First Team 08/10/2018

Deulofeu: “I’m So Happy To Be Back”

Watch Gerard Deulofeu's post-match interview above, or read on below.

It’s been a long road to recovery for summer signing Gerard Deulofeu, following the Spaniard's decision to make his temporary stay at Vicarage Road a permanent one.

The former Barcelona winger has been sidelined since featuring at Old Trafford on the final day of last season and admitted he was mightily relieved to be able to pull on a yellow shirt again at the weekend.

“I’m so happy to be back on the pitch after being out for such a long time,” said the winger. “I suffered a lot not being on the pitch and today I’m happy to be back.”

Deulofeu’s return was a lonely positive on a sour day for his side on Saturday after a 4-0 humbling by AFC Bournemouth, but he was the first to reassure the fans that the result was simply a bad day at the office. 

“The day is very bad because we have played at home and to have lost in this way it’s not possible,” said the Spaniard. “It can’t happen again, and we have to improve on many things.”

On a more personal note the Spanish international admitted the hard work doesn’t stop now that he’s fit. There’s still plenty of work to be done for himself and for the team and he is confident he is the man Watford need to re-capture their early season form.

“Step-by-step I will improve with minutes and help the team because now it’s four games without a win and we have to change this,” said Deulofeu. “I think Watford needs me and I want to help the team and my teammates.

“We have to improve together and change a lot of things because what happened today can’t happen again.”


Loan Lads: Assist For Williams

Randell Williams helped Wycombe Wanderers to their first home victory of the season, assisting what would turn out to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion.

The young winger crossed for Adebayo Akinfenwa - a former Watford Academy product - to head in his 200th career goal in English football. Williams went past his man and delivered the kind of inch-perfect ball that strikers love - right onto the head of Akinfenwa.

Williams played 83 minutes before being withdrawn from a game that had numerous Hornets links - with Marvin Sordell netting for the visitors.

Jerome Sinclair has also had a good recent spell for Sunderland. After scoring last week, he was involved in both the Black Cats' goals in a 2-1 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade on Saturday.

First, he nodded down for Lee Cattermole to chest and volley towards goal, with Josh Maja deflecting the ball into the back of the net. Then, after Bradford had equalised, Sinclair won a free-kick high up the pitch, which was slung into a dangerous area and Jack Baldwin netted.

Bristol Rovers brought Alex Jakubiak on as they chased a winner in a tightly-contested game against Walsall, but they fell foul of a late goal by Sam Matthews in a 1-0 home defeat.

Elsehwre, Dimitri Foulquier and Daniel Bachmann were both unused substitutes for Getafe and Kilmarnock respectively.