“Positive Results Will Come”
By Kevin Affleck
Walter Mazzarri was in defiant mood when he met the media this afternoon, refusing to become involved in the merry-go-round of the transfer window and brushing off a question about his future, as his sole focus is on preparing his side for a game against a Bournemouth side who he believes are among the most fluid in the Premier League.
The head coach was asked about rumours linking Odion Ighalo with a move to West Brom – "at the moment he is a player who will travel with the team this weekend", about the possibility of signing Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal – "I have no comment" – and whether he felt under pressure following a haul of two points from the last 18 – "I don't even want to answer this question". But when the talk switched to the challenge of facing Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, the head coach talked fast and loose.
"In my opinion, they play some of the best football in the UK," said the Italian. "They have a lot of experience and they are growing. We will play at their stadium this time and I am very curious to see how we will perform against one of the teams that plays the best football."
The head coach hopes to be able to name Heurelho Gomes in goal, despite the number one coming off against Middlesbrough with a back injury.
"He trained today but tomorrow is the decisive day, not only for him but other players," said Mazzarri with a nod to the injuries to Isaac Success, Daryl Janmaat and Nordin Amrabat.
"Tomorrow it will be crucial to decide who is travelling. Only Janmaat will be evaluated tomorrow. The other two [Success and Amrabat] for sure won't be available."
Watford have lost their last five away games but the head coach has been encouraged by the manner of some of the performances on the road.
"It is true in the last few away games, we did have some negative results but I am happy with the overall performance, especially against teams like West Bromwich, Sunderland and Stoke," he said. "It is very important to understand that if we work like that then the positive results will come."
Mazzarri readily admits his team are going through a sticky patch but remains confident you will see the best of this side, as we did against Manchester United, Leicester and Everton, once he is able to pick a near full-strength side.
"This year the objective is to remain in the Premier League and do it in the best possible way," said Mazzarri.
"We did extremely well at the beginning and now we've had some down performances. The important thing is to recover the good feeling and get back the important injured players. It is important we let the negative moments pass. This is a club that values the work that is done, aside from the results of the moment. We have been working very hard and very well for the future of this club."
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