Watford head coach Beppe Sannino praises team togetherness after 1-0 win over Middlesbrough

This Is Local London: Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino believes Watford are starting to show togetherness and mental toughness after the Hornets held on for a gutsy 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough.

It was far from plain-sailing for the Golden Boys who had Samba Diakite sent off soon after Troy Deeney had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 50th minute.

Borough’s Ben Gibson then did Watford a favour by himself being shown red and despite the visitors’ piling on the pressure late on, Sannino’s men held on for another important three points.

“What I've been pleased about since joining the club is how the players have adapted so quickly to the right mentality in terms of how they are on the pitch together as men not just football players,” said the Italian head coach.

“I liked the whole match, not just part of the game, because my team had to really dig deep.

“There was a moment when we were in command but there was also a part of the game when we worked as a team and as a unit and I am very pleased with my lads.”

After Diakite’s dismissal, Forestieri was forced to drop into midfield leaving Troy Deeney up front on his own and Sannino singled out the Watford striker for special praise.

He said: “I would like to say thank you to Troy because he played on his own up front and he was able to keep the Middlesbrough defenders occupied.”

Watford move up to 12th in the table and are now six points behind the last play-off place.

The Hornets are unbeaten in their last four matches and have won three of those but Sannino insists there is still much work to do.

“If you ask me what we can improve I think we can improve in how we manage certain phases of the game,” he said.

“I have been doing this job for 25 years and I am always looking for something to improve and I am also always looking at myself.

“Even if it seems like we are doing well I think we have to improve.

“Our opposition find difficulties because of the way we are playing and the way we are set up tactically.”

Sannino also paid tribute to Middlesbrough and their head coach Aitor Karanka.

"I would like to give credit to Middlesbrough because they tried to play football and their manager was good today in how he managed the game and allowed the team to play," he added.

"I think this gives us even more credit to our victory.

"In the championship I've said many times before its not only physicality but quality. And my colleagues are doing good job."

Comments (17)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

charliefarmery says...

Top effort toda
Top effort toda charliefarmery

6:37pm Sat 15 Feb 14

charliefarmery says...

Top effort today by the boys. Deeney was fantastic and Murray, Anya and Botocchio provided a threat even when down to 10 men. Toszer looked fantastic in defence, talking constantly and ensuring the team kept their shape and kept going to the end. That said what was the deal with Diakite? Not sure I understand why he started ahead of Botocchio or Merkel for a start? Secondly, it seemed to me like he kept losing possession and didn't have a clue what to do with the ball when he had it. He then capped off his debut with a ridiculous and needless challenge which could well have cost us the game. Thank goodness that Boro had an idiot too who evened things up. I know it's harsh to judge a player on one game, but I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again!
Top effort today by the boys. Deeney was fantastic and Murray, Anya and Botocchio provided a threat even when down to 10 men. Toszer looked fantastic in defence, talking constantly and ensuring the team kept their shape and kept going to the end. That said what was the deal with Diakite? Not sure I understand why he started ahead of Botocchio or Merkel for a start? Secondly, it seemed to me like he kept losing possession and didn't have a clue what to do with the ball when he had it. He then capped off his debut with a ridiculous and needless challenge which could well have cost us the game. Thank goodness that Boro had an idiot too who evened things up. I know it's harsh to judge a player on one game, but I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again! charliefarmery

6:41pm Sat 15 Feb 14

borohorn says...

I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up.
I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up. borohorn

6:55pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Surbiton says...

It wasn't pretty but it was another home win. For me the highlight of the day was the return of Tommy Hoban at half time. He slotted in as if had never been away, let alone for a year. A really assured performance by a young player who has a great future. Rock on Tommy!
It wasn't pretty but it was another home win. For me the highlight of the day was the return of Tommy Hoban at half time. He slotted in as if had never been away, let alone for a year. A really assured performance by a young player who has a great future. Rock on Tommy! Surbiton

7:14pm Sat 15 Feb 14

charliefarmery says...

Surbiton wrote:
It wasn't pretty but it was another home win. For me the highlight of the day was the return of Tommy Hoban at half time. He slotted in as if had never been away, let alone for a year. A really assured performance by a young player who has a great future. Rock on Tommy!
I agree, couldn't believe how good he looked as soon as he came on the pitch after such a long lay off.
[quote][p][bold]Surbiton[/bold] wrote: It wasn't pretty but it was another home win. For me the highlight of the day was the return of Tommy Hoban at half time. He slotted in as if had never been away, let alone for a year. A really assured performance by a young player who has a great future. Rock on Tommy![/p][/quote]I agree, couldn't believe how good he looked as soon as he came on the pitch after such a long lay off. charliefarmery

