“Disappointing To Lose A Balanced Game”

Walter Mazzarri was left to rue one piece of misfortune which ultimately decided what the Italian felt was an otherwise even game.

Crystal Palace took all three points thanks to a second-half Troy Deeney own goal, despite failing to register a single shot on target all afternoon. 

“The goal was an own goal and we didn’t deserve to lose,” said Mazzarri, who praised Deeney’s all-round contribution, claiming the Watford captain need not apologise for the unfortunate header which settled affairs at Selhurst Park.

“It was a very balanced game and it should have been 0-0, so it’s disappointing to lose like that.

“We defended well and the only chance they had was an own goal, and at that moment we had 10 men [due to M’Baye Niang’s injury] so had to defend the free-kick with one player less.”

Despite feeling Watford were worth a point, the Head Coach did highlight the Hornets’ play in attacking positions as an area for improvement in the coming weeks.

“We should have played better on the wings. We didn’t risk enough in one-against-ones,” he said.

“In the end we played 4-2-4 and I’m not sure we could have done much more. 

“Let’s not forget the team that started today was the same that beat Arsenal and scored two goals.

“In this moment we have to think game-by-game. We have to look at the table but I’m not worried about where we are.”

Watford were once again backed superbly by 2,803 fans in south London, and Mazzarri said the Hornets will be doing all they can to repay their faithful supporters when they return to action in a fortnight against Sunderland.

“The supporters have been incredible and I am mainly disappointed for them,” he remarked.

“We look forward to the next game and dedicating a win to them.”


First Team 18/03/2017

Highlights | Palace 1-0 Watford