Deulofeu: “We Changed A Little Bit Our Character”
Gerard Deulofeu insists the key to Watford rising from the foot of the Premier League table lies with the players.
Speaking after last night’s 2-0 loss at high-flying Leicester, the Spaniard said he believes that with a little more character the Hornets will be able to find their form and ensure an upturn in fortunes.
“We have to improve our football, our character. We can have lots of coaches and systems but the most important thing is the players change our attitude and try to get points every week,” he rued.
“We can’t be nervous when we go on the pitch. For me what we have to do is work hard because even to win one game in the Premier League is really tough.
“The coach said to us today that we have to have energy and power, and today we changed a little bit our character so Saturday we have to do even more.”
Not for the first time in a Watford game this season, refereeing decisions were a hot topic and Deulofeu felt the award of the second-half penalty that broke the deadlock for the Foxes was harsh.
“Today I think we worked hard against a tough team and we were good until the penalty, which changed it all,” he rued.
“It was a tough decision and I don’t think here in the Premier League it’s possible to say this is a penalty.
“Okay, you can say Watford have to play better and I agree with this, but also last week against Southampton VAR agreed there was a handball [before the Saints’ equaliser, which was not disallowed] so little things are changing a lot for us.”
Asked whether he expects Hayden Mullins to remain in charge as Interim Head Coach for the visit of Crystal Palace, Deulofeu said the priority for Saturday’s game must be fighting for what would be three crucial points, regardless of who fills the dugout.
“Let’s see. If it is him or not, we have to fight against Palace and get points quickly because we don’t have a lot of time,” he said. “It’s been tough for us but we are working really hard to take points.”