Watford 2 United 0: Ole's press conference
Watch what the manager told journalists during the post-match press conference at Watford...
Q: Complacency from naming unchanged sides? “Well we played a game in mid-week with a different team today, so it’s not the same team. Every single game for us is important – it doesn’t matter which tournament it is. Every game is a chance for us to develop this team, improve the team, get the relationships [between the players]. Of Course it’s all about working towards something bigger. It’s not a complacency thing that ‘oh I’m in the team, I’m going to stay in the team’ – today was about loads of other things. First half was just, it could have easily been my testimonial – maybe it would have been a better atmosphere in my testimonial to be fair. But it was very subdued, slow, no tempo, urgency. Any bit of encouragement their crowd got was when we gave them some set plays and we gifted them to goals as well second half.” Q: Not turning high possession into results? “Today’s not about amount of possession, I don’t know the stats possession-wise. It’s about quality when we do things and of course we know the two goals we conceded were – the first one freak goal, mistake, the second goal as well is decision making, is a bad mistake making that tackle. So two goals in three or four minutes made it hard for us. [It’s] not about the amount of possession we had. Then again, the last half an hour when Paul came on, that was probably the only plus today. He gave us that little bit of edge, quality, urgency. [He] played some great passes over the top, he had some nice combinations. He had a chance himself, so the boy’s been working really hard to get fit. Maybe he was even ready to play more, but now let’s see how he reacts to this.” Q: Long run of bad form and defeat today? “Very disappointed today, then four hours ago we’d talk about this and looking positive that we know we’ve started up something, the rebuild, but today at this moment I’m very disappointed because we have to come these stadiums and get more points against teams like today. I’m sure they were low in confidence, they must be Watford when you’re bottom of the table. We were high in confidence because we’ve done well lately, but it just wasn’t there [today]. There was no intent or urgency to make us deserve to win the game.” Q: Good against top and bad against lower teams? “There’s may different reasons for the outcome of a game of football and you create chances, you don’t score goals - we created loads of chances towards the end, but that was only after they were 2-0 up so it’s got to start with more urgency. We’ve got to play better, still we had loads of set-plays against other teams as well – against the City’s and the Tottenham’s and we still didn’t make the mistakes that we did today.” Q: What do you put it down to? “There’s no excuses at all, we prepared well and there’s nothing I can put my finger on apart from that, you can’t really blame the incident in the traffic either that we were a little bit late, but then again sometimes you think does that little affect us? Is that going to affect us? I don’t think so, an hour here should be enough to prepare for the game.” Q: Spoken to David about the first goal? “No I’ve not asked him. It’s just a ball that slips though his hands. A routine save that he makes, he might have been thinking about where we were going to go from then I don’t know. One of the things we are looking for now is when he catches it we’re going to go quickly forward. Maybe it’s down to thinking about the next action.” Q: Angry over Lingard miss? “You can’t be angry, but of course it’s a chance that he normally would put away and he should put away but you can’t be angry with players making mistakes. Why? Because that’s part of life and part of football.” Q: Difficult now getting into top four? Second mistake this week by David? “For me it’s his first one. Last week was a free-kick and that’s end of discussion, he’s got an elbow in his face. That’s just a refereeing mistake – end of discussion. David’s confident, he’s training well, no bother with him.”