WATFORD WERE the better team on Saturday and they are a good side.
The first goal by Billy Sharp gave us a positive start to the game with the mistake by Ikechi Anya and the mix-up between him and the goalkeeper.
Then it was a fantastic strike from Rodolph Austin but the big worry for me was if they got one before half-time – because their pace was causing us problems.
After they got the first one, I said at half-time that I would be very apprehensive about the outcome if they got an equaliser.
We had the opportunity to score a third goal as Rodolph Austin missed a great chance just after half-time. If that had gone in, it could have been a completely different outcome.
But then Watford took control of the game and once they got the equaliser it was only a matter of time before they got the winner because they were causing us problems – a bit like at Brighton – with their pace and quick movement.
That’s back-to-back defeats and I asked Neil Redfearn after the game, if he would agree with me that if we are going to make a serious challenge next season, then we need another four or five players.
That’s my opinion, and I think Neil is of the same belief – we need a bit more quality in and around the squad – if we’re going to be among the top sides.
There’s so many teams in the league that are more or less the same but you need to get that consistency to succeed.
On our day we are capable of beating anybody, but we don’t have enough of those days. You need that consistency and that comes with a better quality of player and I think Neil will be looking all over the pitch.
I still think we need a bit of real genuine width.
I know Sam Byram has done well on the right, but you need someone who can get you to the dead-ball line and get balls across the box for your strikers.
You’ve got to give Billy Sharp praise on Saturday as he scored the goal but he’s feeding on scraps and that was the only opportunity he had in the game. He had a little half-chance just after Austin missed his opportunity but other than that, there’s not that many balls into the box for him or played down the side for him to get on to.
I thought Sharp did well. He scored a goal and that’s what strikers are there to do and if you score two goals at home you expect to win the game, simple as that.
It’s okay people looking at Sharp and saying keep him in the team, but you look at the back and you’ve conceded three goals.
Look at the number of times they cut us open with their pace and the number of saves Marco Silvestri had to make compared to their goalkeeper.
Sol Bamba has done well up to now but you’ve still got to get that consistency at the back and Neil said himself on Saturday that we made too many defensive errors and he’s right.
We found it difficult against Brighton with the pace of Craig Mackail-Smith running down the side of us and Watford’s pace caused us problems as well.
For their first goal and Troy Deeney ran away from our defenders and had plenty of time to put the ball in the back of the net. He is the kind of quality player I am talking about.
I think the players are working extremely hard and they are doing everything that they can to get results.
At certain stages of the game you’ve got to keep it a bit tighter and you cannot go gung-ho all the time. Once a game gets stretched and gets open, that’s not in our favour because teams can hit us on the break.
It will be interesting to see what Neil does on Wednesday night at home to Ipswich as Giuseppe Bellusci is back from suspension. The funny thing is, Bellusci has been prone to making an error or two.
Yet in the two games he’s missed, we’ve conceded five goals.