Beppe Sannino: Defensive stability will help Watford become 'very dangerous' in attack

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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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10:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

borohorn says...

Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.
Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day. borohorn

11:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Much respect to Beppe - he's bringing a sense of stability and reason to how the team is selected and plays. The Pozzo's appear to have done their homework yet again.

COYH

HC
Much respect to Beppe - he's bringing a sense of stability and reason to how the team is selected and plays. The Pozzo's appear to have done their homework yet again. COYH HC Hornet Cornet

12:02am Tue 31 Dec 13

Man from Pinner says...

Early days but seems the right man for the job. Looking good.
Early days but seems the right man for the job. Looking good. Man from Pinner

1:09am Tue 31 Dec 13

WFC FANMAN says...

There been rumour on twitter going around that Anya and Fessi are going to on the transfer window. Can anyone else please say this is a huge lie.
There been rumour on twitter going around that Anya and Fessi are going to on the transfer window. Can anyone else please say this is a huge lie. WFC FANMAN

4:34am Tue 31 Dec 13

tonyevans22 says...

WFC FANMAN wrote:
There been rumour on twitter going around that Anya and Fessi are going to on the transfer window. Can anyone else please say this is a huge lie.
ha ha..Twitter is full of rubbish half the time,Fessi and Anya both injured and both where missed v QPR..
[quote][p][bold]WFC FANMAN[/bold] wrote: There been rumour on twitter going around that Anya and Fessi are going to on the transfer window. Can anyone else please say this is a huge lie.[/p][/quote]ha ha..Twitter is full of rubbish half the time,Fessi and Anya both injured and both where missed v QPR.. tonyevans22

8:25am Tue 31 Dec 13

endean2 says...

anybody know if they will be ready for the Yeovil game?
anybody know if they will be ready for the Yeovil game? endean2

9:29am Tue 31 Dec 13

demerit says...

borohorn wrote:
Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.
If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you....
[quote][p][bold]borohorn[/bold] wrote: Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.[/p][/quote]If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you.... demerit

10:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

WessexLad says...

endean2 wrote:
anybody know if they will be ready for the Yeovil game?
They may have plenty of time to recover. BBC is forecasting heavy rain for Yeovil from 0500 - 1700, followed by heavy, blustery showers. I hope that they don't postpone calling it off until the last minute because it's on TV.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: anybody know if they will be ready for the Yeovil game?[/p][/quote]They may have plenty of time to recover. BBC is forecasting heavy rain for Yeovil from 0500 - 1700, followed by heavy, blustery showers. I hope that they don't postpone calling it off until the last minute because it's on TV. WessexLad

11:44am Tue 31 Dec 13

matey_from_brighton says...

demerit wrote:
borohorn wrote:
Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.
If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you....
yes and Cardiff and Hull got promoted in this way last year.

..we didn't because we couldn't defend the leads we took. Great football to watch though, so I guess it depends how much you enjoy style over substance.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]borohorn[/bold] wrote: Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.[/p][/quote]If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you....[/p][/quote]yes and Cardiff and Hull got promoted in this way last year. ..we didn't because we couldn't defend the leads we took. Great football to watch though, so I guess it depends how much you enjoy style over substance. matey_from_brighton

3:40pm Tue 31 Dec 13

demerit says...

matey_from_brighton wrote:
demerit wrote:
borohorn wrote:
Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.
If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you....
yes and Cardiff and Hull got promoted in this way last year.

..we didn't because we couldn't defend the leads we took. Great football to watch though, so I guess it depends how much you enjoy style over substance.
Don't get me going with that again!

The last time I said "B****r the sexy football - lets' just win", I got a minus 70 score!
[quote][p][bold]matey_from_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]borohorn[/bold] wrote: Just what I personally had hoped from a new manager/head coach. Defensive stability in mind. Hard to beat. Hard working. Everything I had hoped, and more so if he leaves the team alone and doesn't tinker every week. Especially with a winning team. Loving this guy more each day.[/p][/quote]If you're as old as me you will remember Arsenal in the 70's and 80's who used to win 1-0 most weeks or only every by one goal. Their defence was impenetrable and they one the league and FA Cup and what have you....[/p][/quote]yes and Cardiff and Hull got promoted in this way last year. ..we didn't because we couldn't defend the leads we took. Great football to watch though, so I guess it depends how much you enjoy style over substance.[/p][/quote]Don't get me going with that again! The last time I said "B****r the sexy football - lets' just win", I got a minus 70 score! demerit

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