First Team 1 week ago

Sánchez Flores: “We're Trying To Create Positive Energy”

By Kevin Affleck

Quique Sánchez Flores wants his side to produce more of the "positive moments" on a consistent basis if they are to secure that all-important first league win of the season.

The Hornets had a right go at the end of the first half and another stab in the last 10 minutes to give Chelsea a run for their money and come within a whisker of a draw via what would have been a sensational equaliser from Ben Foster.

As it was, it was another game that ticked by without a win but Sánchez Flores wants to package up the good things from the game, take them with him to Norwich and see more of them.

"We have positives, we are able to do good things but this does not happen for a full match," he said. "It’s tough for the players but we need to go for the positive moments and make more of them. Some bits we can take as positives. When we concede so early it is hard for us but we kept in it.

"We're working hard. We are trying to create positive energy in the stadium. Chelsea were better than us but we had the last chance to take a point. We need to be taking these things if we want to build something. We need to get in good habits."

The team's confidence is fragile and the worst possible thing to have happened was the concession of an early goal, meaning the game plan went out the window.  

"We know that it's a really tough situation, really hard," said Sánchez Flores. "Players lose confidence when we lose a goal in the first five minutes and we then tried to recuperate good feelings. We need to try to solve this situation. A good result will sort this. We are trying to do many things in the best way."

Sánchez Flores made three substitutions, the third of which saw Kiko Femenía replace Daryl Janmaat. The other option was Isaac Success but he only returned to full training in the latter part of this week.

"I understand the reaction of the fans, of course, because they are frustrated like we are," he said.  "I would like to make every single change that the fans would love but we won't always agree. Let's make sure there is always the positive energy for them that we get at the start of the games. The players have to create these moments for themselves of course, but everyone can help."

The Head Coach reported that Craig Cathcart went off with a back spasm and that his 'keeper "was very good" but he was not happy with "the chances we gave away."

"The first goal we are not completely happy with," he said. "We know Abraham is making this kind of move and we have three defenders. In the second half we are able to counter this run. It was an easy chance for them, the first goal. The second goal, they have good players and they are able to make us suffer more than we wanted."

First Team 1 week ago

Added Time: Foster & Payne’s Chelsea Reaction

The Hornets' stand-out performer Ben Foster gave an honest appraisal of today's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, when joined by ex-Watford midfielder Derek Payne and Added Time presenter Emma Saunders.

In today's edition:

  • Foster on Watford's confidence and a message for the Hornets' fans 
  • Payne identifies an important month ahead, with Norwich, Burnley and Southampton up next
  • More match reaction & analysis