Beppe Sannino: 'Watford were like me in the mud at Forest; the players had to stand up'

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After the win over Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford head coach Beppe Sannino addressed the media by saying: “I want to start this press conference with a little story. Before the game, Watford – this team – were like me in the pictures in the mud at Nottingham Forest. There was only one way to react – to stand up.”

And that is exactly what the team did.

After a week which had seen the Hornets twice lead 2-0 with around half an hour remaining only to then lose 4-2, the mood around Vicarage Road prior to the match was not good. With one league win in 15 matches, that was understandable.

Watford desperately needed a victory and a big performance from their players.

They got one.

The Hornets did not control possession for large parts against Brighton and were not at their free-flowing best. But the desire and work rate of the players was superb as they worked tirelessly to secure a battling victory – just their second home win since September.

“I am happy for my team and the lads. We came from three games where we didn’t get what we deserved,” Sannino said.

When his team’s superb pressing was mentioned, Sannino said: “We knew Brighton were the best team in the league in terms of goals conceded away from home and if we scored two goals then, you are right, it is because of the pressing but it is also because of the desire of my lads; the sufferance we were able to put into the game. We worked our socks off today.”

The fact the Hornets had failed to hold on to a two-goal lead in their last couple of outings was highlighted after the game.

He responded: “I was thinking that in one week we have scored six goals – two in each game – and it is not easy to score two goals in a game at any level. But I was not thinking about the previous match, it was only about closing out this game.”

Sannino instilled a defensive stability which had been lacking when he first arrived at Vicarage Road in December. However, there was little evidence of that during the second half of Thursday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest.

When the head coach was asked if today was more like ‘a Beppe Sannino-type performance’, he replied: “I have mentioned before that the schedule has been frenetic and hectic. Only time can tell us if this team will reflect my style and my football.

“Today it was very important to get a clean sheet and I am happy we were able to do it. Now we are focussed on the next game.”

Read Brighton assistant head coach Nathan Jones' comments here.

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6:27pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Lloydinho The Messiah says...

He's such a legend.
He's such a legend. Lloydinho The Messiah
  • Score: 12

7:10pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Lloydinho The Messiah wrote:
He's such a legend.
Yes, and completely barking !
Good call to put fitz back in today. As long as he's fit he should always play.
[quote][p][bold]Lloydinho The Messiah[/bold] wrote: He's such a legend.[/p][/quote]Yes, and completely barking ! Good call to put fitz back in today. As long as he's fit he should always play. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 29

7:26pm Sun 2 Feb 14

mattymashup says...

Agreed mickey fitz was sheer quality at the back...hats off to fessi too probably his best game yet in a watford shirt imo
Agreed mickey fitz was sheer quality at the back...hats off to fessi too probably his best game yet in a watford shirt imo mattymashup
  • Score: 28

7:56pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

A win in our sails so onwards and upwards up the HALL way.
A win in our sails so onwards and upwards up the HALL way. Cuetip
  • Score: 7

11:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

downunderorn says...

The man from the foothills of Mount Vesuvius I trust,
Luv the Ornssss
The man from the foothills of Mount Vesuvius I trust, Luv the Ornssss downunderorn
  • Score: 1

5:44am Mon 3 Feb 14

chadderton orn says...

When he went over bondy was still in is seat you know what he's like. remember zola.
When he went over bondy was still in is seat you know what he's like. remember zola. chadderton orn
  • Score: 1

7:34am Mon 3 Feb 14

Essex Hornet says...

