Javi Gracia has defended his decision to make wholesale changes in the Watford lineup.
The Hornets played with six new starters against Newcastle United and drew the match 1-1.
Watford boss Javi Gracia has defended his decision to make half a dozen changes in the starting lineup ahead of the Newcastle United match. The Hornets went onto draw the match against the Magpies as it ended at 1-1.
Speaking to the club website, the Spaniard said, “I have to choose different players in this moment because we are playing every three or four days.”
He added, “I have to give the chances for all of my players. I have said many times that all my players deserve the chance to play as they work very well. We are a good squad – not only a good team. If I don’t do it in this moment, when can I do it? It was the moment to change the players as some of them needed a rest. I have to prepare for all the games. Now you see the result you can say that [I should not have made the changes], but I don’t agree.”
He concluded, “We kept going, kept working and we scored one goal. Sometimes to have the possession is not the same as having control. Today we knew Newcastle would defend well. They play on the counterattack well. It’s nothing different to what we expected. At the end I am happy with my players. Maybe the game could have another different result, but I am happy with our behaviour and how are we were believing until the end.”