Silva | “Can't Start With Fear”
Marco Silva left the Etihad last night with just a glimpse of what might have been.
Watford were three down against Pep Guardiola's mercurial City side when Andre Gray got one back. The front-man had previously been frustrated by Ederson in the home goal on two occasions, and add to that the late Roberto Pereyra penalty claim which Lee Mason ignored, Silva couldn't help but wonder.
“The way we ended the match [was the biggest positive],” he told watfordfc.com after full-time.
“There was more ability with the ball and more courage as a team. This is our way. Until now, we have always showed courage as a team and for the first 30 minutes tonight we didn't do that.
“Even in that really bad 30 minutes, we had two clear chances to score, Andre against Ederson. Of course, if you score in that moment it gives more belief for our team. Like when we scored at 3-1, it's easy to understand that we had more belief. If we make it 1-1, or 2-1, maybe it can be different. This is football.
“We need to respect they are doing an amazing season but we cannot start one game with fear, to be scared of our opponent. Even if our opponent is Manchester City.”
Gray was the Hornets' stand-out performer in the Manchester rain, a menace in behind the City back-line and an outlet from the get-go.
“It was a good moment for Andre,” Silva commented.
“I hope it gave more confidence for him. He needs this, and I hope in that next games we will see him more confident.”
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