05/04/2017

“Football I Want To Play”

By Kevin Affleck

Walter Mazzarri described the way his Watford side played on the front foot until they were reduced to ten men as arguably the high point of his reign as head coach.

The Hornets played with real intent against the Baggies and posed problems down both flanks and through the middle, as they put a side who kept Manchester United at arm's length on Saturday right under the cosh.

M'Baye Niang blasted the Hornets in front, Troy Deeney scrambled in a second and the Hornets looked in complete control until Miguel Britos was sent off.

Mazzarri felt it was a performance to rank alongside the first-half showing at the Emirates.

"I want to underline that the first 30 minutes was the best game that we played," he said.

"After seven months, the team is now playing this type of football with young players and this gives me great satisfaction.

"I would like my team to play like we did for the first 30 minutes. Even though we are still missing some starting players, we have a good team, a good squad and we are in good condition.

"We played very well, with good attacking football and this is football I want to play next year as well. We are looking forward to playing like this."

Mazzarri described Niang's goal, which flashed past Ben Foster, as "beautiful".

"I think he listened to me," said the Head Coach, who had challenged the Frenchman to play with greater consistency.

"There are 24 hours in a day and I talk in his ear for 23 hours."

Mazzarri also took the opportunity to praise Adrian Mariappa who was thrown in at the deep end for his first Watford league appearance of the season after Britos was sent off.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Mariappa. He came on in a very difficult moment. It was a long time he didn’t play and he was excellent. I want to thank him very much."
 
Mariappa is almost certain to start at White Hart Lane on Saturday as Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prödl and Christian Kabasele are injured while Britos will be suspended.  
 
"I am very angry because we were winning a match we were dominating and ended with ten players and this now complicates everything," he said.

"I hope we can take this form into Saturday but only if I find some defenders to play. We lost Britos to two yellow cards that were completely unfair."
MATCH REVIEW
Troy Deeney and Adrian Mariappa react, plus there's match stats, social media and match highlights coming soon in the watfordfc.com match review.

05/04/2017

GT's Family Agree To Online Auction

A selection of images used as part of the late Graham Taylor's funeral have been placed on sale via auction.

With the agreement of GT's family, all proceeds raised from the online auction - which includes eight window boards used to dress an empty building on the day - will be donated towards the £1.1 million refurbishment of St Mary's Church in Watford town centre, the venue at which the funeral was held in February.

The boards include a selection of GT images as well as some of the former Watford manager's iconic quotes.

Ahead of the funeral, Watford Borough Council commissioned Murrill Construction to enhance the area surrounding St Mary's Church, with large commemorative boards placed over the windows of the former One Bell pub.

The council and Murrill Construction have donated the boards for auction at no cost.

The auction, which is being held by Watford BID, will run until 7pm on Sunday April 9 and can be found by searching for 'Graham Taylor window board' on eBay.

David Brown, Chair of Development and Fundraising at St Mary's Church, said: "It's so generous of Graham Taylor's family to donate the proceeds of the auction to the church. We are so grateful because every penny raised will make such a difference to us.

"This donation will help towards our vision of making St Mary's an inspiring place of worship in the 21st century, together with providing a community hub for everybody right in the heart of our town."