Deeney: “We Controlled The Game”
Troy Deeney insists Watford are “past the learning curve” of trips to places like Old Trafford after an eye-catching performance against Manchester United went unrewarded on Saturday.
The Hornets immediately set out their stall against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men on their own patch, with Abdoulaye Doucouré, Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu all squandering early chances.
Despite dominating United – Watford had 20 attempts to the Red Devils’ eight – they were undone by goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
And while Doucouré pulled one back late on, the Golden Boys were left frustrated that a terrific performance left them empty-handed.
For Deeney, it shows just how far the club has come that they now feel aggrieved at leaving a stadium like Old Trafford without reward.
“Of course we feel disappointed we have not got more from the game,” he said. “I am past the whole ‘learning curve’ and ‘we’re grateful to play here’ kind of thing – we deserved to win.
“We should have definitely taken something from the game. We created 20 chances at Old Trafford and not many teams will do that.
“It is about growing. You look at where we have come in the last three years and it is monumental. We are a completely different outfit and we are being taken seriously by teams.
“This club will continue to grow long after me and the lads have been and gone. You want to be part of something and we have set the ball rolling. For myself, starting when we were in the low levels of the Championship to now be in the upper echelons of the Premier League, we are doing that.
“We also have the depth in the squad to make changes like we did today, still compete and give a good account of ourselves.
“The frustrating part is the stats – they will say that we don’t do too well against the top six but the performances suggest otherwise.
“If you showed the game to the average person on the street who didn’t know who the two teams were, they would say we looked like Man United in the sense of how we controlled the game.”
However, there is little time for Javi Gracia’s men to feel sorry for themselves. Fulham visit Vicarage Road on Tuesday night before Watford head to Wembley to try and book a place in this season’s FA Cup final at the expense of Wolves.
Deeney insists his teammates have their focus solely on the Cottagers before any thoughts of the “razzmatazz” associated with a cup semi-final.
“We won’t sit there and moan [after Saturday],” he added. “We have a big week coming up and we can go back to seventh on Tuesday if we can beat Fulham. If we do that, everyone starts talking about what a great season it has been again.
“We have only got to look at Tuesday. Nothing other than a win in that game really matters. If we play horrible and win 1-0, I don’t really care.
“Soon as that game is out the way, then it is all about the build-up and the razzmatazz ahead of Wembley. We knew this week would be tough but we are ready to go.”