Date: 15th December 2016 at 6:29am
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Head coach Walter Mazzarri has said he believes that Watford’s performance against Manchester City yesterday evening warranted a return of a point.

Making the trip to the Etihad Stadium for the game, Watford were on the wrong end of a two nil loss and although the effort was there for Watford, with only two attempts on target and 36% of the possession – plenty will question the claim about taking a point – but he is course learning on the efforts off target that should’ve been buried, not least Odion Ighalo’s effort that would’ve tied the game at one all and had we scored that he felt the game would’ve finished differently.

Speaking to Sky Sports in his post game press conference, a disappointed gaffer explained.

‘Unfortunately we were very unlucky. Not only did we play very well but Ighalo deserved to score and we deserved a draw. We were very shy in the first half and they had a lot of possession, but if we look at the whole match they didn’t have very clear chances, they scored when we were changing Juan Zuniga for Roberto Pereyra, so we were very unlucky in that moment.’

Mazzarri went on to say.

‘Man City are a great team and when they play at home it’s very difficult to get a point. But, aside from that, I’m very happy because in the second half we played a great game and pushed them in their stadium. So, if you look at the overall game, I’m very happy.’

One of the biggest worries coming from the game was the forcing off of Roberto Pereyra but as Mazzarri met the media post game obviously he didn’t know how serious the problem might be for the player.

So very much a case of fingers crossed for the midfielder.

‘We still don’t know, he had an injury on his knee but we’ll know in the following days.’

ESPN carry further words from the gaffer on the Pereyra issue to give it a bit more clarity.

‘I asked him if he felt a twist in the knee, they (medical staff) told me it was a knock and that’s the reason he went back on the pitch. Now, I’m not sure. We have not been lucky with injuries recently and it’s not an easy moment for us. We’re not happy with the injury for Pereyra and hopefully he is back soon. We will verify in the next few days.’

Finally, ESPN have the answer for why Troy Deeney was on the bench and only introduced as a late substitute in the game.

‘We have had three games in a week and this without Stefano Okaka. Also the fact Deeney had four yellow cards and I wanted to help his condition and be ready for the game against Sunderland. We also studied Manchester City and thought that a player of the characteristics of Jerome Sinclair was appropriate for this game.’

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