22/10/2017

Hornets Shop | Meet The Players

October half-term is here and there’s only one place to be for young Watford fans on Tuesday (October 24).

Pop in to The Hornets Shop from 3.30-5pm and you’ll get to meet Roberto Pereyra, Christian Kabasele and André Carrillo, who’ll be on-hand to sign your Watford merchandise and pose for a selfie.

Please note - players subject to change.

22/10/2017

Silva | “We Didn’t Deserve This Result”

Marco Silva felt this afternoon's defeat to Chelsea was rough on his side, who he felt played with enough ambition and quality to claim all three points.

The Golden Boys showed character in spades to come from behind and lead 2-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Abdoulaye Doucouré and Roberto Pereyra either side of half-time.

And they could have been celebrating a first win at the home of the champions since 1986 had Richarlison, twice, and Christian Kabasele made the most of gilt-edged chances that fell their way.

But, in the end, they ended up with nothing on the road for the first time this season after the Blues plundered three goals in the last 19 minutes. It was tough to take.

"It was a really unfair result," said the Head Coach.

"We didn't deserve this result. Even if you take one point it is not fair on us. But this is football.

"I am really proud how we played, but there is frustration today. I'm never happy when we lose a game."

Watford started on the front foot and one sublime flick from Pereyra summed up the confidence they played with.

"We started very well," added Silva.

"Chelsea scored a fantastic goal, but we reacted well. We deserved to achieve 1-1 at half-time and in the first 25 minutes of the second-half we played well and controlled the match.

"We didn't give Chelsea a chance. But we needed to score to kill the match and when you lose big chances to score, Chelsea start to believe. They put fresh players on who can make the difference."

Watford have players who can make the difference too but they, for once, fluffed their lines today. Richarlison missed a sitter from a Kiko Femenía cross at 1-1 and then a header he would normally would bury at 2-1.

"He deserves all the credit until now because he has been fantastic," said Silva.

"He'll score in the next games but what is important is that we created the chances and that he was in the right position to score again."

Although the Head Coach was complimentary about the quality of Pedro's strike for the first goal, he feels it shouldn't have stood because Watford were on the wrong end of a poor decision in the build-up.

"It's not a corner, everybody knows that it's a goal kick," he said. "Sometimes this is football, it's not fair."

Also not fair is Roberto Pereyra's luck with injury. The Argentine playmaker came off with a problem for the second time this season, in his comeback campaign from a serious knee injury. 

"It was a key moment  in the match [when he came off]," said Silva.

"He did everything well until then. We created a lot of good moments and he played really well between the lines. There was a good connection between him and Kiko. They played very well in that moment. That moment [losing Pereyra] was key."

See more post-match reaction from Silva in the video above - free to watch, no sign-up needed.

MATCH REVIEW | CHELSEA 4-2 WATFORD