Date: 2nd February 2014 at 6:48pm
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Watford secured their first league win of 2014 against Brighton this afternoon, with head coach Beppe Sannino praising his side’s work ethic.

The Italian asked more of his players in terms of personality after the 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Thursday and was duly rewarded with a fine performance this afternoon as goals from Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri downed Albion.

Anya put the Hornets ahead after 13 minutes, drilling a precise shot beyond Tomasz Kuszczak, before the imperious Fernando Forestieri doubled the lead in the 60th minute, rounding Kuszczak and Matt Upson to slot into an empty net.

Speaking afterwards to The Watford Observer, Sannino praised his side’s work-rate as Brighton dominated possession.

“We knew Brighton were the best team in the league in terms of goals conceded away from home and if we scored two goals then it is because of the pressing but it is also because of the desire of my lads; the sufferance we were able to put into the game. We worked our socks off today,’ said Sannino.

Asked if the Hornets were now beginning to reflect their manager, Sannino responded: “I have mentioned before that the schedule has been frenetic and hectic. Only time can tell us if this team will reflect my style and my football.

“Today it was very important to get a clean sheet and I am happy we were able to do it. Now we are focussed on the next game.”

Speaking afterwards to Sporting Life, Seagulls assistant head coach Nathan Jones lamented the timing of Watford’s goals.

“The first one [goal] did come slightly against the run of play but they took that, it kind of knocked the wind out of us a little bit and we huffed and puffed without really taking the game to them.

“Then obviously the second goal came at a bad time as well and to rub salt into the wounds with the disallowed goal, that might have come at a time when we might have kicked on and got something out of the game,” continued Jones.

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