Watford head coach Beppe Sannino says his side's display during their 4-2 win over Huddersfield Town was full of ' feeling, passion and heart'

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Beppe Sannino described Watford’s display in their 4-2 win over Huddersfield Town as having feeling, passion and heart and the Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance.

After goals from Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi had been cancelled out by equalisers from Harry Bunn and Murray Wallace, the Golden Boys were reduced to ten men.

Gabriel Tamas was dismissed in the 64th minute after receiving a second yellow card but Watford went in front for the third time moments later through a Keith Andrews header.

And, in second half stoppage time, Abdi struck his second of the contest to guarantee victory for the Hornets.

Sannino was delighted with the determined defending and battling qualities his side showed after they had been reduced to ten men.

He said: “I am very happy with the result because I saw a team made up of great men. It is the first time for me that I’ve seen this commitment and effort from my lads. I saw my face on the pitch today.

“I watched friends on the pitch help each other and that is fantastic. So I am very happy for them, the fans and also for you [the local journalists].”

Sannino continued: “I think my lads understood that if they are together and suffer together, then they can be a great team.

“They enjoyed it during the game and that is the most important point.”

Sannino was asked if it was Watford’s best performance during his reign in charge, he replied: “Not exactly. We’ve had good performances in the past. This performance today though, I feel as my performance. Not for the quality but for the feeling, passion and heart.”

Tamas' red card came after he had needlessly fouled Bunn on the touchline. However, Sannino said play should have been stopped prior to the red card as the ball had gone out of play.

He explained: “The linesman was already raising his flag and indicating the ball was out. So, in my opinion, the play was not active.

“So I feel sorry for Tamas but in this squad we have a large number of players, so I have a lot players to choose from.”

Deeney’s goal put him level in the Hornets' all time goal scoring list with Tommy Mooney on 63 goals.

The striker signed a new four-year contract with the Hornets on Wednesday and Sannino praised his captain.

He said: “Deeney is a great personality and is a great player. When he wasn’t captain, because he didn’t have the armband, in the changing room he was always acting as a captain.

“He will always be a symbol of Watford.”

Sannino was accidently felled in the opening period when he collided with Huddersfield midfielder Conor Coady.

He joked after the game: “”You see the Huddersfield player wanted to kill me off, but I got up very quickly.” 

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8:51pm Sat 30 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Pleased with the win...

Thought Huddersfield played a great game,that was the best game and atmosphere at vicarage road for 30 years...
Pleased with the win... Thought Huddersfield played a great game,that was the best game and atmosphere at vicarage road for 30 years... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 16

9:02pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Solid Defence says...

Well done Beppe. He has got a team playing with great passion. They never give up. I would also like to say that his substitutions were spot on. Anya was struggling and Hoban shored things up at the back. Forestieri was also tiring and paredes gave great energy down the right that ultimately lead to the final goal. Maybe the watford observer will lay off his case now.
Well done Beppe. He has got a team playing with great passion. They never give up. I would also like to say that his substitutions were spot on. Anya was struggling and Hoban shored things up at the back. Forestieri was also tiring and paredes gave great energy down the right that ultimately lead to the final goal. Maybe the watford observer will lay off his case now. Solid Defence
  • Score: 65

9:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Tomsyboy says...

I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!!
I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!! Tomsyboy
  • Score: 43

9:21pm Sat 30 Aug 14

charliefarmery says...

His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.
His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd. charliefarmery
  • Score: -75

9:43pm Sat 30 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

charliefarmery wrote:
His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.
The only odd thing is you mate...

Thought manager got it spot on...
[quote][p][bold]charliefarmery[/bold] wrote: His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.[/p][/quote]The only odd thing is you mate... Thought manager got it spot on... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 45

10:02pm Sat 30 Aug 14

charliefarmery says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
charliefarmery wrote:
His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.
The only odd thing is you mate...

Thought manager got it spot on...
So you weren't crying out for Hoban as soon as Tamas got sent off?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charliefarmery[/bold] wrote: His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.[/p][/quote]The only odd thing is you mate... Thought manager got it spot on...[/p][/quote]So you weren't crying out for Hoban as soon as Tamas got sent off? charliefarmery
  • Score: -12

10:03pm Sat 30 Aug 14

lutondown says...

I saw his face on the pitch too... It had a red nose
Wtf Ekstrand over Hoban? Anya over Dyer?
Think the crowd had their face on the pitch and pushed the team over the line.
He goes soon please
I saw his face on the pitch too... It had a red nose Wtf Ekstrand over Hoban? Anya over Dyer? Think the crowd had their face on the pitch and pushed the team over the line. He goes soon please lutondown
  • Score: -51

10:32pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ralear49 says...

yeah, when will the owners realize the club is going nowhere and clearly will be lucky to stay up. Need to do something to shake this up before it's too late. Oh, wait, I thought you were all talking about Luton's manager.
yeah, when will the owners realize the club is going nowhere and clearly will be lucky to stay up. Need to do something to shake this up before it's too late. Oh, wait, I thought you were all talking about Luton's manager. ralear49
  • Score: 27

11:31pm Sat 30 Aug 14

The_Hornet says...

charliefarmery wrote:
His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.
One thing I'll agree with you is, is that yeah.. I did want Beppe to make a substitution far more earlier than he did. Such as putting on Dyer instead of Anya to speed things up a bit as, in all fairness, today wasn't Anya's best game. Same with Hoban/Ekstrand. But the thing is, is that we ended up scoring 2 goals with 10 men against a very strong attacking side, THANKS TO the substitutions that Beppe made. The lesson YOU SHOULD be learning is that sometimes the manager knows best. Great decision making from Beppe. It paid off. Bring on Charlton.
[quote][p][bold]charliefarmery[/bold] wrote: His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.[/p][/quote]One thing I'll agree with you is, is that yeah.. I did want Beppe to make a substitution far more earlier than he did. Such as putting on Dyer instead of Anya to speed things up a bit as, in all fairness, today wasn't Anya's best game. Same with Hoban/Ekstrand. But the thing is, is that we ended up scoring 2 goals with 10 men against a very strong attacking side, THANKS TO the substitutions that Beppe made. The lesson YOU SHOULD be learning is that sometimes the manager knows best. Great decision making from Beppe. It paid off. Bring on Charlton. The_Hornet
  • Score: 20

1:01am Sun 31 Aug 14

rookerysteve says...

Fantastic game but i can't claim to have enjoyed it during the game!

Huddersfield looked a solid outfit and they would probably have won that game 9 times out of ten against other outfits and, historically, we would have always lost it.

I must say though, from my position right at the front of the rookery, after Angella and Tozser asked for our support it was a kop like atmosphere! Shows what can be created when the players connect with the fans. Magnificent effort to create that atmosphere and Abdi's killer second was forced in by the noise!

U orns! x
Fantastic game but i can't claim to have enjoyed it during the game! Huddersfield looked a solid outfit and they would probably have won that game 9 times out of ten against other outfits and, historically, we would have always lost it. I must say though, from my position right at the front of the rookery, after Angella and Tozser asked for our support it was a kop like atmosphere! Shows what can be created when the players connect with the fans. Magnificent effort to create that atmosphere and Abdi's killer second was forced in by the noise! U orns! x rookerysteve
  • Score: 10

8:15am Sun 31 Aug 14

davecowling says...

Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance.
Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game,
Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man.
Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance. Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game, Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man. davecowling
  • Score: -21

8:17am Sun 31 Aug 14

davecowling says...

Tomsyboy wrote:
I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!!
yeah great , home fans didn't start singing till the 80th minute,,, haha what game was you at ?
[quote][p][bold]Tomsyboy[/bold] wrote: I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!![/p][/quote]yeah great , home fans didn't start singing till the 80th minute,,, haha what game was you at ? davecowling
  • Score: -22

9:24am Sun 31 Aug 14

1234566789 says...

charliefarmery wrote:
His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.
Didn't we score our fourth from a break down the right hand side, started by Paredes?
[quote][p][bold]charliefarmery[/bold] wrote: His substitutions were spot on? Not sure about that. It was crying out for a change as soon as Tamas got sent off. He waited far too long to bring Hoban on for me. when Forestieri was subbed we lost a lot of pace and threat on the break. Also why bring Paredes on to play right of a four when that's Dyer's position and he would have carried an attacking threat and an ability to keep the ball? Watford showed loads of passion and never say die attitude absolutely but for me his 2nd and 3rd subs were a bit odd.[/p][/quote]Didn't we score our fourth from a break down the right hand side, started by Paredes? 1234566789
  • Score: 7

9:24am Sun 31 Aug 14

hornet of the humber says...