Oh Foresterri, what a little bundle of dynamite he is. Definitely his best game in a Watford shirt, showing touches of brilliance in attack and some great tackles particularly the one on the half way line. Fitz marshalled the back three superbly and with Tozner in the middle we had a much more of a solid look about us. Whatever way you look at it this was a big win for us with Brighton pushing for the play offs and us just desperate for a win.
I must admit when we went 2-0 up I felt a bit of deja vu set in, particularly when they scored, but fortunately the linesman saw it and we were ok. It was good to hear the chants of Beppe Sannino's Yellow Army starting to build every game. We face a tough one at Leicester next week but I think if Beppe can try and keep a reasonably settled side we could turn this one round and start pushing up the league. Finally a word for my old mate Marco Cassetti. I said in a previous post his legs had gone but he proved against Brighton he still has the experience and knowledge of the game to make a difference well done Marco. COYH it's time to wipe the smiles of the faces of those smug Foxes.
Oh Foresterri, what a little bundle of dynamite he is. Definitely his best game in a Watford shirt, showing touches of brilliance in attack and some great tackles particularly the one on the half way line. Fitz marshalled the back three superbly and with Tozner in the middle we had a much more of a solid look about us. Whatever way you look at it this was a big win for us with Brighton pushing for the play offs and us just desperate for a win. I must admit when we went 2-0 up I felt a bit of deja vu set in, particularly when they scored, but fortunately the linesman saw it and we were ok. It was good to hear the chants of Beppe Sannino's Yellow Army starting to build every game. We face a tough one at Leicester next week but I think if Beppe can try and keep a reasonably settled side we could turn this one round and start pushing up the league. Finally a word for my old mate Marco Cassetti. I said in a previous post his legs had gone but he proved against Brighton he still has the experience and knowledge of the game to make a difference well done Marco. COYH it's time to wipe the smiles of the faces of those smug Foxes. Essex Hornet
  • Score: 11

8:38am Mon 3 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

Great result yesterday and well done Beppe for putting a stong spine down the middle of the team.

But, please get some red back in the strip colour and we will start winning again like yesterday!

Red always works for Watford.

Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?
Great result yesterday and well done Beppe for putting a stong spine down the middle of the team. But, please get some red back in the strip colour and we will start winning again like yesterday! Red always works for Watford. Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow? bristol hornet
  • Score: -2

9:09am Mon 3 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Great result yesterday and well done Beppe for putting a stong spine down the middle of the team.

But, please get some red back in the strip colour and we will start winning again like yesterday!

Red always works for Watford.

Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?
I so agree with the Red colour. Our most successful periods have been when we have Red in our kit. I think it is intimidating to the opposition, especially under the lights. A very bright Yellow and Red is eye catching. Remember the away game at Brighton last year. Just an example of others too.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Great result yesterday and well done Beppe for putting a stong spine down the middle of the team. But, please get some red back in the strip colour and we will start winning again like yesterday! Red always works for Watford. Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?[/p][/quote]I so agree with the Red colour. Our most successful periods have been when we have Red in our kit. I think it is intimidating to the opposition, especially under the lights. A very bright Yellow and Red is eye catching. Remember the away game at Brighton last year. Just an example of others too. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: -5

10:45am Mon 3 Feb 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good
Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me?

- How good was/is Daniel Toszer?
- How good was/is Alex Merkel?
- How mobile does Park look?
- Did Fitz Hall make a big difference?
- I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit?

I still fancy us for the play-offs.
I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me? - How good was/is Daniel Toszer? - How good was/is Alex Merkel? - How mobile does Park look? - Did Fitz Hall make a big difference? - I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit? I still fancy us for the play-offs. JohnnyBarnes
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11:07am Mon 3 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good
Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me?

- How good was/is Daniel Toszer?
- How good was/is Alex Merkel?
- How mobile does Park look?
- Did Fitz Hall make a big difference?
- I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit?

I still fancy us for the play-offs.
Toszer was excellent and was a close second to Fessi as MOTM.

Merkel was neat and tidy, but we need more from him, and I think he will come good in the end?

Park looked mobile enough, but he was only on for five minutes, so far too early to judge.

Fitz make a HUGE difference. This also enables Ekstrand to look better on the left with Angella on the right, quite a formidable threesome!

Yes Brighton hit the bar, but we did not really ride our luck and were deserving winners. In fact it should have been even more.

