Watford’s manager persuaded his side to make an improvement when Troy Deeney’s penalty sealed them a 1-0 victory over Barnsley, securing their 10th successive league game this season.
found the target from 12 yards away after Callum Brittain committed a foul when he blocked his cross. The 32-year-old helped his side climb up theChampionship
table to third place under
’s reign, falling seven points adrift of the current titleholdersNorwich City
This is a good moment for us because every time we play at home, we take the points,
” Xisco said. “
I am very happy with the players but now we must start to win away.
“We are going to work a lot on this and try our best to improve our results away from home. It is something everybody wants in this team.”
Deeney’s strike was so powerful that theBarnsley
shot-stopper could not pull off a save, although it was fired straight.
Maybe everybody knows he shoots down the middle but he has big power in the shot,
” Xisco added.
I am very happy with Troy. And I don’t let our goalkeepers practice penalties against Troy – I don’t want any problems.”
Barnsley, on the other hand, failed to make that many chances; manager
admitted that he was pleased with his squad’s performance except for the penalty part, however.
The penalty situation is for sure a big frustration because last week against Swansea we had exactly the same situation for us and the referee said play on,
” he said.
Then tonight it was a penalty and we need a clear guideline for everybody to know how to handle handball in the box because one week it is like this and another week it is like that.
“That was the reason why we lost tonight but we fought to the end and in the second half we had a big chance with almost an own goal. We created a lot of pressure and stayed in the game.
“We have shown we can compete at this level. We are on the way, and we are near to winning against a top team. That is the next step.”