Beppe Sannino believes Watford's 2-0 win at Rotherham United justified his decision to make five changes to his starting XI

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Beppe Sannino believes Watford’s 2-0 victory over Rotherham United justified his decision to make five changes to his starting XI.

The Italian decided to drop Daniel Tozser and Almen Abdi to the substitutes’ bench while Daniel Pudil and Lewis McGugan were left out of the squad. Joel Ekstrand was suspended after being sent off against Norwich.

In came Tommie Hoban, Ikechi Anya, Keith Andrews, Gianni Munari and Diego Fabbrini.

Watford, who played in a 4-4-2 formation, were poor in the opening period but improved after the break.

Lloyd Dyer, a 65th minute substitute, netted the opening goal and then celebrated in intriguing fashion as he appeared to angrily shout at Hornets head coach Sannino.

Gianni Munari added a second with three minutes remaining to complete the win.

Speaking after the victory, Sannino said: “We have 24 players who could start. If I have that many players then they can all play in different matches.

“Tonight it was important to put this starting XI on the pitch and I did.

“We played 88 minutes at Norwich City on Saturday with ten men and we did a lot of running. Tonight we needed fresh players and the result justifies that.”

He added: “I am happy with the second half because the guys worked very hard and showed personality on the pitch.

“Those substitutes who came on, Odion Igahlo, Dyer and Daniel Tozser, had an impact on the game which was very pleasing.”

Watford could have had two penalties in the contest. Deeney appeared to be brought down by Millers goalkeeper Adam Collins in the opening period and in the second half Ighalo was hauled down in the area.

Sannino didn't discuss the decisions and added: “The result is fair. We have won against a very good team. They have angry and aggressive players and also play good football.

“To win here is difficult but Watford go home with the three points.

“For me, it is important to make the fans happy. To win away is important for my guys but I am already thinking about the next match.”

Sannino's response to questions regarding Dyer's celebration and possible dressing room unrest can be found here

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12:33am Wed 20 Aug 14

1\1881 says...

Job done - we move on - the machine called the championship is beginning to get into gear, as are watford - having been a hornet for 30 years I can't remember a time when I can feel so excited by 'what tomorrow will bring'. Saturday will be a test.
Job done - we move on - the machine called the championship is beginning to get into gear, as are watford - having been a hornet for 30 years I can't remember a time when I can feel so excited by 'what tomorrow will bring'. Saturday will be a test. 1\1881
  • Score: 17

8:36am Wed 20 Aug 14

stiffler99 says...

Like many others who travelled to the game, there is nothing better than winning an away game which somehow makes the journey worthwhile. Rotherham worked hard and frankly made us look very average at times and it was their own lack of quality in front of goal which perhaps let them down. I don't think we had a shot on the first half and I don't think anyone watching the game expected us to win 2-0 by the end. Yea a win is a win but bearing in mind the two league teams we have beaten so far I really think that the way we played in this game, any team with quality goalscorers is going to beat us.

We have the quality and I hope Beppe can find (and stick to) the masterplan to make these players into a really great team.
Like many others who travelled to the game, there is nothing better than winning an away game which somehow makes the journey worthwhile. Rotherham worked hard and frankly made us look very average at times and it was their own lack of quality in front of goal which perhaps let them down. I don't think we had a shot on the first half and I don't think anyone watching the game expected us to win 2-0 by the end. Yea a win is a win but bearing in mind the two league teams we have beaten so far I really think that the way we played in this game, any team with quality goalscorers is going to beat us. We have the quality and I hope Beppe can find (and stick to) the masterplan to make these players into a really great team. stiffler99
  • Score: 12

9:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest.
I am sure that was explained to them.

Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer.
I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest. I am sure that was explained to them. Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 12

9:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

corbindallas says...

stiffler99 wrote:
Like many others who travelled to the game, there is nothing better than winning an away game which somehow makes the journey worthwhile. Rotherham worked hard and frankly made us look very average at times and it was their own lack of quality in front of goal which perhaps let them down. I don't think we had a shot on the first half and I don't think anyone watching the game expected us to win 2-0 by the end. Yea a win is a win but bearing in mind the two league teams we have beaten so far I really think that the way we played in this game, any team with quality goalscorers is going to beat us.

We have the quality and I hope Beppe can find (and stick to) the masterplan to make these players into a really great team.
Spot on just made this point on the other thread about Dyer.
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: Like many others who travelled to the game, there is nothing better than winning an away game which somehow makes the journey worthwhile. Rotherham worked hard and frankly made us look very average at times and it was their own lack of quality in front of goal which perhaps let them down. I don't think we had a shot on the first half and I don't think anyone watching the game expected us to win 2-0 by the end. Yea a win is a win but bearing in mind the two league teams we have beaten so far I really think that the way we played in this game, any team with quality goalscorers is going to beat us. We have the quality and I hope Beppe can find (and stick to) the masterplan to make these players into a really great team.[/p][/quote]Spot on just made this point on the other thread about Dyer. corbindallas
  • Score: 1

9:30am Wed 20 Aug 14

hornetsteve says...

