Troost-Ekong rues Hornets inability to defend lead


Johnny Edward

Defender William Troost-Ekong has tasked his Watford teammates to find a way of holding onto leads during games, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Troost-Ekong, who started his first league game of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road, rued the dropped points from the game.

“We were better Saturday and need to find ways of killing such games,” he told Watford Observer.

“I haven’t seen the goals back. There was a discussion over whether their first was over the line but the referee has a watch, so we need to trust that. That’s part and parcel of the Championship without VAR.

“Things can swing both ways, but a lapse in concentration created the chance for them. Those are crucial moments. If we went in 1-0 up we could be a bit more confident.

“We managed to get ahead again and we need to find a way to hold on.”

It was certainly a marked improvement in the team performance at Blackburn.

“You can’t guarantee wins but we gave everything. We need to find a way to be a bit cleverer. We looked much better. We dominated spells and tried to play football.”

Despite only getting his first league start on Saturday, Troost-Ekong had nothing but praises for head coach Rob Edwards.

“He’s been very good,” he added.

“He came in to change the narrative from last season and despite the results, he has done that. All the boys back him 100 per cent. We’ve been going through a difficult spell of not getting the wins we would like to but we are all responsible for that.

“He tries to fill us with confidence and give us the licence to play. My season has only really started now. This is what I want to focus on. There was some unrest in the transfer window but I’m here now, I’m a Watford player and I will continue to do that.”