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‘It’s early days but Mazzarri has been good so far’

Jerome Sinclair said it was good to blow off the cobwebs in the 1-1 draw with Woking yesterday.

Watford opened the scoring at The Laithwaite Community Stadium in the 22nd minute, when Steven Berghuis’ effort deflected off Ismail Yakubu and into the Woking net. But Woking were level minutes later when Fabio Saraiva’s deflected free-kick could only be parried by Heurelho Gomes into the path of Charlie Carter, who calmly equalised.

Watford made six substitutions at half-time and a further three in the second half, meaning they never really got into any rhythm and there were no further clear sights at goal.

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“It’s definitely early days and no matter how much running you do, it’s never going to match up to getting proper match fitness,” said Sinclair. “So of course it was going to be a bit of a blow [out]. But I’m just happy to get back out on the pitch and get that action in again. Yeah [we’re working double sessions in training]. It’s pre-season to get the lads prepared for another tough season in the Premier League. It’s always going to be hard, so that’s expected. But yeah, it has been hard.”

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Watford started the match in a 3-5-2 system, but that changed to a 4-3-3 for the closing stages, with Sinclair and Isaac Success being pushed out wide and Obbi Oulare leading the line.

“[Mazzari] has been really good so far. We’ve done a lot of tactical work. In training he wants to get the lads organised and playing in his style. It’s a new ideology so he has to really enforce that on the lads, but it’s going well so far. When a new manager comes in he has to impose his style on the team. Obviously that’s what he’s here for, so he is doing that. The lads have been really good, we’re all taking it in and hopefully [the new shape] is going to work well for us.”