Batchelor's Boys

Walter Mazzarri dedicated Watford's 3-2 win over Everton yesterday afternoon (Sat Dec 10) to Ray Batchelor - the lifelong Hornets fan who sadly passed away at West Brom last weekend.

"On top of everyone, I dedicate this win to the fan who passed away last week - Ray Batchelor and his family," said the Hornets' Head Coach after full-time.

"I also want to thank all the fans. Not only for the banner at the start of the game, but they were still chanting for us even when we were losing."

Having fallen behind with 17 minutes gone, Mazzarri was delighted with the character shown by his players as they fought back to secure a first win over the Toffees since 1987.

"The guys were incredible. It's not easy against Everton and we went down one goal first of all, but managed to come back," he said.

"This squad is slowly showing personality on the pitch and I thanked them for their character today."

Stefano Okaka scored his first two Watford goals on his maiden start at The Vic, and Mazzarri praised the Italian's impact, while revealing that his first strike was the result of some hard work on the training pitch this week.

"It was great movement but it was the whole play that led to that goal. We've been practising early balls into the box all week," he said.

"Okaka is an important player and he showed how important it is to have all our players available.

"He's perfect for the Premier League. He doesn't just help himself, he helps others in the team."

Click below to watch post-match reaction from Stefano Okaka and Sebastian Prödl.


Ronald Koeman admitted his frustration after defeat to the Golden Boys. 

“We gave Watford the belief. We knew before the game that we would face difficulties with set plays due to their height. We were punished by that. Until today we had only conceded from two corners all season.

“We didn't play badly but we lost total control of the game in the second-half. It was a very good cross though for the first goal and it's difficult to defend a cross and goal like that.”

First Team 10/12/2016

Highlights | Watford 3-2 Everton