Beppe Sannino says the fans - not the play-offs - should be Watford's motivation against Ipswich Town

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

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Beppe Sannino has not given up hope of reaching the play-offs but passionately stated Watford’s supporters – and not a top-six finish – should be the players’ motivation heading into the crunch game with Ipswich Town.

The Hornets are seven points below the play-offs with five games remaining. But the form of the sides around them and the fact they have a game in hand means the dream of a top-six finish is still alive, just.

Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) opponents, Ipswich Town, are eighth in the Championship, level on points with Reading who occupy the final play-off place.

Watford would be sixth on goal difference had they not conceded after the 85th minute in four of their last eight matches.

Sannino made no secret of his frustration at Saturday’s injury-time goal against Millwall, which cost them another two points, after conceding late against Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Doncaster Rovers in the last five weeks.

The Italian was still noticeably annoyed when he spoke to the media yesterday (Thursday) afternoon ahead of the Ipswich game, with Vicarage Road expected to be a sell-out.

Sannino was asked if reaching the play-offs was being used as motivation when addressing his players.

He responded with: “My players must have the motivation of thinking about how many goals we have conceded late in matches, although we are still in contention. This is a motivation.

“For me, I am not the kind of person who gives players the reasons for motivation and by talking. I would like them to watch the situation and feel the situation.

“One of the motivations should be that our stadium will be full. This [the supporters] is motivation,” Sannino stated loudly as he thumped the table.

The corresponding fixture with Ipswich on December 21 was Sannino’s first game in England.

Tractor Boys manager Mick McCarthy was impressed with Sannino’s passion during their first meeting and defended the Italian when the fourth official complained about the Hornets boss straying from his technical area.

Sannino stated McCarthy’s welcome was his overriding memory from his debut match in charge of the Golden Boys.

He explained: “I met Mick McCarthy that day and I have a good memory of that because he welcomed me into the Championship.”

Sannino went on to add: “I am perfectly aware that we now face a very good team on a very good run and they are battling for a play-off spot.

“But we are still in contention for a play-off spot until the mathematics tell us otherwise.”

Ipswich will be without their top scorer as David McGoldrick, who has netted 16 times in all competitions, had a cartilage operation yesterday and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

McCarthy says Aaron Cresswell will be fit enough to return to his regular left-back role but Tommy Smith, Paul Anderson and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake all have niggles. Jack Marriott has been recalled from his loan spell at Skrill Premier side Woking. Watford’s injury news can be seen below.

The Hornets also travel to fourth-placed Queens Park Rangers on Monday, with kick-off at 3pm, and have five games remaining.

“Honestly, I don’t think about five matches. I think about one match; the next match,” Sannino stated when asked if his team needed to win all of their games to finish in the top six.

“But I am perfectly aware that if we win all five matches then we have a chance and if we only win three then it is unlikely.”

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4:23pm Fri 18 Apr 14

and then what says...

Don't want to say it too loud but results seem to be going rather favourably for us today - could we get to within 1 point with 3 matches to play?
Don't want to say it too loud but results seem to be going rather favourably for us today - could we get to within 1 point with 3 matches to play? and then what
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Mike891740 says...

Well if any of Ipswich, Reading or Brighton drop anymore points then it's in our own hands
Well if any of Ipswich, Reading or Brighton drop anymore points then it's in our own hands Mike891740
  • Score: 6

6:39pm Fri 18 Apr 14

VOReason says...

8 wins from the premier league ...

Brighton reading and Ipswich will drop points so its up to us ...

It's improbable but we have our strongest available squad for the run in so silly not to cross our fingers ...

You horns!!!!
8 wins from the premier league ... Brighton reading and Ipswich will drop points so its up to us ... It's improbable but we have our strongest available squad for the run in so silly not to cross our fingers ... You horns!!!! VOReason
  • Score: 13

6:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

grahamwfc says...

Reading & Ipswich both have to play Burnley but on paper Brighton's run in is not overly difficult.- Blackpool & Yeovil Home & Forest away. In their position we would be giving it large. That said lets make them win it rather than us gift it, Win the next 5 & make one of those 3 win all 3 which they would have to do.
Reading & Ipswich both have to play Burnley but on paper Brighton's run in is not overly difficult.- Blackpool & Yeovil Home & Forest away. In their position we would be giving it large. That said lets make them win it rather than us gift it, Win the next 5 & make one of those 3 win all 3 which they would have to do. grahamwfc
  • Score: 7

7:23pm Fri 18 Apr 14

SAHornet says...

