First Team 2 weeks ago

Welbeck: “I'm Buzzing To Be Back”

Danny Welbeck is desperate to make a significant contribution to the team now he is back from injury.

Welbeck made his first appearance yesterday since October and looked very bright, producing one bit of skill in front of The Graham Taylor Stand and then a crowd-pleasing charge down on the other side soon after. 

His return was the big positive to emerge from a gut-wrenching defeat at home to the Toffees and his availability bodes well for the run-in.

“It's difficult having been out through injury,” said Welbeck on Added Time. “It's great to get back out on the pitch, it's a good moment for me. But it's a bittersweet day. I'm buzzing to be back out on the pitch...and back involved with the lads, but the result is not something you can be happy about.  

“It's difficult to take the defeat considering the position we were in. There are lessons we've got to learn from and see how we can come back from these disappointing moments. How you deal with these up and downs will test your character and make you who you want to be.”

Welbeck has had his fair share of disappointment to deal with, but he's one of the most upbeat and humble characters around the place. He's been working overtime to try and get back in the best possible shape.

“I've just wanted to be on the pitch doing what I can to help the boys and help the club get the results that we want. It's difficult watching from the sidelines. I'm happy to be back involved and to try and make some impact for the team,” he said.

Nigel Pearson is delighted to have a player of Welbeck's pedigree available again. The 29-year-old not only brings firepower to the front-line, he has been also been around the block long enough to be able to help the team deal with a set back or two.

“The manager said a few words and everyone was really down,” he said. “We need to look at it, analyse it and see where we went wrong. We've got to learn form these mistakes and make sure it doesn't happen again. These unfortunate moments happen. You go through so many ups and downs in life and you just want to try and keep them to a minimum. We'll come back stronger.”

On the plus side, Welbeck has 33 minutes under his belt to take into the key game with Brighton on Saturday.

“It's a massive match next week, but we've got to play the game and not the occasion. It's important to prepare well tactically, mentally and physically. We want to get points from every single game.”

First Team 2 weeks ago

Cathcart: “We Need To Cut Out Those Errors”

Craig Cathcart felt individual errors were the main cause of the Hornets' late defeat to Everton and bravely fronted up to take responsibility after Yerry Mina's two late first half goals as areas that could have been improved upon.

“He is my man from the corner and he’s scored two goals, so I take responsibility for that,” he said. “We should have gone in 2-0 at half-time and have much better resistance in the second half.”

Despite going into the break level, the Northern Irishman had faith in his side's mental resilience to bounce back in the second period as they have faced a number of tough situations already this season. 

“It’s not the first time it’s happened, the players are experienced now so we just tried and shake it off and do the best we could in the second half,” he said.

“I think we played quite well in the second half and we were the better team. It’s a bit of a killer the way the game finished, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Nigel Pearson made several attacking changes to try and force a winner. The additions of Danny Welbeck, Isaac Success and Ignacio Pussetto were positive moves but the Hornets could not find a third goal and heartbreakingly conceded a 90th minute strike on the counter-attack.

“We tried to push and get the winner,” said the defender. “Three points were really important but a point would have been good too. It wasn’t to be today and we have to take it on the chin, take the positive and move on.

“If you take out the individual errors today then we win the game. That’s the way we have to look at it. That’s what we need to work on and we need to try to cut those out.”