7:35pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

charliefarmery wrote:
Top effort today by the boys. Deeney was fantastic and Murray, Anya and Botocchio provided a threat even when down to 10 men. Toszer looked fantastic in defence, talking constantly and ensuring the team kept their shape and kept going to the end. That said what was the deal with Diakite? Not sure I understand why he started ahead of Botocchio or Merkel for a start? Secondly, it seemed to me like he kept losing possession and didn't have a clue what to do with the ball when he had it. He then capped off his debut with a ridiculous and needless challenge which could well have cost us the game. Thank goodness that Boro had an idiot too who evened things up. I know it's harsh to judge a player on one game, but I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again!
Perhaps we are committed to giving the loan players a certain number of games under the loan agreement? I hope not - I think one outing for Diakite is too many!
[quote][p][bold]charliefarmery[/bold] wrote: Top effort today by the boys. Deeney was fantastic and Murray, Anya and Botocchio provided a threat even when down to 10 men. Toszer looked fantastic in defence, talking constantly and ensuring the team kept their shape and kept going to the end. That said what was the deal with Diakite? Not sure I understand why he started ahead of Botocchio or Merkel for a start? Secondly, it seemed to me like he kept losing possession and didn't have a clue what to do with the ball when he had it. He then capped off his debut with a ridiculous and needless challenge which could well have cost us the game. Thank goodness that Boro had an idiot too who evened things up. I know it's harsh to judge a player on one game, but I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again![/p][/quote]Perhaps we are committed to giving the loan players a certain number of games under the loan agreement? I hope not - I think one outing for Diakite is too many! Hornankey

8:33pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Hopemole says...

borohorn wrote:
I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up.
Don't completely agree. Free flowing football but a steely well organised defence as a platform would be my ideal. Pity the Pozzo's couldn't have persuaded Beppe to be Zola's assistant then we could have had the best of both worlds. I loved Keegan's Newcastle,but they weren't organised defensively and never won anything of consequence. George Graham at Arsenal started at the back. They were boring,but look what he achieved! With Tommy back and Hall fit to complement he players we already have benefiting from Bepe's coaching we have a defence! We have some good midfield players when they are all fit, All we need is someone of Matej's pace to complement Anya on the break so we hit opponents with real speed. And then who knows what we might achieve.
[quote][p][bold]borohorn[/bold] wrote: I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up.[/p][/quote]Don't completely agree. Free flowing football but a steely well organised defence as a platform would be my ideal. Pity the Pozzo's couldn't have persuaded Beppe to be Zola's assistant then we could have had the best of both worlds. I loved Keegan's Newcastle,but they weren't organised defensively and never won anything of consequence. George Graham at Arsenal started at the back. They were boring,but look what he achieved! With Tommy back and Hall fit to complement he players we already have benefiting from Bepe's coaching we have a defence! We have some good midfield players when they are all fit, All we need is someone of Matej's pace to complement Anya on the break so we hit opponents with real speed. And then who knows what we might achieve. Hopemole

9:28pm Sat 15 Feb 14

exeterhornet says...

I repeat, I never want to see that idiot from QPR in a yellow shirt ever again. He surely must have pi55ed off his team mates big time and so should be removed altogether without delay.
I repeat, I never want to see that idiot from QPR in a yellow shirt ever again. He surely must have pi55ed off his team mates big time and so should be removed altogether without delay. exeterhornet

9:47pm Sat 15 Feb 14

WessexLad says...

charliefarmery: "I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again!"

Someone called 3CR with the suggestion that Diakite's suspension could be doubled on appeal!
charliefarmery: "I won't be disappointed if we don't see Diakite in a Watford shirt again!" Someone called 3CR with the suggestion that Diakite's suspension could be doubled on appeal! WessexLad

10:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Oldhorn says...

10 points from the last 12. 48 points still to play for. I have to admit that automatic promotion is a tough call, but who knows.

Play offs? Yes.
Promotion still on? Yes.
A few hiccups along the way? Yes.
Going to Yeovil on Tuesday? Yes.
Going to see the youngsters against Liverpool the day after? Yes.

How good to see the whole team (Dick head aside) staying on the pitch together to recognize the supporters after the game.

As long as those Golden Boys show the same passion for the rest of the season as they did today (Dick Head aside. Please never see him in a Watford shirt again) I truly believe that next year could see us playing against the big boys each week.

