Quique Sanchez Flores said Watford cannot rest on their laurels following their unexpected flying start to the first half of the season, conceding they need to start looking over their shoulder after a fourth straight defeat.
Tonight’s defeat at Swansea City means Watford have not won in the league since they thrashed Liverpool and they go into Saturday’s game with Newcastle United looking to avoid a fifth straight defeat.
“We can’t sleep, we need to keep awake,” he said. “Players are human beings and the last match [at St Mary’s] was very tough. In our memory and in our brain was still a part of the Southampton match. The second half you saw Watford is coming back, although the result is not good.”
Watford, particularly in the last two matches, look like they need an injection of fresh blood but Sanchez Flores is too good a man manager to undermine his tight-knit squad by talking about the need for new faces.
“I admire this squad, what they doing is amazing, completely amazing,” he said. “Twelfth in the table is a very good position. I’m not going to come into a press conference and say we need more players. I’m really happy with my squad and with my players.”
Sanchez Flores had every right not to be happy at half-time and described Ashley Williams’ winning goal, from a cross, as a “mistake” and a result of “disorganised” defending. The Spaniard revealed he changed the positions of Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue at the interval.
“We are not happy with the first half,” he said. “We have to correct at half time. We tried to create a balance but we are really spread. Swansea played really easy in the first half and we tried to play on the counterattack but in the second half we produced a good performance, pressured high up the pitch, played football and we were close to a draw.”