Javi Gracia plays down fan incident with two Watford players after Southampton loss
Last Updated: 27/01/18 7:38pm
Javi Gracia dismissed suggestions his Watford players were arguing with the club's supporters after their loss at Southampton.
Watford's season threatened to reach a new low when, in Gracia's first match in charge, they were booed off at half-time, criticised throughout the second half, and then booed again at the final whistle when Gracia and his team went to acknowledge their fans.
Christian Kabasele appeared to be having a heated exchange with one individual when he was dragged away by Ben Watson, and Jose Holebas then took his place before Watson also dragged him away.
Instead of the positive reaction Watford would have hoped for when appointing Gracia to succeed the sacked Marco Silva they were unconvincing, and fell to their ninth defeat in 13.
But when asked of the incident at the final whistle, Gracia said: "I do not understand what supporters sing. I only can say at the end of the match the players went to say thank you, and me too.
"It is hard because in the first match we did not get a good result but I am happy because I saw the support of a lot of our fans.
"I am very grateful and I feel sorry for them. I hoped for a better performance. We did not start in the best way and conceded an early goal.
"The only thing I am worried about is trying to get a good result.
"The match was tough but I have seen a reaction, I have seen the team want to get the goal and fight hard until the end."
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