Date: 16th October 2017 at 4:39am
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Head coach Marco Silva has praised Watford for changing their attitude in the half time break in this weekend’s tie with Arsenal.

Hosting Arsene Wenger’s side at Vicarage Road for the game, the visitors took the first half lead through Per Mertesacker, but a Troy Deeney penalty and a stoppage time winner from Tom Cleverley caused an upset and returned all three points.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Silva said that the players had changed their attitudes in the dressing room during the break and that was key to helping us to victory.

The win also lifted us into fourth place in the Premier League table above Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool which isn’t to be sniffed at as many over the summer were predicting relegation.

‘I think the key is how we played the second-half. In the second-half we changed our attitude and played like we can play. After the 1-1 we waited for our openings, to create problems. We were playing against a very, very good team, but we continued to believe we could score the second.’

Silva went on to admit that there was an element of luck about our winner, but he still felt it was a justified three points based on our overall showing.

‘We continued to believe, and in that moment we got lucky with the second goal, but we also tried to find this luck as well.’

He was also quick to dismiss suggestions that Richarlison had dived but didn’t deny he probably went down softly with a ‘short contact’.

‘I respect of course the decision of the referee. It can be 50/50. It`s not an easy decision. But I didn`t see that moment as a dive, I didn`t see it as a simulation. The player felt a short contact and he went down.’

Moving talk back to the game, he was quick to praise the spirit, character and commitment of the side once again.

‘It shows that we are starting to create a fantastic spirit. After we got to 1-1 the normal situation is to try and protect the result, but we try to cause our opponents problems. Before we scored we had one chance that hit the post as well. This is football. It shows to us a big commitment, and it shows one more thing – in the last minutes we were fresh. We tried to find something more.’

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