Foster: “We Have To Keep Our Heads Up”
Ben Foster knows how important a strong mentality will be going into the final months of this season and wants to see a reaction after a disappointing result at Old Trafford.
The goalkeeper admitted mistakes were made in the defeat against Manchester United but thinks there is enough quality in the squad to turn things around again.
“I’d say the first goal was a mistake from me, I should have held back really. I just thought I could get there, but he was really quick and got there first,” he said.
“The second half was disappointing, and we didn’t recover from the disallowed goal. We thought we’d got back into it, but it wasn’t to be, and we let our heads drop.
“It’s going to be a scrap to the end of the season. We gave them too much time and respect. We have to keep our heads up and keep fighting.”
The defeat at Old Trafford was a third in four games and felt like a sucker punch, especially as the Hornets thought they’d got back into the game in the second half only for Troy Deeney’s equaliser to be ruled out by a VAR decision.
Foster knows the team should have dusted themselves off and gone again after the goal was ruled out, but thinks the disappointment had an affect on the momentum of the game.
“If Troy’s goal stands it would have been very different, the goal being disallowed took the wind out of our sails,” he said.
“I’m not a big fan of the new handball rule. When it’s like it was today, it’s not handball for me. His arm is pressed to his body, but the new rule is what it is. You can’t let things like that affect you.”
The Hornets went six games unbeaten over the festive period to pull themselves back in touch with the pack and will need another run of form to climb out of the relegation zone.
Results elsewhere meant the team are no worse off in the battle for survival than they were going into this game week, but Foster wants to see more points on the board soon.
“Team spirit is going to be a huge part of this,” said the goalkeeper. “Results in other games were kind to us this weekend. We know we’ve got plenty of quality in the dressing room, so we can’t let things affect us emotionally.”