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Deeney: “We've Stopped Feeling Sorry For Ourselves”

By Kevin Affleck

Troy Deeney insists the team must build on the exhilarating win over Manchester United and make it the start of a season-turning run.

Deeney was the heartbeat of a rousing performance against the 13-time Premier League champions and his penalty, tucked in nervelessly in front of the Rookery End, gave the team that all-important two-goal cushion. The celebratory scenes at full-time to mark a first home win of the season and only a second win in 19 games against the Red Devils were justifiable, but the captain wants more, much more. 

“We can't get carried away,” he said on Added Time. “It's a massive result. We've beaten Manchester at home and they are the biggest club in the world. We've beaten them on our patch. That's the standard now and you can't drop it when we play Villa at home. You have to keep that level of consistency. This gaffer isn't going to pull any punches. He has come in and all the nonsense has stopped. We've stopped feeling sorry for ourselves and started working together and I think that's what got us over the line today. It's been two weeks of hard work. It's easy to sit and sulk but we haven't done that.”

The signs were there against Liverpool that the team were moving in the right direction under Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare and this result provided confirmation. There was nothing remotely fortunate about it. The Hornets deserved all three points. Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said so afterwards.

“It's all going to be about how bad Man United were,” said Deeney, “but we have to take credit. We made them bad. We ran over them, we won 50-50s and Hughes was different class today. Even the two wide boys, Sarr and Deulofeu, who are not renowned for tracking back and digging in, they were there today. That's the standard now. The bare minimum is we have to work hard, be hard to beat and be ugly.”

No landmark win at Vicarage Road is complete without a contribution from Deeney. His penalty was the 27th successful one of his Watford career and his fourth against United. It was also his first goal of any sort since that memorable one against Wolves at Wembley.

“I don't care if I miss,” he said. “People might think that's nonsense, but genuinely. There are two results: you either score or you miss. I practised every day and I practised that I'm going to go the same side as De Gea, but I have slowed my run-up, knowing that if he moves before me, I can just open my foot up. And that's exactly what he did. He moved before me and I rolled it in. People say it's a gamble but I've been quite successful. I enjoy the pressure.”

First Team 1 month ago

Mariappa: “The Boys Are Putting Their Bodies On The Line”

Adrian Mariappa thinks the camaraderie and high intensity of this Watford team helped them pull off a vital win against Manchester United, and has full faith there are more wins to come.

“It’s obviously very important for us to get our first win at home. I think the performances of late have been good so to get a win, especially against Man United at home, is massive for us and will hopefully give us a bit of momentum to kickstart to where we want to go,” said the defender.

“Energy levels are high, and you can see that from the last two games. The effort from the boys, they’re running for each other, defending for each other and putting their bodies on the line. That’s a minimum ask for us now, especially in the position we’re in.”

Mariappa has noticed an increase in motivation around the training ground and thinks Nigel Pearson’s attention to detail is key.

“The gaffer has got his own coaching staff and has definitely revved us up before the last two games and I think you can see that,” said Mariappa.

“He’s on all the standards around the training ground, trying to raise those as well and all those little things add to the performances on the weekend, which has happened today.”

Playing in his 11th season as part of the Hornets’ first team, Mariappa has Watford running through his veins and both wants the club to stay in the Premier League and believes they will.

“I came through the Academy since the age of nine and I want to see the best for this club. When I’m wearing the shirt or when I’m not playing, I’ll be supporting the lads as best I can so we can try to get the wins to try to stay in the league,” he said.

“It’s very realistic and I’ve got full faith and belief that we can come through the other end. I’ve been in worse situations and when I was at Crystal Palace the team there was nowhere near what we’ve got here, and we finished in mid-table. So I’ve got full belief we will turn this around.”