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REACTION: “We Kept Our Heads”

Posted: Sat 10 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Connor Smith on Hornets’ 6-1 victory over Leeds

CONNOR SMITH, who was in the youth team when the Hornets last won 6-1 away from home in September 2010, was in the starting line-up this afternoon as Watford overcame Leeds United by the same scoreline at Elland Road.

“I was delighted to start today," said the young professional.  

“It just shows the depth to the squad we have that we can bring in five different players to the squad and come to a place like this and win the way we did.

“We scored six very good goals today.

“Our finishing was really pleasing for all our goals and it was a great game to be involved in.”

Early goals always prove important, and Smith said that starting off on the front foot set the Hornets on the right track from the beginning.

“At the start I think the game was 50/50 between the two teams until the red card. 

“From then, we got on top. Our first goal was brilliant play from Geijo and a great finish from Matty so to go into half-time at 1-0 up was big.”

The Irishman emphasised the importance of keeping focused throughout the game, despite the home team playing the majority of the second half with nine men.

“For them to go down to nine men so quickly after the break changed the game but we knew we couldn’t just sit back, we wanted to keep pushing on and that’s what we did.

“We kept going as if we were playing 11 – that’s what you have to do. We attacked well but we are still disappointed be have given away a goal, even if it was a penalty."

He continued: “We knew if we slacked off, they could get back on top, especially with the crowd starting to get behind them too.

“We needed to keep our heads and that’s what we did.”

Finally, the youngster had some words of support for Rodolph Austin who sustained a broken leg in two places on the field after an accidental collision with Marco Cassetti.

“The injury looked terrible at the time and I just want to say on behalf of all the Watford squad, we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.”