Silva | “We Tried To Do Everything To Win”
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Marco Silva was hugely satisfied to collect Watford's first Premier League point against Tottenham Hotspur since 2006, believing it was definitely one gained rather than two dropped despite playing more than a third of the match with a man advantage.
The Head Coach was pleased with the way his troops responded to conceding four goals at home to Manchester United, encouraged again by the way his side went toe-to-toe with a top team, one who, let's not forget, look set to top their Champions League group ahead of holders Real Madrid.
Points against Spurs are not to be sniffed at (just ask Silva, who conceded seven to Mauricio Pochettino's side when in charge of Hull), yet Watford finished pushing hard and going all out for all three.
"We tried to do everything to win the match but we need to understand who we were playing," said Silva.
"It was a tough game for both teams, even for the officials. We knew before the match how important it is to achieve a good result for us but we were playing against a very, very good team who have a lot of quality in the attack line."
Silva felt Watford started this high-voltage match with a slight mental and physical hangover from the confidence-draining defeat to Manchester United. He felt they were a bit slow out of the blocks.
"Our players again were anxious in the first few minutes," he said.
"We played in some moments but we could do better with the ball. We made some mistakes and some players may have had doubts after Manchester United. The first goal made us more comfortable."
The Head Coach felt "we could do better with the goal we conceded" but he was delighted with the response thereafter. Sometimes a sending off can affect the team with 11 men but not here.
"We were more balanced in the second-half," said Silva. "After they received the red card, we had a fantastic shot from Doucouré but in some moments we need to do more with the last cross and the last pass. But we achieved one point."
It looked like Watford might have a major shout of taking all three when Davinson Sanchez was sent off on 54 minutes. The incident involving Sanchez and Richarlison took place right in front of Silva.
"It looks clear," he said. "Maybe the defender didn't mean to stop Richarlison with an arm in his face but it's clear. The movement is strong. It was a strong arm in the face. If it wasn't the face then maybe it is a yellow card."
Silva also had a good view of the penalty claim right at the death. He coached Eric Dier at Sporting Lisbon but he felt his former student got away with one at Vicarage Road.
"It's a penalty," said Silva. "It is not easy for the referee in that moment but it looks a penalty. But I respect his decision. There were a lot of challenges during the match and it was a tough game for the officials.
"Today maybe there is one penalty and maybe another [when Richarlison was dragged to the floor before Tottenham scored]. The last match it is clear there should have been a second yellow card [for Marcus Rojo], but I can't control this."
What Silva can control is the performance of his side and this was another demonstration of this team's ability to give the big boys a serious run for their money.
They look like they belong in the company of the top eight. They've now beaten Arsenal, led 2-1 at Chelsea, drawn 3-3 with Liverpool, pushed Manchester United all the way and drawn with Spurs.
"We knew before the match it would be a tough game," said Silva. "We knew they would be strong. We played a little bit different but we showed again a fantastic commitment and a fantastic attitude. This is our way.
"I am happy because I saw our players did everything out on the pitch. My players work every day since the first day. We give 100 per cent every day. The supporters feel this and it's important."