First Team 02/02/2020

Cathcart: “We Need To Cut Out Those Errors”

Craig Cathcart felt individual errors were the main cause of the Hornets' late defeat to Everton and bravely fronted up to take responsibility after Yerry Mina's two late first half goals as areas that could have been improved upon.

“He is my man from the corner and he’s scored two goals, so I take responsibility for that,” he said. “We should have gone in 2-0 at half-time and have much better resistance in the second half.”

Despite going into the break level, the Northern Irishman had faith in his side's mental resilience to bounce back in the second period as they have faced a number of tough situations already this season. 

“It’s not the first time it’s happened, the players are experienced now so we just tried and shake it off and do the best we could in the second half,” he said.

“I think we played quite well in the second half and we were the better team. It’s a bit of a killer the way the game finished, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Nigel Pearson made several attacking changes to try and force a winner. The additions of Danny Welbeck, Isaac Success and Ignacio Pussetto were positive moves but the Hornets could not find a third goal and heartbreakingly conceded a 90th minute strike on the counter-attack.

“We tried to push and get the winner,” said the defender. “Three points were really important but a point would have been good too. It wasn’t to be today and we have to take it on the chin, take the positive and move on.

“If you take out the individual errors today then we win the game. That’s the way we have to look at it. That’s what we need to work on and we need to try to cut those out.”

First Team 02/02/2020

Extended Highlights: Watford 2-3 Everton

Watch extended match highlights from the Hornets' late defeat against the Toffees in the Premier League.