Marco Silva held his hands up and admitted his team were well beaten by the much superior side but he felt the Golden Boys didn’t quite get the rub of the green and went someway to contributing to their downfall.
The Head Coach did not want to take anything away from the swaggering manner of City’s play but he felt two of City’s first three goals were offside and that Watford should have been awarded a penalty early in the second-half when Kyle Walker fouled Nathaniel Chalobah.
“Of course it is not a good afternoon for us,” said the Head Coach.
“But it is important we understand things in the first-half. First, City deserved the three points and started very strong in the first-half but the first goal was offside. The second goal we made a big mistake and the third goal is offside. This is true.
“The penalty [we should have been awarded] won’t change the result but it would give more confidence to us. We then lost our organisation on some moments. City would still win the game but it becomes more difficult when the referee and linesman makes mistakes.”
Silva was not letting his players off the hook either and feels there is plenty of cause for introspection after their unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end.
“It’s a good match for our team to learn at this level,” he added.
“We made some mistakes. City came here to play a strong match and they respected our team as they only make one change [from the game against Feyenoord]. You can suffer sometimes like this.
“We need to keep our focus and organisation every time. We need to look forward. We only lost three points and this is a good way to learn about playing with the same level and the same intensity every time.”
The Hornets actually went closest to opening the scoring when Richarlison came within inches of finding the back of the net with a header from a Jose Holebas free-kick.
“The first big chance to score was us,” said the Head Coach.
“But it is not easy to talk about the first-half. We spoke during half-time, tried to get our players to react.
“We reacted well in the first minutes but then it became difficult and we lost our focus and organisation. It is difficult to play against teams like City. They are a very good team.”