Under-23 | Rovers Down Hornets

The Hornets' Under-23s slumped to a disappointing 6-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Friday evening in the Premier League Cup.

It was a stark contrast from the last group fixture, in which the young Golden Boys put in a stellar performance to shock Academy giants Southampton under the lights. 

Watford were well beaten in Lancashire, their performance epitomising an inconsistent start to their campaign. Their 17/18 record thus far reads played 12, won six, lost six in all competitions.  

Callum Wright's double gave Rovers a two-goal advantage at the break, a lead that wouldn't have seemed unassailable when Hayden Mullins gave his half-time team-talk. 

But goals from Lewis Mansell, Jack Doyle and Scott Wharton made it 5-0 after 60 minutes to confirm the Hornets' fate. 

Substitute Dan Butterworth added a sixth, before Michael Folivi notched a consolation for Watford with ten minutes to play.

The Golden Boys' opportunity to get back on track in the competition comes in a month's time when they host Cardiff (Monday Dec 4, 7pm).  

WATFORD: Gartside, Eleftheriou, Mason, Rowan, Stevens, Mukena (Jakubiak 51), Stewart (Sesay 73), Djedje, Folivi, Ryan, Williams (Charles 64). 

Subs not used: Huja, Hoskins.

ROVERS: Albinson, Thomson (Buckley 27), Magloire, Platt (Hardcastle 67), Wharton, J. Doyle, C. Doyle, Travis, Wright (Butterworth 61), Rankin-Costello, Mansell.

Subs not used: Dillon, Vale.


Silva | “Tough Game For Both Teams”

Everton have fallen short of their own high expectations so far this season but Marco Silva won't make the mistake of taking Watford's opponents lightly in the Premier League this weekend. 

The Hornets' Head Coach pointed to his side's own slight stutter over recent games when suggesting that both teams will see the game as an opportunity to bounce back. 

“We need to respect Everton,” he explained. “They will play at home, they are strong, they want to change the situation. 

“It's a tough game for both teams, like all matches in the Premier League. They will try to change the situation, but we come from two defeats as well and we will try to change too. 

"We will do our best, I'm sure they will do the same. Now we need to be strong, we need to go in the right way, keep our focus, keep our organisation.”

Marco Silva says the Hornets are looking to better a record of one draw in 11 visits to Goodison on Sunday

Silva also commented on the Golden Boys' poor record at Goodison Park. 

“Of course it's not a good number,” he said of the fact Watford have never beaten the Toffees on their home patch.

“It's our goal, we'll try to change the situation. It's one more good thing to talk with the players to change this.”

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