Doucoure | "We Need To Improve"

Abdoulaye Doucoure was left to state the obvious following yesterday's 1-0 defeat against struggling Crystal Palace. 

Troy Deeney's 68th minute own goal was the difference between the sides at Selhurst Park and Doucoure warned his team-mates they need to improve prior to the visit of Sunderland which follows the international break. 

"We are very disappointed about the result," he told watfordfc.com after the match. 

"We had a very good first-half and pressed well and fought but one mistake in the second-half was the difference. 

"We need to improve the result and we have to win against Sunderland. We have to play better and score and I think we have to try and win."

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Under-18 | Hornets Win Japan Final

Updated March 19

Watford were crowned champions of the Global Arena Cup after defeating Nagasaki 1-0 in today's final in Japan.

Treon Johnson scored the Hornets' winning goal against their Japanese opponents, having secured a place in the final with a 3-0 semi-final win over Chinese side Jiangsu Suning yesterday.

There was also personal success for midfielder Dion Pereira, who scored two goals in the competition and was voted into the Team of the Tournament by coaches from sides taking part.

Updated March 18

The Hornets are through to the final of the Global Arena Cup in Japan after a 3-0 semi-final win against Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning today (Sat Mar 18).

Dion Pereira, Joy Mukena and a David Sesay penalty secured Watford's spot in the final, which will be played against Japanese side Nagasaki tomorrow (Sun Mar 19).

Earlier today, the Golden Boys had been awarded a 1-0 quarter-final win against Yeongdeungpo Technical after the South Korean side declared from the competition following the group stage.

Updated March 17

Watford’s Under-18s won one and lost two of their three group games in the SANIX Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament in Japan.

The Hornets were beaten by a deflected goal as they lost 1-0 to FC Tokyo in their first fixture yesterday (Thu Mar 16).

A last-minute strike earned Maebashi Ikuei a 2-1 win in the first of two matches for Watford today (Fri Mar 17), with Dion Pereira on target for the Hornets. 

But there was a 2-1 victory for the Golden Boys over Tokai Fukuoka thanks to goals from Jesus Cruz Cabrera and Harry Forster.

Watford have now progressed to the Global Arena Cup and will face Yeongdeungpo Technical of South Korea in the quarter-finals tomorrow (Sat Mar 18), with semi-finals taking place later the same day.

The Hornets' scholars are one of four overseas teams competing against 12 domestic sides in the 15th competition organised by the Kyushu Football Association, Sanix Sports Foundation and Japan Football Association.

The competition is held in Fukuoka, which sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island.

Keep an eye on watfordfc.com and the Hornets’ official Twitter account @WatfordFC for further news on the Under-18s' progress.