Vicarage Road Stadium

Next Game

Watford v Udinese

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Greenhous Meadow

Last Game

Shrewsbury 2 - 2 Watford

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Bond feels the frustration

Kevin Bond lamented Queens Park Rangers' inability to take their chances after they failed to score for the third game running in 0-0 draw at Watford.

Last Updated: 29/12/13 at 22:36 Post Comment

Giuseppe Sannino (right): Pleased with a point

Giuseppe Sannino (right): Pleased with a point

With top scorer Charlie Austin still sidelined through injury, Harry Redknapp opted to start without a recognised striker at Vicarage Road.

However, the visitors rarely threatened to break the deadlock - apart from one Matt Phillips shot that forced Hornets goalkeeper Manuel Almunia into a good save and two Niko Kranjcar shots that went narrowly wide.

Assistant boss Bond said: "It's been the same old story for us.

"We came here and played without a centre-forward as such, a recognised striker, but we came with a plan which I thought worked really well and we really dominated the game in the first half.

"We had a couple of half-chances and Niko (Kranjcar) had a couple of shots from the edge of the box - but it's been our problem [scoring goals], as we've spoken about many times before.

"They [Watford] went a little bit more direct in the second half and the game opened up - but it was a game of very few chances."

QPR had Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora on the bench but Bond confirmed they were not fit enough to start.

He added: "In terms of how we played, certainly in the first half, we played very well - but the game's about scoring goals.

"We haven't got goalscorers in the side. We've got creative players who create opportunities and they'll all chip in with a couple of goals a season.

"But you need to know whether your strikers can give you 20 goals a season and a Frank Lampard type of midfield player that can get you double figures in a season. We haven't got enough of them."

This was a third game unbeaten for new Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino and he was delighted with a point.

He said: "It was a very good result against a very good team that we know was tipped to win the title."

Asked for his assessment of the Championship after three matches at the helm, Sannino responded: "It is a very tough league. I knew and I can confirm that now because we've faced three different teams in different positions.

"Today, I knew it was difficult before the game and it was a good game against a good squad. I know that we have to improve - but we have time now to improve."

Turning to his assessment of his own team, Sannino said: "My judgement is I have a good team, a good group but I can say that my group wants to improve - that's the impression I have.

"I saw an improvement organisation-wise. Today, we made another step forward. We showed good organisation."

Watford have only conceded one goal in Sannino's three games and he remarked: "When I arrived I thought I had to start from the defence.

"I'm really convinced that if you win, it's because you defend well. If we can keep this solidity at the back we can be very dangerous up front in the future."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho explains reasons behind Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Romelu Lukaku wanted to be guaranteed a regular starting place.

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus and Monaco striker David Trezeguet joins FC Pune City

World Cup winner David Trezeguet has been unveiled as the latest Indian Super League signing, joining FC Pune City.

Transfer news: Everton sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m

Everton had to overcome a late paperwork scare to finalise the signature of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property