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Sinclair: ‘Hopefully I’ve given Mazzarri something to think about’

Jerome Sinclair hopes he has given Walter Mazzarri food for thought after registering his first competitive goal for Watford today.

The forward scored at Stevenage in pre-season but was able to celebrate his first proper goal for the club today, one that put the seal on a 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Burton Albion. It was his second start of the season and, after a slow start, he’s gradually getting more game time under the Watford head coach who seems to be trusting him more.

“We wanted to go out there and give the fans something to cheer about,” Sinclair said. “We’ll draw a lot of confidence from this today ahead of next week.

“It was a tough afternoon but we managed to come out with the win and get through to next round. It was all about biding our time and opening the them up. It’s great to be able to get onto the scoresheet today and it’s something I’ve been looking to do. To get that goal will do me a world of good and I’m looking to push on. I can’t describe the feeling [of scoring]. As I was getting closer it opened up and I just thought I need to hit this. Hopefully I’ve given the manager something to think about today.”

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Sinclair scored the second while Brandon Mason, the teenage left-back, set up the first for Christian Kabasele. Carl Stewart then came on late on to become the 60th player from the club’s academy to represent the first team.

“It shows the young players there’s a pathway to the first team and Brandon [Mason] has done so well today,” said Sinclair. “Being a young player at a Premier League club you know you have to take your opportunity.”