Play-offs........ver
y optimistic of you, but you never know if we can string a run of wins together and not so many draws! Two wins in sixteen has been a horror story!
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me? - How good was/is Daniel Toszer? - How good was/is Alex Merkel? - How mobile does Park look? - Did Fitz Hall make a big difference? - I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit? I still fancy us for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Toszer was excellent and was a close second to Fessi as MOTM. Merkel was neat and tidy, but we need more from him, and I think he will come good in the end? Park looked mobile enough, but he was only on for five minutes, so far too early to judge. Fitz make a HUGE difference. This also enables Ekstrand to look better on the left with Angella on the right, quite a formidable threesome! Yes Brighton hit the bar, but we did not really ride our luck and were deserving winners. In fact it should have been even more. Play-offs........ver y optimistic of you, but you never know if we can string a run of wins together and not so many draws! Two wins in sixteen has been a horror story! bristol hornet
  • Score: 3

11:36am Mon 3 Feb 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

bristol hornet wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote: I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me? - How good was/is Daniel Toszer? - How good was/is Alex Merkel? - How mobile does Park look? - Did Fitz Hall make a big difference? - I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit? I still fancy us for the play-offs.
Toszer was excellent and was a close second to Fessi as MOTM. Merkel was neat and tidy, but we need more from him, and I think he will come good in the end? Park looked mobile enough, but he was only on for five minutes, so far too early to judge. Fitz make a HUGE difference. This also enables Ekstrand to look better on the left with Angella on the right, quite a formidable threesome! Yes Brighton hit the bar, but we did not really ride our luck and were deserving winners. In fact it should have been even more. Play-offs........ver y optimistic of you, but you never know if we can string a run of wins together and not so many draws! Two wins in sixteen has been a horror story!
Thank you!
Over-optimistic perhaps, yes... but I really think we're capable of stringing a few wins together I think - and given that everyone beats everyone every week, any kind of consistency has you flying up the table
I'd like to see that team, or very similar, playing week in week out now. I wouldn't swap it for another team in the Championship; perhaps even including QPR
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: I couldn't make it yesterday, but went to City and the signs were very good Can someone answer a few questions about yesterday for me? - How good was/is Daniel Toszer? - How good was/is Alex Merkel? - How mobile does Park look? - Did Fitz Hall make a big difference? - I saw that Brighton hit the bar at 1-0... did we ride our luck a little bit? I still fancy us for the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Toszer was excellent and was a close second to Fessi as MOTM. Merkel was neat and tidy, but we need more from him, and I think he will come good in the end? Park looked mobile enough, but he was only on for five minutes, so far too early to judge. Fitz make a HUGE difference. This also enables Ekstrand to look better on the left with Angella on the right, quite a formidable threesome! Yes Brighton hit the bar, but we did not really ride our luck and were deserving winners. In fact it should have been even more. Play-offs........ver y optimistic of you, but you never know if we can string a run of wins together and not so many draws! Two wins in sixteen has been a horror story![/p][/quote]Thank you! Over-optimistic perhaps, yes... but I really think we're capable of stringing a few wins together I think - and given that everyone beats everyone every week, any kind of consistency has you flying up the table I'd like to see that team, or very similar, playing week in week out now. I wouldn't swap it for another team in the Championship; perhaps even including QPR JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

soulfulhornet says...

Overly optimistic Johnny, yes, impossible no. We still have a very good squad, one that has under-performed this season to date.

The lad Toszer seems a good player and adds a bit of steel in front of a now settled (hopefully) back 3 of Hall, Ekstrand and Angella.

It is clear that Sannino values the team ethic rather than the more individualist approach of GFZ. I think this is more likely to succeed in the Championship, unless the individuals are clearly of Prem quality. Early days for his Watford team, but there were signs at Man City, first half at Forest and yestarday that some of his ideas are beginning to have some effect.

There are a lot of solid if unspectacular teams in this division so who knows what would happen if we were to go on a run. Leicester is the stand out 'team' by some margin so Saurday will be a tough test. Our revised aim now should be to take each game as it comes and if we hit a vein of form, the confidence should come.

