Watford boss Beppe Sannino discusses giving debuts to Alex Jakubiak and Josh Doherty in Huddersfield Town defeat

Watford Observer: A first taste of senior action: Alex Jakubiak. Picture: Holly Cant A first taste of senior action: Alex Jakubiak. Picture: Holly Cant

There were very few positives to take out of Watford’s awful showing in their last game of the season against Huddersfield Town on Saturday but one was the senior emergence of two more players from the club’s Academy.

Having been an unused substitute in the previous two games, Alex Jakubiak made his full debut and the striker went close to scoring twice in the opening five minutes, shooting wide before he forced a good save out of Terriers keeper Alex Smithies.

Like most of his teammates, the 17-year-old’s influence on proceedings faded as the game progressed and he was replaced after 56 minutes by Davide Faraoni.

Jakubiak had become the 55th Academy player to make his Hornets first-team debut and number 56 followed later in the game when Northern Ireland youth international Josh Doherty replaced Cristian Battocchio.

Asked if he was pleased with Jakubiak’s debut, Beppe Sannino said: “He is a guy that deserved to play and I’d like to give the reward also to the people that work in the Academy in terms of coaching staff but don’t forget also Doherty. I was very pleased with both them. I don’t know if you saw but Josh wanted to take the penalty. It means he’s a guy with a big personality.”

Watford were 3-0 down when Doherty replaced Battocchio with ten minutes remaining. Sannino has said in the past he is reluctant to blood youngsters in difficult circumstances but he explained: “As I said it’s a good reward for the lads and the people that work every day behind me but today when I played Doherty, the game was running down and I thought he could have a good moment on the pitch and I am pleased with him because he did very well.”

In giving debuts to the two Academy youngsters, it meant Watford used 39 different players at first-team level this season.

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7:28am Mon 5 May 14

craig239 says...

And in the last sentence there is the reason for mid table
39 players used need to say it again 39 players used.
Winners use about 18 - 22
No wonder they don t know how to play together. No coach could mold 39 players into a coherent winning side. Clear out 15. Bring in extra quality because of the savings on other players or are we just a chuck em over there development side.
Think back to last season when Zola made large scale changes because of the size of the squad to keep them all happy which equated to loss at Bristol and those 3 points would have meant premiership football.
Sean Dyche and Nigel pearson didn't use 39 at max 24 and some of them were used after they gained promotion,
And in the last sentence there is the reason for mid table 39 players used need to say it again 39 players used. Winners use about 18 - 22 No wonder they don t know how to play together. No coach could mold 39 players into a coherent winning side. Clear out 15. Bring in extra quality because of the savings on other players or are we just a chuck em over there development side. Think back to last season when Zola made large scale changes because of the size of the squad to keep them all happy which equated to loss at Bristol and those 3 points would have meant premiership football. Sean Dyche and Nigel pearson didn't use 39 at max 24 and some of them were used after they gained promotion, craig239
  • Score: 35

11:03am Mon 5 May 14

Dunderdale Pinner says...

Totally agree and have said so on previous posts. It was shame when the old reserve team matches were abolished. It brought young players into professional football without going out on loan, and also kept fringe players happy and proper matches for those recovering from injury. Also there was a game at vicarage road every week. The academy is excellent ,but in my opinion, there needs to be an interim step up. For me, a squad of 28 should be sufficient.
Totally agree and have said so on previous posts. It was shame when the old reserve team matches were abolished. It brought young players into professional football without going out on loan, and also kept fringe players happy and proper matches for those recovering from injury. Also there was a game at vicarage road every week. The academy is excellent ,but in my opinion, there needs to be an interim step up. For me, a squad of 28 should be sufficient. Dunderdale Pinner
  • Score: 6

11:04am Mon 5 May 14

bristol hornet says...

Only Deeney and Angella can really hold their heads high, but these two youngsters look good for the future.

However, the taxi is waiting for Beppe and now is the time to go for a good old fashioned British manager like Malky.
Only Deeney and Angella can really hold their heads high, but these two youngsters look good for the future. However, the taxi is waiting for Beppe and now is the time to go for a good old fashioned British manager like Malky. bristol hornet
  • Score: -4

12:08pm Mon 5 May 14

bonserout says...

most of our changes have been down to injuries and suspensions.
injuries you can to little about, but we have got to stop this cynical fouling every time a player is beaten, I wouldn't mind the bookings so much if they were a result of a over zealous challenge but more often than not it is a late challenge or a shirt tug.
most of our changes have been down to injuries and suspensions. injuries you can to little about, but we have got to stop this cynical fouling every time a player is beaten, I wouldn't mind the bookings so much if they were a result of a over zealous challenge but more often than not it is a late challenge or a shirt tug. bonserout
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Mon 5 May 14

Tizer001 says...

Sad Watford signed off the season in such a shambolic fashion, if we are to challenge for a promotion spot next year we have to play much more consistently the quality of football that we have often shown this season....at least we now have the World Cup to look forward to over the summer and I'm pretty sure Watford are going to come back fighting next season whatever happens over the next few months!
Sad Watford signed off the season in such a shambolic fashion, if we are to challenge for a promotion spot next year we have to play much more consistently the quality of football that we have often shown this season....at least we now have the World Cup to look forward to over the summer and I'm pretty sure Watford are going to come back fighting next season whatever happens over the next few months! Tizer001
  • Score: 2

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