Watford boss Beppe Sannino praises Hornets' stamina after battling 1-0 win over Birmingham City

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Watford head coach Beppe Sannino praised his team's stamina after the Hornets' 1-0 win over Birmingham City and singled out Troy Deeney and Marco Cassetti for special praise.

Deeney's strike in the 33rd minute proved the difference between the two sides as Watford held on for a morale-boosting victory which sees them move up to 13th in the Championship.

The match came three days after the 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Saturday and Sannino rotated his side as Ikechi Anya (calf) and Fitz Hall (Achilles) were left out as a precaution while Sean Murray was rested.

"First of all it’s important to underline we did some rotation and were still able to win the game," Sannino said.

"We haven't complained about that and I have to pay compliments to my players because they have been able to keep the focus high and win the game."

He continued: "I think in the first half we were the better side on the pitch. We only conceded one shot on goal when they hit the bar but I think in the box for us there were a couple of times when we deserved something more than we got.

"In the second half it is normal to expect them to show a response because they were losing but I cant remember Almunia making any difficult saves."

Cassetti started at the centre of the back three for the second consecutive match and the Italian impressed with an assured display.

Sannino was pleased with the veteran's performance and hailed his, and Deeney's, contribution to the win.

"I think Troy Deeney and Marco Cassetti were brilliant tonight," Sannino said. 

"Troy missed the ball and then he scored and he is a great player for this reason.

"He was able to stay standing and this is a good quality - I have seen it many times when a player would fall over in that situation."

Watford are nine points behind the last play-off spot with a game in hand but Sannino was coy when asked if the Hornets could still make the top six.

"I'm not watching the table at the moment," he insisted. "What I am watching is match after match.

"On Saturday we have another match which is very important and from tomorrow we have to start thinking about the next game against Middlesbrough. 

"Today’s game belongs to the past now."

 

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11:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us. Hornankey

12:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

berkshire orn says...

OOOHHH BEPPE SANNINO
OOOHHH BEPPE SANNINO berkshire orn

7:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

francowatford says...

The ref had a stinker!!!
The ref had a stinker!!! francowatford

7:31am Wed 12 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

Hornankey wrote:
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Thanks for a great summary. Passages of play especially if going forward do require knitting short passes as it builds confidence.
[quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.[/p][/quote]Thanks for a great summary. Passages of play especially if going forward do require knitting short passes as it builds confidence. Cuetip

7:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

@julesmckenzie says...

We play badly and get tonked 3-0 by Yeovil. Many fans see this as unacceptable.

We play badly and beat Birmingham City 1 - 0. This is akso seen as unacceptable.

It is a tale of two managers. On the one hand a footballing legend stuck on the front of the watford truck like the Michelin man. A talisman, a figurehead. The other a skilled driver placed carefully in the driving seat and asked to negotiate a series of difficult manoeuvres.

It sometimes seems as a spectator to this forum that we believe shiny packaging is more important than the content and to some degree in football as a spectacle it is.

But some perspective is needed here. Would you rather be a shiny league 1 team or a functional championship team?

Sorry for the crappy analogies but it is early!

We are the Horns.
We play badly and get tonked 3-0 by Yeovil. Many fans see this as unacceptable. We play badly and beat Birmingham City 1 - 0. This is akso seen as unacceptable. It is a tale of two managers. On the one hand a footballing legend stuck on the front of the watford truck like the Michelin man. A talisman, a figurehead. The other a skilled driver placed carefully in the driving seat and asked to negotiate a series of difficult manoeuvres. It sometimes seems as a spectator to this forum that we believe shiny packaging is more important than the content and to some degree in football as a spectacle it is. But some perspective is needed here. Would you rather be a shiny league 1 team or a functional championship team? Sorry for the crappy analogies but it is early! We are the Horns. @julesmckenzie

8:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

endean2 says...

ER????
did I read that incorrectly.
why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season.
why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply
unavailable?.
I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all
these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then.
how there were any positives from that match is beyond me.
ER???? did I read that incorrectly. why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season. why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply unavailable?. I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then. how there were any positives from that match is beyond me. endean2

9:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

endean2 wrote:
ER????
did I read that incorrectly.
why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season.
why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply
unavailable?.
I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all
these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then.
how there were any positives from that match is beyond me.
In answer to your last statement, we WON. That breeds confidence despite performance and you would take that any day given performances over the last 3 to 4 months.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: ER???? did I read that incorrectly. why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season. why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply unavailable?. I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then. how there were any positives from that match is beyond me.[/p][/quote]In answer to your last statement, we WON. That breeds confidence despite performance and you would take that any day given performances over the last 3 to 4 months. Goldenboy1960

9:23am Wed 12 Feb 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Hornankey wrote:
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Good stuff.
Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously.
Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)
[quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.[/p][/quote]Good stuff. Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously. Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;) JohnnyBarnes

9:32am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front.