Glenn Roeder wrote:
I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest.
I am sure that was explained to them.

Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer.
brace yourself for another season of rotation I fear, lets just hope sannino is better at it than zola he got away with it last it was not a good performance
[quote][p][bold]Glenn Roeder[/bold] wrote: I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest. I am sure that was explained to them. Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer.[/p][/quote]brace yourself for another season of rotation I fear, lets just hope sannino is better at it than zola he got away with it last it was not a good performance hornetsteve
  • Score: 0

9:42am Wed 20 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

You need players like Andrews and Dyer for these midweek games "up north"!

Leave Beppe alone! He has a very large squad, and also a very talented squad. He knows the players better than us!

And consequently, he knows the best team to face certain opponents, especially away from home in midweek games.

I know the jury is still out on Beppe, but so far he has done quite well, with just one defeat against a relegated Prem team and we only had 10 men for 88 mins!!!
You need players like Andrews and Dyer for these midweek games "up north"! Leave Beppe alone! He has a very large squad, and also a very talented squad. He knows the players better than us! And consequently, he knows the best team to face certain opponents, especially away from home in midweek games. I know the jury is still out on Beppe, but so far he has done quite well, with just one defeat against a relegated Prem team and we only had 10 men for 88 mins!!! bristol hornet
  • Score: 16

12:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

hornetsteve wrote:
Glenn Roeder wrote:
I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest.
I am sure that was explained to them.

Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer.
brace yourself for another season of rotation I fear, lets just hope sannino is better at it than zola he got away with it last it was not a good performance
Yes, I think rotation will feature fairly heavily... but I think that a lot more thought will go into matching up against the opposition

For me, the jury's still out on Sannino - not because he's done anything wrong but because he's not been with us long and has been neither outstanding nor poor - but people should, I think, give him more credit for last night; or at least be more balanced in their appraisals of him

Worldbeater against Bolton
Get him out after Norwich
Lucky last night

For me, he played last night spot on. Rotherham were always going to go all guns blazing at us because they're new in this league with a point to prove to themselves and everyone else; they were in front of their own fans and we are now a target
... so you take the pressure, keeps things tight and then trust in the quality that we have. Our boys only need a couple of chances and they proved that last night.

Well done everyone - onto the next one!
[quote][p][bold]hornetsteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Glenn Roeder[/bold] wrote: I personally don't like too much chopping and changing, but Sannino has made a good point that we played pretty much the whole of the Norwich game with 10 men so fair enough to give some players a rest. I am sure that was explained to them. Loving the passion of Lloyd Dyer.[/p][/quote]brace yourself for another season of rotation I fear, lets just hope sannino is better at it than zola he got away with it last it was not a good performance[/p][/quote]Yes, I think rotation will feature fairly heavily... but I think that a lot more thought will go into matching up against the opposition For me, the jury's still out on Sannino - not because he's done anything wrong but because he's not been with us long and has been neither outstanding nor poor - but people should, I think, give him more credit for last night; or at least be more balanced in their appraisals of him Worldbeater against Bolton Get him out after Norwich Lucky last night For me, he played last night spot on. Rotherham were always going to go all guns blazing at us because they're new in this league with a point to prove to themselves and everyone else; they were in front of their own fans and we are now a target ... so you take the pressure, keeps things tight and then trust in the quality that we have. Our boys only need a couple of chances and they proved that last night. Well done everyone - onto the next one! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 12

3:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

lutondown says...

bristol hornet wrote:
You need players like Andrews and Dyer for these midweek games "up north"!

Leave Beppe alone! He has a very large squad, and also a very talented squad. He knows the players better than us!

And consequently, he knows the best team to face certain opponents, especially away from home in midweek games.

I know the jury is still out on Beppe, but so far he has done quite well, with just one defeat against a relegated Prem team and we only had 10 men for 88 mins!!!
Get back on your stand, Wurzel Gimpridge even the crows are laughing at you.
He obviously doesn't know the players he can't and doesn't talk to them.
He's off his rocker, like you, you bad bad boy
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: You need players like Andrews and Dyer for these midweek games "up north"! Leave Beppe alone! He has a very large squad, and also a very talented squad. He knows the players better than us! And consequently, he knows the best team to face certain opponents, especially away from home in midweek games. I know the jury is still out on Beppe, but so far he has done quite well, with just one defeat against a relegated Prem team and we only had 10 men for 88 mins!!![/p][/quote]Get back on your stand, Wurzel Gimpridge even the crows are laughing at you. He obviously doesn't know the players he can't and doesn't talk to them. He's off his rocker, like you, you bad bad boy lutondown
  • Score: -7

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