“We Didn't Show Up” - Gomes
Heurelho Gomes offered a heartfelt apology to the 1,415 travelling Hornets supporters who witnessed a 2-0 defeat at Burnley this evening.
The goalkeeper admitted Watford were a long way from their best at Turf Moor, as headers from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane completed a miserable night for Walter Mazzarri’s men in Lancashire.
“We didn’t show up,” conceded Gomes, speaking to the TV cameras after full-time.
“Of course Burnley deserve credit, but we didn’t play the way we have in the last few games.
“Apologies to the fans who came all the way from Watford to support us tonight.”
Asked what had gone wrong for the Golden Boys, Gomes asserted his belief that the Hornets had played into the Clarets’ hands and were far too slack in possession.
“We couldn’t control the ball or pass the ball,” said the Brazilian.
“We invited them to press us and we knew they were going to press us because Liverpool conceded in this way against them.”
Bournemouth are Watford’s next visitors at Vicarage Road on Saturday, and Gomes says the Hornets need to get back to doing what they do best if they are to return to winning ways.
“We play again in a few days and we need to show up,” he said.
“We know our qualities and we must get back to showing them on Saturday.”