King: “We Are A Tough Team To Beat”

By: Watford FC Staff

Joshua King felt victory was deserved after Watford dominated the game and converted crucial chances in a 4-1 win against Manchester United.

The Norwegian broke the deadlock, scoring his maiden Vicarage Road goal during the first half. His strike was followed swiftly by Ismaïla Sarr’s finish to take Watford into the break with a two-goal lead.

Going into the second half, the Hornets remained vigilant and converted two more chances through João Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis to complete a memorable win.

“I felt it was deserved. We knew we had to start very aggressive,” King explained.

“Before the game, the manager showed us a lot of clips from the Liverpool game and how they pressed their back line. We did that exceptionally today.

“I think first half was better than the second half in terms of pressing but at the end of it they tried to go for it, and we punished them with two goals.”

The forward felt it was important for the Golden Boys to remain composed and confident following Sarr's earlier penalty misses.

“It was still 0-0 at the time and we kept the faith,” he added.

“It was just like against Everton a few weeks ago when they scored first, and I felt the same feeling today – that we weren’t going to give up.

“When we got the first goal and the second you know that United will always come back, especially with [Cristiano] Ronaldo in the team. He had a few chances when it was 2-1 but I’m happy that we managed to get the three points.”

Although the striker etched his name onto the scoresheet, he wasn’t satisfied with just the one goal and felt he could’ve had a few more.

“I should’ve [scored more] to be honest. I’m not happy with my own performance when it comes to finishing,” he said.

“The one in the second half I ran from the halfway line and with Wan-Bissaka chasing me I tried to toe-poke it, but I was too far.

“We really needed that for our confidence and we know when we play our best football we can fight against any team in this league. When we are at our best and everyone gives 100 per cent, we are a tough team to beat.

“The team performance was amazing today and we played brilliantly. We had to bounce back with a good result and we have to enjoy today and go again next week against Leicester.

“Beating Man United at home gives us confidence going into playing any team. We played them at a perfect time after an international break, they haven’t been together and we haven’t been together. We had to bounce back from the Arsenal defeat.”

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