WATSON: “Our Best Team Performance Of The Year”
WATFORD midfielder Ben Watson described the Hornets' 3-0 thumping of Liverpool at The Vic as the best team performance of the year.
The 30-year-old also credited the team's efforts to execute Quique Sanchez Flores’ game-plan against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
“As team performances come,” Watson told watfordfc.com, “that was the best of the year so far, and we fully deserved it from the first minute to the last.
“Goals change games, and to get one so early was great for us; it probably settled us down a bit. But our game-plan was spot on, the gaffer got it spot on today.
“The plan was to get the ball as quick as possible up to Troy and Iggy, in their half, in behind the Liverpool defence, and play from there.
“We all know Liverpool have got great energy and they press really well, so we didn’t want to put any silly passes into midfield and round the back, and I think they were set up to press us.”
Having taken a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, Watson said the Hornets were prepared for a resurgent Liverpool to return for the second half.
“We know at 2-0 it is a bit of a dodgy score-line and the next goal is important,” Watson said.
“They came at us but we stood firm. Gomes made some saves and some blocks, but that’s to be expected from a team like Liverpool because they have got hundreds of millions of pounds of players up top to create chances at some point in the game.
“But again, we looked threatening on the break and we probably should have scored a few more.”
Watford’s three wins against Sunderland, Norwich and Aston Villa, Watson said, had given the Hornets a platform to go on and beat the likes of Liverpool - but he insists the team can’t get carried away.
“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” he said.
“We are 17 games in. You don’t achieve anything yet; you achieve something after 38.
“We have given ourselves a great platform and we just need to continue what we have been doing.”