Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Sannino: Manchester City were unbelievable

Sannino: Manchester City were unbelievable

Beppe Sannino admitted that the class of Manchester City negated the tactical changes he made as Watford saw their two-goal lead evaporate at the Etihad Stadium.

Watford found themselves ahead - in line with the run of play - when Fernando Forestieri beat Costel Pantilimon one-on-one, before Troy Deeney improbably doubled Watford's lead.

The Hornets held onto their 2-0 advantage until the hour, when Sergio Aguero bagged the first of three goals.

'SuperKun' pulled the Citizens level in the 79th minute before Aleksandr Kolarov's speculative 30-yard drive embarrassed Jonathan Bond to turn the game on its head.

Aguero added his third and City's fourth in the 90th minute, finally killing off Watford's brave, but ultimately fruitless challenge.

Speaking to The Watford Observer afterwards, Sannino paid tribute to his players.

'At the start, the odds were completely against us. I told my players to enjoy the game today and to play with freedom on the pitch,' said Sannino.

'And I have to pay compliments to my players for their daring, their desire and their organisation throughout the pitch. I am very happy about that.'

The Italian also remarked that the quality of the hosts rendered any tactical changes he made meaningless, as their quality finally shone through in the final half an hour.

'In the second half, Manchester City were unbelievable - they were fantastic and they showed us their full strength.

'I tried to change the situation but you saw the result - the quality of Manchester city in my opinion overcomes any changes you can make tactically,' conceded Sannino.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted his side did not underestimate Sannino's side.

"I didn`t underestimate Watford, I didn`t think it would be easy and I told the team this. The players must not believe they have an easy game but I feel that they had a very good reaction in the second half,' Pellegrini told Manchester City's official site.

The Chilean continued: 'The whole team didn`t do the things that we normally do in the first-half, the most important thing for me is that Watford didn`t score the third goal. If they`d have scored that, the game would have been finished.'

Click here to read the match report from the Etihad. Click here to view the match facts & stats.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday January 25 2014
Time: 10:58PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Audio - Flores Delighted With Villa Win

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has given his thoughts following victory over Aston Villa today.

Stats: Watford v Aston Villa

All the stats from Watford (3) vs (2) Aston Villa, Vicarage Road, 30/4/16 Att: 20,653

Team Sheets - Watford v Aston Villa

Watford are at Vicarage Road with Aston Villa the visitors today, this is a 3pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Flores - Enjoy The End Of 2015/16

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has said that Watford should just enjoy the remaining games of the current season given we have achieved our aims.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Editor email
Profile
KDCallanan
no email
Profile
chrisgwfc
no email
Profile
Colin Cowan
no email
Profile
Alex Moore
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Villa MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes1%
Paredes0%
Cathcart0%
Britos0%
Anya11%
Abdi0%
Suarez0%
Watson0%
Jurado0%
Deeney33%
Ighalo0%
Sub - Berghuis44%
Sub - Amrabat11%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
10 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League