First Team 08/04/2018

Gracia: “We Should Have Killed The Game”

By Kevin Affleck

Javi Gracia struggled to hide his disappointment at seeing his side again somehow finding a way to drop points when a win seemed there for the taking.

Still reeling from seeing victory snatched from their grasp against Bournemouth, the Golden Boys suffered another body blow on Saturday when Burnley struck twice in three minutes to spectacularly turn this one on its head to leave the Hornets crestfallen and empty handed. It was a tough one to take and a difficult one to get your head round as Javi Gracia's team had been in total charge for an hour.

“I think we dominated the game,” said Gracia. "We had more possession, more shots on target, we had eleven corner kicks but it wasn't enough. We should have killed the game when we could.”

Watford did not really fashion the chances to put the game to bed, but they should really have closed the game out and locked down a 1-0 win. The fact they didn't came down to their failure to cope with searching balls into the box, Sam Vokes and Jack Cork profiting this week just like Jermain Defoe did the week before.

“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks again like the last game,” said Gracia. “We have to improve this defensive action because we are losing many, many points this way. I hope the next game we will be better.”

Gracia was asked if he felt his side are being overwhelmed by more imposing opponents when balls are launched into the box.

“I don't think it's something physical,” he said. “You have to defend players taller than you many times and it's not easy, but I am sure we can do it better. We will do better next time.”

The Head Coach had done his homework on Burnley and for so long, the game plan was working a treat. Then the Hornets switched off and allowed Burnley to do what they do best.

“They didn’t surprise us today because we know their style: long balls and second balls. They feel comfortable without possession. We were playing well, we created chances to score, we felt comfortable but after that it was tough for us.”

The defeat means it is now four matches without a win for the Hornets and they must get back on the horse next week at Huddersfield.

“Now is not a good moment for us but we will try to get good levels again,” said Gracia. “We must focus on our next game and get the points we need. Now we must recover the players and be ready for next week.”

First Team 07/04/2018

Highlights: Watford 1-2 Burnley