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Watford Under-18s coach Dave Hughes demands more from his players after 3-1 win over Crawley in Youth Alliance Cup
Watford Under-18s coach Dave Hughes was pleased with the result but not the performance after his young Hornets side beat Crawley 3-1 in the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday.
Josh Doherty opened the scoring in the first half for Watford before Alex Jakubiak and Kurtis Cumberbatch added two more after the break. Crawley grabbed a late consolation goal through Scott Melville.
“If we're basing it on the result, then the lads can be pleased, but if we're basing it on the performance I think we're hugely disappointed,” Hughes told Watford's official website after the match.
“I thought we were laboured and disappointing in our passing and moving in the first-half, we were very disjointed.
"There were big distances between our players, the midfielders weren’t supporting the strikers and we could’ve been a goal down if it wasn’t for a fantastic save by Arie Ammann.”
Hughes was happier with his team's display in the second period but insists his young players should always strive for perfection in their performances.
“In the second half, we were very worthy of our three goals,” he said. “Josh Doherty scored a brilliant first goal, and it was an excellent second from Alex Jakubiak and a terrific third from Kurtis Cumberbatch.
“I thought we were almost the architects of our own downfall today; playing into trouble and playing backwards when we had an opportunity to go forwards. We needed to get more purpose into our play in the second half, which we did.
“Overall, the lads will be delighted with the outcome of the game. But we’re seeking perfection, which we’re always trying to do, so we’ll always challenge the lads to try and get better.”
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