Capoue: “Sarr Made The Difference”
By Kevin Affleck
Étienne Capoue, who summed up the insatiable appetite for more with a lung-busting double press late in the second half, wants his teammates to follow up the seismic win over Liverpool with one at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The midfield general is always colossal in these sorts of wins at Vicarage Road and he, along with the excellent Will Hughes and the tireless Abdoulaye Doucouré, ensured the home side won the key midfield battle hands down with another all-action performance. But the Frenchman was keen not to dwell on this one for too long, a sign of his new-found leadership role in the team, and prove this memorable 3-0 win was no flash in the pan.
“We are really happy but we have a goal to achieve,” he said. “We are not in a good position in the table so we need to keep our feet on the ground and stay really focussed on our goal. Sometimes it's like this, sometimes a season is difficult and this one is really difficult. It's a good experience for us and we need to show character until the last game of the season. We are really focussed and it's a game [on Saturday] we have to win – it's simple. If we want to stay in the Premier League, those are the type of games you have to win.”
Head Coach Nigel Pearson and his backroom team of Craig Shakespeare, Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack had spent the week plotting this win over Jürgen Klopp's side and the team executed the game plan perfectly and with such intensity.
“We had a plan and we've been working on it all week and we just followed the plan,” said Capoue. “We were really focussed and that made the difference today. We knew we had nothing to lose and the crowd were behind us from the first minute. We managed the first half well and we made the difference in the second half.”
The Hornets also had the trump card in Ismaïla Sarr who scored two and made the other for Troy Deeney. His pace frightened the life out of Liverpool and he proved too hot to handle, particularly in the second half.
“Ismaïla made the difference,” said Capoue. “We missed him for a few games and we struggled but now he's back and you can see he made the difference. He's really important for us.”
The foundation for the win was laid at the back where the Hornets became the first Premier League team since Everton in March to keep the free-scoring Reds at bay.
“Fozzy had nothing to do,” said Capoue. “The clean sheet at home is really important for us. It makes us really confident for the next game but this was just a bonus game – the game we have to win is next Saturday.”