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Reserves win 3-1 v Fulham

Reserves win 3-1 v Fulham

1. A well deserved 3-1 win for the Hornets' second string very much pleased Alec Chamberlain.

The side recovered from the disappointment of last week's injury time goal against Charlton.

It was an eleven which mixed youthfulness and experience well and it managed to gel well again and get into Fulham after a competitive first half.

He said: 'We were disappointed to have lost the game last week having played so well at Charlton so it was trying to pick up the batten from where we left off really.

'Off the back of the first team results as well this victory was pleasing.

'There are a few of the boys coming back from injuries and I thought particularly second half we did ever so well.

'The first half we possibly shaded it although we were one-nil down for large periods of it.

'I was pleased with how the lads responded in the second half.'

The mix-match of ages and experience is what reserve team football is all about for Chamberlain and he feels it benefits every player no matter what level they are at.

'I think match practice is essential for young players and for those who are coming back from injury - and also for your squad players who aren't getting a regular game.

'We have a mixed bag here in the reserves, some clubs choose not to use their squad players and keep them fit by other means but we've had a mixture of players coming in and everybody's given their lot and that's the most pleasing thing.'

The Hornets stepped up the tempo in the second period and after a half time pep talk and a change in formation they managed to get the upper hand on Fulham.

'I think physically we got on top of Fulham and I think we started to over-run them a bit - there was a little bit more space and we really exposed that well.

'Overall I am really pleased, I said to the lads that all of their performances would be an eight or nine out of ten and that's what you need for a good performance.

'It's just a shame we've got two weeks until the next game now.'

The reserves are next in action away to Tottenham on Monday 5 March

2. DOUGLAS Rinaldi again featured for the reserve team last night (Monday) and had a huge say in the game.

The Brazilian midfielder started his second game for the Hornets' second string and despite the obvious differences to the game he's used to he is clearly settling into the faster pace of football.

Alec Chamberlain was equally as delighted with his performance.

After impressing last week following a move from the right hand side of midfield to a more central position Chamberlain started Rinaldi in the centre of the park.

He said: 'I thought in the second half against Charlton when he played in a more central role and the whole game against Fulham he really showed us what he's about.

'He's tenacious in the tackle, very good on the ball and he really did make us tick.

With Aidy Boothroyd strengthening his midfield by signing Gareth Williams, Lee Williamson and Johan Cavalli the Brazilian certainly has lots of competition ahead of him.

However, all competition is healthy and Rinaldi will be pleased with his initial start to life at Vicarage Road.

Chamberlain was certainly impressed by his drive to get forward.

He added: 'I was pleased that he could get in the box and get a get a goal - that's always a bonus to have your midfield players doing that.

'Its something that we've probably lacked, Damien Francis has got his fair share but it's something you always need from your midfielders.

'His all round game though was excellent.'

Chamberlain was also impressed by young striker Ewan Clarke who battled hard throughout and had the difficult task of playing as a lone forward in the second half.

Chamberlain added: 'Ewan was fantastic - that was probably the goal of the game.

'It was a great move, a lovely turn in the box and a nice finish.

'I was pleased for him because he worked his socks off first half with Moses and then he was forced to play up there on his own.

'But he battled, his effort was fantastic and his quality on the ball was very good as well.

'He and Liam Henderson have done excellently when they've come in for us and it's all very good for their development.'

Clarke's first half striker partner Moses Ashikodi was also praised by Chamberlain for his hard work during the first period.

'His closing down and effort was superb, he won the ball back a lot in their final third and everything we asked of him defensively he done for us in the first half.'

The Hornets' reserve side stay in fourth place in the league following the victory over Fulham.

source - watfordfc.om


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