AUDIO: Beppe Sannino says Daniel Tozser is Watford's only guaranteed starter

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Watford will make changes against Queens Park Rangers but injury permitting; Daniel Tozser will not be one of them. He is the only Hornet guaranteed a place in the starting XI. Beppe Sannino has said as much.

Tozser has played every minute since he joined the Hornets in January apart from when he missed the 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest – when you could argue his absence was recognisable.

The 28-year-old, who created two of the goals yesterday, had not played all season prior to his arrival at Vicarage Road and Sannino admitted the defensive midfielder may be tired when it comes to facing Queens Park Rangers less than 48 hours after the 3-1 win over Ipswich Town.

But Sannino is desperate for Tozser to play at Loftus Road. And the selection of the other two midfielders could be influenced by the former Genk captain’s fitness.

“It is my problem; to find out if he can play. If I put a player in who can run alongside him then we can hide the situation [Tozser’s tiredness],” Sannino said.

“He is the only player that I can’t change in this team because I don’t have any players who have the characteristics to play in the holding midfield position.

“I am perfectly aware he has played every time and might be tired but he is a player who must play.

“He is the only player who knows in advance that he will play.”

“He is important for my team because he gives us the right balance,” Sannino continued.

Tozser is on loan from Genoa and Watford are keen to sign the player permanently.

Sannino said it was too early to discuss potential summer signings during yesterday’s post-match press conference.

He also added it was too premature to discuss whether players who started against Ipswich would be fit for QPR.

But Sannino did confirm: “On Monday I will do some rotation in the squad because this game is still very important to us.”

Fernando Forestieri missed the Ipswich match with a toe injury and Ikechi Anya has been suffering with an Achilles contusion.

Head of medical Marco Cesarini, who also works as Sannino’s translator, said: “After the Millwall game he had pains in his foot so today was precautionary.

“We are still assessing him so we will see if he will be in the squad on Monday.”

Cesarini added: “It was too soon for Ikechi today. We have less than 48 hours [until the next game] so it is a possibility [he could play] but we will assess him and see then.”

Chu-Young Park is still out injured but Marco Cassetti is back from suspension.

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12:17pm Sun 20 Apr 14

kevhenderson says...

Please don't change the team too much. I am sure that professional players can manage two games in three days. Whilst we have a good squad, it is not so good that we can put out a weakened team against QPR, not if we still harbour thoughts of a late charge for the play offs.
Please don't change the team too much. I am sure that professional players can manage two games in three days. Whilst we have a good squad, it is not so good that we can put out a weakened team against QPR, not if we still harbour thoughts of a late charge for the play offs. kevhenderson
  • Score: 32

3:11pm Sun 20 Apr 14

andyhooked says...

Not the Tinker Man again! If FF is fit to play a whole game and if Anya is fit to play a full game then just go for goals but I suspect FF and Anya are not ready yet to demolish QPR. Times have changed but it used to be 3 games over the Easter period and not just 2. How Deeney can still keep on running to the end of the game must put all of the squad to shame. Deeney is everywhere. Nice to see Hoban back. He is class and Angella has now proved to be an excellent buy.
Not the Tinker Man again! If FF is fit to play a whole game and if Anya is fit to play a full game then just go for goals but I suspect FF and Anya are not ready yet to demolish QPR. Times have changed but it used to be 3 games over the Easter period and not just 2. How Deeney can still keep on running to the end of the game must put all of the squad to shame. Deeney is everywhere. Nice to see Hoban back. He is class and Angella has now proved to be an excellent buy. andyhooked
  • Score: 23

3:34pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Play the same team until half time.......then change it round if anybody is tired. Go for it you Horns !!!!!
Play the same team until half time.......then change it round if anybody is tired. Go for it you Horns !!!!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 8

3:34pm Sun 20 Apr 14

only5foot3 says...

Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season
Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season only5foot3
  • Score: 7

4:25pm Sun 20 Apr 14

andyhooked says...

Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season

NOT THE WHOLE SQUAD. Rubbish in and we need to get rubbish loans out for next season
Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season NOT THE WHOLE SQUAD. Rubbish in and we need to get rubbish loans out for next season andyhooked
  • Score: -7

5:05pm Sun 20 Apr 14

cityhorn says...

I agree Tozser must start- but so also should Troy Deeney be a definite starter
I agree Tozser must start- but so also should Troy Deeney be a definite starter cityhorn
  • Score: 12

5:24pm Sun 20 Apr 14

only5foot3 says...

andyhooked wrote:
Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season

NOT THE WHOLE SQUAD. Rubbish in and we need to get rubbish loans out for next season
Meant yesterdays squad plus fernando.

Formation is the big.question for nx season. Maybe another striker.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Sanninos idea of rotation is to alternate to his midfield trio. wouldnt be surprised ifteam is unchanged maybe renegie for some pace or trickery. Like to see this squad and management over a whole season NOT THE WHOLE SQUAD. Rubbish in and we need to get rubbish loans out for next season[/p][/quote]Meant yesterdays squad plus fernando. Formation is the big.question for nx season. Maybe another striker. only5foot3
  • Score: 2

5:57pm Sun 20 Apr 14

watford1881 says...

