Claudio Ranieri has vowed to struggle on as Watford supervisor and has known as on his avid gamers to modify their mentality following their 3-0 house defeat to Norwich on Friday.
Josh Sargent struck two times to raise the Canaries out of the relegation zone with victory over the 10-man Hornets at Vicarage Highway, which piled extra stress on Ranieri.
The 21-year-old American had no longer discovered the web within the English best flight since his summer season transfer from Werder Bremen till his improvised flick broke the impasse within the 51st minute. Sargent then headed house from a well-weighted Milot Rashica pass for his and Norwich’s moment of the sport, because the win noticed the membership climb out of the ground 3.
Emmanuel Dennis used to be proven a moment yellow card quickly after for a top foot on Max Aarons, to go away the Hornets to look out the general 12 mins with 10 males. In added time, Norwich added a 3rd to place the sport past the hosts, when Juraj Kucka diverted a ball from Adam Idah previous Daniel Bachmann and into his personal web.
Ranieri used to be requested about his long term following his aspect’s second-half cave in, however the Italian says he’s dedicated to turning across the membership’s fortunes.
When requested if he would imagine his place, Ranieri added: “I do not move away. I wish to proceed as a result of I’m a fighter. I have by no means given up in my occupation.
“I’ve to apologize to the lovers. I instructed the avid gamers to ignite the hearth. The second one 1/2 after the objective, we disappeared. Perhaps we performed higher with 10 than 11.
No wins, no blank sheets, no self-discipline – Watford struggles
Watford are with no win in 9 video games in all competitions (D1 L8), their longest run with no victory since December 2013 (10).
Norwich loved their largest margin of victory in a Premier League fit since beating West Brom 4-0 in Might 2013, and their largest clear of house within the department since September 1993, a 5-1 win at Everton.
Watford have now long gone 30 Premier League video games with no blank sheet (since a 3-0 win v Liverpool in February 2020), with handiest West Brom enduring an extended such run within the historical past of the contest (34 in 2011; Blackburn in 2012 and Wolves in 2012 each additionally on 30).
Because the get started of 2016-17, handiest Arsenal (19) have picked up extra Premier League crimson playing cards than Watford (18).
“Now we will have to pick out up the avid gamers who’ve middle like (Tom) Cleverley and (Moussa) Sissoko. Simplest the avid gamers with the struggle can lend a hand us live on. We need to alternate our mentality. We can’t raise on on this method. I would like avid gamers who can play with pastime and middle.”
The sport used to be quickly halted within the sixtieth minute when a piece of the floodlights went out. After an 11-minute extend whilst the lighting flickered on in brief, referee Mike Dean allowed play to proceed with out the total lighting.
The end result guarantees the Hornets stay with no win since their surprise 4-1 overcome Manchester United in November, however have handiest now slipped into the relegation zone for the primary time this season.
I do not move away. I wish to proceed as a result of I’m a fighter. I have by no means given up in my occupation.
The membership, even though, wouldn’t have a historical past of sticking with under-pressure managers and it can be a an important week for Ranieri, who described the fit previously as a “cup ultimate”.
“The avid gamers are taking part in for the membership and for the lovers,” he added after Watford’s look forward to a primary blank sheet of the season persevered. “They’ve to play for the squad, no longer in a person method, no longer in a egocentric method.
“I discuss on a daily basis with the board in the suitable method and now we need to react.
“I do not know why [my players played selfishly]. I sought after to look the similar squad spirit as we confirmed at Newcastle. Everybody sought after to search out answers on my own. Norwich gave us a lesson. They performed in combination, they fought in combination, they usually gained.”
Will Watford twist once more?
Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher:
“I worry for him. In everybody’s eyes, Norwich are the whipping boys. We like Claudio Ranieri within the Premier League. He is been a large personality. I simply suppose it may well be tricky for him to be in price for the following recreation, I truly do.
“I without a doubt suppose they have got were given the most productive people in assault than the opposite groups on the backside. However in the long run that may not stay you up by itself. Ranieri is aware of that, he is an skilled supervisor, it is simply whether or not he will get the danger to select any other staff.
“There is no doubt the ones discussions might be going down this night at boardroom degree with this membership as a result of that is what they notoriously do. Claudio were given the activity at the again of the best way this membership works.
“The Italian has picked up a mean of simply 0.58 issues in line with recreation in price – nearly 1/2 of Xisco Munoz’s tally. His win proportion is 12 in line with cent decrease whilst they concede extra targets and feature the next anticipated targets in opposition to beneath Ranieri.
“In addition they face round 5 photographs in line with recreation greater than beneath their earlier supervisor.”
Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville:
“That is dangerous. Norwich are the staff everybody thinks they’re going to beat. Watford lovers emptied the stadium at 3-0. Those that had been left booed. That could be a dangerous, dangerous outcome on a Friday Night time Soccer, continue to exist tv.
“What Jamie says about his fears for Claudio Ranieri is compounded by way of the reality we’ve got were given a two-week wreck. Ordinarily golf equipment look forward to world breaks, for breaks, they usually at all times plan for who their subsequent supervisor goes to be.
“This membership has a historical past of appearing and also you noticed the glance at the proprietor’s face right through the sport. I feel Claudio may have a distinct form of courting with the circle of relatives.
“I feel he’s going to name them up and ask them ‘what are you going to do with me?’ I by no means wish to see a supervisor sacked. I do know from time to time it’s a must to do it, however I am hoping they proceed with him.
“This membership has a historical past of appearing and also you noticed the glance at the proprietor’s face right through the sport. I feel Claudio may have a distinct form of courting with the circle of relatives. I feel he’s going to name them up and ask them ‘what are you going to do with me?’ I by no means wish to see a supervisor sacked. I do know from time to time it’s a must to do it, however I am hoping they proceed with him.”
What is subsequent?
Burnley host Watford at Turf Moor on Saturday February 5 at 6pm of their re-arranged fixture whilst Norwich discuss with Wolves at Molineux within the FA Cup fourth spherical at the identical day at 3pm.