First Clean Sheet Delights Mazzarri
It bodes well for the Hornets that Walter Mazzarri sees plenty of room for improvement in his side despite securing a well-fought 1-0 win at Middlesbrough yesterday (Sun Oct 16).
It wasn’t always pretty at the Riverside Stadium, but Watford dug in and ensured a hard-earned three-point haul thanks to Jose Holebas’ second-half wonder-strike.
The Hornets’ Head Coach was pleased with the character shown by his team, even if there are areas he’s identified which still require some work.
“I’m happy in general with the personality of the team because we showed that we know how to suffer, but I’m not happy with the performance overall,” Mazzarri said after the final whistle on Teesside.
“We were much better than in the Burnley game, but there are lots of things we can still improve.
“Congratulations to Middlesbrough, who were very organised and pressed during the whole game. I’m very satisfied to win an away game at a difficult stadium.”
Holebas’ second goal of the season might steal the headlines, but a first clean-sheet of the campaign was equally crucial to Watford’s chances of clinching their third win in 2016/17.
Mazzarri said: “It’s a very positive thing that we played well without conceding a goal; that is something to be proud of.
“During the first-half we were allowing too much space on the right-hand side, but we changed some things at half-time and we didn’t allow them that in the second-half.
“It was a good defensive performance, but we can still do better overall.”
Victory lifted the Hornets into the top-half of the table, with 11 points posted from eight games, not that the Italian is paying any attention to league standings just yet.
“Things are going very well, we have played well in every game except Burnley, and we could even have had a couple of points more at this stage,” he said.
“I’ve told the players we need to focus game-by-game. We don’t put any limits on what we can do this year, but I don’t want to look at the league table right now.”
Click below to watch post-match interviews with Jose Holebas and Sebastian Prödl, with match highlights from the Riverside Stadium coming soon.