Date: 12th February 2018 at 9:01am
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Head coach Javi Gracia has admitted that Watford were largely second best in the weekend’s defeat to West Ham United.

Heading to the London Stadium for the game, Watford travelled home with a two nil defeat and Gracia admitted he tried everything to try and spark some more life into us but it wasn’t to be and we were neither as dogged as we were against Stoke nor as free flowing in attack following the Chelsea match.

Speaking with his usual honesty as he met with the Official Site and the wider media for his post game press conference, he explained.

‘Today wasn’t the best performance. West Ham was more aggressive than us, they dominated the areas and controlled the first-half. We tried in the second-half better but it wasn’t possible. We try next time. The last match showed us the way, how we can get points by running, fighting, and today we didn’t do it enough. I think we can do better, I am sure. I am confident next time it will be better.’

With three positive substitutes to try and give us addition emphasis in the game to turn it in our way, and with formation tinkering on top even taking the risk to go ‘all out attack’ at points didn’t produce the luck it might have as we continued to struggle to create good chances in the game.

‘We had more possession in the second-half but we didn’t create clear attacking chances. We tried to change the shape of the team, playing with 3-5-2, playing 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 but we didn’t create chances. We had chances to score but not clear chances.’

Whilst not blaming a potential refereeing error for their opening goal as Marvin Zeegelaar was adjudged not to have been fouled in the build up to the goal, he added when questioned about the incident.

‘I would like to see this first goal because I didn’t have a good view from the bench. I thought Zeegelaar was pushed but that’s not an excuse. I would like to see it again. It is very difficult work for the referee. I don’t want to complain about anything. West Ham were better and deserved a good result.’

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