Roy Hodgson admitted it will be difficult to choose his Watford side after their last-gasp 2-1 home loss to Brentford.
Pontus Jansson headed in the winner in the closing moments of the fifth minute of added time as Watford’s chances of survival took another hit, leaving them six points from safety and having played two more games than Everton, who hold the rank 17.
Christian Norgaard had given Brentford an early lead at Vicarage Road on Saturday, but his goal was nullified by Emmanuel Dennis’s second-half equalizer.
The nature of the loss will make it harder to get players back before their crucial final six games, the Hornets boss believes.
“I mean it’s the hardest time to lift people… It would have been quite difficult to lift them from 1-1 because we would have realized that the opportunity for those three points had slipped away from us and we only had one. Hodgson said.
“But maybe then we could have taken a little more comfort from the fact that we were so close to three points, now that you don’t even have that comfort to use in your attempts to motivate people to continue in the same vein. , is much more difficult.
“But it’s part of the job, I’m not complaining about that, I knew when I signed up that that would be part of the job, but there’s certainly no easy answer to your question, or certainly no words I can use. that will change the situation.
“We have to go out in the next six games and play in the same vein as we did in the second 45 minutes today.”
Thomas Frank was pleased with his team’s point tally for the season, which now stands at 39, but admits he wants more from his team as they go into the final games of the season.
“I’m very happy for the 39 points, of course, very happy,” the Bees boss said.
“It’s tricky because we always wanted to be an asset to the Premier League, we always wanted to be as high as possible, or aim as high as possible, we always wanted to focus on the next game, always have that laser focus.
“And I think that’s why we’re at 39 points, that’s why we did well in the beginning, that’s why we got over the wobble, that’s why we’re doing really well now and we’re just focused on the next practice and our next game.
“I’m happy that we have a decent amount of points, but I want more.”
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