First Team 4 weeks ago

Holebas: “It Doesn't Matter Who Scores, I Want The Team To Win”

Hornets full-back José Holebas scored the all-important equaliser against Southampton in the 82nd minute at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday, but despite the Greek defender rescuing a point with his deflected strike, he still wants more - as is his way.

Speaking to Premier League Productions after the game, the full-back said that first and foremost he was pleased to help the team.

“I think the draw is a good result for both teams because Southampton have showed they believe they can take the three points here,” said the defender. “But I have to also give big credit to my boys - they gave everything and I think everyone has seen that we tried everything to win that game.”

That said, Holebas is now leading the way for defenders in the Premier League - he has two goals and four assists so far this season - and he's enjoying himself on the pitch.

“It's always good when you score goals,” said the former Roma man. “But I said it a long time ago - I don't care who scores the goals in our team, at least we win the game. It doesn't matter who scores the goals for me, I want the team to win and that's it.

“[But,] it's a big feeling - you've helped the team and you know that you're going to help the team with that goal.”

Ever-competitive, and not afraid to say what he thinks, he was also quick to point out that Watford should have been awarded a penalty for a clear foul on Nathaniel Chalobah - the journalist didn't even have to ask what he thought of the situation, he wanted to raise the issue himself.

“I have to speak for it - that's a clear penalty and I don't know which direction the game would have gone it after that,” said Holebas. “I'm a little bit mad for that.”

Now with two weeks to prepare for the home fixture with Liverpool, Holebas is only looking forward, not back.

“We don't look back - that's a big mistake,” said the full-back. “As we've seen, like against Newcastle, in football anything can happen.

“We just have to be very focused now in doing our job. [We need to] listen to the coach's ideas and be ready for the next game.”

First Team 4 weeks ago

Loan Lads: Bachmann Denies Jam Tarts

By Joel Goldman

Daniel Bachmann kept his side’s first clean sheet in over two months in his first league start of the season as Kilmarnock shocked then-league leaders Hearts at Tynecastle.

The 1-0 win, thanks to Ross Millen’s 50th minute strike, sees Killie move up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership, just two points behind new leaders Celtic.

The Austrian stopper will be hoping to keep his spot as the East Ayrshire club travel to fifth-placed St Johnstone after the international break.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What a win and clean sheet at a very difficult place 💪🏼

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Across the continent, Fortuna Düsseldorf ran out 4-1 winners over Hertha Berlin to bring themselves within two points of moving out of the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Dodi Lukebakio played 69 minutes in an impressive team display which saw the newly-promoted side grab their first league victory since September. The winger will now join up with the Belgium Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifier against Romania (though the Red Devils have already secured their place).

Meanwhile, over in Spain, Cucho Hernández’s Huesca remain bottom of La Liga after a 2-1 defeat at in-form Alavés.

The Colombian played the full 90 minutes but was unable to help his side claim their first win since the opening day, as they continue to struggle in their first ever season in the top flight.

Dimitri Foulquier was an unused substitute as 10-man Getafe were beaten 1-0 at home by Valencia. The Frenchman will be hoping to add to his two goals already this campaign as El Geta travel to Athletic Bilbao next.

Obbi Oulare also scored a hat-trick for Standard Liege's Under-21 side as he steps-up his rehabilitation after injury.

Elsewhere, Jerome Sinclair grabbed played 64 minutes for Sunderland as the Black Cats ran out 2-1 winners at Port Vale to progress to the second round of the FA Cup. It was a profitable day for the striker, as he assisted the Black Cats’ second goal of the afternoon.

And finally, it wasn’t such a successful day in the cup for Randell Williams and Wycombe as they were dumped out of the competition by Luton at Kenilworth Road. Williams was a 69th minute substitute in 2-0 win for the home side.