Dougie Freedman on Watford defeat

Manager left frustrated by 'uncharacteristic' defensive display at Vicarage Road

Dougie Freedman was left frustrated following his side’s opening day defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Wanderers were undone twice in the opening half when Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra escaped to fire the hosts into the driving seat.

And despite a much-improved second half showing, Fernando Forestieri added a third after the interval in a similar fashion.

“Defensively, our performance was very uncharacteristic of us,” Freedman said after the game. “That’s where we have lost the game today. 

“We were playing against two of the best strikers in the division and what’s frustrating is that they didn’t really have to work for their chances.

“Watford didn’t cut us open, it was more one or two lapses in concentration that has cost us.

“The first half was disappointing, but we got together at half time and moved on and improved from there. 

“We looked a lot better going forward, created a few chances of our own and were denied by a couple of good saves from their goalkeeper.

“We’ve got good characters in our squad, and we kept going right until the final whistle which is encouraging.

“Looking back, the game is now gone. We need to make sure those early errors don’t happen again.

“We’ll move on quickly and now look forward to our Capital One Cup game against Bury at Macron Stadium on Tuesday.”

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