“We Played A Very Good Game”
Walter Mazzarri felt Watford would have deserved the point Sebastian Prödl’s crossbar slamming shot almost gave them in a dramatic finale at Vicarage Road last night.
Trailing to Emre Can’s stunning acrobatic effort on the stroke of half-time, Watford piled forward late on and had a chance to rescue a draw when a hopeful centre found Prödl lurking unmarked at the far post.
The Austrian defender connected sweetly with a first-time left-footed strike, beating Simon Mignolet for pace and power. However, the ball cannoned off the crossbar and ricocheted to safety. Prödl couldn't believe his luck.
“We didn't deserve to lose,” said Mazzarri. “Today we were a team that was very unlucky.”
Watford's Head Coach felt the Hornets also didn't get the rub of the green from the officials as well as the woodwork.
"I usually don’t like to speak about luck, but we were completely unlucky," he said.
“There were two mistakes from the referee when he gave Okaka and Deeney offside which they weren’t.”
Although Watford saw their three-match winning streak at home halted, Mazzarri drew positives from the fact his side restricted a usually free-flowing Liverpool side to long-range efforts from Adam Lallana and Can, twice, and a late effort from Daniel Sturridge that was brilliantly palmed round the post by Heurelho Gomes.
“We played a very good game,” said the Head Coach.
“We played against a team that normally creates five or six chances on goal. They managed to score a great goal but aside from that, we didn’t concede almost anything. We also had a couple of chances ourselves and overall it was a good performance.
“My players played a very good game. The only thing we could have done a bit better was in front of goal.”
There is, though, no disgrace in losing to a goal of the quality of Can's as Liverpool won three consecutive Premier League games on the road under Jurgen Klopp for only the second time.
“Their wonder goal means nothing is going on on our side, because the first real chance they had - and it wasn't really a chance - they took it,” said Mazzarri.
“We were unlucky in the second-half because Deeney had a clear chance and he wasn't offside.”