Date: 12th December 2016 at 2:34am
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Head coach Walter Mazzarri has hailed Watford’s performance in the weekend’s victory over Everton and Stefano Okaka came in for particular praise following his showing.

Hosting Ronald Koeman’s side at Vicarage Road for last weekend’s Premier League action, Watford took the three two victory courtesy of an Okaka brace and a solo effort from Sebastian Prodl and the side even had to come from a goal behind on the day.

Speaking to Sky Sports in his post game press conference a delighted Italian gaffer explained that it wasn’t just bringing an end to two defeats on the trot that had pleased him.

‘I’ve known Okaka since he was very young at Roma. He was a great talent then, so when we had the opportunity to sign him we took it. He’s perfect for the Premier League. He doesn’t only help himself, he helps his team-mates to play football and to score. It was great movement and the whole play that led to his first goal we have been practising all week. Okaka then did what only important players can do.’

It was Watford’s first victory over Everton since way back in 1987 and the result and three points moved us up into seventh place in the Premier League table come close of play on Saturday, leapfrogging Saturday’s opponents in the process.

‘I’m very happy because even though they managed to score with the first chance they had we showed great character as a team and we managed to beat a very good team like Everton. I also want to thank all the fans because they were incredible, not only for the banner they did for me ahead of the game but also when we were losing they were still chanting. This is very important. It was an extremely important win because we came into this one after losing two games we didn’t deserve to lose.’

With Ronald Koeman passing comment post game himself that Everton couldn’t deal with Watford’s physicality and directness across the 90 minutes, the Liverpool Echo have Mazzarri responding to that and he wasn’t best impressed.

‘Each person has his own opinion but we all have eyes in order to see. You have all seen who played better and who played good football. Each person has his own opinion, but I don’t agree with him Koeman.’

He went on to say.

‘I am very happy for my players and the way they played. With a team like Everton it’s not easy, especially when you’re 1-0 down and you need a big reaction. This is how we managed to get a very important win.’

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