Silva | “Commitment, Spirit & Good Attitude”

There was a 20,000 strong sigh of relief at full-time on Boxing Day, as Watford brought to an end a frustrating series of Premier League results with a deserved win over Leicester City at The Vic.

Eight defeats in 11 league games didn't tell the whole story, but the Hornets were in danger of letting their misfortune get the better of them after two unusually poor performances against Huddersfield and Brighton.

Marco Silva accused his players of playing with “heart but no quality” against the Seagulls but that certainly wasn't the case on Tuesday. There was guile in the Golden Boys' play to compliment their graft, no better characterised than by Andre Carrillo who put on his best show in a Watford shirt so far.

“We never stopped believing,” said Silva in the tunnel after full-time. 

“We know how football is. Sometimes you can take a lot of good moments in a row, and sometimes you don't have good moments.

“You need to show the same mentality, the same character, the same team spirit. It was clear to us in the last two games we did not perform well, but the other things are important for us - commitment, spirit and good attitude.”

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First Team 26/12/2017

Highlights: Watford 2-1 Leicester