Beppe Sannino rues impact of late goals on Watford's play-off hopes

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Beppe Sannino was reluctant to discuss Watford’s play-off chances after their impressive 3-0 victory over Leeds United but he did acknowledge conceding late goals is the reason they are not in the top six.

The Hornets continue to hang on to a slim chance of securing a play-off place, partly due to the poor form of many of the teams chasing a top six spot.

The gap between the Golden Boys and sixth-place Reading is seven points with six matches remaining but the Hertfordshire side do have a game in hand.

Sannino started his post-Leeds press conference with the now customary referee’s whistle, adding “now let’s start the match”.

“I am very happy for our fans and my players,” Sannino said in English.

“It was very important. We have one game less and we have six matches left and we hope to collect as many points as possible.”

He added: “I don’t like to speak about the play-offs, I never liked doing it. I want to talk about the next match.”

However, he did later expand further: “You know this has been an up and down season in terms of results.

“In the last eight minutes under my regime we have dropped eight points. If we had eight points added to our points total then we would be in the play-offs. So the mathematics is easy.

“We know it has cost us a lot but if you saw in the last match that we had more concentration.”

Leeds were very poor at Vicarage Road but Watford were also impressive in all aspects of their performance.

Sannino said: “I was pleased about the balance between the attack and defence tonight but I am a demanding guy.

“I didn’t start the season with Watford and I think we could improve.”

Sannino made four changes to his starting XI as Albert Riera, Davide Faraoni, Almen Abdi and Sean Murray all came into the team, with Daniel Pudil, Mathias Ranegie, Lewis McGugan and the injured Cristian Battocchio making way.

Sannino explained: “With Albert Riera, we knew he hadn’t started for two months and I have Pudil in the same position who is another good player.

“The problem we had in midfield was Battocchio’s injury but Sean did well and I only subbed him because he was a little bit tired.

“None of the changes were due to fitness issues.”

Read a report from the 3-0 win over Leeds here.

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8:09am Wed 9 Apr 14

Penrice says...

It's been happening since the wheels fell off under Hoofroyd. It's frustrating enough as it is, but more so since we never seem able to dish it back out to other teams (with a handful of excpetions). i was amazed we didn't concede in the 11 seconds they played after Deeney's play-off goal V Leicester.

Good result last night, we seem to be becoming a bit of a handful at the Vic.

Favourites for promotion nest year anyone??!!
It's been happening since the wheels fell off under Hoofroyd. It's frustrating enough as it is, but more so since we never seem able to dish it back out to other teams (with a handful of excpetions). i was amazed we didn't concede in the 11 seconds they played after Deeney's play-off goal V Leicester. Good result last night, we seem to be becoming a bit of a handful at the Vic. Favourites for promotion nest year anyone??!! Penrice
  • Score: 6

9:00am Wed 9 Apr 14

mkhornet says...

Both Zola and Sannino have had 12 Home games this season (in all competitions).
Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against
Zola: 4 2 6 17 18
Sannino 8 3 1 24 5

The ship has been steadied, now time to move forward, sort out the Away form and the late goals and this team will be difficult to beat.
Both Zola and Sannino have had 12 Home games this season (in all competitions). Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Zola: 4 2 6 17 18 Sannino 8 3 1 24 5 The ship has been steadied, now time to move forward, sort out the Away form and the late goals and this team will be difficult to beat. mkhornet
  • Score: 22

9:02am Wed 9 Apr 14

mkhornet says...

mkhornet wrote:
Both Zola and Sannino have had 12 Home games this season (in all competitions).
Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against
Zola: 4 2 6 17 18
Sannino 8 3 1 24 5

The ship has been steadied, now time to move forward, sort out the Away form and the late goals and this team will be difficult to beat.
Unfortunately the layout of the page changed once I posted it but I think you can get the general idea.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: Both Zola and Sannino have had 12 Home games this season (in all competitions). Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Zola: 4 2 6 17 18 Sannino 8 3 1 24 5 The ship has been steadied, now time to move forward, sort out the Away form and the late goals and this team will be difficult to beat.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the layout of the page changed once I posted it but I think you can get the general idea. mkhornet
  • Score: 5

9:25am Wed 9 Apr 14

neilhorn says...

He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes
He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes neilhorn
  • Score: 13

10:53am Wed 9 Apr 14

mellow yellow says...

neilhorn wrote:
He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes
We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes[/p][/quote]We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford. mellow yellow
  • Score: 8

11:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

mkhornet says...

