“I’m Very, Very Happy. I Hope We Can Now Build Great Things”
Reflecting on his first three points as Watford Head Coach, Walter Mazzarri revealed that a shift in approach and improved concentration were behind the Hornets’ dramatic comeback win over West Ham yesterday.
Despite trailing 2-0 at London Stadium, goals from Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas completed a remarkable 4-2 turnaround as Watford recorded their first win of 2016/17.
“We didn’t start very well, we were ‘in the sky’ as you say in Italy. But when we started to concentrate the result came,” said Mazzarri after full-time.
“West Ham had the whole stadium with them. They came to us in a positive way but we started playing our football and the result came our way.
“I was a bit worried [at 2-0 down] but even at that score we had chances. We spoke with the players and adjusted a few things, which allowed us to have more possession and attack more.”
Despite his satisfaction, it’s no surprise to hear that the Italian is keen to look at what went wrong for his side during the opening stages in east London.
He said: “It was a great win and very important. I still look at how we play more than the result though, so I will correct the things we can do better. But if we continue like this it will be a good season for us.”
Asked to describe the emotion that transpired from his first Premier League victory, Mazzarri spoke of the result’s significance in terms of the impact it will have on his squad and what he hopes to achieve at Vicarage Road in the future.
“I am very, very happy, especially to produce a win in a game where we were losing by two,” he said.
“The first win is extremely important for our confidence. The group knows we can do more.
“I am a new manager here at Watford. I hope we can now build great things.”
Click below to watch all the highlights as well as post-match reaction from Holebas and Daryl Janmaat.