I would like to see that team ethic throughout the side and that means the likes of Troy and Fessi (and others) upfront playing together as a unit rather than as individuals. Too often we have wasted good openings by players (esp Fabbrini and McGugan) picking the wrong rather than the better and simpler option. In the absence of an out and out goalscorer a la Vydra, it is the collective effort that will produce results.
Overly optimistic Johnny, yes, impossible no. We still have a very good squad, one that has under-performed this season to date. The lad Toszer seems a good player and adds a bit of steel in front of a now settled (hopefully) back 3 of Hall, Ekstrand and Angella. It is clear that Sannino values the team ethic rather than the more individualist approach of GFZ. I think this is more likely to succeed in the Championship, unless the individuals are clearly of Prem quality. Early days for his Watford team, but there were signs at Man City, first half at Forest and yestarday that some of his ideas are beginning to have some effect. There are a lot of solid if unspectacular teams in this division so who knows what would happen if we were to go on a run. Leicester is the stand out 'team' by some margin so Saurday will be a tough test. Our revised aim now should be to take each game as it comes and if we hit a vein of form, the confidence should come. I would like to see that team ethic throughout the side and that means the likes of Troy and Fessi (and others) upfront playing together as a unit rather than as individuals. Too often we have wasted good openings by players (esp Fabbrini and McGugan) picking the wrong rather than the better and simpler option. In the absence of an out and out goalscorer a la Vydra, it is the collective effort that will produce results. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
Overly optimistic Johnny, yes, impossible no. We still have a very good squad, one that has under-performed this season to date.

The lad Toszer seems a good player and adds a bit of steel in front of a now settled (hopefully) back 3 of Hall, Ekstrand and Angella.

It is clear that Sannino values the team ethic rather than the more individualist approach of GFZ. I think this is more likely to succeed in the Championship, unless the individuals are clearly of Prem quality. Early days for his Watford team, but there were signs at Man City, first half at Forest and yestarday that some of his ideas are beginning to have some effect.

There are a lot of solid if unspectacular teams in this division so who knows what would happen if we were to go on a run. Leicester is the stand out 'team' by some margin so Saurday will be a tough test. Our revised aim now should be to take each game as it comes and if we hit a vein of form, the confidence should come.

I would like to see that team ethic throughout the side and that means the likes of Troy and Fessi (and others) upfront playing together as a unit rather than as individuals. Too often we have wasted good openings by players (esp Fabbrini and McGugan) picking the wrong rather than the better and simpler option. In the absence of an out and out goalscorer a la Vydra, it is the collective effort that will produce results.
Exactly right mate.
I'm reading words like 'anger' and 'workrate' from the players and the manager on a far more regular basis now, which is precisely what was needed.
Much as I loved the guy, I got the impression from Zola that he saw fighting and good football as mutually exclusive - no way can you include both in the same performance - but good football, for me, is inevitable if you have good players, which we do
and fight gets you out of this division, as Cardiff proved last season and Leicester are proving this.
Still see my expectations as optimistic as opposed to overly-optimistic!
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Overly optimistic Johnny, yes, impossible no. We still have a very good squad, one that has under-performed this season to date. The lad Toszer seems a good player and adds a bit of steel in front of a now settled (hopefully) back 3 of Hall, Ekstrand and Angella. It is clear that Sannino values the team ethic rather than the more individualist approach of GFZ. I think this is more likely to succeed in the Championship, unless the individuals are clearly of Prem quality. Early days for his Watford team, but there were signs at Man City, first half at Forest and yestarday that some of his ideas are beginning to have some effect. There are a lot of solid if unspectacular teams in this division so who knows what would happen if we were to go on a run. Leicester is the stand out 'team' by some margin so Saurday will be a tough test. Our revised aim now should be to take each game as it comes and if we hit a vein of form, the confidence should come. I would like to see that team ethic throughout the side and that means the likes of Troy and Fessi (and others) upfront playing together as a unit rather than as individuals. Too often we have wasted good openings by players (esp Fabbrini and McGugan) picking the wrong rather than the better and simpler option. In the absence of an out and out goalscorer a la Vydra, it is the collective effort that will produce results.[/p][/quote]Exactly right mate. I'm reading words like 'anger' and 'workrate' from the players and the manager on a far more regular basis now, which is precisely what was needed. Much as I loved the guy, I got the impression from Zola that he saw fighting and good football as mutually exclusive - no way can you include both in the same performance - but good football, for me, is inevitable if you have good players, which we do and fight gets you out of this division, as Cardiff proved last season and Leicester are proving this. Still see my expectations as optimistic as opposed to overly-optimistic! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 3

8:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

JonBoy says...

Did Beppe really say that? Can we trust the WO trranslations?
Did Beppe really say that? Can we trust the WO trranslations? JonBoy
  • Score: -1

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