Date: 3rd January 2017 at 7:45am
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Head coach Walter Mazzarri has admitted that everything came to a head in our defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day.

With growing calls for a change of head coach and the media more than getting on board with that, Mazzarri reflected on the four one defeat at Vicarage Road knowing that whilst the current injury situation wasn’t helping, unfortunately for us errors are costing us and Spurs were in sparkling form to take advantage of that.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a disappointed gaffer knew that everything that could go against us did.

‘Nothing went our way today. We started okay but after their goal they were a very good team. Congratulations to them. Every mistake we committed we paid the highest price. Every chance they had they did something with it. We committed some mistakes. Individual mistakes helped them score and change the whole game. Even between halves we said to go in and do better. Even one minute after half-time we committed a mistake. But we must now think about the next game.’

He went on to say about the visitors.

‘I saw also Spurs play against Southampton. They are great team and can put any team under pressure. You have to understand though that we are missing ten players. We need to understand this and work with this. Any team would be in same situation.’

Having referenced the growing injury list, we can now add Camilo Zuniga to that list as he had to be pulled from the starting line up shortly before kick off and for Mazzarri it was just bad luck as he defended the medical staff at the club with some criticism being pointed towards them – and others – given the number we have out.

‘There are only two muscle injuries in squad – Stefano Okaka and Isaac Success. This is average. I don’t think it’s more than unlucky. I cannot give fault to anyone. Just unlucky. Today before the start Zúñiga was meant to start. This morning he was okay and took part in the warm up no problem. Then he felt pain on his ankle. He tried to be available but couldn’t make it. We will try to get him back fit for Stoke. Out of nowhere we are missing five starting XI players. If you do that to any other team in Premier League they would be in same difficulty. You can add Craig Cathcart to that who has not played for three months and the Under-23 players who had only trained with team for a few days.’

Having come off limping Nordin Amrabat is also a doubt.

With a game tonight against Stoke City and a two day turnaround in the fixture list, Mazzarri wasn’t the only manager to raise his eyebrows at how some teams are expected to perform at this time of year, but he knew all you could do was try and deal with it.

‘If we take into consideration injuries we have we will have 50% less time to prepare. It will be difficult, but I guarantee to the fans that we can do everything possible to defend our cause. We are all going to do some recovery, and Stoke have had one day more to rest, but we will give our best as always.’

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