Beppe Sannino: 'Watford may never play fantastic football but it will be practical'

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Quotes such as "we may never play fantastic football but it will be practical" and "one swallow doesn't make the summer" are not comments you would necessarily expect from a manager who has just ended a ten-match winless run with a 4-0 victory in his first home game, but Beppe Sannino appears to be a level-headed man.

Watford were excellent during the resounding win against Millwall at Vicarage Road yesterday; a result which ended their run of five consecutive home defeats.

But speaking to the press after the match, Sannino was quick to highlight that Millwall were reduced to ten men inside the opening nine minutes and that he needs more time before he knows what style of play he will be able to implement.

Speaking through translator Marco Cesarini, who is Watford's head of medical, Sannino said: "It is not the one bird which makes the spring time. Or one swallow doesn't make the summer. So it is not about this one result, we need more results before it will allow me to know which team we will be."

He continued: "As I said before, I am not a magician. I am an honest worker and I try to always give my players a worker's mentality where there is a sufferance in the game but then I hope after the game, they can smile like they did today.

"It is only through the work that we can improve and get the results."

One of the most noticeable improvements to Watford's performance yesterday, compared to much of this season, was the tempo of their passing and attacking play.

When that point was raised, Sannino replied: "I think you could see from the outside and you are doing your job - so I think you are competent to judge.

"What you saw was that we ran with the ball. We may never play fantastic football but it will be practical. There will be a lot of running, a lot of pressure and if we understand this, then we will move a step forward."

Sannino expects his players to work hard with the ball and out of possession and that has been evident in his first two matches in charge following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola.

Having failed to score in their previous four matches, such an impressive attacking display is likely to boost the confidence of the Hornets players at Vicarage Road, even playing against ten men.

But the main thing Sannino took from the match was the Golden Boys' defensive organisation.

He said: "In my football, you score with ten men and you defend with ten men so it is not only the strikers who I expect to score. We must also not just expect our defenders to defend - we work as a team. If we have that mentality then we will have more chances in an offensive way. If we want to take something from today, it is that even if we played with one more man, we were always organised."

You can hear Sannino discuss Watford's 4-0 win by following this link here.

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2:41pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

Thought it was quite fantastic. Sexy even. Bring on the rangers
Thought it was quite fantastic. Sexy even. Bring on the rangers Bush Hornet

3:14pm Fri 27 Dec 13

esercito giallo says...

One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories! esercito giallo

3:48pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

esercito giallo wrote:
One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
[quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing Hornet Cornet

4:37pm Fri 27 Dec 13

andyhooked says...

We will not see the Zola football from the previous season. That is clear. Then QPR do not do sexy either. Hope we stuff QPR but what we do need is someone to help Troy. What happens should Troy be banned or injured?
We will not see the Zola football from the previous season. That is clear. Then QPR do not do sexy either. Hope we stuff QPR but what we do need is someone to help Troy. What happens should Troy be banned or injured? andyhooked

4:55pm Fri 27 Dec 13

esercito giallo says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
Why are you a gay hater?
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing[/p][/quote]Why are you a gay hater? esercito giallo

5:36pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

esercito giallo wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
Why are you a gay hater?
eh?
[quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing[/p][/quote]Why are you a gay hater?[/p][/quote]eh? Hornet Cornet

5:50pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Dino1982 says...

Ok, I heard back the audio of the interview.

The translated actually has said is not correct. From what he meant was Bellisimo calico. Which actually means Beautiful.

I think why he was trying to get across was that the type of football they will play under him may not always be beautiful football, but will be more focused on many areas, like defending, attacking, working as a team, pressuring.

I think with the skilful players we have if he can get the work rate and commitment right, then the football will still be good to watch.

Wish the headlines were not misunderstood all the time as this will get frustrating.
Ok, I heard back the audio of the interview. The translated actually has said is not correct. From what he meant was Bellisimo calico. Which actually means Beautiful. I think why he was trying to get across was that the type of football they will play under him may not always be beautiful football, but will be more focused on many areas, like defending, attacking, working as a team, pressuring. I think with the skilful players we have if he can get the work rate and commitment right, then the football will still be good to watch. Wish the headlines were not misunderstood all the time as this will get frustrating. Dino1982

6:30pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hairy Hornet says...

Breath of fresh air. A manager who knows his mind, disciplined and doesnt appear afraid to make a decision. When he's had enough time to assess the squad I dont think we will see the sort of rotation that happened under Zola.Great to see Murray back in favour. Thought he ran his socks off v Millwall.
Breath of fresh air. A manager who knows his mind, disciplined and doesnt appear afraid to make a decision. When he's had enough time to assess the squad I dont think we will see the sort of rotation that happened under Zola.Great to see Murray back in favour. Thought he ran his socks off v Millwall. Hairy Hornet

8:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Sealegs says...

Stay Calm and Don't Get Carried Away
Stay Calm and Don't Get Carried Away Sealegs

8:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Sealegs says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
Why are you a gay hater?
eh?
If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing[/p][/quote]Why are you a gay hater?[/p][/quote]eh?[/p][/quote]If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner. Sealegs

8:16pm Fri 27 Dec 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Just watched the highlights of the Millwall game on Hornet Player.

3m 21 s in, Lewis McGugan's shot comes down off the crossbar and crosses the line.