Let's be realistic, it's absolutely not going to happen. We should look to improve next season and try to field a defence that doesn't capitulate in the final minutes of games. But for that, we would now be where we are all hoping to be. It's not a new problem for us but after a couple of seasons, it has yet to be addressed properly.
Let's be realistic, it's absolutely not going to happen. We should look to improve next season and try to field a defence that doesn't capitulate in the final minutes of games. But for that, we would now be where we are all hoping to be. It's not a new problem for us but after a couple of seasons, it has yet to be addressed properly. SAHornet
  • Score: 13

8:08pm Fri 18 Apr 14

stonehornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Let's be realistic, it's absolutely not going to happen. We should look to improve next season and try to field a defence that doesn't capitulate in the final minutes of games. But for that, we would now be where we are all hoping to be. It's not a new problem for us but after a couple of seasons, it has yet to be addressed properly.
Spot on..
We need to win all 5 to stand a chance but we've only won once away since Oct 5th, and after a very difficult game tomorrow, we've 3 away on the trot, including QPR and Derby.
However.........we can all dream, thats the beauty of football
Just a interesting little stat that's worth noting regarding our home form
Score first - 10 wins, 2 Draws, 0 Losses
Opposition score first - 0 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses,
..ummm!! Bouncebackability !
(other result from the 21 games was a 0-0(v QPR))
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Let's be realistic, it's absolutely not going to happen. We should look to improve next season and try to field a defence that doesn't capitulate in the final minutes of games. But for that, we would now be where we are all hoping to be. It's not a new problem for us but after a couple of seasons, it has yet to be addressed properly.[/p][/quote]Spot on.. We need to win all 5 to stand a chance but we've only won once away since Oct 5th, and after a very difficult game tomorrow, we've 3 away on the trot, including QPR and Derby. However.........we can all dream, thats the beauty of football Just a interesting little stat that's worth noting regarding our home form Score first - 10 wins, 2 Draws, 0 Losses Opposition score first - 0 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses, ..ummm!! Bouncebackability ! (other result from the 21 games was a 0-0(v QPR)) stonehornet
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Roger Joslyn says...

“But we are still in contention for a play-off spot until the mathematics tell us otherwise.”

That's my position too!

COYH!
“But we are still in contention for a play-off spot until the mathematics tell us otherwise.” That's my position too! COYH! Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Fri 18 Apr 14

1234566789 says...

and then what wrote:
Don't want to say it too loud but results seem to be going rather favourably for us today - could we get to within 1 point with 3 matches to play?
No, because our game in hand isn't until the penultimate game of the season. We must hope that we can be within 4 points of 6th place heading to The Valley at the end of this month. To do that we will almost certainly have to go to both QPR and Derby and win - not to mention winning tomorrow!!
[quote][p][bold]and then what[/bold] wrote: Don't want to say it too loud but results seem to be going rather favourably for us today - could we get to within 1 point with 3 matches to play?[/p][/quote]No, because our game in hand isn't until the penultimate game of the season. We must hope that we can be within 4 points of 6th place heading to The Valley at the end of this month. To do that we will almost certainly have to go to both QPR and Derby and win - not to mention winning tomorrow!! 1234566789
  • Score: 8

10:16pm Fri 18 Apr 14

GarstonHorn says...

Time for a bit of luck to go our way - need to win next 2 games then put pressure on the other
Time for a bit of luck to go our way - need to win next 2 games then put pressure on the other GarstonHorn
  • Score: 5

9:06am Sat 19 Apr 14

buck-stops says...

Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99!
Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99! buck-stops
  • Score: 4

9:14am Sat 19 Apr 14

3.45 t-crew says...

what about winning them all in the last minute??!! what goes around comes around.
what about winning them all in the last minute??!! what goes around comes around. 3.45 t-crew
  • Score: 5

9:33am Sat 19 Apr 14

allgood says...

buck-stops wrote:
Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99!
It is just not going to happen on the evidence of our form. It took six months to get an away win we don't deserve a top six finish. All we can hope for are displays that give us hope next season will be better.
[quote][p][bold]buck-stops[/bold] wrote: Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99![/p][/quote]It is just not going to happen on the evidence of our form. It took six months to get an away win we don't deserve a top six finish. All we can hope for are displays that give us hope next season will be better. allgood
  • Score: -1

11:23am Sat 19 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

No late goal against for Burnley last night. That's how you do it !!!
No late goal against for Burnley last night. That's how you do it !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: -1

6:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

buck-stops says...

allgood wrote:
buck-stops wrote:
Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99!
It is just not going to happen on the evidence of our form. It took six months to get an away win we don't deserve a top six finish. All we can hope for are displays that give us hope next season will be better.
believe!!!
[quote][p][bold]allgood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buck-stops[/bold] wrote: Win today and anything's possible. Remember 98/99![/p][/quote]It is just not going to happen on the evidence of our form. It took six months to get an away win we don't deserve a top six finish. All we can hope for are displays that give us hope next season will be better.[/p][/quote]believe!!! buck-stops
  • Score: 0

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