First Team 04/11/2018

Gracia: “I Can't Be Disappointed With My Players”

Watch Javi Gracia's post-match interview above, or read on below.


By Kevin Affleck

Javi Gracia agreed that his Watford team paid a heavy price for failing to translate the number of chances they fashioned, particularly in the first half, into something tangible.

The Hornets banged on the creaking Newcastle door 13 times in the first half, despite not being at their best, and hit the crossbar in the second half through Roberto Pereyra, also missing the chance of the match late on through Stefano Okaka. But, just like at Fulham and just like at Arsenal, the Hornets were punished for their wastefulness and ended up with diddly-squat.

“If you don't score and don't kill the game then things happen like today,” said Gracia. “There were a lot of players with clear chances. We have dominated the first half, much better than in the second. It is difficult creating chances at Newcastle, but we have created lots of chances today. How many players had good chances to score? Stefano, Roberto, Mariappa, Gerard and Isaac. My feeling is we shot more on target [than just once] but yes, we had many chances, from different situations. It is difficult to understand, to accept the result.”

Even though the Hornets were not as good in the second half as they were in the first, Gracia said he could not be too harsh on his players. He said he could not fault their application.

“I can be disappointed with the result, but I can't be disappointed with my players,” he said. “In the first half we created more chances, not just chances, clear chances to score. Different players had different situations. We need to be demanding with ourselves to improve. I think we are in the right way.”

Gracia felt his side did not do too much wrong and the one gripe he had was allowing Newcastle, who have been poor defensively from set-pieces this season, to score from a free-kick. He also felt he made the right decision in recalling José Holebas for Adam Masina.

“We thought the characteristics of José were better to play today, but not because Adam plays better or worse,” he said. “Everybody knows Adam is a very good player. I am very happy with him.”

Holebas marked his return from suspension by picking up a sixth booking in nine games, but Gracia does not want to dull the left-back's edge.

"It is sometimes difficult with José, but he has the experience and he knows different situations. Sometimes he wants to help the team in critical moments and is not easy to contain. He is always very polite.”

Gracia could certainly not be accused of going all out to try and salvage a point. He threw on Stefano Okaka, Andre Gray and left Isaac Success on in a bold formation. It almost paid off.

“In that moment, we thought we needed more players in front ready for the attack,” said the Head Coach. “Stefano had a good chance to score, but he has had a long period out of the team and a long period injured.”

First Team 03/11/2018

Away Tickets: Southampton On General Sale

Tickets for Watford's Premier League clash against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium (Saturday November 10, 3pm KO) are now on general sale to Hornets supporters.

The Hornets have been given an allocation of 3,300 tickets for this fixture. As of 10am on Saturday (November 3), approximately 2,750 have been sold.


Tickets will be available ONLINE ONLY via tickets.watfordfc.com.

The Ticket Office Hotline on 01923 223023 can be called to seek assistance with online account information and for other general ticketing enquiries.

TICKET PRICES

Adult: £30
65 & Over: £27
18-21: £22
Under-18s: £18
Under-11s: £12

WHEELCHAIR & AMBULANT DISABLED

Prices are as above, including a free personal assistant where required.

AWAY GAMES: FAMILY AREA ALLOCATION

A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C and D sales process.

Official club coaches: £15 per person. Departs from Greenhill Crescent at 10.30am. There will be NO Milton-Keynes pick-up in operation.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing ticket.office@watfordfc.com or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.

SALES ARRANGEMENTS - WHO CAN BUY WHEN?

Friday October 26, 12noon
- Away Group A

Monday October 29, 12noon
- Away Groups A & B

Wednesday October 31, 12noon
- Away Groups A, B & C

Friday November 2, 12noon
- Away Groups A, B, C & D

Saturday November 3, 10am
- General sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.

AWAY FIRST ACCESS SALES GROUPS*

First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2018/19 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A (3,320 fans):
- ST holders 2018/19 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B (667 fans):
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C (10,502 fans):
- ST holders 2018/19 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D (14,614 fans):
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

*Includes away sales up to 4pm on October 22.

Regular sales updates will be published here at watfordfc.com and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office:
ticket.office@watfordfc.com / 01923 223023