Watford boss Javi Garcia says he is proud with his team’s spirited display against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup third round. The game tied at 2-2 after the regulation time and Spurs edged out the Hornets in the penalties to get through to the next round.
Isaac Success provided the much needed breakthrough just after play resumed. Lee Mason then pointed to the spot for a Christian Kabasele foul on Dele Alli and also gave the Belgian defender the marching order which appeared to be a bit harsh.
Erik Lamela almost killed the game with a very late goal but Etienne Capoue kept Gracia’s game with a last gasp equaliser. Despite their heroics on the pitch, they couldn’t hold the momentum for the rest of the game but Gracia praised his side.
“We tried until the end against a very good team.
“I am very proud. We have played very well with young players keeping a high level.
“We scored at the start of the second half and then we tried to manage the game. We had to defend close to the posts but we had chances to score on the counter-attack. We know that if you don’t kill the game, then Tottenham can score one or two goals.”