Watford youth coach Dave Hughes says players were honest in their assessment of 3-1 defeat to Northampton

Former head of the academy Nick Cox (left) and Dave Hughes (right)

Former head of the academy Nick Cox (left) and Dave Hughes (right)

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Youth team coach Dave Hughes insists his academy players were honest about their below-par performance after a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Northampton on Saturday.

Bernard Mensah grabbed a late consolation for the Hornets but it was too little too late after Watford had already conceded three goals.

Hughes though says the players knew their display hadn't been up to scratch and believes they need to concentrate on their preparation.

“I can’t fault the players’ reaction. They were honest,” Hughes said.

“They knew the performance wasn't up to what we expect as a group. They came off the pitch disappointed, and it’s important for us now to realise why we’re disappointed, and take that into our next game.

“We’ll look at the way we prepared for the Northampton game, and see if maybe we can improve mentally."

 

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5:51pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Bringe says...

Winning is nice but it is not everything ... it's how you handle a loss that is important. Just remember these lads aren't being groomed to compete in the nether regions and struggling against physical sides should both be expected and ignored, we aren't producing players for the WWF.
Learning and becoming accustomed to continental systems is not automatic but when it clicks it certainly will be worth it. Take it from me, over thirteen years I've watched a lot of semi-pro and amateur regional football in Germany that would put most of our football league to shame.
Winning is nice but it is not everything ... it's how you handle a loss that is important. Just remember these lads aren't being groomed to compete in the nether regions and struggling against physical sides should both be expected and ignored, we aren't producing players for the WWF. Learning and becoming accustomed to continental systems is not automatic but when it clicks it certainly will be worth it. Take it from me, over thirteen years I've watched a lot of semi-pro and amateur regional football in Germany that would put most of our football league to shame. Bringe
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6:47pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Guy Bov says...

Bring some loans in
Bring some loans in Guy Bov
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