“Heart But Not Quality”

Watch Marco Silva's forthright post-match interview above

Marco Silva has vowed to "find a solution" to the team's form and get the players to dig deep amid a growing injury list.

The Hornets were without Younès Kaboul, Craig Cathcart, Isaac Success, Miguel Britos, Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes through injury this afternoon while Abdoulaye Doucourè, Marvin Zeegalaar and Troy Deeney missed out through suspension.

It kind of summed up the way things are going for the Golden Boys right now when Orestis Karnezis pulled out in the warm up with a minor back injury. It's all hands to the pump right now as the Hornets try to end a run of five defeats in six matches.

“It is my obligation to find a solution,” said Silva. “Today we had three players banned and five or six injured. At this moment we have a big solution just to find the starting XI. But we need to find a solution as soon as possible. It's not easy to make rotation and not easy to pick an XI.

“It's not an excuse as the players who played have quality. Now is the moment to react as a team. We need to find the solution. We are missing 4-5 players from our starting XI and even when you have everybody ready, you need to work a lot to win the games. You need to work really hard to achieve results in the Premier League.”

The Hornets were high on perspiration against Brighton – you certainly couldn't accuse them of not trying – but they just lacked that bit of inspiration, particularly in the final third at the AMEX.

“We didn't start well,” said Silva. “Brighton started different to us, a little bit faster. We had a problem with defending too deep and not reacting fast. The game was more balanced after 20-25 minutes and the second half was also more balanced.

“We had a good chance with Richarlison before they scored and then it was one mistake and they scored, one risky pass and they scored. We reacted with heart but not quality. The quality in our game was not the best.”

Pascal Groß scored the only goal of the game, rifling the ball under the dive of Heurelho Gomes

“It's not because of Gomes we lost the game,” said Silva. “It's football. What Gomes did until now has been very good. In some moments he saves fantastic things for our team. We need to do better before they shoot.”

Silva felt in that instance the Hornets missed the screening ability of Doucourè.

“In our middle zone we lost Doucoure and felt the difference,” the Head Coach said. "Ben did well and did everything I asked but we missed Doucourè."

Doucourè returns for the visit of Leicester City on Boxing Day and that should provide a shot in the arm to a dressing room that was understandably deflated after an eighth defeat in 11 games.

“Nobody is happy at the this moment but it is our obligation as a team to keep altogether,” said Silva. “Then we can achieve good results. Yes it's a bad run and we need to react.”



Boxing Day | Free Buses For Hornets Fans

With public transport not available on Boxing Day, Watford FC and Arriva have arranged for free chartered bus services to help Hornets’ supporters get to and from Vicarage Road from the surrounding areas for the match against Leicester City.

The buses will run a single trip from each of seven locations at a specific departure time, with fans required to show a valid Season Ticket, Fan Card or paper match ticket to board.

Return journeys will depart from outside the stadium at approximately 5.15pm.

“We appreciate the difficulty many of our fans will face trying to get here on Boxing Day,” said Dave Messenger, the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer.

“We hope that providing these buses will help those who may otherwise have had to miss the match, and we thank Arriva for their support in making the arrangements.”

Buses will leave from Abbots Langley, Aylesbury, Garston, Hemel Hempstead, Maple Cross (via Rickmansworth) and St. Albans, with the full schedule downloadable by clicking HERE.