Date: 29th January 2018 at 10:50pm
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New Watford head coach Javi Gracia has apologised for the loss to Southampton in his first game and promised that the side will do better in the future.

Losing the game at St Mary’s Stadium with almost 4,000 fans in attendance, Gracia was quick to thank the fans for their support as he met with the media this week but he was also quick to apologise for the result.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘I am sad because in the first match I didn`t get a good result, but I am pleased because I saw the support of our fans, a lot of fans, and I am very grateful. I feel very sorry for them. We will try to do better in the next game. When the match finished I went to the fans to say thanks. Many went to say thank you.’

Admitting that Watford made the worst possible start to the game, he went on to say.

‘The match didn`t start the best way. We conceded an early goal and after that the match was complicated. The second-half we tried to get a better result, we had more control than the first-half. We enjoyed opportunities to score but it wasn`t a good match. I hope the next match we will improve our level.’

Despite the game going against us, he did point to the fact he made proactive substitutions – three in fact – during the second half and he said that’s what fans can expect from him as he wants victories.

‘We needed to score. The first-half we were deep, we needed more presence up front. We put Roberto Pereyra the right side, then with Jerome Sinclair, changing different things, looking for a better result.’

Despite the loss he could however take positives.

‘The match today was tough but I`ve seen a reaction. I`ve seen the team want to get the goal and fight hard until the end. I don`t know what happens in the future but tomorrow we start again with more confidence, good performance and a better match next time. I only know one way and that is working, working, working.’

Asked about the transfer window, he again repeated that wasn’t down to him but his focus was on getting our injured players back with so many missing at the moment.

‘This moment I`m worried about the injured players rather than players coming in. I want to recover them. I`m sure with these players and with the rest of the season, we can have good results.’

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