I was not looking for it as I heard the live commentary that did not even suggest it was possible, but there is clearly a frame that shows the ball on the ground and all the goal line paint in front of the ball. I would say def a goal as then I notice on replaying how the ball arks out from the goal so I reckon the ball crossed the line about a yard before it hits the ground.

Oh well. 4-0 anyway.
Just watched the highlights of the Millwall game on Hornet Player. 3m 21 s in, Lewis McGugan's shot comes down off the crossbar and crosses the line. I was not looking for it as I heard the live commentary that did not even suggest it was possible, but there is clearly a frame that shows the ball on the ground and all the goal line paint in front of the ball. I would say def a goal as then I notice on replaying how the ball arks out from the goal so I reckon the ball crossed the line about a yard before it hits the ground. Oh well. 4-0 anyway. gloryhornet4

8:38pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Ian R says...

Wondered that myself gloryhornet4. But no one seemed to shout for it on the pitch or even from the stands so I thought 'That's just me being optimistic then'.
Wondered that myself gloryhornet4. But no one seemed to shout for it on the pitch or even from the stands so I thought 'That's just me being optimistic then'. Ian R

9:00pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Barry Scott says...

You can't beat a bit of turbo power for a speed thrill.
You can't beat a bit of turbo power for a speed thrill. Barry Scott

9:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Ian R wrote:
Wondered that myself gloryhornet4. But no one seemed to shout for it on the pitch or even from the stands so I thought 'That's just me being optimistic then'.
Ian,

Good man. Guess we get used to it. The Brighton "goal" would not have been so clear but for the TV replays, but LM's goal was clear to the naked eye.
[quote][p][bold]Ian R[/bold] wrote: Wondered that myself gloryhornet4. But no one seemed to shout for it on the pitch or even from the stands so I thought 'That's just me being optimistic then'.[/p][/quote]Ian, Good man. Guess we get used to it. The Brighton "goal" would not have been so clear but for the TV replays, but LM's goal was clear to the naked eye. gloryhornet4

10:07pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Sealegs wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
Why are you a gay hater?
eh?
If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner.
Apologies from my side. JUlian Clarey over there seems to have taken offence
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing[/p][/quote]Why are you a gay hater?[/p][/quote]eh?[/p][/quote]If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner.[/p][/quote]Apologies from my side. JUlian Clarey over there seems to have taken offence Hornet Cornet

11:04pm Fri 27 Dec 13

northofwatfordpete says...

What is the situation with regards to Fitz Hall?
What is the situation with regards to Fitz Hall? northofwatfordpete

5:17am Sat 28 Dec 13

Essex Hornet says...

After the footballing dross we have been subjected to at home in recent weeks a 4-0 win over Millwall with ten men has to be a great result. Yes it is still very early days but the boys did look more organised against Ipswich and Millwall and their confidence should be well up for the QPR game on Sunday.
Whilst I thought Troy and FF did well in both games we definitely need more back up in the striker department. Hopefully this will be sorted in the January window.
After the footballing dross we have been subjected to at home in recent weeks a 4-0 win over Millwall with ten men has to be a great result. Yes it is still very early days but the boys did look more organised against Ipswich and Millwall and their confidence should be well up for the QPR game on Sunday. Whilst I thought Troy and FF did well in both games we definitely need more back up in the striker department. Hopefully this will be sorted in the January window. Essex Hornet

1:10pm Sat 28 Dec 13

esercito giallo says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Sealegs wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
esercito giallo wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories!
Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing
Why are you a gay hater?
eh?
If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner.
Apologies from my side. JUlian Clarey over there seems to have taken offence
I'm sorry I do get a little over sensitive this time of year!
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esercito giallo[/bold] wrote: One swallow did actually make my summer. Back in 1994 it was. Happy memories![/p][/quote]Please tell me you didn't do the swallowing[/p][/quote]Why are you a gay hater?[/p][/quote]eh?[/p][/quote]If you don't mind, could you please tone this down a bit. I am about to have my dinner.[/p][/quote]Apologies from my side. JUlian Clarey over there seems to have taken offence[/p][/quote]I'm sorry I do get a little over sensitive this time of year! esercito giallo

7:33pm Sat 28 Dec 13

WFC FANMAN says...

Have you guys read the latest transfer news for watford read her http://forzaitalianf
ootball.com/2013/12/
udinese-duo-set-to-r
einforce-watford-squ
ad/
Have you guys read the latest transfer news for watford read her http://forzaitalianf ootball.com/2013/12/ udinese-duo-set-to-r einforce-watford-squ ad/ WFC FANMAN

8:03pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

WFC FANMAN wrote:
Have you guys read the latest transfer news for watford read her http://forzaitalianf ootball.com/2013/12/ udinese-duo-set-to-r einforce-watford-squ ad/
Interesting article. Let's hope that the striker fits in as well as Vydra did in his first few months here.
HC
[quote][p][bold]WFC FANMAN[/bold] wrote: Have you guys read the latest transfer news for watford read her http://forzaitalianf ootball.com/2013/12/ udinese-duo-set-to-r einforce-watford-squ ad/[/p][/quote]Interesting article. Let's hope that the striker fits in as well as Vydra did in his first few months here. HC Hornet Cornet

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