COYGB
10 points from the last 12. 48 points still to play for. I have to admit that automatic promotion is a tough call, but who knows. Play offs? Yes. Promotion still on? Yes. A few hiccups along the way? Yes. Going to Yeovil on Tuesday? Yes. Going to see the youngsters against Liverpool the day after? Yes. How good to see the whole team (Dick head aside) staying on the pitch together to recognize the supporters after the game. As long as those Golden Boys show the same passion for the rest of the season as they did today (Dick Head aside. Please never see him in a Watford shirt again) I truly believe that next year could see us playing against the big boys each week. COYGB Oldhorn

11:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

only5foot3 says...

what did the players do after the match? I leave immediately on full time. Definately more team feel now. Chalobah looked great but again didnt influence the game. No love lost between him and nando. Interesting
what did the players do after the match? I leave immediately on full time. Definately more team feel now. Chalobah looked great but again didnt influence the game. No love lost between him and nando. Interesting only5foot3

5:31am Sun 16 Feb 14

Boosey says...

How unfit did Danny Graham look? Looked overweight.
Hoban, now that's what you call a comeback and Deeney back to his best and the team's second half performance certainly raised the atmosphere in the Rookery but I would like to think Beppe took Faraoni off after he bottled out of a tackle, it was embarrassing!
How unfit did Danny Graham look? Looked overweight. Hoban, now that's what you call a comeback and Deeney back to his best and the team's second half performance certainly raised the atmosphere in the Rookery but I would like to think Beppe took Faraoni off after he bottled out of a tackle, it was embarrassing! Boosey

8:54am Sun 16 Feb 14

West Country Hornet says...

Hopemole wrote:
borohorn wrote:
I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up.
Don't completely agree. Free flowing football but a steely well organised defence as a platform would be my ideal. Pity the Pozzo's couldn't have persuaded Beppe to be Zola's assistant then we could have had the best of both worlds. I loved Keegan's Newcastle,but they weren't organised defensively and never won anything of consequence. George Graham at Arsenal started at the back. They were boring,but look what he achieved! With Tommy back and Hall fit to complement he players we already have benefiting from Bepe's coaching we have a defence! We have some good midfield players when they are all fit, All we need is someone of Matej's pace to complement Anya on the break so we hit opponents with real speed. And then who knows what we might achieve.
Well, admitidly I hadnt seen a live game under Saninno until yesterday but always keep an eye on what people are saying on here.

The jury is out for me. Yes, fairly solid and functional at the back (Hoban looks outstanding after such a long layoff) but why oh why are we thumping balls at FF? Deeney winning things but then nowhere to go with it. Flat midfield with no outlet, how many times did I hear "who wants it" shouted from the crowd?

We won the game because of BOTH sendings off. Could we have held on for 35 minutes with 10 and giving the ball straight back to them? Not sure. All based on one game but I think there needs to be a major overhaul to weed out some of the squad that clearly aren't up to it or for it! As for the style of play, one step forward two steps back.
[quote][p][bold]Hopemole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]borohorn[/bold] wrote: I for one think beppe is doing a fine job. I'm all for one nil scrappy wins that are hard fought. Means there is a togetherness and battling quality to our players. I'd take that over free flowing football that leaves us open all the time. Keep it up.[/p][/quote]Don't completely agree. Free flowing football but a steely well organised defence as a platform would be my ideal. Pity the Pozzo's couldn't have persuaded Beppe to be Zola's assistant then we could have had the best of both worlds. I loved Keegan's Newcastle,but they weren't organised defensively and never won anything of consequence. George Graham at Arsenal started at the back. They were boring,but look what he achieved! With Tommy back and Hall fit to complement he players we already have benefiting from Bepe's coaching we have a defence! We have some good midfield players when they are all fit, All we need is someone of Matej's pace to complement Anya on the break so we hit opponents with real speed. And then who knows what we might achieve.[/p][/quote]Well, admitidly I hadnt seen a live game under Saninno until yesterday but always keep an eye on what people are saying on here. The jury is out for me. Yes, fairly solid and functional at the back (Hoban looks outstanding after such a long layoff) but why oh why are we thumping balls at FF? Deeney winning things but then nowhere to go with it. Flat midfield with no outlet, how many times did I hear "who wants it" shouted from the crowd? We won the game because of BOTH sendings off. Could we have held on for 35 minutes with 10 and giving the ball straight back to them? Not sure. All based on one game but I think there needs to be a major overhaul to weed out some of the squad that clearly aren't up to it or for it! As for the style of play, one step forward two steps back. West Country Hornet

9:12am Sun 16 Feb 14

stiffler99 says...

Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is.

