Mullins assesses Watford survival chances after damaging Man City loss

Date published: Tuesday 21st July 2020 9:44

Hayden Mullins Watford

Interim manager Hayden Mullins insists Watford must stay confident in their battle against relegation after losing to Manchester City.

Mullins was in temporary charge for the first time after the sacking of Nigel Pearson, as he saw his side beaten 4-0. The result complicates their chances of survival, with just one game left.

In reality, few would have expected Watford to get anything against City, and Mullins admitted he knew it would be a big challenge.

However, he vowed to stay confident for their final game of the season against Arsenal, which they will likely need a result from to stay up.

Mullins told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It was always going to be a tough ask, we knew that. They are a great side with a great manager.

“They were hurt after their result at the weekend – the Arsenal game – so we knew it would be tough.

“We set up a certain way and I thought we did well right up until the first goal. The second goal was a bit unfortunate. Will Hughes maybe gets a foot on it for the penalty, but those decisions don’t really go for you when you are at the wrong end of the table.

“City do this to most teams. The minute you come out and give space they take advantage of it. It didn’t work today for us so we look to go again.

“It is a tough league. There are no guarantees. One season to another it is totally different. All I know is that we need to go to Arsenal now and get a positive result.

“I have to be confident in the dressing room. I have to be confident in the boys. We have to go looking for a positive result.

“Tomorrow we will look at the performance more, put it to bed and start looking at the next game. We spoke about staying together and doing the right things. When you get to this stage of the season it is tough but we will deal with it the way we know how – stay confident and prepare as best we can for Sunday.”

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