Gracia disappointed with result but not performance after Newcastle loss

Watford slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday, but Javi Gracia couldn’t find too much to complain about with his team’s performance.

Watford, now in eighth position after that result, are still building on what has been a hugely positive start to their 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

“I think the first half we played much better,” Gracia said to the BBC after the game, before adding, “We had more chances – clear chances – and a lot of them.’’

“If you don’t score then from a free-kick Newcastle can score. We need to improve for the next game. I can be disappointed with the result but not with my players.

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“We were dominating the possession, had more chances and you know if you don’t score in that moment then something like today can happen.”

Gracia was accepting of the fact that his team played well enough to deserve something from the Newcastle game, but that it just didn’t happen for them at St James’ Park.

“I like to be demanding and want us to finish better, but we have played well and need to keep this level. Today was a missed opportunity but that is football.

“After playing like we did today I have good feelings. Today it wasn’t enough to get a good result but we did many things well. I’m sure in the future we will get more chances.”

Watford have another away fixture next Saturday as they travel to Mark Hughes’ Southampton, who are currently 16th in the league.

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