots. Brighton completed 603 passes during the game, which enabled them to harass Watford’s goal at the end of the match.
The team lost the game because of Adrian Mariappa’s mistake. After fighting with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, the defender accidentally hit the ball in the top-left corner.
Pearson was optimistic, despite the loss. Although points were not shared, Pearson was open to criticism.
Pearson stated that it was a game where we worked hard to get possession, were disciplined, and frustrated them. We didn’t give them too many chances to harm us, except Foster’s save in the second-half. We worked extremely hard to frustrate a possession-based side.
He said, “Our combination of being defensively deep and pressing from the front was very effective, but sometimes we didn’t make enough possession of it when we had it.” “When you consider what has happened in the last few weeks, conceding late goals and other incidents, there will be times when you have to keep your nerve. The players were honest and worked hard. But we know that we can do better.
Mariappa felt pain when Pearson made a mistake. Pearson, a former defender in his playing days, knew how difficult it was for Mariappa’s to face Jahanbakhsh.
“It’s a ball which flashes into the box, and as a defensive player you have to deal with it.” The head coach said that while I recognize the fact that it is possible for him to miss it, they may not be able to get anyone on the other end. “But you’ll find that situations like this don’t allow you a lot of time to react. It’s unfortunate’.
Pearson is aware that the team needs rest but there are still a lot of things to do to ensure a strong finish to the second half.
Pearson stated that it was about making sure we have the best chance of winning games when we play. “To do that, it’s all about what the game requires because sometimes it is about the commitment of defending and other times it’s the commitment of attacking.”
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