Mazzarri | “Thank You For Everything”

After leaving yet another away pitch goalless and pointless, Walter Mazarri cut a disappointed figure as he fulfilled his post-match duties last night.

The 1-0 defeat to Everton was a sixth straight road reverse for the Hornets and their travelling support, and the Italian wanted to thank directly the thousand or so 'Orns who made the tricky Friday night trip.

“Thank you for your support coming here, even on a Friday night,” he said in the tunnel after full-time. 

“My team gave everything today. You have always been fantastic this season. I wanted to even offer you a drink tonight. Thank you for everything.”

The Head Coach's free drink was well-received in the concourses before kick-off, but it was the players who could have done with a dose of liquid confidence at Goodison. 

It wasn't for lack of will - the sight of Adrian Mariappa pounding the floor in frustration at full-time was testament to that. But as is often the case when times are tough, the Golden Boys just didn't get the rub. 

“We deserved at least a draw,” Mazzarri rued.  

“We're in a period now where nothing goes in our favour. I want to congratulate our players because they did well.

“The ball just never goes in right now, and this time we lost again. The players played a good game.”

A defeat to the Toffees, in isolation, is no cause for panic according to Mazzarri, who praised the Hornets for pushing Ronald Koeman's men to the final whistle. 

“I'm not concerned. I've watched many Everton home games, rarely have another team put them under much pressure. 

“They've only lost two games at home.”

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Trust | Gomes Marks PL Primary Stars Launch

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes this week visited St Anthony’s RC Primary and Nursery School in Watford to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme.

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. 

Gomes joined in a Premier League Primary Stars PE session delivered by Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust, which involved football drills with a group Year 4 pupils.

The Brazilian said: “Today has been a lot of fun! I believe football has the power to inspire so for the Premier League to be involved in projects like this is huge and helps the kids to go on and achieve great things in their life.”

While he was there, Heurelho also helped launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme.

Teachers can apply for the chance to receive free football strips or equipment for their school by registering for the programme at PLPrimaryStars.com.

Parents can also nominate their school via the Premier League Primary Stars website. This year’s application window opens from 24 April – 9 June.

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme will allow teachers the opportunity to get their hands on a full team kit or a range of useful equipment that can be used for different subject areas. 

The football kit package includes: 14 football shirts, one goalkeeper shirt, 15 pairs of shorts and 15 pairs of socks. The equipment package includes: a roller bag, bibs, training balls, pop-up goals, a whistle, a ball pump, a captain's armband, hoops, cones, bean bags, giant dice and floor markers. 

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme is supported by Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.

Register for the Premier League Primary Stars programme at PLPrimaryStars.com.