Mazzarri’s Mixed Emotions
He’s a man who demands the highest of standards, Walter Mazzarri. So it’s little surprise that despite his pleasure at another important three points earned, the Italian admitted his frustration that the Hornets failed to put the game to bed sooner.
Watford were well in control going into the break thanks to Troy Deeney and M’Baye Niang goals against a Burnley team reduced to 10 men following Jeff Hendrick’s early dismissal.
But the visitors rallied in the second-half and set up a nervy finish at Vicarage Road when Ashley Barnes converted a late penalty.
Speaking to the media after the 2-1 win, Mazzarri said: “I am happy, but at the same time very angry because we should have closed the game.
“This is where we still need to grow. Big teams close games 3 or 4-0.
“We did well in the first-half and played with the ball at our feet, but in the second-half it was not as good.
“We risked losing three points with immature mistakes, as I call them, which would have changed the end of the game.
“The only excuse I can find is that we played a few days ago where we spent a lot of energy.
“We had many chances to score a third goal and we should have done this.”
Reflecting on what was a second consecutive Premier League win, Mazzarri said he did take particular satisfaction from the performance in attack of new signings Niang and Mauro Zarate, as well as captain Troy Deeney.
“Niang did very well against Arsenal and again today. He’s a player who didn’t play a lot with AC Milan and still needs to reach perfect condition,” said the Head Coach.
“I was also happy with Zarate. Again, he didn’t play much for Fiorentina, so he needs to keep growing now.
“Also, Deeney has now found his perfect condition. All three of these played with good understanding.”