Funny isn't it how when we put in a good performance/result how few people comment on here. As soon as things go a bit pear shaped the "Keyboard Warriors" are out in force. How fickle football fans are!!
Funny isn't it how when we put in a good performance/result how few people comment on here. As soon as things go a bit pear shaped the "Keyboard Warriors" are out in force. How fickle football fans are!! mkhornet
  • Score: 6

12:14pm Wed 9 Apr 14

neilhorn says...

mellow yellow wrote:
neilhorn wrote:
He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes
We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.
I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4'
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes[/p][/quote]We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.[/p][/quote]I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4' neilhorn
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

84AGAIN says...

Bit off the wall but for a mad bet how about Bournemouth making it to playoffs and sneaking through the back door? Are they the surprise side that always comes up on the outside? Odds are 12/1 now so even the bookies are getting interested! Could buy an extra jug of Sangria in the Summer!
Bit off the wall but for a mad bet how about Bournemouth making it to playoffs and sneaking through the back door? Are they the surprise side that always comes up on the outside? Odds are 12/1 now so even the bookies are getting interested! Could buy an extra jug of Sangria in the Summer! 84AGAIN
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Penrice says...

neilhorn wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
neilhorn wrote:
He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes
We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.
I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4'
Arsenal would be hoping to keep us down to 4 at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes[/p][/quote]We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.[/p][/quote]I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4'[/p][/quote]Arsenal would be hoping to keep us down to 4 at the moment. Penrice
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

neilhorn wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
neilhorn wrote:
He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes
We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.
I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4'
My biggest issue with the premiership is the lack of Saturday football.
3.00pm Sat Football you know where you are.
[quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]neilhorn[/bold] wrote: He's a competent manager. We have quality players. Good organization, tactical awareness, a bit of stability and decent players normally equals promotion in this league. OK we will never hit the heights of the best football I've ever seen us play that we did under Zola (in other countries we'd have been applauded for bringing that to the league. here was just got attacked for it) but we'll have a good chance of going up. Gonna be a hell of a league though next year, a real mini prem with Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves Forest, QPR etc. I think its going to be the hardest year ever to get promoted, so we can't afford too many more mistakes[/p][/quote]We hear this every single year, that 'this is the hardest season to be promoted' and yet, funnily enough, three teams always manage it. Who would have predicted burnley this season?! What you cite as a problem (the number of mini prem teams) is actually a bonus... We all want competition, not two teams that run away with it. I welcome these teams back to our league... The pressure is on them, not us. We are in the mix this season (amazingly, though unlikely in reality after 46 games) and we wil be there next season too. Awesome home form... It's a building block for a more efficient and tactical pre season. Viva Watford.[/p][/quote]I know, I would never have thought Burnley could do it - still not really sure how they have tbh. I also couldn't see how Palace could possibly stay up. but they are going to. I'm not saying its a problem that its a strong league next year by the way, i'm just happy to be in the mix and be competitive, a lot of things irritate me about the Prem and I can honestly say the 2 seasons we spent there were no fun at all, I much prefer going to Brighton thinking 'we can win here' than going to Arsenal thinking ' hope we keep them down to 4'[/p][/quote]My biggest issue with the premiership is the lack of Saturday football. 3.00pm Sat Football you know where you are. Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 1

11:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Roger Joslyn says...

The secret to getting out of this league is having two 20 plus goalscorers. We have Troy on 21 but next down the order is 9 I think, Burney have their two 20 plus strikers. Vydra back anyone?
The secret to getting out of this league is having two 20 plus goalscorers. We have Troy on 21 but next down the order is 9 I think, Burney have their two 20 plus strikers. Vydra back anyone? Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

Roger Joslyn wrote:
The secret to getting out of this league is having two 20 plus goalscorers. We have Troy on 21 but next down the order is 9 I think, Burney have their two 20 plus strikers. Vydra back anyone?
If we assume that West Brom won't make the move permanent what will Vydra's options be? As he's only scored 2 goals all season it's unlikely another Premier Club would be interested. That leaves a loan move to the continent or a return to Watford or Udinese as his choices.
[quote][p][bold]Roger Joslyn[/bold] wrote: The secret to getting out of this league is having two 20 plus goalscorers. We have Troy on 21 but next down the order is 9 I think, Burney have their two 20 plus strikers. Vydra back anyone?[/p][/quote]If we assume that West Brom won't make the move permanent what will Vydra's options be? As he's only scored 2 goals all season it's unlikely another Premier Club would be interested. That leaves a loan move to the continent or a return to Watford or Udinese as his choices. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

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