Onwards and upwards!
It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front. Onwards and upwards! Wimbledonhorn

9:35am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

francowatford wrote:
The ref had a stinker!!!
He missed a blatent penalty in the first half. The Birmingham player literally punched the ball clear....
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: The ref had a stinker!!![/p][/quote]He missed a blatent penalty in the first half. The Birmingham player literally punched the ball clear.... Wimbledonhorn

9:41am Wed 12 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Hornankey wrote:
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Good stuff.
Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously.
Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)
I think that Cassetti's class and skill shine through time and again. Yes, he is probably past his best and has slowed significantly but he must have been some player 5+ years ago!
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.[/p][/quote]Good stuff. Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously. Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)[/p][/quote]I think that Cassetti's class and skill shine through time and again. Yes, he is probably past his best and has slowed significantly but he must have been some player 5+ years ago! Hornankey

10:45am Wed 12 Feb 14

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

I agree Mr Endean, I have lost track of the number of times we are forced to rotate our squad due to injury where as the likes of Leicester and QPR can go 4 or 5 games with an un-changed line-up. ESPECIALLY an unchanged back 4!
I'll admit our long-term injuries are not vast but sometimes it seems like our players are made of terracotta! What checks are are medical staff doing before we sign them up to these huge contracts.

I do not however wish to detract from the win last night. Whilst not a great performance certainly a great result. Deen, u truly are a beaut. Wins against Borough and the Yeo and (as previously stated by my good self) the play-offs are within touching distance

COYGBSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
SSSSSSSSS :)
I agree Mr Endean, I have lost track of the number of times we are forced to rotate our squad due to injury where as the likes of Leicester and QPR can go 4 or 5 games with an un-changed line-up. ESPECIALLY an unchanged back 4! I'll admit our long-term injuries are not vast but sometimes it seems like our players are made of terracotta! What checks are are medical staff doing before we sign them up to these huge contracts. I do not however wish to detract from the win last night. Whilst not a great performance certainly a great result. Deen, u truly are a beaut. Wins against Borough and the Yeo and (as previously stated by my good self) the play-offs are within touching distance COYGBSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSS :) Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga

10:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

1982WFC says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Hornankey wrote:
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Good stuff.
Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously.
Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)
Having Marco as the centre of the three at the back means he is not exposed to pace down the flanks. He reads the game well and is very experienced. He had a good game last night although Birmingham didn't offer a great deal of threat.
Having Tozser in front of him helped too. The guy is class and is not even really match fit having only been an unused sub this season before coming to us. Imagine him with another half a dozen games.
Win the game in hand and we "could" be back in business.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.[/p][/quote]Good stuff. Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously. Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)[/p][/quote]Having Marco as the centre of the three at the back means he is not exposed to pace down the flanks. He reads the game well and is very experienced. He had a good game last night although Birmingham didn't offer a great deal of threat. Having Tozser in front of him helped too. The guy is class and is not even really match fit having only been an unused sub this season before coming to us. Imagine him with another half a dozen games. Win the game in hand and we "could" be back in business. 1982WFC

11:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Wimbledonhorn wrote:
It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front.

Onwards and upwards!
Battocchio's decision making seems to be poor at the moment. A good example was when he ran towards goal and instead of shooting, which is one of his strengths, he passed to an offside player. Was he unsettled by the possible loan move, is he tired, or has he lost form? I don't know but he's put Saninno in an awkward position having blocked the loan move.
[quote][p][bold]Wimbledonhorn[/bold] wrote: It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front. Onwards and upwards![/p][/quote]Battocchio's decision making seems to be poor at the moment. A good example was when he ran towards goal and instead of shooting, which is one of his strengths, he passed to an offside player. Was he unsettled by the possible loan move, is he tired, or has he lost form? I don't know but he's put Saninno in an awkward position having blocked the loan move. Harry's Bar

1:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

AngelHornet says...

Wimbledonhorn wrote:
It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front.

