Watford boss Beppe Sannino hails 'unbelievable' Hornets supporters after 4-2 loss at Manchester City

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Watford head coach Beppe Sannino thanked the Hornets fans for their "unbelievable" support at Manchester City and says they made the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium like a theatre.

There were 3,352 travelling fans who watched the Golden Boys lose 4-2 in the FA Cup fourth round but the Watford faithful kept singing right up until the final whistle.

"I would like to say thank you to Watford’s supporters who were unbelievable today," Sannino said after the match.

"I have heard about supporters in England, in your country where I am now a guest, I have heard about this sort of thing before but now I am living it in person.

"And my supporters in England, they allow me to come into a theatre – not only a football pitch - but a theatre and it’s wonderful to be there."

Sannino added: "I always talk about the passion of Watford’s supporters.

"Today to see that part of the crowd completely in yellow was fantastic."

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7:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Badger68 says...

Top comments - he's conducting himself with the same high standards set by Zola
Top comments - he's conducting himself with the same high standards set by Zola Badger68

7:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Badger68 says...

Great comments - he's conducting himself to the same high standards we saw from Zola.
Great comments - he's conducting himself to the same high standards we saw from Zola. Badger68

7:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BlakeyJ says...

Well done to all that travelled up. Wish I could have!
Well done to all that travelled up. Wish I could have! BlakeyJ

7:19pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Anunemus says...

Maybe next time he'll get the players to give us something to cheer about.
Maybe next time he'll get the players to give us something to cheer about. Anunemus

7:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Elswickhornet says...

Just got back from the game and the support was fantastic. Ecstasy when we scored the two goals and then a real carnival atmosphere when they got back into it and went ahead.
Just got back from the game and the support was fantastic. Ecstasy when we scored the two goals and then a real carnival atmosphere when they got back into it and went ahead. Elswickhornet

7:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Murder in the Vicarage says...

Elswickhornet wrote:
Just got back from the game and the support was fantastic. Ecstasy when we scored the two goals and then a real carnival atmosphere when they got back into it and went ahead.
Likewise Elswick, excellent support today. I'm home now because I am a Cheshire-based Hornet, but going 2-0 up on 22 minutes and staying that way late into the 2nd half was sheer delight, when most of the Yellow Army would have been expecting a drubbing.

Beppe's team showed a lot of Premier teams how to play Man City, soak up the pressure and work on quick breakaways, as their defence does not match Aguero and his mates.

Safe journey everyone, back to Hertfordshire and beyond.
[quote][p][bold]Elswickhornet[/bold] wrote: Just got back from the game and the support was fantastic. Ecstasy when we scored the two goals and then a real carnival atmosphere when they got back into it and went ahead.[/p][/quote]Likewise Elswick, excellent support today. I'm home now because I am a Cheshire-based Hornet, but going 2-0 up on 22 minutes and staying that way late into the 2nd half was sheer delight, when most of the Yellow Army would have been expecting a drubbing. Beppe's team showed a lot of Premier teams how to play Man City, soak up the pressure and work on quick breakaways, as their defence does not match Aguero and his mates. Safe journey everyone, back to Hertfordshire and beyond. Murder in the Vicarage

7:47pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

BlakeyJ wrote:
Well done to all that travelled up. Wish I could have!
yep, those that made the trip really deserve the great day out that im sure it was, and deserve to experience the sheer ecstacy that the 1st half must have brought. I was properly envious of all 3300 of you!!
2nd half was a bag of nerves just, and just waiting for Jeff Stelling to deliver the inevitable news!
[quote][p][bold]BlakeyJ[/bold] wrote: Well done to all that travelled up. Wish I could have![/p][/quote]yep, those that made the trip really deserve the great day out that im sure it was, and deserve to experience the sheer ecstacy that the 1st half must have brought. I was properly envious of all 3300 of you!! 2nd half was a bag of nerves just, and just waiting for Jeff Stelling to deliver the inevitable news! Stoney77

8:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

errollg says...

I love that Watford is a family club with real decency, and Beppe is a true gent. It adds so much to supporting this club!
I love that Watford is a family club with real decency, and Beppe is a true gent. It adds so much to supporting this club! errollg

8:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

strummerjoe says...

Anunemus wrote:
Maybe next time he'll get the players to give us something to cheer about.
They did you stupid twunt.
[quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: Maybe next time he'll get the players to give us something to cheer about.[/p][/quote]They did you stupid twunt. strummerjoe

8:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

watford1881 says...

