First Team 24/09/2018

Deeney: “We Needed To Kill The Game”

Watford skipper Troy Deeney felt like the Hornets lost two points after Fulham recovered from an early Andre Gray goal, equalising in the second half to give both sides a point apiece at Craven Cottage.

Speaking to match broadcaster Sky Sports after the game, Deeney rued a first-half performance that, while dominant, lacked the final finish.

“I'd definitely say we dropped two points,” said the striker. “We moved away from what we do well.

“We made poor decisions and we should have killed them off before they scored.

“We've been playing well all season, mixing it up, and in the first half me and Andre battered them. In the second half we were a bit iffy and we went away from what we do well.”

A studs-up challenge from Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the first half that was high on Deeney's shin was punished by a yellow card, but the forward thought it could have been a dismissal for the Fulham full-back.

“I'm not one to lie on the ground,” said Deeney. “Maybe I have to roll around. But it's a tackle isn't it, you get on with it.

“It was a tough game, and I had a word with the ref. Martin (Atkinson) is a good ref but maybe it could have been a red.”

Ultimately though, the Hornets' captain admitted that Watford had only themselves to blame for letting the hosts get back into the game.

“We bossed them, we created a lot of chances and maybe we needed that second goal to kill the game.

“We allowed them to feel they could have a good spell and they took it.

“But, we are assured and we are confident. We have bumps and bruises but we go again.”

First Team 23/09/2018

Highlights: Fulham 1-1 Watford

Watch extended highlights of the Hornets' trip to Craven Cottage.