First Team 3 weeks ago

Chalobah: “A Point Against A Top Six Team Is Positive”

Nathaniel Chalobah believes only the third ever positive result at the home of one of the 'Big Six' since the club were promoted to the Premier League should be viewed in an extremely positive light.

The England international worked his socks off at the base of the midfield to protect the early lead given to the side by midfield partner Abdoulaye Doucouré and was as crestfallen as anyone at full-time after seeing Dele Alli benefit from a couple of decisions to fire the hosts level four minutes from time.

But the midfielder said everyone connected with the club should view the result through the prism of a half-full glass and recognise that it was only the third time in 26 matches they have boarded the team bus with something tangible from an away game against one of the Premier League elite.

“It's massive,” he said in our post-match show Added Time. “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you'd be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.

“We showed great character, great resilience and it's hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.”

The only other occasions the team has avoided defeat at one of the top six clubs were at Chelsea under Quique Sánchez Flores in December 2015 and then when Walter Mazzarri pulled off a stunning win at the Emirates in early 2017. Chalobah explained just how hard the team had to work for what they got at Tottenham's new stadium on Saturday.

“It's difficult because you have a lot of time without the ball,” he said. “It's tough to show that quality because it's hard running and closing areas and closing the spaces so they don't hurt us. The big positive is that we are starting to show that strength as a unit.

“We were very unlucky to concede. The last game at home we did very well not to concede [too]. It was a different story at the start of the season and this gaffer has embedded us and closed the gaps to stop teams from scoring first and maybe create something up their end.”

Chalobah scrubbed up well as the deepest lying member of a midfield three in what was only his second league start since early December. He screened the back five well, broke up play nicely and used the ball economically. A match highlight was the sliding interception he made in his own box near the end.

“It was tough,” he said. “In the first 15 minutes I touched the ball four times, I think, but I had to make sure I kept closing the gaps as Clevs and Doucs were going out. It was hard as although we had three at the back and three in midfield, they kept putting Kane and Luca and Dele in the space.

“We handled it very well. They didn't have very many clear-cut chances and we handled it well. It's just frustrating leaving with a point but when we first came here, if you had offered us a point, we'd have taken it.”

First Team 3 weeks ago

Away Tickets: Southampton On Sale

Tickets for Watford’s trip to face Southampton at St Mary's Stadium (Saturday November 30, 5.30pm KO) are now on sale.


Tickets will be available online via tickets.watfordfc.com, over the phone and in person.

The Ticket Office Hotline on 01923 223023 can be called to seek assistance with online account information and for other general ticketing enquiries.

TICKET PRICES

Adult: £30
65 & Over/18-25: £27
Under-18: £25
Under-11: £20

WHEELCHAIR & AMBULANT DISABLED

Priced as above, with a free personal assistant.

Please call the Ticket Office on 01923 223023 to purchase these, or email disabled.supporters@watfordfc.com for a call back.

AWAY GAMES: FAMILY AREA ALLOCATION

A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C, D and E sales process.

OFFICIAL CLUB COACHES

£16 per person. Departure time 1pm from Greenhill Crescent, subject to change. All supporters will be informed if the location of departure changes. No Milton Keynes pick-up in operation.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing ticket.office@watfordfc.com or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.

SALES ARRANGEMENTS - WHO CAN BUY WHEN?

Monday October 21, 12noon
- Away Group A

Tuesday October 22, 12noon
- Away Groups A & B

Wednesday October 23, 12noon
- Away Groups A, B & C

Thursday October 24, 12noon
- Away Groups A, B, C & D

Friday October 25, 10am
- Away Groups A, B, C, D & E 

Friday October 25, 4pm
- General sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.

Away Groups will include transactions up to and including October 14 at 9am.

AWAY FIRST ACCESS SALES GROUPS*

First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2019/20 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A:
- ST holders 2019/20 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B:
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C:
- ST holders 2019/20 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D:
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group E:
- ST holders 2019/20 who wish to purchase additional tickets for friends and family who have not purchased away match tickets before

DUPLICATE TICKETS

Any supporters who have mislaid their tickets will need to contact the ticket office via email from Monday November 25 and a duplicate ticket will be arranged for you to collect on arrival at St Mary’s Stadium.

Any tickets purchased before 4pm on Wednesday November 27 will be sent out to the address under the lead Fan ID. Any purchases after this time will need to be collected from Vicarage Road Stadium or St Mary’s Stadium.

If you have not received your tickets by Friday November 29 post, please email ticket.office@watfordfc.com so we are able to ensure you can collect duplicates on arrival at Southampton.

For any ticket enquiries on the day of the game, our Ticket Office can be contacted for assistance from 9am until kick-off on the usual number: 01923 223023.


Regular sales updates will be published here at watfordfc.com and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office:
ticket.office@watfordfc.com / 01923 223023


The Southampton Access Statement can be read here, and the Visiting Supporters Guide can be found here.