Still on way home from Manchester.. For 60 minutes we made a top Prem team look very average.. Watford just run out of steam.. Supporters were great.. City fans were silent for 60 mins.. Many teams have come to City and got a hard lesson in football.. Today we were the teachers.. I think City just thoughtthey needed to turn up and they would win easy.. All the players were super.. Including Bond.. For me Murray was excellent.. City once wanted to buy him.. Today U could see why.. Well done lads we are proud tonight...
Still on way home from Manchester.. For 60 minutes we made a top Prem team look very average.. Watford just run out of steam.. Supporters were great.. City fans were silent for 60 mins.. Many teams have come to City and got a hard lesson in football.. Today we were the teachers.. I think City just thoughtthey needed to turn up and they would win easy.. All the players were super.. Including Bond.. For me Murray was excellent.. City once wanted to buy him.. Today U could see why.. Well done lads we are proud tonight... watford1881

9:32pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Penrice says...

Didn't go today, but sounds like yet again out backing was magnificent. Well done all, proud to have made people sit up and take notice on and off the pitch.
Didn't go today, but sounds like yet again out backing was magnificent. Well done all, proud to have made people sit up and take notice on and off the pitch. Penrice

9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

berkshire orn says...

I was there what a day we nearly had them. Under the pozzos we are going places . Beppe Has heart and he want"s us to win .. Come on everyone get behind the boys and the play offs here we come UUUOOORRRNNNSSS
Watford till I die
I was there what a day we nearly had them. Under the pozzos we are going places . Beppe Has heart and he want"s us to win .. Come on everyone get behind the boys and the play offs here we come UUUOOORRRNNNSSS Watford till I die berkshire orn

9:43pm Sat 25 Jan 14

WessexLad says...

watford1881 wrote:
Still on way home from Manchester.. For 60 minutes we made a top Prem team look very average.. Watford just run out of steam.. Supporters were great.. City fans were silent for 60 mins.. Many teams have come to City and got a hard lesson in football.. Today we were the teachers.. I think City just thoughtthey needed to turn up and they would win easy.. All the players were super.. Including Bond.. For me Murray was excellent.. City once wanted to buy him.. Today U could see why.. Well done lads we are proud tonight...
I don't think it was that we ran out of steam. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We then sat too deep, lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long - but even so it was a **** close run thing.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Still on way home from Manchester.. For 60 minutes we made a top Prem team look very average.. Watford just run out of steam.. Supporters were great.. City fans were silent for 60 mins.. Many teams have come to City and got a hard lesson in football.. Today we were the teachers.. I think City just thoughtthey needed to turn up and they would win easy.. All the players were super.. Including Bond.. For me Murray was excellent.. City once wanted to buy him.. Today U could see why.. Well done lads we are proud tonight...[/p][/quote]I don't think it was that we ran out of steam. Cassetti for FF was a mistake. We then sat too deep, lacked numbers in midfield to bring the ball out of defence, and missed FF fetching and carrying. You can't invite a team like Man City to come at you and expect to hold out for long - but even so it was a **** close run thing. WessexLad

10:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Buenos Aires Hornet says...

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You can see a video of the goals here: http://www.ole.com.a r/futbol-internacion al/inglaterra/Feliz- goles_0_1072692986.h tml Buenos Aires Hornet

10:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

FestersVespas says...

The players were immense today, they gave everything.
Most of our fans were great, however I couldn't understand the row in front of me leaving when the fourth went in. The players had earned there ovation off of the pitch, even some man city fans stayed to applaud them off.
Doyley was so knackered, he struggled to get his shirt off and got a steward to assist him before handing it to a fan.
The players were immense today, they gave everything. Most of our fans were great, however I couldn't understand the row in front of me leaving when the fourth went in. The players had earned there ovation off of the pitch, even some man city fans stayed to applaud them off. Doyley was so knackered, he struggled to get his shirt off and got a steward to assist him before handing it to a fan. FestersVespas

10:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Great Day , At the start I couldn't understand playing Bond instead of Manuel as Manuel had played away at Bristol and City was a massive game with better players than they had last year, Bond did well and wont blame him as the whole team run their hearts out........But what if Manuel had played ???? Anyway not been home long and still very happy even thou we lost.
Great Day , At the start I couldn't understand playing Bond instead of Manuel as Manuel had played away at Bristol and City was a massive game with better players than they had last year, Bond did well and wont blame him as the whole team run their hearts out........But what if Manuel had played ???? Anyway not been home long and still very happy even thou we lost. jasonwatford

10:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

EltonForever says...

