First Team 15/04/2019

Foster: “We Can Take A Lot Of Heart”

Ben Foster insists Watford can take a “lot of heart” from the “magnificent” performance they delivered against Arsenal despite a 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets’ keeper was caught in possession by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gunners’ winner after just 10 minutes.

And when Troy Deeney was shown a straight red card for a coming together with Lucas Torreira just 60 seconds later, it looked like a tall order for the hosts.

But Craig Cathcart struck the post via the body of Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, Adam Masina struck the crossbar with a thunderous effort from range and Andre Gray was denied a certain goal by a vital block by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

“I’m gutted for the lads,” admitted Foster. “I thought we were the better team. Arsenal seemed happy to play on the counter attack.

“I’ve said sorry to the lads after the game and I want to say sorry to the fans. I should have Cruyffed him.

“Aubameyang is rapid. He is so fast and was too quick for me. With hindsight, when you have got players like him then you have got to get rid quick even if it goes into row Z.. They can’t score from row Z.

“It is a lesson learned for me. Next time I’ll put my boot through it.

“Things happen in football. But we are a team. We win as a team, we lose as a team.

“We can take a lot of heart from that performance because I thought we were magnificent.”

Under-23's 15/04/2019

U23 Tickets: Hornets Host Tykes At The Vic

Hayden Mullins' Under-23s are set to play Barnsley at Vicarage Road on Tuesday (April 16, 2pm kick-off) and there will be free entry for Watford season ticket holders.

Non-season ticket holders can pay on the day at the Ticket Office, with admission costing £3 (adults) or £1 (18 & Under).