First Team 2 weeks ago

Masina: “We Are Going The Right Way”

By Callum Hibberd

Adam Masina knows that there are further improvements to be made in this Hornets side, but feels both he and the team “are going the right way”.

Speaking after the goalless draw with Bournemouth, in which the former Bologna left-back made his first Premier League start of the season, the Italian was considered in his reaction to the result.

“We know we have to improve, especially in the attacking part, but we are going the right way and we have to keep going like this and keep trying to improve day-by-day,” he said.

Starting in place of the suspended José Holebas, Masina played his part in a second consecutive home clean sheet for the Hornets, who appear more defensively sound every week under Quique Sánchez Flores.

“He [Sánchez Flores] said to us that we know we have to improve the defensive side of our game, to keep clean sheets. I think we did that well today, and I just hope we can continue that way. It was a good defensive game from us today.”

Despite making only 20 appearances for the Hornets last season, and one in the Carabao Cup this term, Masina relished his opportunity against the Cherries and said he would not underestimate the importance of always being ready.

“Of course it is important for me to be playing games, but I know I must always work every day to be ready, so if the manager needs me, I can play good for him and the team.”

Masina, who made 99 appearances in Serie A, said the team aren’t looking at the Premier League table and are focused on themselves and their performances, which in turn will help them climb the league.

“We know we can’t keep looking at our position,” he said. “It is not an easy moment for us and the fans but we want to push together, the team, the fans and the manager. We can get out of this situation by just working hard enough, staying compact, and playing more as a team. We can do it.” 

The Hornets have been taking confidence from good performances and positive results in the Carabao Cup this season and Masina, who started in the last round against Swansea City, is hoping for another win against Everton in Tuesday night’s fourth-round clash.

“We are very focused on the cup, the game is important and we will see how far we can go in the competition,” said Masina. “I had no cup finals in Bologna, so I hope Watford can make it far in the cup.”

First Team 2 weeks ago

Added Time: Kabasele & Ward’s Bournemouth Reaction

Watch on as Christian Kabasele and Watford FC Ladies captain Helen Ward dissect the Hornets' goalless draw against Bournemouth, with Added Time presenter Emma Saunders.

In today's edition:

  • Kabasele discusses a second clean sheet in three games & the club's newly-launched We campaign
  • Ward on Gray's impact from the bench & the Ladies' table-topping form
  • More match reaction & analysis