Javi Gracia says Watford's defeat to Bournemouth is first poor performance of the season
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 06/10/18 7:59pm
Watford head coach Javi Gracia says Saturday's 4-0 home defeat to Bournemouth is the Hornets' first poor performance of the season.
Gracia's side have failed to record a win in four games following a blistering start to the season - losing to Manchester United, Arsenal and Bournemouth - which has seen them drop to ninth in the Premier League.
However, the Watford boss, who masterminded a win over Tottenham in September, says defeat to the Cherries has been their first poor performance and that it was "very difficult" for his team after Christian Kabasele was sent off.
"Today was a bad day," he said. "We started trying to do our best, but from the beginning, I think they played better than us, and after we play with 10 players, it was very difficult for us.
"The players kept going in the second half with a good attitude but it was very difficult.
"Today is the first game where we feel we're not at a good level. In the rest of the games, we have competed very well.
"Today, it has been different and we need to know that to improve for the next game. I'm sure the players in the next game will have a better performance.
"We have two weeks to prepare the next game. We need to come back with the same feelings we had before this game. I am sure we will recover soon."
Gracia refused to comment on the manor of Kabasele's sending off, after he was adjudged to have brought down Joshua King in the box by referee Jonathan Moss.
"After losing 4-0, I prefer to not say anything about the referees," he added.
"I think we have to improve a lot of things before we speak about the referee."