First Team 16/12/2019

Hughes: “We Will Start Turning It Around”

Will Hughes lamented missed chances at Anfield as the Hornets were narrowly beaten by the Premier League leaders, but the midfielder could see clear signs of improvement in the team.

“We don’t want to come here and say, ‘We’ve only lost 2-0 so it’s good’, we want to come here and get something,” said Hughes.

“If you watch the whole game then we’ve not necessarily deserved it but we’ve come here with a game plan and we’ve implemented that.

“We’ve created good chances away at Anfield, which is good in itself, but you can't expect to come away with something if you don’t put them away.”

The Hornets had big chances to score through Abdoulaye Doucouré and Ismaïla Sarr, while Hughes had an opportunity himself, but the midfielder can’t put his finger on why the goals aren’t flying in.

“If I could [figure out why we’re not scoring] then we’d be scoring a lot more. It’s difficult, there’s good goalkeeping, good defending at times, but we’ve got a lot to build on today,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’m not known for my goalscoring, I got into a good position, but I snatched at it a bit. Again, I should have done better, so it’s one of them.”

Despite missing his opportunity, Hughes put in a superb performance in a defensive midfield role.

“I thought I did a job, asked to play a bit of a deeper role but as long as I’m on the pitch I’m happy and I know I’m going to help the team,” he said.

“I enjoyed it, I’m not the best goal scorer so maybe it suits me, the deeper role, where I can do the dirty side as well.”

There were plenty of positives to take from the performance, but Hughes knows the most important thing going forward is to start picking up points.

“It’s downbeat whenever you lose a game and we’re in a tough position at the moment. We can’t keep saying we deserve something; we have to go out and win games,” he said.

“But we have to look at the positives, we’ve come here against a Liverpool team who are on absolute fire and we’ve given them a good game.

“We’re bottom of the table so there’s a whole host of little things that have to change on the pitch and hopefully with the new gaffer we can start doing that.

“It’s not even half the season gone yet, we’re in a very difficult position and we know that, but we’ve got the quality. So as long as the commitment and work rate is there, we will start turning it around.”

First Team 15/12/2019

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