Walter Mazzarri accepts Watford have conceded too many goals direct from corner kicks and says solving the problem has been one of the main focuses of training this week.
Nathan Redmond, Michail Antonio, Jeff Hendrick, Charlie Adam and Jonny Evans have all profited from slack Watford marking – and Heurelho Gomes’ reluctance to leave his line – to score from corners against the Hornets this season. A further ten goals have been conceded from balls into the box.
“I agree we have been conceding too many goals from corner kicks, which we have been working on all week,” said the head coach. “We have also been working on something we did well against West Brom, not allowing the opposition many opportunities to score. We have to be more aggressive when we attack, and manage to score goals which is something we are working on. If we play better than the opposition in general then we will win games.”
Troy Deeney revealed Watford switched to a zonal marking system against West Bromwich Albion, a decision Mazzarri explained further this afternoon.
“I decided to mark zonally in the last game because we have been missing many important defenders who can jump a lot, and in the Premier League if you mark men, you need big defenders who can do that,” he said. “This is the solution we decided to adopt, but this same solution can be changed, but I will decide depending on who will play and what players I have available.”
Mazzarri will be pleased to be able to field the trio of Miguel Britos, Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl tomorrow as it was that back three which kept three successive clean sheets.