Boss disappointed with result as Hornets go top thanks to Troy Deeney double.
- “Players gave everything” – Mackay.
- Manager pleased with performances at home but hoping for quality or luck in the final third.
- We move on to Bolton derby match.
Latics manager Malky Mackay was disappointed another solid home performance wasn’t rewarded with any points as Sky Bet Championship leaders Watford ran away from the DW Stadium with all three points.
A Troy Deeney double secured a 2-0 win for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side as Latics’ winless home run continues further heading into Saturday’s local derby with Bolton Wanderers.
And despite another frustrating result, Mackay praised his players’ performance and cited a need for more luck and quality in front of goal.
“I’m disappointed again because I thought the lads gave everything,” Mackay said. “I thought the first-half was very nip and tuck; we had two terrific chances and I thought we then come out in the second-half and started well but unfortunately we make a little mistake for their first goal, give Troy Deeney a sniff and he scores and that’s why he’s the best striker in the division.
“We’ve dominated a lot of the ball, 25 crosses into their box, but we’ve got to test their goalkeeper more and that’s the same story, if we get a chance we need to take it but we didn’t again tonight.
“The galling thing is that I look at my team and they’re playing well, they’re on the offensive for the majority of the game.
“We played against a team that I believe will be promoted from this league and are giving as good as they get.
“I’ve told the lads that I thought they were terrific again, I’m really proud of their efforts but now we’ve got to pick ourselves up and be ready for the Bolton game on Saturday.
“I don’t have a problem with the lads’ attitude, we maybe need that little bit of a break, a little bit of quality in the final third to turn chances and possession into goals.”
For Mackay, though, it’s now all about Saturday’s clash with the Trotters who themselves are not completely clear of safety after losing five of their last eight games.
“It’s about making sure we recuperate now,” Mackay continued. “The medical team will make sure the lads are ready to go again and we’ll prepare properly, cover every angle, as we always do, study them and give our best.
“We’ve just got to keep going, move into the derby, give a real good account of ourselves and move on from here.
“We’ve been playing well recently, we’re a tough team to play against but unfortunately we’ve not got a result again at home, though we’ve just got to keep battling on for the last eight games.
“We’ve got a local derby, a terrific atmosphere expected but we’ve got to make sure we keep the same positive attitude as we’ve seen from this squad of players in the last two months.”