First Team 28/08/2019

Welbeck: “It Was Great To Be Back Out There”

By David Anderson

Danny Welbeck started his first game since November last night, helping the Hornets to Carabao Cup victory nine months after he was sidelined with injury.

The England international injured his ankle when playing for Arsenal against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League, but played his first 90 minutes since October 4 in Watford's 3-0 win against Coventry City.

“It was great to be back out there and start a game after such a long time out,” said the forward. “It’s been a difficult period for me but it’s something I’ve overcome and I’m really looking forward to pushing on from here now. I’ve got that first 90 minutes under my belt and I’m looking to build on it.”

Welbeck came off the bench when the Hornets faced Everton and West Ham in the league but was happy to see his new team get off the mark for the season with a win this time out.

“It was great to get the win,” he said. “Coventry have had a great start to the season and we’ve not done too well so we knew coming into this game it was going to be a difficult tie.

“But we had to focus on the game, we knew they were going to be a good side, so we knew we had to match everything they were going to give and play our football. In the end we started creating chances and scored our goals.”

Next up for the Hornets is a return to Premier League action at St James’ Park on Saturday, as Watford face Newcastle United. For Welbeck, it’s all about getting a result.

“It’s not great, we’ve got no points on the board so it’s something we need to build upon and going into the weekend,” said the 28-year-old. “Now we’ve put in a good performance and we want to build on that. Our heads are now focused on Newcastle and the weekend.”

First Team 28/08/2019

Watch: Mariappa and Sordell On Sarr's Electric Pace

Adrian Mariappa and Marvin Sordell were in awe of Ismaïla Sarr’s electric pace as they dissected Watford’s 3-0 Carabao Cup victory against Coventry City last night.

The pair spoke to post-match reaction show Added Time about the win.

“Early on in the game their full-back, Brandon [Mason] hit him a couple of times,” said Mariappa. “I think it was a ‘hello, welcome to England’ sort of thing. But he got up, dusted himself down and showed what a player he is.

“He’s got great pace, he used it and he was running people all night. He took his goal really well, had great bits of movement as well. Credit to him because it’s not easy to come in and play against a good Coventry side in your first game. I’m delighted for him.”

Former Watford striker Sordell knows a thing or two about scoring at Vicarage Road and was impressed by the Hornets' new signing.

“It makes his [Mariappa’s] job easy because he knows he can put it in behind,” said Sordell. “And on the break in the Premier League having someone like that on your team is invaluable.”

You can watch the full show here: