New Watford boss hails the FA Cup's giant-killing record ahead of Bristol City tie

Watford Observer: Wigan Athletic were the latest example of a cup giant-killing act as the Latics defeated Manchester City in last year’s final. Picture: Action Images Wigan Athletic were the latest example of a cup giant-killing act as the Latics defeated Manchester City in last year’s final. Picture: Action Images

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino revealed he followed the FA Cup in Italy because of the competition’s giant-killing tradition and insists the famous knock-out tournament is important for the Hornets this season.

The Golden Boys travel to Bristol City tomorrow (Saturday) in the third round of the prestigious competition as Sannino looks to extend his unbeaten start as Watford boss to four matches.

The Italian says he used to enjoy the FA Cup in Italy, not least because of its history for shock results that thrust the lesser-known teams into the spotlight.

“From Italy I used to follow the FA Cup because of the giant killers,” Sannino said.

“I always used to watch the FA Cup because the small clubs can become famous and play great football.

“In Italy it is not like that.

“They changed the rules last season in Italy so there is not a draw after every round like there is here.

“Here you have the draw every time so you can face Manchester United or whoever.

“So hopefully I can enjoy the draw again after the Bristol match.” The Hornets have reached the FA Cup semi-finals five times in the tournament’s history and the final once in 1984 when they lost to Everton.

With 46 matches in the Championship to negotiate, as well as any potential play-off games at the end of the season, some clubs choose to rotate their players in cup competitions.

Sannino insists however that his only priority is to win every game and believes it’s important to make all the players feel like they have an important part to play.

“I do like to make all the players I have available feel like they are key players without forgetting the most important thing which is the starting team that is going to play on the pitch in the next game,” he said.

“Our priority is to try to do the best in all the competitions we have to play in.

“My philosophy and our philosophy is to take everything step by step. The next game is in the Cup so we focus on the Cup.

“The game after that is the Championship so we focus on the Championship. And so on.”

Sannino has pedigree in cup competitions after taking Siena to their first semi-final of the Coppa Italia in 2012 but the Hornets boss insists his record is not important.

“The only tradition that I have is that tomorrow morning I will take the training session,” Sannino said on Thursday.

“What happened in the past doesn’t matter anymore.

“I did reach the semi-final and I won five championships in Italy but that is in the past.

“What is important now is tomorrow against Bristol.”

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11:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

F.A CUP Has no importance any more...

My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0.

It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.
F.A CUP Has no importance any more... My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0. It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -75

11:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

I think we need to win. 1 win and 2 draws under the new manager is only a good start and only a good start. Winning and losing (as our recent run is testament) are habits, the former brings confidence, the latter ...well we have witnessed the consequences of late. I know which one I want Sannino's Horns to develop,

With our squad depth, we should be able to defeat City like we did their neighbours in August. A clean sheet is important too for cementing that defensive solidity now in evidence. 2-0 to the horns.
I think we need to win. 1 win and 2 draws under the new manager is only a good start and only a good start. Winning and losing (as our recent run is testament) are habits, the former brings confidence, the latter ...well we have witnessed the consequences of late. I know which one I want Sannino's Horns to develop, With our squad depth, we should be able to defeat City like we did their neighbours in August. A clean sheet is important too for cementing that defensive solidity now in evidence. 2-0 to the horns. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 17

11:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Play your best team all the time...only way to do it
Play your best team all the time...only way to do it jasonwatford
  • Score: 18

11:28am Fri 3 Jan 14

bristol hornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
F.A CUP Has no importance any more...

My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0.

It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.
Rubbish!!

Play strongest team possible, and continue Beppe's unbeaten run.

The game will be ON, I am sure of that, and I can see us winning by either one or two goals.
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: F.A CUP Has no importance any more... My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0. It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.[/p][/quote]Rubbish!! Play strongest team possible, and continue Beppe's unbeaten run. The game will be ON, I am sure of that, and I can see us winning by either one or two goals. bristol hornet
  • Score: 23

11:42am Fri 3 Jan 14

ChrisG85 says...

With the Yeovil game being called off I think we will see a stronger squad picked, they may not be starters but they will be involved. Bristol also had their NYD game called off so will most probably play a stronger team.

Even if these games are pointless to some, it is important for the team to regain the confidence they have lost over the last few months. Also, it gives them a chance to implement new ideas/tactics that Sannino has brought in. Even if you feel the competition is pointless it has some very big advantages for the club. Oh and I'm sure if we draw a "big" club in the 4th round if we go through you'll be there SJM. Enjoy Man City last year?
With the Yeovil game being called off I think we will see a stronger squad picked, they may not be starters but they will be involved. Bristol also had their NYD game called off so will most probably play a stronger team. Even if these games are pointless to some, it is important for the team to regain the confidence they have lost over the last few months. Also, it gives them a chance to implement new ideas/tactics that Sannino has brought in. Even if you feel the competition is pointless it has some very big advantages for the club. Oh and I'm sure if we draw a "big" club in the 4th round if we go through you'll be there SJM. Enjoy Man City last year? ChrisG85
  • Score: 10

11:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

Penrice says...

Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?
Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this? Penrice
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DJ11WFC says...

Normally I'm not too fussed about the cups, but I really believe this is coming at an important time for us. A win is a must...it will add to the growing confidence to the team; Sannino will get to know the squad / starting 11 better and winning is a habit, one which we need to adopt very quickly.
The other importance of this game is that it allows the coaches to try and implement the tactics they have been working on...which also means it's another chance for the 1st XI to get use to playing this formation with the consistency of the same players.
Finally it's a break from the Championship which has been a bit of a rough ride for the last 3 months.

