Hughes: “We Can’t Take Our Foot Off The Pedal”
Will Hughes thinks the Hornets beat Manchester United through hard work and discipline, and wants the team to kick on after this win and not rest on their laurels.
“I don’t think we were at our best performance wise, but we grafted hard and did the basics right and I think that’s all you can ask for, then the quality will shine through,” said the midfielder.
“It’s very frustrating, how the season has gone so far, but we know what we’re capable of. This was a good Man United team and we put in the work ethic and got the rewards today.
“It’s been frustrating because we have put in good performances this season which have warranted more, but it’s about getting it done on the pitch and that’s what we’ve done today.”
The Hornets had hoped to build on November’s victory against Norwich City, but Hughes felt that performances dropped after the first win and wants to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
“A few weeks ago, we beat Norwich and thought that was the start, but we didn’t progress from there,” he said.
“We need to knuckle down as it’s just three points at the end of the day and we’re still bottom of the league, so we need to go to Sheffield on Boxing Day and give them a good game as well.
“We have to take each game as it comes and we can’t take our foot off the pedal now because we’ve won one game, which we probably did after beating Norwich.”
Hughes has shone in a deeper role under Nigel Pearson, who previously worked with the midfielder at Derby County, and thinks the position is bringing out the best in him.
“Every manager has their own way of coaching and managing, we’re only two games in now with the new manager but so far, so good in terms of performances and results,” Hughes said.
“I’m playing more defensive now, but as long as I’m on the pitch I’ll be happy. I’ll put in a good job wherever I’m playing but I prefer that position with the pitch in front of me. But as long as I’m on the pitch, I’m happy.”
“We have the experience in the squad, players who have been at the bottom and at the top, so we know we have the experience in the squad to deal with this situation. But it’s about doing it on the pitch and hopefully this will be the start of a good run.”