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Sannino wants more personality from players

Sannino wants more personality from players

Beppe Sannino says his players need to show more personality after the Hornets surrendered a two-goal lead, ultimately losing 4-2 at Nottingham Forest.

Gabriele Angella put the Golden Boys 2-0 up with goals either side of the break; the first an audacious flick with from a corner kick, the second a firm header from a free-kick.

The introduction of three strikers from the bench changed the game for promotion-chasing Forest, who levelled through Simon Cox before goals from Darius Henderson and Jamie Mackie turned the game on its head.

Cox helped himself to a second as time ran out to leave Watford to reflect on what might have been.

Speaking afterwards to The Watford Observer, Sannino said: "It's not only the mental side, it's the battling side, the personality.

'It's like a war - we have to consider the personality of the players and I blame myself as well.'

The Italian admitted that Forest had been by far the better side in the second half, condemning Watford's lax defending which had led to three goals coming from balls delivered into the penalty area.

"I think we should be honest and say Nottingham Forest were better than us in the second half.

"They were pushing a lot and we were not able to prevent them from delivering crosses from out wide and this was a problem for us. We conceded three goals that were the same.'

Reds boss Billy Davies - who made the decision to start with a defender up front whilst naming five strikers on the substitutes' bench - praised the impact of his three substitutes, who each got on the scoresheet.

Davies told The Nottingham Post.

"I am pleased for the three substitutes and the goals they got. I am delighted for Mackie, because of the way he took the decision not to play him from the start.'

Never one to avoid the chance to pat himself on the back, Davies continued: "Football managers` roles are to be criticised, to be speculated upon and to be questioned, when it comes to decisions and your strategy.

"I have to say I get more right than I get wrong. I am certainly not perfect. Nobody is. But I have got more right than I have got wrong.'

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Friday January 31 2014
Time: 12:30AM

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