COYH
Normally I'm not too fussed about the cups, but I really believe this is coming at an important time for us. A win is a must...it will add to the growing confidence to the team; Sannino will get to know the squad / starting 11 better and winning is a habit, one which we need to adopt very quickly. The other importance of this game is that it allows the coaches to try and implement the tactics they have been working on...which also means it's another chance for the 1st XI to get use to playing this formation with the consistency of the same players. Finally it's a break from the Championship which has been a bit of a rough ride for the last 3 months. COYH DJ11WFC
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Fri 3 Jan 14

taylorpa1970 says...

Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......
Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm...... taylorpa1970
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

NorthHertsHornet28 says...

Penrice wrote:
Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?
It was just reported on the official Watford twitter page that we have sold 1,300 tickets so far, with pay on the day available...
[quote][p][bold]Penrice[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?[/p][/quote]It was just reported on the official Watford twitter page that we have sold 1,300 tickets so far, with pay on the day available... NorthHertsHornet28
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

ChrisG85 says...

taylorpa1970 wrote:
Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......
BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on.
[quote][p][bold]taylorpa1970[/bold] wrote: Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......[/p][/quote]BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on. ChrisG85
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Beppe's got his head screwed on.

Played your strogest team for every match for the remainder of this season. Get some consitency in team selection and you'll get a higher level of consistency on the pitch.

We need to build confidence, and to build confidence we need to win matches.

HC
Beppe's got his head screwed on. Played your strogest team for every match for the remainder of this season. Get some consitency in team selection and you'll get a higher level of consistency on the pitch. We need to build confidence, and to build confidence we need to win matches. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lloydinio says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
F.A CUP Has no importance any more...

My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0.

It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.
FA cup is as important as any other competition, its extremely exciting and we still have a chance of winning the league
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: F.A CUP Has no importance any more... My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0. It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.[/p][/quote]FA cup is as important as any other competition, its extremely exciting and we still have a chance of winning the league Lloydinio
  • Score: 8

12:56pm Fri 3 Jan 14

WessexLad says...

ChrisG85 wrote:
taylorpa1970 wrote:
Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......
BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on.
That's what Yeovil said.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisG85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taylorpa1970[/bold] wrote: Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......[/p][/quote]BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on.[/p][/quote]That's what Yeovil said. WessexLad
  • Score: -2

1:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

ChrisG85 says...

WessexLad wrote:
ChrisG85 wrote:
taylorpa1970 wrote: Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......
BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on.
That's what Yeovil said.
Yeovil was a different case though as you know Sky would've been pushing for the game to be on, had it not, they'd have called it off far earlier. Chances are that Yeovil's pitch wasn't playable before the covers went on and the covers kept the moisture in. It is more the surrounding areas of the ground that may lead to postponement, high tide tonight may be issue.
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisG85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taylorpa1970[/bold] wrote: Approaching 1300 sold apparently - according to a friend of mine who is a City Supporter. I also hear rumours of a pitch inpsection at 1pm......[/p][/quote]BCFC have confirmed there will be NO pitch inspection. Pitch is currently playable as is and covers are going on this afternoon. Game very likely to be on.[/p][/quote]That's what Yeovil said.[/p][/quote]Yeovil was a different case though as you know Sky would've been pushing for the game to be on, had it not, they'd have called it off far earlier. Chances are that Yeovil's pitch wasn't playable before the covers went on and the covers kept the moisture in. It is more the surrounding areas of the ground that may lead to postponement, high tide tonight may be issue. ChrisG85
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
F.A CUP Has no importance any more...

My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0.

It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.
Winning games no matter what competition gives players confidence. Confidence breeds belief. Belief gives you momentum and yo win more games. Now explain what is not important about the FA Cup?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: F.A CUP Has no importance any more... My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0. It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.[/p][/quote]Winning games no matter what competition gives players confidence. Confidence breeds belief. Belief gives you momentum and yo win more games. Now explain what is not important about the FA Cup? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Fri 3 Jan 14

longcliffe says...

Penrice wrote:
Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?
I've heard you have sold twelve, but if Elton and his family go it could be boosted up to 16!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Penrice[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?[/p][/quote]I've heard you have sold twelve, but if Elton and his family go it could be boosted up to 16!!!!!!!!!!! longcliffe
  • Score: -4

4:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Stoney77 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
F.A CUP Has no importance any more...

My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0.

It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.
Absolute Rubbish. If we get past 5th round and keep on going there's no way you'll be saying the FA Cup has no importance.
We haven't played for 6 days, so no need to rest the first team. Strongest team possible, hopefully get a win and keep momentum going. Cups can provide great entertainment for the fans and can be a good source of income for the club. We have a big enough squad to cope with a cup game or two.
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: F.A CUP Has no importance any more... My advice put youth team in for scummy Bristol City lose 1-0. It's the league that counts,we have small chance of making play offs this year,don't mess around with this pointless competition.[/p][/quote]Absolute Rubbish. If we get past 5th round and keep on going there's no way you'll be saying the FA Cup has no importance. We haven't played for 6 days, so no need to rest the first team. Strongest team possible, hopefully get a win and keep momentum going. Cups can provide great entertainment for the fans and can be a good source of income for the club. We have a big enough squad to cope with a cup game or two. Stoney77
  • Score: 5

6:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

poole-horn says...

longcliffe wrote:
Penrice wrote: Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?
I've heard you have sold twelve, but if Elton and his family go it could be boosted up to 16!!!!!!!!!!!
15 more than you get scum loser
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Penrice[/bold] wrote: Anyone know how many tickets we have sold for this?[/p][/quote]I've heard you have sold twelve, but if Elton and his family go it could be boosted up to 16!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]15 more than you get scum loser poole-horn
  • Score: 2

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