Leeds United 2 Watford 3: Generous Watford must be meaner says Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic.
Slavisa Jokanovic.
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Slavisa Jokanovic wants his Watford side to stop giving away “presents” despite their 3-2 win at Leeds.

The promotion chasers – not for the first time this season – found themselves behind as a defensive howler from Ikechi Anya allowed Billy Sharp to score the 150th goal of his career and Rodolph Austin volleyed in a stunner.

But they showed their mettle by getting about Leeds with their key assets; the pace and strength of their attack.

Troy Deeney outsprinted Sol Bamba and Scott Wootton to get their first before turning provider for Matej Vydra’s match-winning brace. A long pass sent his partner clear for the winner – one of several occasions on which Leeds were found a yard short of pace – and the three points were duly delivered. Jokanovic was happy as Watford moved to within a point of the Sky Bet Championship’s top two, but would rather they secured the points in an easier fashion.

“It’s important my players start believing in themselves; in the end we won another strange game,” he said. “We made some mistakes, gave them many presents and started the second half similarly and we have to control the situation a little bit better.

“We then started to find the pass, possession and the quality and this is what I want. We must continue to keep going, working hard and be prepared for what is in front of us.

“I am not thinking about promotion or what is happening in May. I have dreams, but it is not time for them.”