Sky Bet Championship: Beppe Sannino coy on late Watford play-off push
Beppe Sannino claims he is not looking at the table after Watford beat Birmingham, while Lee Clark was frustrated.
Last Updated: 11/02/14 11:19pm
The Hornets were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion following their play-off final defeat last season but a stuttering campaign has left them languishing in mid-table as the last third third of the season approaches.
Although Troy Deeney's first-half winner made it seven points out of nine for Sannino's improving side, the head coach maintains he is taking it game by game.
"I'm not watching the table at the moment," he said. "What I am watching is match after match. From tomorrow we have to start to think about the next game against Middlesbrough, today's game belongs to the past."
On the game in general, Sannino remarked: "I think it is important to underline that we are doing some rotation and we was able to win the game, that's the first point. We never complain about players missing or injury or suspension so I have to say compliments to my lads because they are able to keep the focus high and they were able to win the game today.
"I think in the first half we were the better side on the pitch. We conceded one shot on goal when they hit the bar but I think, I'm not blaming anybody, but I think in the box for us there were a couple of times when maybe we deserved to have something [to score].
"In the second half it was normal that we can expect them to show something more on the pitch because they were losing but I can't remember (Manuel) Almunia making a difficult save today."
Lee Clark cut a frustrated figure after the game and felt his side deserved at least a share of the spoils.
The Blues boss said: "We deserved something from the game without a shadow of a doubt. Our second-half performance was very, very good.
"First half I had too many regrets. I know we hit the post a couple of times from long-range efforts but we didn't put them under enough pressure.
"We had some great set-play deliveries from the best player on the pitch by a million miles, Emyr Huws, the stand-out performer and we had some terrific situations from his set-plays but we played too much tippy-tappy football at the back and not getting the ball forward and playing in Watford's half.
"We did in the second half and we caused them lots of problems and we should have got something from the game, at least a point.
"I'm disappointed for the players and I'm frustrated that we the lost the game to such a poor goal because we should have got a block on the shot. You've got to be prepared to get hurt to stop the ball going in your goal. You've got to do anything that's legal in the game to make sure the ball doesn't go in your net and we didn't show enough desire to stop the ball going in the net."