Well well - Hornet Cornet!

I seem to remember you forecasting a 6-0 reverse for the Hornets during the week. Bond may be the future of the club, as you say, but we could do with a bit more optimism from so called supporters of the club in the present.
Well well - Hornet Cornet! I seem to remember you forecasting a 6-0 reverse for the Hornets during the week. Bond may be the future of the club, as you say, but we could do with a bit more optimism from so called supporters of the club in the present. EltonForever

10:59pm Sat 25 Jan 14

EltonForever says...

EltonForever wrote:
Well well - Hornet Cornet!

I seem to remember you forecasting a 6-0 reverse for the Hornets during the week. Bond may be the future of the club, as you say, but we could do with a bit more optimism from so called supporters of the club in the present.
I omitted to say 'shame on you'!
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: Well well - Hornet Cornet! I seem to remember you forecasting a 6-0 reverse for the Hornets during the week. Bond may be the future of the club, as you say, but we could do with a bit more optimism from so called supporters of the club in the present.[/p][/quote]I omitted to say 'shame on you'! EltonForever

11:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

MapleHornet says...

Amazing game - I was nearly crying when we scored the second goal! Fab atmosphere and I loved it when the final whistle went and we all cheered and clapped as if we had won! Very proud to be a Hornet and some City fans shook our hands at the station and congratulated us on how well we had played. Just hope we can transfer that performance into our league games.
Amazing game - I was nearly crying when we scored the second goal! Fab atmosphere and I loved it when the final whistle went and we all cheered and clapped as if we had won! Very proud to be a Hornet and some City fans shook our hands at the station and congratulated us on how well we had played. Just hope we can transfer that performance into our league games. MapleHornet

11:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

matey_from_brighton says...

Great performance today, lots of plusses, Deeney and Forestieri proved they CAN play together. Angella, Doyley, Ekstrand immense at the back and Battochio and Murray outplaying Toure and co. in midfield for best part of an hour. The manager will have learnt a lot today and his comments after match are as good as ever - I like what he says on our behalf! Lets take this on to Forest on Thursday and begin to fulfil our potential. COYH
Great performance today, lots of plusses, Deeney and Forestieri proved they CAN play together. Angella, Doyley, Ekstrand immense at the back and Battochio and Murray outplaying Toure and co. in midfield for best part of an hour. The manager will have learnt a lot today and his comments after match are as good as ever - I like what he says on our behalf! Lets take this on to Forest on Thursday and begin to fulfil our potential. COYH matey_from_brighton

1:44am Sun 26 Jan 14

chadderton orn says...

proud,proud,proud,to be a watford fan living in manchester. city fans say we are the best team they have played this season. we lost but buy god did we give them a game. thanks to the team, the supporters and anybody connected with watford, what a day, forest watch out your next , COYH.
proud,proud,proud,to be a watford fan living in manchester. city fans say we are the best team they have played this season. we lost but buy god did we give them a game. thanks to the team, the supporters and anybody connected with watford, what a day, forest watch out your next , COYH. chadderton orn

10:14am Sun 26 Jan 14

Eastsussexhornet says...

A long way to go from the south coast but worth every minute and every penny. A fantastic performance and a fantastic experience - and that electronic scoreboard at HT was a priceless memory. IF ONLY we could maintain that conviction in the league.

My mood at HT, along with everyone else I spoke to, was tempered by the realisation that we would never win it because City were bound to get a goal and when they smelt blood by getting one, they would pounce and there would be more. 4-2 though flattered them and there was no humiliation and no disgrace.

Two wingers must be the key, as we had yesterday. I have never understood why FF and Anya rarely feature together. City seemed weak in defence and it is probably why they have to attack. I have my views about playing too deep and the side to side style but against them yesterday it was the best tactic, suddenly threading the ball through for break attacks.

Stayed on for 2 hours in the city centre to have an Indian and it was telling that on the walk up to the station I was shouted at from close range by some oik that had a few drinks in him with various chants along the lines of "4-2, 4-2" and "We're all going to Wembley". I thought to myself, hold on, we're not Utd but a mid-table Championship club atm and he's clearly so full of himself and emboldened with relief that he had to resort to that.

