Beppe Sannino believes he became too British during Watford's 2-1 defeat to QPR

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Beppe Sannino believes Watford’s 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers was the best performance of his reign and claims the deciding goal was conceded because he became “too British”.

The Hornets were superb in the opening half an hour of the match and after a decent spell for QPR towards the end of the first period, regained control after the restart.

The Golden Boys took a deserved lead on 51 minutes and had two more chances to extend their advantage before Joey Barton equalised with less than a quarter of an hour remaining.

Watford won a corner in the 89th minute and Sannino decided to send more men than usual forward in search of the winner.

But QPR countered and were five-on-one at one stage. Despite Joel Ekstrand making a challenge, Charlie Austin curled in a right-footed shot from outside the area to secure all three points.

“It was a very important game – almost a must-win game – and when we tried to score from the corner kick, they counter-attacked very well and we conceded in a game which I think was the best of my regime,” a proud Sannino said.

“Of course with a draw we could have had one more point in the table but my lads deserved more than one point.”

He added: “Maybe I became too British because I like the British culture of trying to win in the last seconds of the game.

“On that corner, if I had left three defenders behind like I did for the rest of the match and we didn’t concede the goal then we might have had one more point on the table. But I don’t have any regrets because that is the way I like to be. I am pleased with my lads because they tried to score.”

Other results went in Watford’s favour again this afternoon in the play-off race, with Brighton & Hove Albion, Ipswich Town and Bournemouth only picking up a point.

Watford are now six points below the play-offs with three matches remaining. But they do have a game in hand and a superior goal difference and Sannino has previously stated he will not give up on the play-offs while it is mathematically possible.

Sannino confirmed he “never” follows other teams’ results during Hornets matches and stated the decision to send more men forward for the corner was because “for 60 minutes it was only one team so I wanted to win this game. So yes of course it was my decision to try to find the second goal.”

Watford failed to capitalise on excellent openings in both halves, with several players failing to get shots away.

“We had the chances to kill off the game. We had them,” Sannino responded when asked if the 2-1 defeat emphasised how his team must make the most of their dominant periods in matches.

“Don’t forget QPR had nine changes from the last match and we played against a very good side.

“I tried to keep the best XI on the pitch and the majority of my lads had played more than 90 minutes 48 hours ago. This makes me proud and I have to compliment them even if I am old enough to know only the result counts.

“But today I think the crowd were very happy with the football game. There is a saying ‘viva sul calcio’. Come on football. It is good to be on this field [in England].”

“On one side I am happy because my team played very well and on the other there is a bitter taste because of the result,” he added.

Read Kevin Bond's comments on QPR's win here.

Here is a match report from today's game.

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6:54pm Mon 21 Apr 14

SAHornet says...

You did right to try and win the game Beppe. Maybe another couple of subs might have helped though.
You did right to try and win the game Beppe. Maybe another couple of subs might have helped though. SAHornet
  • Score: 42

7:09pm Mon 21 Apr 14

weeblehorn says...

We all know we have the best watford squad we have had for a long time and the best owners we have ever had so surely it's only a matter of time before it all clicks into place. So just be patient, it's gonna happen...... soon.
We all know we have the best watford squad we have had for a long time and the best owners we have ever had so surely it's only a matter of time before it all clicks into place. So just be patient, it's gonna happen...... soon. weeblehorn
  • Score: 56

7:24pm Mon 21 Apr 14

pete50 says...

This wasn't the usual throw away but a genuine attempt to win a game we needed to win. The Italian way of settling for a point was not an option so well done Beppe. The lack of forward options really hurts us and Nani must stnd up and be counted for all our surplus midfielders.
This wasn't the usual throw away but a genuine attempt to win a game we needed to win. The Italian way of settling for a point was not an option so well done Beppe. The lack of forward options really hurts us and Nani must stnd up and be counted for all our surplus midfielders. pete50
  • Score: 51

7:57pm Mon 21 Apr 14

younghornet says...

Fair play to beppe, we needed the points but the thing is after our goal we sat back too much giving the talented QPR attackers (Ravel Morrison, Junior Holliet, Austin....) a chance to run at us, which can't be a good thing, myself and quite a lot of others were screaming for our players to get out and press for most of the second half but sadly the players couldn't hear and dropping too deep is something you can't really see from the players perspective, I guess, surely this can't be a tactical decision?!?
Fair play to beppe, we needed the points but the thing is after our goal we sat back too much giving the talented QPR attackers (Ravel Morrison, Junior Holliet, Austin....) a chance to run at us, which can't be a good thing, myself and quite a lot of others were screaming for our players to get out and press for most of the second half but sadly the players couldn't hear and dropping too deep is something you can't really see from the players perspective, I guess, surely this can't be a tactical decision?!? younghornet
  • Score: -11

9:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

matey_from_brighton says...

SAHornet wrote:
You did right to try and win the game Beppe. Maybe another couple of subs might have helped though.
I think if Anya and Forestieri had been fit they would have definitely come off the bench at 1-1. Agreed though that we probably are one striker short and lucky too that Deeney seems able to play nearly every minute of every game. Can anyone tell me what the emergency was in the "emergency loan" of Ravel Morrison, seems a bit ridiculous when QPRs squad is about 10 players more than ours even.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: You did right to try and win the game Beppe. Maybe another couple of subs might have helped though.[/p][/quote]I think if Anya and Forestieri had been fit they would have definitely come off the bench at 1-1. Agreed though that we probably are one striker short and lucky too that Deeney seems able to play nearly every minute of every game. Can anyone tell me what the emergency was in the "emergency loan" of Ravel Morrison, seems a bit ridiculous when QPRs squad is about 10 players more than ours even. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 17

9:30pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Victory Yellow says...

Its not this that will cost us the play off's its the bad run we had in the middle of the season. Hope Beppe stays and strengthens for next season, we have done really well under him. On another note he is a top bloke, I was waiting with my two boys to get some autographs after the Ipswich game. He was welcomed by several Italian chaps all talking Italian..........obv
iously. But indicated to me I know you are waiting and sure enough came over afterwards signed my boys shirts and had a picture taken etc. My lads were chuffed to bits and have not stopped talking about it. That is what makes the next set of supporters and its nice to see people in that position seem genuinely happy to spend a short period of time to make someones day. It was also great that some of the players also got off the coach as well.
Its not this that will cost us the play off's its the bad run we had in the middle of the season. Hope Beppe stays and strengthens for next season, we have done really well under him. On another note he is a top bloke, I was waiting with my two boys to get some autographs after the Ipswich game. He was welcomed by several Italian chaps all talking Italian..........obv iously. But indicated to me I know you are waiting and sure enough came over afterwards signed my boys shirts and had a picture taken etc. My lads were chuffed to bits and have not stopped talking about it. That is what makes the next set of supporters and its nice to see people in that position seem genuinely happy to spend a short period of time to make someones day. It was also great that some of the players also got off the coach as well. Victory Yellow
  • Score: 47

8:15am Tue 22 Apr 14

1234566789 says...

younghornet wrote:
Fair play to beppe, we needed the points but the thing is after our goal we sat back too much giving the talented QPR attackers (Ravel Morrison, Junior Holliet, Austin....) a chance to run at us, which can't be a good thing, myself and quite a lot of others were screaming for our players to get out and press for most of the second half but sadly the players couldn't hear and dropping too deep is something you can't really see from the players perspective, I guess, surely this can't be a tactical decision?!?
I imagine they probably did hear but chose to ignore
[quote][p][bold]younghornet[/bold] wrote: Fair play to beppe, we needed the points but the thing is after our goal we sat back too much giving the talented QPR attackers (Ravel Morrison, Junior Holliet, Austin....) a chance to run at us, which can't be a good thing, myself and quite a lot of others were screaming for our players to get out and press for most of the second half but sadly the players couldn't hear and dropping too deep is something you can't really see from the players perspective, I guess, surely this can't be a tactical decision?!?[/p][/quote]I imagine they probably did hear but chose to ignore 1234566789
  • Score: 1

8:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Should've kept Dyche. Discuss
Should've kept Dyche. Discuss Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -26

9:05am Tue 22 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Should've kept Dyche. Discuss
We've got a lot to look forward to, let's think about the future rather than beat ourselves up about a decision that happened nearly two years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Should've kept Dyche. Discuss[/p][/quote]We've got a lot to look forward to, let's think about the future rather than beat ourselves up about a decision that happened nearly two years ago. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 14

9:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

Essex Hornet says...

First off congrats to Sean Dyche for pulling off a minor miracle at Burnley and getting them promoted using only 22 players. Could he have done something similar at Watford? We will never know but he deserves all the credit for a tremendous achievement.

Second, Well done to all the Watford fans at QPR. Brilliant singing and some excellent banter particularly on Joey Barton's hair. Yes the guy is a prat but he took his goal well.

Third, Well done to the boys for giving a real go. We had QPR under the cosh for the first half hour and if only we could have turned the possession into goals we'd have been well in front. After we scored we did our normal sit back and let them come onto us and sadly it didn't work, We gave away so many free kicks on the edge of the box that it was only going to be a matter of time before one went in and with 14 minutes to go it did. Abdi had a great chance to make it 2-1 but sadly it was blocked on the line. QPR bringing on Zamora and Hoylett definitely made a difference as Hoylett was running at us with real pace and Zamora opened up some space for Austin who hadn't done much up to when he scored. To concede again in the last minute was a killer particularly to a team like QPR but we had to go for the win. It looks like the play off dream is over but let's win the last three and put as much pressure on as we can.

COYH
First off congrats to Sean Dyche for pulling off a minor miracle at Burnley and getting them promoted using only 22 players. Could he have done something similar at Watford? We will never know but he deserves all the credit for a tremendous achievement. Second, Well done to all the Watford fans at QPR. Brilliant singing and some excellent banter particularly on Joey Barton's hair. Yes the guy is a prat but he took his goal well. Third, Well done to the boys for giving a real go. We had QPR under the cosh for the first half hour and if only we could have turned the possession into goals we'd have been well in front. After we scored we did our normal sit back and let them come onto us and sadly it didn't work, We gave away so many free kicks on the edge of the box that it was only going to be a matter of time before one went in and with 14 minutes to go it did. Abdi had a great chance to make it 2-1 but sadly it was blocked on the line. QPR bringing on Zamora and Hoylett definitely made a difference as Hoylett was running at us with real pace and Zamora opened up some space for Austin who hadn't done much up to when he scored. To concede again in the last minute was a killer particularly to a team like QPR but we had to go for the win. It looks like the play off dream is over but let's win the last three and put as much pressure on as we can. COYH Essex Hornet
  • Score: 11

10:25am Tue 22 Apr 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Should've kept Dyche. Discuss
We've got a lot to look forward to, let's think about the future rather than beat ourselves up about a decision that happened nearly two years ago.
Fair comment Harry's Bar, just put it up there for discussion more than anything else.
Dyche's doing a brilliant job at Burnley and no-one can deny him this moment as he fully deserves it. People often say that, when you lose your job, you come back stronger and this is prof of it.

As for looking forwards, and assuming stability in the squad over summer, I can definitely see a top 6 finish next season. The core of the team is good, maybe do with another quality striker up front, then we should be in a much better place.

HC
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Should've kept Dyche. Discuss[/p][/quote]We've got a lot to look forward to, let's think about the future rather than beat ourselves up about a decision that happened nearly two years ago.[/p][/quote]Fair comment Harry's Bar, just put it up there for discussion more than anything else. Dyche's doing a brilliant job at Burnley and no-one can deny him this moment as he fully deserves it. People often say that, when you lose your job, you come back stronger and this is prof of it. As for looking forwards, and assuming stability in the squad over summer, I can definitely see a top 6 finish next season. The core of the team is good, maybe do with another quality striker up front, then we should be in a much better place. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 1

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