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Beppe Sannino: Defensive stability will help Watford become 'very dangerous' in attack
Beppe Sannino believes Watford will become "very dangerous" in attack if they maintain their recent defensive stability but did highlight two areas of improvement following yesterday's 0-0 draw with QPR.
The Hornets have only conceded one goal in Sannino's first three matches in charge and the Golden Boys' defensive organisation has arguably been the main positive during the first two weeks of his reign.
With head of medical Marco Cesarini translating, yesterday Sannino said: "When I arrived, I had to start with the defence. I am convinced that if you win, it is because you have defended well.
"If we can keep the solidity at the back, then in the future we can be very dangerous going forward."
Watford have been pressing well as a team but Sannino expects his players to be more aggressive when closing down the opposition individually.
Sannino - like his predecessor Gianfranco Zola - also highlighted the need to improve when moving from defence into attack.
When asked what areas need improving, Sannino replied: "We have to improve in the transition phase; when we have to go from defending into an offensive action. And when we press one versus one we have to be more aggressive."
But Sannino stressed he does believe Watford made another "step forward" in terms of their organisation against QPR.
He said: "We have played three games in ten days so my assessment is that I have a good team and a good group and I can say that my group wants to improve. That is the impression I have of them.
"I saw an improvement organisation wise and today we had a step forward on that side of the game."
Sannino has been Watford's head coach for 12 days and his first three matches - where he has remained unbeaten - have reiterated his opinion of the Championship.
He said: "What I have noticed – but I already knew – is that the Championship is a tough league. We knew that and I can now confirm that after facing three different teams in different positions.
"It [the QPR match] was a good game against a great squad.
"But I know we have to improve, but we have time to improve."
"It was a very good result against a very good team that we know were tipped to win the title and go up," he added.
Watford were sloppy in possession for large parts against QPR but Sannino said: "I am not disappointed [with Watford's possession], I am happy, because I don’t know how much possession we had in this game but it was not too bad. Against Millwall it was better but that was 11 versus ten.
"We can improve and we were playing a very good team who were very good in possession and in transition. So I am happy with that (Watford's possession)."
Charlie Austin's injury and Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson's lack of fitness meant Redknapp decided to play attacking midfielder, Niko Kranjcar, as Rangers' lone striker.
Kranjcar would often drop deep to collect the ball and Sannino was happy with the way his team coped with the threat.
When asked about Redknapp's decision not to play a striker, the 56-year-old replied: "I am happy tonight because against a team who did not give you a point of reference, like a striker, my team showed good organisation, because QPR were dangerous with the midfielder who was going deep on the defence so I am very happy with how we reacted to the situation. But we were very prepared."
Listen to Sannino's post-match press conference here.
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