Anyway, apart from that little tete-a-tete, an experience that will live a long time. .
A long way to go from the south coast but worth every minute and every penny. A fantastic performance and a fantastic experience - and that electronic scoreboard at HT was a priceless memory. IF ONLY we could maintain that conviction in the league. My mood at HT, along with everyone else I spoke to, was tempered by the realisation that we would never win it because City were bound to get a goal and when they smelt blood by getting one, they would pounce and there would be more. 4-2 though flattered them and there was no humiliation and no disgrace. Two wingers must be the key, as we had yesterday. I have never understood why FF and Anya rarely feature together. City seemed weak in defence and it is probably why they have to attack. I have my views about playing too deep and the side to side style but against them yesterday it was the best tactic, suddenly threading the ball through for break attacks. Stayed on for 2 hours in the city centre to have an Indian and it was telling that on the walk up to the station I was shouted at from close range by some oik that had a few drinks in him with various chants along the lines of "4-2, 4-2" and "We're all going to Wembley". I thought to myself, hold on, we're not Utd but a mid-table Championship club atm and he's clearly so full of himself and emboldened with relief that he had to resort to that. Anyway, apart from that little tete-a-tete, an experience that will live a long time. . Eastsussexhornet

11:17am Sun 26 Jan 14

SAHornet says...

Eastsussexhornet wrote:
A long way to go from the south coast but worth every minute and every penny. A fantastic performance and a fantastic experience - and that electronic scoreboard at HT was a priceless memory. IF ONLY we could maintain that conviction in the league.

My mood at HT, along with everyone else I spoke to, was tempered by the realisation that we would never win it because City were bound to get a goal and when they smelt blood by getting one, they would pounce and there would be more. 4-2 though flattered them and there was no humiliation and no disgrace.

Two wingers must be the key, as we had yesterday. I have never understood why FF and Anya rarely feature together. City seemed weak in defence and it is probably why they have to attack. I have my views about playing too deep and the side to side style but against them yesterday it was the best tactic, suddenly threading the ball through for break attacks.

Stayed on for 2 hours in the city centre to have an Indian and it was telling that on the walk up to the station I was shouted at from close range by some oik that had a few drinks in him with various chants along the lines of "4-2, 4-2" and "We're all going to Wembley". I thought to myself, hold on, we're not Utd but a mid-table Championship club atm and he's clearly so full of himself and emboldened with relief that he had to resort to that.

Anyway, apart from that little tete-a-tete, an experience that will live a long time. .
Probably not an indication of how most City fans viewed us yesterday. We have had a couple of fair-minded and generous City fans on these pages already paying WFC compliments so fair-play to them.
[quote][p][bold]Eastsussexhornet[/bold] wrote: A long way to go from the south coast but worth every minute and every penny. A fantastic performance and a fantastic experience - and that electronic scoreboard at HT was a priceless memory. IF ONLY we could maintain that conviction in the league. My mood at HT, along with everyone else I spoke to, was tempered by the realisation that we would never win it because City were bound to get a goal and when they smelt blood by getting one, they would pounce and there would be more. 4-2 though flattered them and there was no humiliation and no disgrace. Two wingers must be the key, as we had yesterday. I have never understood why FF and Anya rarely feature together. City seemed weak in defence and it is probably why they have to attack. I have my views about playing too deep and the side to side style but against them yesterday it was the best tactic, suddenly threading the ball through for break attacks. Stayed on for 2 hours in the city centre to have an Indian and it was telling that on the walk up to the station I was shouted at from close range by some oik that had a few drinks in him with various chants along the lines of "4-2, 4-2" and "We're all going to Wembley". I thought to myself, hold on, we're not Utd but a mid-table Championship club atm and he's clearly so full of himself and emboldened with relief that he had to resort to that. Anyway, apart from that little tete-a-tete, an experience that will live a long time. .[/p][/quote]Probably not an indication of how most City fans viewed us yesterday. We have had a couple of fair-minded and generous City fans on these pages already paying WFC compliments so fair-play to them. SAHornet

6:13pm Sun 26 Jan 14

lutondown says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Great Day , At the start I couldn't understand playing Bond instead of Manuel as Manuel had played away at Bristol and City was a massive game with better players than they had last year, Bond did well and wont blame him as the whole team run their hearts out........But what if Manuel had played ???? Anyway not been home long and still very happy even thou we lost.
No he didn't play well he let in two howlers. But on the way up we was hoping we would keep it down to five so went away happy.
Great pot ball first half.. Taxi for chamberlain? Yes please
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Great Day , At the start I couldn't understand playing Bond instead of Manuel as Manuel had played away at Bristol and City was a massive game with better players than they had last year, Bond did well and wont blame him as the whole team run their hearts out........But what if Manuel had played ???? Anyway not been home long and still very happy even thou we lost.[/p][/quote]No he didn't play well he let in two howlers. But on the way up we was hoping we would keep it down to five so went away happy. Great pot ball first half.. Taxi for chamberlain? Yes please lutondown

8:25pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Wfchornet2 says...

