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Foster: “We're Not Getting The Rub Of The Green”

After a frustrating afternoon's action at the King Power Stadium, Ben Foster spoke to the watfordfc.com cameras to dissect the Hornets' 2-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Watch the goalkeeper's post-match interview in the video above.

First Team 1 week ago

Gracia: “We Need To Be More Efficient”

Watch Javi Gracia's post-match interview above, or read on below for his thoughts from the post-match press conference.


By Kevin Affleck

Javi Gracia confirmed the club will appeal against the red card shown to Étienne Capoue, but declined to give his opinion on the penalty awarded against Ben Foster for fear of it sounding like sour grapes.

Capoue was sent off late on for a tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho and will miss the next three games unless the Hornets are successful with their appeal. Isaac Success spoke with his countryman afterwards and believes the club have a case in getting the card rescinded.

“I spoke to Iheanacho and he said there was no contact by Capoue,” said Success. “I feel sorry for him because he has been one of our best players. Let's see what the FA will do because it was never a red card.”

The incident happened right in front of Gracia and he feels it is worth the Football Association reviewing the decision of referee Graham Scott.

“I saw it clear because it was in front of me, but I prefer not to say anything, only what Iheanacho said,” he remarked. “He said Capoue didn't touch him. That is more important than what I can say. Yes, we will appeal. It doesn't depend on me [what happens], but we are going to appeal. Someone spoke with him [Iheanacho] and told me [what he said].”

Gracia also wanted to remain tight-lipped on the award of the penalty when Ben Foster was adjudged to have brought down Jamie Vardy.

“If I say my opinion it will sound like an excuse,” said Gracia. “I prefer to keep my opinion to myself. I prefer to do this. In the last games we have been a bit unlucky with these decisions.”

The Head Coach was comfortable talking about the chances his team again missed on the road. Isaac Success, Troy Deeney and Andre Gray all missed the target with very presentable opportunities.

“It's the same [as other away games],” said Gracia. “We need to be demanding. We need to improve these situations. You can see in the last games we are losing points, losing options to get better results because we are not efficient. When you score goals, you feel more comfortable and maybe you finish better. Maybe when you don't score you lose confidences you need.”

The Head Coach was asked whether the problem in front of goal is a technical or psychological issue.

“Both,” he said. “We have the quality to finish better, we have it. We have to show it. Everything you can improve with work and we try to do it. It's the best attitude, to try to be demanding with ourselves and try to improve the things we can do. This way I am sure we'll be able to get better results. In the last games the feeling is we are not getting the reward the team sometimes deserves.”

Gracia mixed things up in attack in an attempt to find a solution, pairing Gerard Deulofeu with Success.

“We thought the mobility and speed of Isaac and Gerard was a good option to surprise their centre-backs,” said the Head Coach. “Their full-backs are very deep. With the spaces we would be able to create chances and attack better. We dominated the space, with eight corner kicks and more possession, but today it wasn't enough. We need to be more efficient and finish better.”

Leicester gave the Hornets a lesson in the art of finishing, scoring twice from three attempts on target, including a beauty from James Maddison after a length-of-the-field break.

“I can tell you before the game, they had scored eight goals from counter-attacks,” said Gracia. “They have scored playing this way. They scored the second goal this way and after it was a tough game. They have very good players.”

The Hornets have now followed a four-match winning run to open the season with two wins in 10 matches.

“The schedule is different and we have played against very good teams,” said Gracia. “We were in a very good moment. In this moment, we play against Manchester City and we know it will be a very demanding game. But playing at home with the support of our fans I am sure we are able to have a good performance.”