Onwards and upwards!
Have to agree with what you say about Battocchio.
Fernando should have been taken off with 20 minutes to go to give Chu-Young some playing time.
Another important 3 points, but why do we keep defending so deep, allowing the opposition to get at us?
[quote][p][bold]Wimbledonhorn[/bold] wrote: It'll do for now. Feel so much more comfortable watching Hall at the back. Battachio is too lightweight and pass conversion rate is not good enough. Fernando looks knackered and we need to see what the other loanees have to offer up front. Onwards and upwards![/p][/quote]Have to agree with what you say about Battocchio. Fernando should have been taken off with 20 minutes to go to give Chu-Young some playing time. Another important 3 points, but why do we keep defending so deep, allowing the opposition to get at us? AngelHornet

2:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Hairy Hornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Hornankey wrote:
Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.
Good stuff.
Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously.
Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)
Cassetti? The hero was Doyley in defence, I am no great fan but he won some great headers, went in bravely and thank God it was Lloyd there to make the interception from Lovenkrands and not the bearded one. I cant remember Cassetti doing much, he hardly touched the ball second half. If you are going to praise him please actually tell me what he actually did and not just reads the game well, experienced, blah blah. He only is considered to have good games when he is protected and not exposed.
Toszer WAS brilliant. Fantastic performance, totally determined especially when he slid in at 100mph Robinson like to clear the danger. Deeney and Fessi linking up well again, but Battochio is just too lightweight. He has a shot on him, but seemed reluctant when given an opportunity. Murray ahead of him for me.
Next two games winnable, if we win them the play offs might not be out of site after all. If Anya plays v Boro we'll see a different game with the injection of pace. COYH!
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Very scrappy but we'll take 3 points: we have played far better and lost. Cassetti was magnificent; Tozser excellent again; Deeney worked his socks off. Ball retention was dreadful/ sloppy and the last few minutes very nervy. Let's hope we can build confidence and put the last three months' nightmare behind us.[/p][/quote]Good stuff. Can I ask why Cassetti got such rave reviews? I couldn't make it last night, I had to work late, but I've started looking at the bearded one as a fantastic guy to have around the place - really popular, and an experienced ear for the younger boys - but very much prone to an error and/or a momentary lapse of concentration. Glad he played well though obviously. Played poorly and won... this is Watford we're talking about, right?! ;)[/p][/quote]Cassetti? The hero was Doyley in defence, I am no great fan but he won some great headers, went in bravely and thank God it was Lloyd there to make the interception from Lovenkrands and not the bearded one. I cant remember Cassetti doing much, he hardly touched the ball second half. If you are going to praise him please actually tell me what he actually did and not just reads the game well, experienced, blah blah. He only is considered to have good games when he is protected and not exposed. Toszer WAS brilliant. Fantastic performance, totally determined especially when he slid in at 100mph Robinson like to clear the danger. Deeney and Fessi linking up well again, but Battochio is just too lightweight. He has a shot on him, but seemed reluctant when given an opportunity. Murray ahead of him for me. Next two games winnable, if we win them the play offs might not be out of site after all. If Anya plays v Boro we'll see a different game with the injection of pace. COYH! Hairy Hornet

5:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

WilkoWave says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
endean2 wrote:
ER????
did I read that incorrectly.
why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season.
why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply
unavailable?.
I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all
these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then.
how there were any positives from that match is beyond me.
In answer to your last statement, we WON. That breeds confidence despite performance and you would take that any day given performances over the last 3 to 4 months.
Played poor and won at home, when will we start putting a good performance in at home? Why has the pressing and passing game gone astray? And yes so many injuries is it down to the training & fitness, With the quality of this squad the performances should be at a higher standard. Where's the get up and have a go attitude? I would leave the ground a lot happier if i was seeing this. OK a win is a win and hope it will improve the confidence levels, lets see what the next 2 games bring.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: ER???? did I read that incorrectly. why did the squad need rotating, Hall, 4 starts this season. why do all our Udinese signings turn up injured,unfit or simply unavailable?. I have followed this club for50 years and never known us to have all these injuries, mind you "squads" did not exist then. how there were any positives from that match is beyond me.[/p][/quote]In answer to your last statement, we WON. That breeds confidence despite performance and you would take that any day given performances over the last 3 to 4 months.[/p][/quote]Played poor and won at home, when will we start putting a good performance in at home? Why has the pressing and passing game gone astray? And yes so many injuries is it down to the training & fitness, With the quality of this squad the performances should be at a higher standard. Where's the get up and have a go attitude? I would leave the ground a lot happier if i was seeing this. OK a win is a win and hope it will improve the confidence levels, lets see what the next 2 games bring. WilkoWave

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