First Team 24/04/2019

Masina: “We Need To Keep Going”

Adam Masina says Watford have the ability and character to affect games at any time after Andre Gray scored a 90th-minute equaliser to snatch a point against Southampton at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets had gone behind after just 7.69 seconds after Shane Long charged down Craig Cathcart’s clearance.

Gray almost levelled soon after only to see his effort saved by Angus Gunn, before Roberto Pereyra was also denied by the Saints’ glovesman.

But Watford refused to give up and finally earned a deserved point when former Burnley striker Gray lashed high into the net as the clock hit 90 minutes.

That was the Golden Boys’ 10th goal of the season scored in the 80th minute or later, and Masina sees that as a sign there is plenty of character and determination – not to mention fitness - within the dressing room.

“In the end we needed the point and the draw was a fair result,” said the 25-year-old.

“I thought Southampton was going to be a tough game, but it showed anything can happen [in the Premier League]. To concede so early was disappointing but things like that are a part of the game and they happen. We just had to hope that we could score by the end and thankfully we did it.

 “We just need to remember to keep going [in every game].”

There is a consistent desire to improve amongst Javi Gracia’s side as they bid to finish the season as high up the table as they can.

For Masina, who has made 19 league and cup appearances since his summer arrival from Serie A side Bologna, the final three league games of the campaign offer the Hornets a chance to build on their record points tally.

“We need to improve on our mistakes, for sure, but this is part of football,” said the former Italy Under-21 defender. “We need to work hard and try to avoid these situations.

“We need to get the three points [on Saturday] to achieve our goal of seventh place, so the Wolves game is an important one for us.”


News: Watford Help Promote Rocketman Film

The new Sir Elton John film Rocketman hits UK cinemas on 22 May – and supporters at Watford’s game against Southampton on Tuesday night joined in a special sing-a-long to help promote it.

The Paramount-produced biopic, which stars Taron Egerton as the man himself, charts the life and times of the singer and former chairman, who had two spells with his boyhood club.

To mark its impending release next month, ex-Watford winger John Barnes, who played for the Hornets when Elton was at the helm between 1981 and 1987, returned to Vicarage Road to conduct a special rendition of the song from which the movie takes its title.

Lyrics to the popular hit Rocketman were given out to supporters prior to kick-off and, at half time, Barnes was welcomed back to lead a fantastic rendition in front of the Paramount cameras, who were on hand to capture it to help promote the film.

And, of course, when John Barnes has a mic in hand, it means only one thing – that rap from his New Order hit, World in Motion!