First Team 16/12/2018

Deulofeu: “We Are So Happy”

Watch Gerard Deulofeu's post-match interview in the video above.

First Team 15/12/2018

Gracia: “An Important Win”

Watch Javi Gracia's post-match interview above, or read on below for his thoughts from his post-match press conference.

By Kevin Affleck

Javi Gracia has been on the receiving end of too many rough decisions and unjust results this season to care one iota if the Hornets sailed a bit too close to the wind this afternoon. He felt the Golden Boys were good value for the three points and that the result did not reflect the control his side had of the game.

“We were very pleased with the result because we have played many games recently and we didn't get the reward we maybe deserved then,” said the Head Coach. 

“It was a very important victory and we can analyse the game after knowing we have played well. We have played well for 70 minutes, scored three goals and in that period their keeper was amazing. We have suffered a bit in the last part of the game, but we have had control of the game and we deserved the victory.”

The Golden Boys rattled in three goals of the highest quality to complicate the Goal of the Season vote even further. Gerard Deulofeu danced through for the first, José Holebas slammed in the second and then Domingos Quina curled in an exquisite third.

“I am happy with the way we have attacked today,” said Gracia. “Everyone knows it is difficult to attack Cardiff as they are tight and are strong in all the challenges. They win a lot of second balls and it's not easy to create and find spaces to attack. Today we have done that well during that period.”

Gracia was not ignoring what happened in the last ten minutes, particularly the concession of two goals in three madcap minutes near the end.

“We can improve things, for sure,” he said. “Being demanding we need to defend better and be more aggressive. They didn't have any chances to score in the first 70 minutes, but then we were in danger of losing the three points. It would be a lesson for us to learn in the future and manage situations and don't put the result in danger.”

Deulofeu had one of those days when he runs hot. He scored the first and teed up the second, showing the sort of quality that has seen him play for some of the top clubs in Europe.

“He has the quality we have seen,” said Gracia. “He scored an amazing goal. He can play in different positions and play well in all of them. I thought it was good game for him [to start] because we needed to overcome tight markers and we needed that mobility, to play with one touch and move. He is good at doing that.”

Domingos Quina is not bad at it either and he gave Gracia a real selection headache ahead of next week's game with West Ham United, his old club, by garnishing a very bright and mature performance with a peach of a goal. 

“We have a young player who is showing his level,” said the Head Coach. “I don't know many things about his past but he's with us and I know what he is able to do. I know his present his good and his future is much better. He's helping the team as we have Capoue suspended and Cleverley is coming back.”