BEN WATSON: “There Are Lots Of Positives To Take”

DESPITE two late goals condemning the Golden Boys to a harsh defeat against Manchester City, Ben Watson refused to be too downbeat about the result.


The midfielder had given the Hornets a second-half lead direct from a corner - via a slight deflection off Aleksandar Kolarov's head - but late strikes from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero meant the three points returned north to Manchester.


“They’ve got world-class players all over the pitch, so they’re going to create chances,” he told watfordfc.com


“But for 70 minutes we controlled the game and the whole team were outstanding, so they are a lot of positives to take from it.


“Up until their first goal we were in control. We made it uncomfortable for them and obviously got ourselves ahead and were really in control. 


“So it’s disappointing to concede two in the final 10 minutes.” 


The Golden Boys dominated much of proceedings at Vicarage Road against a side that were Premier League champions just two seasons ago, with Almen Abdi, Etienne Capoue and Odion Ighalo all going close for the home side. 


However, City showed their quality with two clinical finishes to secure the win, but Watson was still eager to focus on the positives. 


“I thought for 80 minutes we were outstanding, then we had a little bit of a concentration lapse from the corner. They’ve got world-class players and he [Toure] smashed it into the top corner. 


“But one good thing is that we can still take lots of positives from the game, as I thought for large periods we were excellent.”


It’s been a tricky festive period for the Hornets having faced Chelsea, Tottenham and City in quick succession, and Watson believes they can be pleased with their recent performances. 


“I think the positives have been there as we haven’t been blown away by anyone and we have competed in every game. 


“Before the Christmas period we were told it was the toughest one of the lot, and we’ve got four points out of it.


“We’re disappointed with those four points though but that’s a good sign and it means we’re doing something right.”

First Team 02/02/2016

Official | Abdoulaye Doucouré Signs For Hornets

WATFORD FC is delighted to announce the signing of Abdoulaye Doucouré on a four-and-a-half year contract from French Ligue 1 club Rennes for an undisclosed fee – with the midfielder set to join up with the squad fully in the summer.


After signing relevant contract paperwork at the club’s training ground, the France Under-21 international will join La Liga side Granada CF on a six-month loan move.


Hornets’ CEO Scott Duxbury said of the deal: "The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucouré now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player.


“He is very much part of Watford’s future plans, and in the time between now and pre-season he’ll be experiencing high-level competitive football in Spain.”


Doucouré, 23, is a product of Rennes’ youth system and made his debut for the club’s first-team during the 2012/13 campaign, and has gone on to feature more than 70 times for the team currently sitting sixth in Ligue 1.