Date: 5th January 2014 at 10:53am
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Beppe Sannino admitted Watford could ‘play better’ after a frustrating 1-1 draw at Bristol City in the F.A Cup third round.

The Hornets – shorn of a number of key players – finally made the breakthrough with six minutes remaining when Sean Murray slotted home.

However, less than a minute later, the Robins’ in-form striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas side-footed past Manuel Almunia to earn his side a replay.

Speaking to Sporting Life, Sannino the draw was fair: ‘We have to give credit to Bristol City for playing a very good game and I believe a draw was a fair result.

Sannino continued: ‘It is a negative for us that we could not hold an advantage gained so late in the game, but these things happen in football and I have to congratulate Bristol because they deserved to equalise.’

The Neapolitan also admitted he was looking forward to a free week to work with his squad.

‘The main positive for me is that although we were without some players we stuck to our game and were patient. I know we can play better, but we are on a tough schedule of games and I am looking forward to a free week to work with the players.’

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill was reluctant to single out players for praise, but pointed to 18-goal top-scorer Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and substitute Wes Burns.

‘It is a great effort by Jay to have 18 goals at this stage of the season, but I don’t think he deserves all the headlines today because it was a really good team effort and I am happy with all my players.

‘Wes Burns had the effect I wanted when he went on and I thought he might cause them problems. He is a young player I rate highly, but we need to be careful with him.’

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