Tozser, if signed permanently should be captain.. He takes no rubbish from anybody and also stands up to Lewis McGugan dominating every set piece.. He at present is watfords top player...
Tozser, if signed permanently should be captain.. He takes no rubbish from anybody and also stands up to Lewis McGugan dominating every set piece.. He at present is watfords top player... watford1881
  • Score: 29

7:50pm Sun 20 Apr 14

WessexLad says...

With Cassetti available again, I wouldn't mind seeing Angella alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation:

Angella
Hoban/Doyley, Cassetti, Ekstrand
Angella, Tozser
Faraoni, Abdi/McGugan, Pudil
Deeney, FF.

Ranegie is big and strong when he has the ball, but not a patch on Deeney and FF when we haven't.
With Cassetti available again, I wouldn't mind seeing Angella alongside Tozser in a 3-2-3-2 formation: Angella Hoban/Doyley, Cassetti, Ekstrand Angella, Tozser Faraoni, Abdi/McGugan, Pudil Deeney, FF. Ranegie is big and strong when he has the ball, but not a patch on Deeney and FF when we haven't. WessexLad
  • Score: -9

8:13pm Sun 20 Apr 14

AlanMayeshasscored says...

Oh no, not another 'Tinker Man'... For goodness sake let Saturdays team evolve. Let's play the same team again, how can we ever get continuity if we keep chopping and changing players.
Surely players are capable of playing two games in two days, do they not know how important this game is to us Watford supporters??
Please please start with the same team as Saturday !!!!
Oh no, not another 'Tinker Man'... For goodness sake let Saturdays team evolve. Let's play the same team again, how can we ever get continuity if we keep chopping and changing players. Surely players are capable of playing two games in two days, do they not know how important this game is to us Watford supporters?? Please please start with the same team as Saturday !!!! AlanMayeshasscored
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Hornankey says...

Shame we have such a large squad. It encourages tinkering and ultra-conservatism with minor injuries. Only changes should be to bring back Anya and Forrestieri if both are fit.
Shame we have such a large squad. It encourages tinkering and ultra-conservatism with minor injuries. Only changes should be to bring back Anya and Forrestieri if both are fit. Hornankey
  • Score: 3

7:18am Mon 21 Apr 14

endean2 says...

this obsession with change really concerns me, not just for this game but if Sannio is there for next season. If these players are in proper condition
then they certainly should be able to play with this time table of games,
this was one of the reasons we screwed up last season
this obsession with change really concerns me, not just for this game but if Sannio is there for next season. If these players are in proper condition then they certainly should be able to play with this time table of games, this was one of the reasons we screwed up last season endean2
  • Score: 3

9:07am Mon 21 Apr 14

Stoney77 says...

Hoban had a nasty injury and a long time out so needs nurturing back to full fitness. I think 2 games in 48 hrs is a risk too far so I think Doyley will come in for him, and Cassetti for Ekstrand. Perhaps 2 games in 48 hrs is too much for Abdi too, so I think the midfield trio who finished the last game will start today. Still a strong starting XI. COYH
Hoban had a nasty injury and a long time out so needs nurturing back to full fitness. I think 2 games in 48 hrs is a risk too far so I think Doyley will come in for him, and Cassetti for Ekstrand. Perhaps 2 games in 48 hrs is too much for Abdi too, so I think the midfield trio who finished the last game will start today. Still a strong starting XI. COYH Stoney77
  • Score: 2

10:07am Mon 21 Apr 14

1234566789 says...

QPR rested quite a few players on Saturday so it is important we put a fresh team out today. I doubt he will make too many changes but my guess would be;
Hoban out for Cassetti
Abdi out for Battocchio
McGugan out for Murray
Reira out for Pudil

Each of those have just come back from injury / only started playing again recently so 2 games in 3 days might prove a bit too much. Sannino is also talking about having players who 'run around a lot' alongside Toszer which would suggest not playing McGugan and Abdi.
QPR rested quite a few players on Saturday so it is important we put a fresh team out today. I doubt he will make too many changes but my guess would be; Hoban out for Cassetti Abdi out for Battocchio McGugan out for Murray Reira out for Pudil Each of those have just come back from injury / only started playing again recently so 2 games in 3 days might prove a bit too much. Sannino is also talking about having players who 'run around a lot' alongside Toszer which would suggest not playing McGugan and Abdi. 1234566789
  • Score: 2

11:18am Mon 21 Apr 14

D.unstable says...

Interesting to see that QPR rested a lot of their normal starters on Saturday, maybe thinking that a home game against us was the most likely to win, let's go a pi55 on their party.
Interesting to see that QPR rested a lot of their normal starters on Saturday, maybe thinking that a home game against us was the most likely to win, let's go a pi55 on their party. D.unstable
  • Score: 3

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