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POSTIVE REACTION: Watford head coach pleased with how players responded to going behind

 Published on: 23rd August 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford FC head coach Xisco Muñoz says how the players reacted during the second half of yesterday’s (Saturday, August 21) defeat against Brighton left him with positives to take away.

The Golden Boys suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Brighton last night, having conceded two goals in the first half.

But Muñoz said he was proud his side’s second half performance.

He explained: “The Premier League does not give second chances.

“This is the level. Today it was like this. We need to keep going and always try to give all the support to our players because we have an amazing challenge and we need to keep going with the same attitude and prepare for the next game.

“In the first half we didn’t give our best performance but I want to think of the positive things. I think the reaction of the second half was good.

“We need to learn quickly about the Premier League. I think in the second half we had our chances. I’m disappointed only about the first half because we had a few problems, but the most important thing is the reaction.”

Hornets centre-back William Troost-Ekong echoed his boss’s sentiments, saying: “From kick-off there was an interception, so that wasn’t a great start and we played into their hands.

“Against a good team like Brighton, when they get going you’re going to have to climb quite a big mountain to get back into the game.

“In the second half we changed formation and it worked much better for us. We were on the ball much better and we were all of a sudden dangerous again. 

“We have to learn from going behind first and going through all of that before doing things right. That’s the biggest lesson today.”

The Hornets will hope for a brighter start when they take on Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (August 24).

Picture credit Watford FC

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