Sean Murray, cant be any other choice for my money
Sean Murray, cant be any other choice for my money Wfchornet2

9:39am Mon 27 Jan 14

solefull says...

Feel so sorry for Bondy I'm not sure he'll be in for the next games this week.
We've got to take all the positives from this game.
Feel so sorry for Bondy I'm not sure he'll be in for the next games this week. We've got to take all the positives from this game. solefull

10:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

SimmyB says...

A truly wonderful day. Happy I picked this game over the Bournemouth one now. Support was sublime and the players played their hearts out. I can't really criticise any of them. Felt sorry for Bondy really. He is still young although not sure why Almunia was rested. Had City on the ropes first half and played them off the pitch. Coverage on TV extremely poor. I had a fantastic day (albeit was hungover!) Hope we can continue with this form from now on.....bring on Forest. COYH!
A truly wonderful day. Happy I picked this game over the Bournemouth one now. Support was sublime and the players played their hearts out. I can't really criticise any of them. Felt sorry for Bondy really. He is still young although not sure why Almunia was rested. Had City on the ropes first half and played them off the pitch. Coverage on TV extremely poor. I had a fantastic day (albeit was hungover!) Hope we can continue with this form from now on.....bring on Forest. COYH! SimmyB

2:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Kismet110 says...

I couldn't return to the Etihad due to work, was dreading listening to it on Hornets Player but boy oh boy, that first half!

Players, support and tactics were spot on. Feel for Bond, good 'keeper and I hope he moves on quickly but we were one mistake away from a replay against the most free scoring teams in Europe.

City fans a plenty praising Watford for the amazing noise levels and the way Watford went at them; Strachan made a good point on the highlights (which were awful btw and I can't wait until the BBC get them again) that most teams who go to the Etihad have one player up front, occasionally two, but Watford attacked with 3 or 4).

And a statistic worth noting; Man City's squad of 18 cost £272 MILLION, Watford's 18 cost 0.6 million and it took the introduction of the wold class Kompany and Zabaleta to rescue the game.

We know players/teams get 'up' for the big games but I pray GS can maintain the same belief in the players come the next few (very tough) League games.

LOADS to play for yet, have quality players available again (Bellerin, Merkel, Hall) and others returning to full fitness (Abdi, Hoban, Ranegie) so let's get behind them and who knows?
I couldn't return to the Etihad due to work, was dreading listening to it on Hornets Player but boy oh boy, that first half! Players, support and tactics were spot on. Feel for Bond, good 'keeper and I hope he moves on quickly but we were one mistake away from a replay against the most free scoring teams in Europe. City fans a plenty praising Watford for the amazing noise levels and the way Watford went at them; Strachan made a good point on the highlights (which were awful btw and I can't wait until the BBC get them again) that most teams who go to the Etihad have one player up front, occasionally two, but Watford attacked with 3 or 4). And a statistic worth noting; Man City's squad of 18 cost £272 MILLION, Watford's 18 cost 0.6 million and it took the introduction of the wold class Kompany and Zabaleta to rescue the game. We know players/teams get 'up' for the big games but I pray GS can maintain the same belief in the players come the next few (very tough) League games. LOADS to play for yet, have quality players available again (Bellerin, Merkel, Hall) and others returning to full fitness (Abdi, Hoban, Ranegie) so let's get behind them and who knows? Kismet110

1:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SimmyB says...

SimmyB wrote:
A truly wonderful day. Happy I picked this game over the Bournemouth one now. Support was sublime and the players played their hearts out. I can't really criticise any of them. Felt sorry for Bondy really. He is still young although not sure why Almunia was rested. Had City on the ropes first half and played them off the pitch. Coverage on TV extremely poor. I had a fantastic day (albeit was hungover!) Hope we can continue with this form from now on.....bring on Forest. COYH!
Nice to see Mr Vydra there too.....
[quote][p][bold]SimmyB[/bold] wrote: A truly wonderful day. Happy I picked this game over the Bournemouth one now. Support was sublime and the players played their hearts out. I can't really criticise any of them. Felt sorry for Bondy really. He is still young although not sure why Almunia was rested. Had City on the ropes first half and played them off the pitch. Coverage on TV extremely poor. I had a fantastic day (albeit was hungover!) Hope we can continue with this form from now on.....bring on Forest. COYH![/p][/quote]Nice to see Mr Vydra there too..... SimmyB

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