Date: 4th January 2017 at 3:43pm
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Following last night’s two nil loss to Stoke City head coach Walter Mazzarri has spoken of his frustration at how things have gone for Watford recently and he again bemoaned the injury situation at the club, brushed off sack talk and said he was confident that as players returned to fitness our performances and results would improve.

Making the trip to the Bet365 Stadium to face off against Mark Hughes side, we travelled home with a two nil loss and Mazzarri was quoted by Sky Sports as saying that the January transfer window itself wasn’t a fix, but could obviously help given the players out of contention at the moment.

We also now lose Nordin Amrabat and Adlene Guedioura to the African Cup of Nations which doesn’t help – following our seventh defeat in ten matches.

‘The problem is that the January transfer market is not very easy. In 15 years of my managerial career I haven’t had all these injuries in one season but we’ve got enough experience to get back and improve in the table. We will see what players come back and when they will come back. The important thing is also to get all the injured players back and recovered.’

With Valon Behrami picking up a hamstring injury and being substituted eight day ago against Crystal Palace, he found himself called upon and only lasted 45 minutes once more.

Mazzarri accepted it was a huge risk that hadn’t paid off for us.

‘Since the total emergency we’re in I took total responsibility for making Behrami play and we as a team all need players like him that will go on the pitch no matter what, and he gave a big contribution to the team. Of course it was a gamble, it was my gamble and my decision, but this is something I had to do because we are in a total emergency.’

The London Evening Standard also have him saying post game.

‘I don`t feel under pressure because I speak with the owner every day. We know what our objective is and we`re not only looking at the next five or six matches, we are looking at the next three years. When you look at all the injuries we have, it is difficult to get results in the Premier League. Now we have to take this occasion to look and work for the future.’

Part of that also meant a chance for youngster Michael Folivi who made his debut as a late substitute and he wasn’t the only Under 23 name on the bench, or the only one involved recently.

‘I managed to give games to Brandon Mason and Michael Folivi, who are under-23 players who can be important for our future.’

He added more generally about the game.

‘The important thing is to keep fighting until the last minute for the next games. I liked the way our fans behaved because they understood the moment we`re in and they supported us until the end and this is very important for us. If you look at the whole game again Stoke had only a few occasions and both of the occasions were two of our mistakes and they managed to score both goals.’


‘If you look at the two occasions, especially the first one, it was supposed to be a long ball and the defender couldn`t do it, and for the second one he missed the ball. When you have mistakes like this it has nothing to do with the organisation on the pitch and how the team plays. I`m happy with how we performed but unfortunately this is a very negative period and it`s not helping.’

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