03/01/2018

Friendly | Cathcart Returns 

Defender Craig Cathcart made a welcome return to action this afternoon in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Queens Park Rangers at the Hornets' training ground. 

The Northern Ireland international played 75 minutes in a 2-1 win. Winger Isaac Success also completed 90 minutes against the Hoops, as goals from Troy Deeney and Sebastian Prödl secured victory at London Colney.

Cathcart, who hasn't played since August due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery, says his aim over a tough last three months has been to get his body in the best possible place for a return. 

“It's nice to be back in a game situation, I've been back in full training for a week now,” he said, speaking to watfordfc.com after full-time.

“It was good to get back on the pitch - obviously training is a bit different, there's different distances you have to run so it was good to get back into the swing of things and get 75 minutes under my belt.

“It's been tough. The original injury was back in April and then I did the same thing against Brighton. Once I had the surgery done I've just been focused on trying to get back in the best shape I can and making sure that this time I come back and I'm back for good.”

03/01/2018

Silva | “Can't Start With Fear”

Marco Silva left the Etihad last night with just a glimpse of what might have been.

Watford were three down against Pep Guardiola's mercurial City side when Andre Gray got one back. The front-man had previously been frustrated by Ederson in the home goal on two occasions, and add to that the late Roberto Pereyra penalty claim which Lee Mason ignored, Silva couldn't help but wonder. 

“The way we ended the match [was the biggest positive],” he told watfordfc.com after full-time. 

“There was more ability with the ball and more courage as a team. This is our way. Until now, we have always showed courage as a team and for the first 30 minutes tonight we didn't do that.

“Even in that really bad 30 minutes, we had two clear chances to score, Andre against Ederson. Of course, if you score in that moment it gives more belief for our team. Like when we scored at 3-1, it's easy to understand that we had more belief. If we make it 1-1, or 2-1, maybe it can be different. This is football. 

“We need to respect they are doing an amazing season but we cannot start one game with fear, to be scared of our opponent. Even if our opponent is Manchester City.”

Gray was the Hornets' stand-out performer in the Manchester rain, a menace in behind the City back-line and an outlet from the get-go. 

“It was a good moment for Andre,” Silva commented.

“I hope it gave more confidence for him. He needs this, and I hope in that next games we will see him more confident.”

Watch the full post-match chat with Silva above or click below for reaction from Gray plus stats and social media. 

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