Sánchez Flores: “We Had A Very Good Energy”
By Kevin Affleck
Quique Sánchez Flores was grateful for the unwavering support of the rain-soaked Vicarage Road crowd and was pleased to repay them, in some small way, for their loyalty following the heavy defeat at the weekend.
Nearly 9,000 fans braved some awful conditions to get behind the team in this Carabao Cup tie and they were rewarded, eventually, with a morale-boosting win, secured by a 79th-minute winner from Roberto Pereyra. It was just what the doctor ordered after the events at the Etihad Stadium.
"The most important thing is to win and to be positive in the dressing room," said the Head Coach. "We had a very good energy and we felt warm during the match. I say thank you from the players as they are very grateful they can play in this atmosphere."
Sánchez Flores said he had to use all his coaching experience over the past couple of days to get the City game out of the system.
"I think it was a different experience for us," he said. "It was very new trying to recuperate this moment. We don't need reasons to be sad – we need reasons to react. You have to recover from this kind of accident and show everyone you can do much better, you can change things and get to another level.
"The opportunity we had today, two days after, was amazing. Sometimes you have to wait for two weeks. We could show we can do much better. This is now the past and we have another very important game in a few days."
Ahead of the game at Molineux, the Hornets showed they might at least be heading in the right direction in terms of shoring things up at the back. The Head Coach still feels he has plenty more work to do on the training ground to get the team where he wants them structurally.
"We are really far from where we want," he said. "Players are playing well and trying to give their best. Sometimes we make mistakes but we need to be more compact, to talk more and reduce the space between the lines. We need a mini pre-season to prepare the team. We are trying to change things during the season and it's so tough.
"I don't think we have a problem with the forwards. Against Arsenal and Swansea we showed we can play well when playing in the last part of the match. We circulate the ball well, we open the match and we switch sides. The problem is we concede goals. I'm not used to it. We are conceding a lot. For us to prepare the block is very, very important."
The Head Coach felt Domingos Quina "played really well", but the big positive was a first goal for the club for Danny Welbeck.
“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him," said Sánchez Flores. "We are taking care with him and are very passionate about him coming back to the team. I just want the fans to see the good version of Danny, not the kind of Danny who goes to the pitch with some pain. I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.”