WATSON: “It’s About How We React”

DESPITE his obvious frustration with the Golden Boys’ performance in their 2-0 defeat against Southampton this evening, Watson still believes the defeat can have a positive effect in the long run.


The Hornets were far from their best on a wet night on the south coast, but the midfielder believes valuable lessons can be learnt as they look to bounce back at Swansea City on Monday (Jan 18).


“I don’t really know what happened tonight, but you’ve got to give credit to Southampton for the way they pressed us and forced us into sloppy passes,” he told watfordfc.com after the match. 


“It could be a good thing though and give us that little kick we need. We’ve done so well this season and set our standards so high that sometimes you think that you're better than you are. 


“So it could be the kick up the backside we need. It’s about how we react in the next game against Swansea because it's another massive game and a great chance to put things right. 


“They’ll be looking for the three points so it should be a good one.”


The Saints scored once in each half through Shane Long and Dusan Tadic in what was a dominant performance from the home side.


However, despite the disappointing result, Watson could still pick out a couple of positives from an otherwise bleak evening in the shape of keeper Heurelho Gomes and the superb travelling Watford fans. 


"Gomes was excellent and he kept us in the game big time. He couldn’t do too much about the goals but he saved us four or five times. 


"He’s been fantastic for us all season and so have the fans. They were out in huge numbers again tonight and sang their hearts out throughout, so credit to them.


“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t put on a performance for them. But hopefully they forgive us as it's our first one of these and we’ll put it right against Swansea.”

First Team 13/01/2016

Highlights | Southampton 2-0 Watford