First Team 29/09/2019

Cathcart: “We Have To Move On & Give Our Fans Something Back”

Craig Cathcart says responding in the right way to Saturday’s defeat at Wolves and fighting to repay the club’s supporters are top priorities for the Hornets over the coming week.

The defender, who returned to the line-up at Molineux following a short spell on the sidelines through injury, was reflecting on a 2-0 defeat in the West Midlands.

“It was really disappointing. We didn’t seem to get going and they took their chances, to be fair to them,” said Cathcart.

“We’re disappointed to come away with a loss but we have to pick ourselves up. It’s time to stop talking and show more on the pitch. We have to look forward to next week now.”

After Matt Doherty’s first-half opener, Watford looked the stronger side following the interval but Daryl Janmaat’s unfortunate own goal knocked the stuffing out of Quique Sánchez Flores’ side, who host Sheffield United next weekend in their bid for a first league win of the season.

“That seems to be the way things are going at the minute,” said Cathcart of Wolves’ second goal. “We started the second half well, we were pressing them and it was an unfortunate goal to concede.

“It’s a tough league, every game’s difficult so we need to pick ourselves up and move on as quick as possible and try to prepare as well as we can for the next game.  

“We want to focus on the next game now and we want to get a home win next week in front of our fans to give them something back. I’m sure the next win we get will give us a big boost.”

First Team 28/09/2019

Sánchez Flores: “We Have To All Work Together”

Quique Sánchez Flores has vowed to put in the hard yards on the training field in a bid to unlock the potential of this team.

The Head Coach has only had three weeks to get his ideas across to this group players and after the defeat at Molineux, he accepts there is plenty of hard graft still to be done.

"We need to train hard, we need to improve," he said. "We are stronger in the training ground every day. We still have problems, we still have insecurities and we have situations we can solve. Easy mistakes can happen when you are a little bit down. We are working to change this. I trust this squad a lot and they can change the situation little by little."

Sánchez Flores sought to stimulate a change by handing Danny Welbeck and Ismaïla Sarr their Premier League debuts for the club and then making a decisive change at the break by bringing on Roberto Pereyra. He also made a change at right-back and paired the two Craigs together at the heart of the defence, but it didn't bring about a change in fortune, goals from Matt Doherty and own goal from Daryl Janmaat consigning them to a fifth defeat in seven matches.

"I think they were easy goals to let in, the first one was very easy," said the Head Coach. "We need to work hard to try to avoid this kind of situation. I think we started well but then once we conceded the first goal it was a little bit difficult for us because the morale of the players is difficult.

"I don’t mind about the statistics of the team, I can see we had 60 per cent of the possession and more shots than them. We are not this kind of team, this is not the kind we are looking for in the team, the team should be strong in the defence and compact and not conceding this kind of opportunities. Because we didn’t concede too much, but we conceded really easy.

"We understand much better in the second half the way they need to move, because in the first half the strikers were staying really close between them and really close to the defensive line. We had spaces in the sides and we need to use this space for our velocity. We didn’t use this very well in the first half, in the second half I think we used it much better but it’s a little bit late.

"We know what is the issue and in the last three matches I’m leading the team but I’m conscious about the situation and how we are this season. We need to work hard to try to recuperate, to improve and to work really hard in the week to try to change the way we play, the mentality of the players, try to recuperate confidence. This is the way."

Sánchez Flores masterminded survival bids at Getafe and at this club first time round and is not wavering from the belief that he can turn this one around. He has a much superior squad on his hands and just needs them to be infused and energised by the confidence a league win would bring.

"It will be amazing when we are able to turn around and change the situation," he said. "Right now everyone is suffering. We can do much better. If we want to solve this situation we have to all work together.

"I know a win will help a lot. We are working to get this but it is not easy. We are in the middle of the work and we are preparing a different team. The players know the transformation we are looking for. We have the solution within our dressing room. We know that."