First Team 20/10/2019

Deulofeu: “A Really Good Point But It Could’ve Been Three”

Gerard Deulofeu believes the confidence gained from an impressive showing at Spurs will be worth way more to Watford in the long run than the solitary point they took from North London. 

Speaking to Added Time after the final whistle, the Spaniard said: “It was a shame to not get the three points but we take a good result from here and even more we take confidence, and that’s the most important thing.

“We are in a bad period and every point and every good game we play is good for confidence and for getting out of the bottom of the table.

“We don’t deserve this with this group of players, we have trained well and we showed today what we can do. We have to fight because it’s a long time without a win in the Premier League and today we deserved the three points.

“It’s a really good point at this type of stadium, but if you see the highlights or the whole game you see that we could have got the the three points.”

In the first of two VAR talking points on Watford’s first visit to Tottenham’s new stadium, Deulofeu’s appeal for a first-half penalty fell on deaf ears despite what looked a clear trip by Jan Vertonghen. 

“For me, I said to my teammates and everybody that it is 100 per cent a penalty,” argued the attacker, who was introduced as an early replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck. 

“I felt I was travelling with the ball and he touched me not the ball, but it’s not my decision and I hope next time after that type of action it’s going to be a penalty.”

Deulofeu also felt Spurs’ late leveller should not have stood, and not just because of a possible handball in the build-up to Dele Alli’s 86th-minute equaliser. 

“In my opinion there was a foul on Kaba but it is the decision of VAR and the referee. We can’t do anything apart from keep fighting and trying to win more easily,” he said. 

The Hornets are edging closer to that first 2019/20 league win and Deulofeu believes with some better decision making in the final third, three points are just around the corner. 

“Today we defended really well and were really compact so afterwards it’s hard to go on the counter-attack, but there were lots of spaces and in the second half we didn’t always take the best decision,” he reflected. 

“That’s football, we have to improve every day and next time we are going to take the best decision and hopefully win.”

First Team 20/10/2019

Highlights: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Watford

Watch extended highlights of Watford's draw with Spurs in the Premier League.