Watford are “getting closer” to their first victory in the Premier League this season, says manager Quique Sanchez Flores, despite their winless start stretching to 10 games with a goalless draw against Bournemouth.
Watford needed Ben Foster to deny Diego Rico and Arnaut Groeneveld just before half-time, while Aaron Ramsdale had to be at his best to keep out Gerard Deulofeu’s individual effort after the interval.
“I am confident and I am realistic too,” said Flores, who oversaw his third straight draw since taking the Watford reins. “I know how the players are training every week. They deserve to win. We are creating something solid for the future. I believe that. I want to think in a positive way and that this was a good base for the future.”
It’s not a cold day. No need for layers, not yet. But it’s wet and windy. And it’s wild. I love weather like this. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”… and this is ferocious and invigorating. This is the weather in which heroes are made, the weather in which great deeds are done. The weather in which we claim our first three points of the season, reverse continental shift, put the enemy to the sword. Do stuff worthy of being put to a song, stuff worthy of “do you remember when…” stories in 20, 30 years time. Or. Or it could be a bit shit and underwhelming. That’s always an option, obviously.
The final whistle was greeted with some half-hearted boos from the home supporters. The Hornets had the better of the second half but, after the promise of the performance against Tottenham, it had proved to be a very disappointing game. The good news is that we are now three games unbeaten and the defence is looking far more solid.
Another draw against Bournemouth, another clean sheet, but yet another missed opportunity to kickstart the season. Jon, Mike, Jas and DCW reconvened after the latest stalemate with our old friends from the south coast to try and work out if this was a point gained or another two squandered.