AUDIO: Barnsley boss David Flitcroft praised Watford's recruitment policy and Gianfranco Zola
There have not been many opposition managers who have praised Watford’s recruitment policy this season but Barnsley’s David Flitcroft says he “loves” the way the Hornets took advantage of the current loan system.
There also haven’t been many teams who have nullified Watford’s threat for 90 minutes and the Tykes boss was delighted his game plan worked yesterday following his team’s 1-0 victory.
Flitcroft said: “I am completely buzzing. We set up a game plan after Tuesday against Brighton and it really worked.
“There has been a lot said about Watford, what they have tried to do and the way they have done things; I think it is brilliant what Watford have done and I love their creativity.
"I love the way they took advantage of a situation and instead of moaning about the players they have, like a lot of other managers do, you have to accept you are playing Watford and playing some top, top players. You have to deal with them and we dealt with them.
“At the start of the season we were over-run by them and run ragged by them. Today we got up close and personal. We got in and around what they do, we put them under pressure and we have returned with three points and victorious.
“It is an honour to manage this football club at this point.”
Flitcroft was also full of praise for Gianfranco Zola, who was on the same coaching course as the Barnsley boss.
You can listen to the rest of Flitcroft’s press conference below. Zola’s press conference will be uploaded later today.