First Team 05/12/2018

Quina: “Once You Have A Taste, You Want More”

Watch Quina's post-match interview above, or read on below.

Watford and Portugal Under-20 midfielder Domingos Quina made his Premier League debut against Manchester City last night, and now says he just wants more opportunities with the Hornets.

The attacking-midfielder said he was delighted to make his debut in the Premier League, after previously dazzling Hornets fans with a wonder-strike in the Carabao Cup.

“I’m really glad to finally make my debut and happy to make it against one of the best clubs in the world. I’m just grateful,” said Quina.

“I’ve just got to keep working to get more chances.

“I enjoyed it very much because I know they are one of the best, and to get better you need to compete against the best.”

In a bright, inventive display from the 19-year-old after coming on for Will Hughes in the 52nd minute, Quina impressed onlookers with his close control and dribbling, but he said he was just trying to express himself.

“I just went out there and tried to be myself and tried to enjoy it,” said the midfielder. “I thought as a team we did quite well but we were just unlucky not to get the result we wanted.

“Once you have a taste of it, you want more and I’m just going to keep working hard to get more chances so I can get days like this.”

The Golden Boys almost secured a point late on and were really knocking on the door after Abdoulaye Doucouré’s 85th-minute goal, as City threw on defensive reinforcements with Watford streaming forward.

Quina thought that the Hornets gave a good account of themselves, but was still disappointed not to get something from the game – even though it was against “the best.”

“I think we just figured out that even if you are going to lose you may as well just give your all,” said Quina. “Give 100 per cent, and even if we lose we know that they are the best, and that’s what we tried to do.

“I think we wanted to get at least the draw, that would have made things a little bit better, happier, but I think it is better for the team that one of the best just beat us 2-1.”

Under-18's 05/12/2018

Herts Cup Report: Leverstock Green 0-1 Watford

By Danny Varsalona

Watford’s Academy advanced to the third round of the Herts Senior Cup after a resolute defensive performance and a stunning strike from Dominic Hutchinson (pictured) saw the Golden Boys come out 1-0 winners against Leverstock Green at Pancake Lane.

Not for the first time this season, the young Hornets had to battle a physical senior side but stood strong against a barrage of set pieces and long balls throughout the match. 

Ryan Cassidy had the first real chance of the game, but he could only fire wide after some neat passing play put him through on goal, while at the other end Leverstock tested the Watford ‘keeper with a stinging drive. 

Harry Hudson nearly opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, but his looping header was brilliantly cleared off the line by the home side. 

The first half drew to a close with neither ‘keeper tested beyond routine saves but the young Hornets could have made more from their efforts, with just the final ball lacking on a few occasions. 

But they came out of the break the brighter of the two sides and took the lead just minutes after the restart. 

Dominic Hutchinson added yet another stunning strike to his collection after he rifled his left-footed effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, after weaving through a couple of tackles. 

Credit to the home side, they battled well throughout and carved their best chance of the game with 20 minutes to go – but Luke Preedy could only nod the ball over the bar from a dangerous cross. 

A nervy last ten minutes saw the Golden Boys having to deal with an onslaught of long balls forward and after one sent Leverstock striker Alex Yearwood racing in on goal, it was only some fantastic defending from Tom Leighton that stopped the forward having a clear sight at goal. 

Sam Sesay had a chance deep into injury time to double the lead, but his clever header was tipped wide and then Hornets held on thereafter for a well fought victory. 

HORNETS | Trialist (GK); Leighton, Hudson, Tricker, Gordon (Suckling,78’); Bennetts, Sankoh, Phillips, Hutchinson (Mullings, 83’); Cassidy (Sanders,78’), Sesay.

Subs not used | Hoskins (GK), Matthews.