davecowling wrote:
Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance.
Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game,
Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man.
Well done for playing the role of sore loser, sure we had this before when we beat you at your place two seasons ago.
[quote][p][bold]davecowling[/bold] wrote: Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance. Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game, Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man.[/p][/quote]Well done for playing the role of sore loser, sure we had this before when we beat you at your place two seasons ago. hornet of the humber
  • Score: 5

9:24am Sun 31 Aug 14

hornet of the humber says...

davecowling wrote:
Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance.
Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game,
Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man.
Well done for playing the role of sore loser, sure we had this before when we beat you at your place two seasons ago.
[quote][p][bold]davecowling[/bold] wrote: Hornets head coach felt his personality was reflected in his side's battling performance. Is he joking? he sends a team out to dive and cheat through a game, Two players , the number 8 and the lad up front TD very good players no play acting but the rest, a bunch of diving cheats, the manager is a con man.[/p][/quote]Well done for playing the role of sore loser, sure we had this before when we beat you at your place two seasons ago. hornet of the humber
  • Score: 0

9:31am Sun 31 Aug 14

WessexLad says...

Tomsyboy wrote:
I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!!
I agree - so it's a shame that Beppe didn't acknowledge that in his post-match comments.
[quote][p][bold]Tomsyboy[/bold] wrote: I have never seen the fans react and get behind the team like that before! At home anyway. It felt like something came alive within the stadium and lifted the players instantly! One of the best team performances ive seen in regards to helping out each other and supporting one another whilst giving their all. That kind of performance wins promotion! Coyh!!![/p][/quote]I agree - so it's a shame that Beppe didn't acknowledge that in his post-match comments. WessexLad
  • Score: 0

9:44am Sun 31 Aug 14

corbindallas says...

Another win, another match that we could have lost, another match that was not as comfortable as it should have been considering the opposition team quality we were playing, these are facts. They dominated possesion and shots, clearly they were instruted to try and test Gomes coming off the line and they played for a win, as we did also but lets get real there were still issues with subs, why was Dyer not included or brought on for the right and Ekstrand coming straight back in when Hoban has shown he is better is a mystery, like it or not these are moves that could in the long run prove costly and we still have not faced the better teams in the table apart from Norwich so Beppe should not be gambling when he has better options, yes we won yes I am very happy, yes we are 2nd in the table but also am a realist to what I see and that is a personality being pushed before the squad and team needs. The players did us proud yesterday the crowd did us proud yesterday, the coach was not on the pitch yesterday for the greater good of Watford imo and would love to be proved wrong but still have the above questions to be answered.
Another win, another match that we could have lost, another match that was not as comfortable as it should have been considering the opposition team quality we were playing, these are facts. They dominated possesion and shots, clearly they were instruted to try and test Gomes coming off the line and they played for a win, as we did also but lets get real there were still issues with subs, why was Dyer not included or brought on for the right and Ekstrand coming straight back in when Hoban has shown he is better is a mystery, like it or not these are moves that could in the long run prove costly and we still have not faced the better teams in the table apart from Norwich so Beppe should not be gambling when he has better options, yes we won yes I am very happy, yes we are 2nd in the table but also am a realist to what I see and that is a personality being pushed before the squad and team needs. The players did us proud yesterday the crowd did us proud yesterday, the coach was not on the pitch yesterday for the greater good of Watford imo and would love to be proved wrong but still have the above questions to be answered. corbindallas
  • Score: -6

6:48pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Hornankey says...

It worked out well and the substitutions were spot on. Gutsy performance - something lacking last season. It should work wonders for team harmony. Yet we have played about one quarter of the total match-time to date this season with 10 men. Our objective of automatic promotion will be frittered away if we continue to incur regular dismissals.. Beppe has work to do on discipline.
It worked out well and the substitutions were spot on. Gutsy performance - something lacking last season. It should work wonders for team harmony. Yet we have played about one quarter of the total match-time to date this season with 10 men. Our objective of automatic promotion will be frittered away if we continue to incur regular dismissals.. Beppe has work to do on discipline. Hornankey
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

Beppe is the man....who does things his way, has gone through adversity to be where he is today....no he is not a Vialli or Zola...he is better and a top manager so let us cut him some slack and get behind this passionate man.
Beppe is the man....who does things his way, has gone through adversity to be where he is today....no he is not a Vialli or Zola...he is better and a top manager so let us cut him some slack and get behind this passionate man. bornyellow
  • Score: 1

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