I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season.
Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is. I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season. stiffler99

9:38am Sun 16 Feb 14

hornet88 says...

stiffler99 wrote:
Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is. I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season.
Didn't we get a point at Leicester after they had won 9 in a row? Theyve got some decent strikers too, Nugent, woods, Philips to name a few. When you look back at some of the football we played last season it makes all football look bad...but we didn't get promoted because fancy football isn't enough on its own in this league.... As proven by many. I'll take a few ugly wins if it means we start to gain momentum and some confidence.
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is. I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Didn't we get a point at Leicester after they had won 9 in a row? Theyve got some decent strikers too, Nugent, woods, Philips to name a few. When you look back at some of the football we played last season it makes all football look bad...but we didn't get promoted because fancy football isn't enough on its own in this league.... As proven by many. I'll take a few ugly wins if it means we start to gain momentum and some confidence. hornet88

11:46am Sun 16 Feb 14

grahamwfc says...

hornet88 wrote:
stiffler99 wrote:
Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is. I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season.
Didn't we get a point at Leicester after they had won 9 in a row? Theyve got some decent strikers too, Nugent, woods, Philips to name a few. When you look back at some of the football we played last season it makes all football look bad...but we didn't get promoted because fancy football isn't enough on its own in this league.... As proven by many. I'll take a few ugly wins if it means we start to gain momentum and some confidence.
Spot on Hornet88. We are experiencing the Change Curve but moving in the right direction. Hoban was a massive miss for us last season, more so than Vydra misfiring in the second half of the season, in my opinion. We were still scoring for fun and if we hadn't conceded so many late stupid goals would have walked promotion.
We certainly didn't have anyone as good as the Taser in holding midfield so that's another plus. Marco in that position could I think go again next season, Murray is finding his form again, FF really understands the Championship and hopefully we can get AA back. Angella is a plus on last season as well so all in all this squad with some back up to Troy could go places next season if we come up short in the next 16 games, hopefully we can make the playoffs still though.
I'm sure as we get the confidence back the football will improve, but in the meantime hard won 1-0 is fine by me.
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: Sorry to disagree with people but the football in the last two games has been very average. Our passing has got worse and luckily for us we have won ugly against two very ordinary sides. Talk of the play offs is all very well and at least gives us hope but frankly unless we can learn to hold on to the ball we are going to find it hard to get points against teams that have decent strikers. The midfield is not good. They do not tackle, they run around like headless chickens and service to Deeney is poor. The squad is nowhere as good as some seem to think it is. I want us to do well and a win is a win etc etc but t fear our total inconsistency will be with us until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Didn't we get a point at Leicester after they had won 9 in a row? Theyve got some decent strikers too, Nugent, woods, Philips to name a few. When you look back at some of the football we played last season it makes all football look bad...but we didn't get promoted because fancy football isn't enough on its own in this league.... As proven by many. I'll take a few ugly wins if it means we start to gain momentum and some confidence.[/p][/quote]Spot on Hornet88. We are experiencing the Change Curve but moving in the right direction. Hoban was a massive miss for us last season, more so than Vydra misfiring in the second half of the season, in my opinion. We were still scoring for fun and if we hadn't conceded so many late stupid goals would have walked promotion. We certainly didn't have anyone as good as the Taser in holding midfield so that's another plus. Marco in that position could I think go again next season, Murray is finding his form again, FF really understands the Championship and hopefully we can get AA back. Angella is a plus on last season as well so all in all this squad with some back up to Troy could go places next season if we come up short in the next 16 games, hopefully we can make the playoffs still though. I'm sure as we get the confidence back the football will improve, but in the meantime hard won 1-0 is fine by me. grahamwfc

9:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

lutondown says...

Boosey wrote:
How unfit did Danny Graham look? Looked overweight.
Hoban, now that's what you call a comeback and Deeney back to his best and the team's second half performance certainly raised the atmosphere in the Rookery but I would like to think Beppe took Faraoni off after he bottled out of a tackle, it was embarrassing!
very good second half after a poor first. Send Harrys folly back, apparently he also disrespected the minutes silence.. I hope that's not true,.
and as for Faraoni's bottle job, he should apply for a job in the Italian Tank regiment.... hee hee! hit the thumbs down toolshed crew
Play offs are in our sight, and those who reckon its going to be tough need to remember there's still fifty odd points to go for.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: How unfit did Danny Graham look? Looked overweight. Hoban, now that's what you call a comeback and Deeney back to his best and the team's second half performance certainly raised the atmosphere in the Rookery but I would like to think Beppe took Faraoni off after he bottled out of a tackle, it was embarrassing![/p][/quote]very good second half after a poor first. Send Harrys folly back, apparently he also disrespected the minutes silence.. I hope that's not true,. and as for Faraoni's bottle job, he should apply for a job in the Italian Tank regiment.... hee hee! hit the thumbs down toolshed crew Play offs are in our sight, and those who reckon its going to be tough need to remember there's still fifty odd points to go for. lutondown

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree