Head coach Beppe Sannino angry after Watford concede yet another late goal in 2-2 draw at Millwall

Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

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Beppe Sannino has tended to start his press conferences by making a whistle noise. But there was no good-natured introduction from the head coach at the Den this evening. The Watford boss was visibly annoyed as he reflected on the third occasion the Hornets have let two points slip by conceding a late goal in their past five matches following the 2-2 draw at Millwall.

The visitors looked set to close within five points of the play-offs – and with a game in hand – after Almen Abdi had given his side the lead in the final minutes of normal time after Steve Morison had cancelled out Lewis McGugan’s first-half opener.

But the Hornets never cleared their lines from a late corner, which keeper David Forde came up for as the relegation-threatened Lions threw everything forward to try and snatch a point, and the ball fell to Martyn Woolford. He fired a left-footed shot into the ground and Manuel Almunia failed to deal with it after making two high-class saves in the previous ten minutes.

“I’m not shocked, I’m angry because it’s happened again,” Sannino said: “It’s happened many times. If you follow Watford maybe you can agree with me. If you take off the stoppage time from our season we could be much higher in the table.”

Asked who he blamed for the late goal, Sannino replied: “I’m not blaming anyone. Football is made by moments.”

But the Hornets head coach continued: “I’m very angry but we have to try to carry on. We have to finish this season as best as possible and this season could be like a lesson for us, like a learning curve and maybe next season we could see that we learn something from this season. I’m being honest with you, never in my professional life have I been in this situation.”

Turning to the game in general, Sannino said: “It was a tough, tough game to come to play because Millwall need points. They needed a win to try to avoid relegation, we were aware of that, and I think in the first half we could score more goals to maybe more comfortable in the second half.

“But what is disappointing me is that when you score two minutes from the end of the game, you must win the game. If a team wants to achieve something important it can’t allow the team to equalise every time in stoppage time or the last few minutes of a game.

“I’m leading the group, I’m the coach and everyone of us has to understand where we are making mistakes.

Click here to read today's match report. Click here to read Ian Holloway's post-match thoughts. 

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6:51pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

Incredible. Is this some kind of club or even world record for late goals conceded!
Incredible. Is this some kind of club or even world record for late goals conceded! Wimbledonhorn
  • Score: 13

8:04pm Sat 12 Apr 14

D.unstable says...

So basically he is saying he doesn't know what to do to close the game out...Ciao Beppe.
So basically he is saying he doesn't know what to do to close the game out...Ciao Beppe. D.unstable
  • Score: -21

8:04pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bush Hornet says...

I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger.

I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines.
I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger. I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 42

8:17pm Sat 12 Apr 14

francowatford says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger.

I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines.
Yes I agree but boy he fudged up
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger. I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree but boy he fudged up francowatford
  • Score: 6

9:04pm Sat 12 Apr 14

exeterhornet says...

This conceding late goals is now well beyond a joke. Blackburn, Burnley and now Millwall in the space of a couple of weeks = 6 points alone = 1point off play offs and game in hand. Just not good enough. Need to grow a pair, and a ginger goatee, in time for next season.
This conceding late goals is now well beyond a joke. Blackburn, Burnley and now Millwall in the space of a couple of weeks = 6 points alone = 1point off play offs and game in hand. Just not good enough. Need to grow a pair, and a ginger goatee, in time for next season. exeterhornet
  • Score: 6

10:14pm Sat 12 Apr 14

SuperHorns says...

francowatford wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger.

I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines.
Yes I agree but boy he fudged up
I don't think he did.. The guy mishit the ball and it bounced over him.. How can you really cater for a hit like that?
He was shaping himself up for a well hit strike.. I feel sorry for Alumina as these type of comments have haunted him all through his career and yet he continues to make world class saves and Watford owe him so much..

Does a double penalty save ring any bells?
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: I'm angry too Beps, but we can all get over it and prepare for next season now. That's good. Let's deal with the disappointment and come back stronger. I'm also angry with people slagging off Almunia. By all accounts he played a blinder and doesn't deserve the negative headlines.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree but boy he fudged up[/p][/quote]I don't think he did.. The guy mishit the ball and it bounced over him.. How can you really cater for a hit like that? He was shaping himself up for a well hit strike.. I feel sorry for Alumina as these type of comments have haunted him all through his career and yet he continues to make world class saves and Watford owe him so much.. Does a double penalty save ring any bells? SuperHorns
  • Score: 28

10:48pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Hairy Hornet says...

From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end.
From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end. Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 10

10:50pm Sat 12 Apr 14

GarstonHorn says...

D.unstable wrote:
So basically he is saying he doesn't know what to do to close the game out...Ciao Beppe.
Beppe has done a great job since he has taken over, but i feel we need a dominant, quick centre half to take control of the situation when we have our backs to wall.

Abdi was different gear again today and if he was fit the whole season we would not be sitting where we are in the table
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: So basically he is saying he doesn't know what to do to close the game out...Ciao Beppe.[/p][/quote]Beppe has done a great job since he has taken over, but i feel we need a dominant, quick centre half to take control of the situation when we have our backs to wall. Abdi was different gear again today and if he was fit the whole season we would not be sitting where we are in the table GarstonHorn
  • Score: 9

11:43pm Sat 12 Apr 14

EltonForever says...

The Millwall manager is ...........hmmm. Better say nothing or I will be banned again.

As for Almunia, He is a class performer. Football is and always has been a team game and we cannot ascribe blame to Almunia, without whom we might have conceded a few more goals.

COYH
The Millwall manager is ...........hmmm. Better say nothing or I will be banned again. As for Almunia, He is a class performer. Football is and always has been a team game and we cannot ascribe blame to Almunia, without whom we might have conceded a few more goals. COYH EltonForever
  • Score: 12

11:50pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Hornankey says...

There's little point reflecting on 'What if's' and 'If only's' - they are part of what makes the game so fascinating for us all. The table does not lie; we are where we deserve to be and neither better nor worse than most of the teams around us. Signings in the close season and preparation for a strong opening to next season are now key.
There's little point reflecting on 'What if's' and 'If only's' - they are part of what makes the game so fascinating for us all. The table does not lie; we are where we deserve to be and neither better nor worse than most of the teams around us. Signings in the close season and preparation for a strong opening to next season are now key. Hornankey
  • Score: 10

1:15am Sun 13 Apr 14

stiffler99 says...

Hairy Hornet wrote:
From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end.
Millwall were throwing everything at us because as usual we were in self destruct mode. We play far too deep and invite the opposition on to us. Yes Almunia made an error but the ball should have been cleared by at least two players before the goal was scored. The style of play has got worse under Saninnno and it has to be down to him that we go into negative phase once we take the lead.
[quote][p][bold]Hairy Hornet[/bold] wrote: From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end.[/p][/quote]Millwall were throwing everything at us because as usual we were in self destruct mode. We play far too deep and invite the opposition on to us. Yes Almunia made an error but the ball should have been cleared by at least two players before the goal was scored. The style of play has got worse under Saninnno and it has to be down to him that we go into negative phase once we take the lead. stiffler99
  • Score: 3

3:04am Sun 13 Apr 14

Meadey39 says...

Hairy Hornet wrote:
From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end.
You expect teams to throw everything at us. But we need to learn to withstand this and kill off games. We invite the pressure, but don't have the players to get a grip in this situation. Something doesn't always have to give, they just need to 'man up' and deal with it. Maybe there are not enough strong characters in the squad
[quote][p][bold]Hairy Hornet[/bold] wrote: From the commentry on 3CR Millwall were throwing everything at us. If there is constant pressure something will give as individual weaknesses are exposed. Its no point blaming Almunia the player should have been closed down and not allowed the shot. Said it before we need a far more robust centre half to partner Angella, Ekstrand makes too many mistakes and is not dominant in the air. Midfield also needs a strong character as too often they are bypassed when they should be doing more to defend as a unit. Wing backs are not always great at defending like your old fashioned left back and right back. The result is we end up playing far too deep for far too long and as i have said something will give in the end.[/p][/quote]You expect teams to throw everything at us. But we need to learn to withstand this and kill off games. We invite the pressure, but don't have the players to get a grip in this situation. Something doesn't always have to give, they just need to 'man up' and deal with it. Maybe there are not enough strong characters in the squad Meadey39
  • Score: 4

8:00am Sun 13 Apr 14

tommy gunn says...

Who remembers Gifton Noel- Williams, 5 minutes to go takes the ball to the corner flag wins throw in after throw in and kills the game. Where are you Gifton when we need advice on how not to throw a game away .
Who remembers Gifton Noel- Williams, 5 minutes to go takes the ball to the corner flag wins throw in after throw in and kills the game. Where are you Gifton when we need advice on how not to throw a game away . tommy gunn
  • Score: 9

8:54am Sun 13 Apr 14

mkhornet says...

Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.
Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total. mkhornet
  • Score: 7

9:19am Sun 13 Apr 14

grahamwfc says...

At least our reserves won, beating Barca 1-0. Lessons to be learnt from them
At least our reserves won, beating Barca 1-0. Lessons to be learnt from them grahamwfc
  • Score: 1

11:16am Sun 13 Apr 14

soulfulhornet says...

mkhornet wrote:
Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.
Interesting comparison, so the figure for the last two seasons is similar to the one under Dyche and the last under Malky! So this is not about Italian management (who are known for holding onto 1-0 leads) and foreign players. Clearly the problem runs deeper than any xenophobic assertion, I suspect that psychologically the players have a problem i.e. their belief that they WILL concede late on increases the likelihood of them doing so. May be time for a sports psychologist - works for Ronnie O'Sullivan, Liverpool and did so for the class of 1998/99, when an inferior side to this one succeeded where the current bunch have not.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.[/p][/quote]Interesting comparison, so the figure for the last two seasons is similar to the one under Dyche and the last under Malky! So this is not about Italian management (who are known for holding onto 1-0 leads) and foreign players. Clearly the problem runs deeper than any xenophobic assertion, I suspect that psychologically the players have a problem i.e. their belief that they WILL concede late on increases the likelihood of them doing so. May be time for a sports psychologist - works for Ronnie O'Sullivan, Liverpool and did so for the class of 1998/99, when an inferior side to this one succeeded where the current bunch have not. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Sun 13 Apr 14

allgood says...

We are not the only ones. Blackburns play off hopes ended 5 mins into injury time and likewise WBA dropped two vital points at the same moment.
We need to keep possession better instead of blasting panic clearances straight back to the opposition.
We are not the only ones. Blackburns play off hopes ended 5 mins into injury time and likewise WBA dropped two vital points at the same moment. We need to keep possession better instead of blasting panic clearances straight back to the opposition. allgood
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Raynsey says...

Regardless of how you interpret yesterday's equaliser, Almunia is not good enough and a new GK needs to be our priority this summer.
Almunia is a good shot stopper and for a lot of our fans this seems to overshadow the fact that he cannot command his box and is a liability with crosses, for me this creates uncertainty in the back 3 and is the biggest problem we have defensively.
Regardless of how you interpret yesterday's equaliser, Almunia is not good enough and a new GK needs to be our priority this summer. Almunia is a good shot stopper and for a lot of our fans this seems to overshadow the fact that he cannot command his box and is a liability with crosses, for me this creates uncertainty in the back 3 and is the biggest problem we have defensively. Raynsey
  • Score: -4

9:16pm Sun 13 Apr 14

barnsey11 says...

Maybe its time for 4 at the back?
Maybe its time for 4 at the back? barnsey11
  • Score: 1

11:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

rogeruk says...

mkhornet wrote:
Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.
The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, thats what he is there for. It was a dreadful error, In pressure situations time and time again Almunia cannot hack it, he is a liability to the team.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.[/p][/quote]The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, thats what he is there for. It was a dreadful error, In pressure situations time and time again Almunia cannot hack it, he is a liability to the team. rogeruk
  • Score: -1

12:13pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

rogeruk wrote:
mkhornet wrote:
Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.
The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, thats what he is there for. It was a dreadful error, In pressure situations time and time again Almunia cannot hack it, he is a liability to the team.
Almunia isn't right mentally, personally I think he's been fighting a "stress related illness" for some time
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: Don't think we can blame Almunia too much, the ball took a bad bounce just in front of him and the defence had at least 3 chances to clear the ball before the shot came in but they didn't do it. Also if Almunia hadn't made 3 first class saves we'd have been out of the game by then anyway. It's a real pain that these late goals are costing us a shot at the play offs but I've every confidence that Beppe will sort the problem out in the close season.We'll still let in late goals (every team does) but the average is 6 or 7 a season for the last 4 seasons in the last 10 minutes we've let in 13, 13, 12, and 13 so we need to halve that total.[/p][/quote]The goalkeeper is the last line of defence, thats what he is there for. It was a dreadful error, In pressure situations time and time again Almunia cannot hack it, he is a liability to the team.[/p][/quote]Almunia isn't right mentally, personally I think he's been fighting a "stress related illness" for some time Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

mickallen57 says...

Frustrating it may be but I would not blame the keeper, the defence had more than one opportunity to clear the ball . This is football all over ,personally I can't wait for next season to start as the fat lady is singing to bring this one to an end of our play off hopes.
Looking back on this season Beppe has steadied a sinking ship . It was always going to be difficult spell of adjustment for him and the team . It will be interesting to see how he performs given a full season with the pre season with which to plan . I am sure with his experience gained since Dec he will be better equipped to get us in the Prem . COYH
Frustrating it may be but I would not blame the keeper, the defence had more than one opportunity to clear the ball . This is football all over ,personally I can't wait for next season to start as the fat lady is singing to bring this one to an end of our play off hopes. Looking back on this season Beppe has steadied a sinking ship . It was always going to be difficult spell of adjustment for him and the team . It will be interesting to see how he performs given a full season with the pre season with which to plan . I am sure with his experience gained since Dec he will be better equipped to get us in the Prem . COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 1

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