First Team 30/09/2019

Cleverley: “Stick With Us”

Tom Cleverley’s message to Watford’s supporters after another Premier League defeat was clear – the Hornets are working as hard as ever to turn around the form that has seen them post just two points from their first seven games.

“Stick with us. It’s not a work-rate issue, hopefully the fans can see that,” said the midfielder, speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 reversal at Wolves.

“Maybe at times there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in for you and we’re working for our performances to improve.”

Twelfth-placed Sheffield United are next up for the Hornets, and Cleverley says they’ll be leaving no stone unturned on the training pitch this week ahead of an important match at Vicarage Road at the weekend.

“We’ve got to work even harder than we are now. We know we’re good enough to compete in this league – maybe last season a few of the level games went more in our favour than they are at the minute – but you’ve just got to stick together at these tough times,” he said.

“We’re not even a quarter of the season through yet but we’re all working and striving to be better footballers than what our league position reflects at the minute.

“No disrespect to Sheffield United because they’re a really competitive side, but we have to be really at it next weekend. We’ve been in the game long enough to know that next Saturday’s a huge game.”

First Team 29/09/2019

Cathcart: “We Have To Move On & Give Our Fans Something Back”

Craig Cathcart says responding in the right way to Saturday’s defeat at Wolves and fighting to repay the club’s supporters are top priorities for the Hornets over the coming week.

The defender, who returned to the line-up at Molineux following a short spell on the sidelines through injury, was reflecting on a 2-0 defeat in the West Midlands.

“It was really disappointing. We didn’t seem to get going and they took their chances, to be fair to them,” said Cathcart.

“We’re disappointed to come away with a loss but we have to pick ourselves up. It’s time to stop talking and show more on the pitch. We have to look forward to next week now.”

After Matt Doherty’s first-half opener, Watford looked the stronger side following the interval but Daryl Janmaat’s unfortunate own goal knocked the stuffing out of Quique Sánchez Flores’ side, who host Sheffield United next weekend in their bid for a first league win of the season.

“That seems to be the way things are going at the minute,” said Cathcart of Wolves’ second goal. “We started the second half well, we were pressing them and it was an unfortunate goal to concede.

“It’s a tough league, every game’s difficult so we need to pick ourselves up and move on as quick as possible and try to prepare as well as we can for the next game.  

“We want to focus on the next game now and we want to get a home win next week in front of our fans to give them something back. I’m sure the next win we get will give us a big boost.”