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AUDIO: Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins says 'Watford have Premier League quality'
12:01pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins described Watford and Fernando Forestieri’s finish on Saturday as “Premier League quality”.
While Huddersfield started the stronger of the two sides, netting inside 17 minutes, the advantage was short lived as Fernando Forestieri equalised with a stunning volley just a minute later.
The Hornets went on to add another before the break and in the second half should have extended their lead even further.
Robins said: “We started off really brightly and I thought the opening was excellent. The game plan was executed perfectly to start with and we got a goal start and they’ve not come back from a goal down to win a game this season apart from today.
“So it gave us a bit of heart and a bit of hope and the main thing that gave me hope was I thought we started the game really well. I thought we passed it really well and I thought we kept it away from them for the most part.
“They’re a really dangerous side, they break against you quickly and they’ve got Premier League quality. The goal that Forestieri scored was outstanding.
“We gifted them the goals in fairness because we gave the ball away, we’re on the back foot a little bit although Peter Clarke is on the cover so it’s just put him in no man’s land so there’s no blame attached there.
“They break really quickly, the ball’s got played in and his finish was Premier League quality.”
Huddersfield came into the contest with an untarnished home record, having maintained an unbeaten streak at the John Smith’s Stadium so far this season, but Zola’s men outplayed the home side in the second half.
While the margin of victory was somewhat smaller than it may have been, Watford returned to winning ways and are currently fifth in the table. Robins said: “Watford are a good side and they keep the ball and if you keep giving it back to them then they’re going to create chances and they did.
“The first 20, 25 minutes we were excellent in terms of what we wanted to do. They looked nervy and I think we shocked them a little bit to start with because it was a totally different game than it was here last season.”
He continued: “Watford were up there last year and I would expect them to be in the top six. They’re a really, really good team but there are a few other good teams in the division.”
Listen to Robins' press conference below.
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