Filed: Thursday, 8th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Watford boss Sean Dyche expressed his happiness at his team's overall performance - whilst insisting that Ricardo Vaz Te's equaliser should have been ruled out...
Sean: May I ask first of all how Dale Bennett is?
Well I've just spoke to the doctors and we're waiting on feedback from the hospital. They're suspecting it's not as serious as it looked but obviously we can't guarantee that until x-rays et cetera have been done.
Is it a head injury?
Yeah, it's a head injury - that's generally what they call it whether it's his head or neck and that's why the precautions were taken.
And was it a clash with John Eustace?
I think there was a coming-together of two or three.
But John okay, is he?
Yeah, he's got a noggin like mine - it just cracks open and you stitch it back up, roll him back out there! I've got to be honest, in my day I'd have said 'go on, don't bother, just throw me back out!" [laughs]
Will he be kept in overnight, do you know?
We'll wait and see.
Not sure if that was a good point for you or very frustrating because you were heading for all three?
Yeah, it's probably an equal balance. Good in the sense that we're realistic, I'm realistic. We come to a place like this with finances we can only dream about, players who can affect the game from anywhere, players on the bench who can affect the game. So you know you're in for a tough task.
But we believe in what we do, the mentality of the players is fantastic. There's a real team ethic to what we do from staff, players and the involvement of the fans and the connection with the fans - and I thought that was on show tonight.
The tinge of disappointment is that their goal is quite simply a foul. I've seen again and it's an overhead kick to the head; anywhere else on the pitch it's given so I don't see why it wasn't given in the box. It was Carlton Cole; [Carl] Dickinson's thrown his head at it, overhead kick, it drops and they hit it in - so I can't see how that is not a foul.
But that's only a tiny tinge of disappointment, because with teams like this - and there's been a change in the style of play here - that's hard to deal with at times. I thought we dealt with that on the whole quite well.
Were you pleased with the attacking performance from your side?
Yeah. Like I say, to come here and expect that teams like West Ham, on their own patch, are not going to have chances... you wouldn't. So we knew they'd have a couple of chances. But we always feel that we can create.
The mentality's been brilliant this year; people soon forget that we've sold two strikers for £3.5million and £3million and the mentality amongst the players has been fantastic. We showed it again tonight. We think we can affect games, we have to work hard to affect games, make no mistake and we have to be a real team - and we were again tonight.
A moment of class from young Sean Murray - 18 - playing at West Ham in front of that. Fantastic development. Young Alex [Kacaniklic] - I won't say his second name because I can't, I always get it wrong! - coming in from Fulham. At 20 years old that's probably his eighth game, playing out there. Jonathan Hogg, probably 60, 70 games deep; you know, a number of our young players... Dale Bennett, 20 games into his career.
Fantastic positives for us as a club, building and trying to somehow to get to a level of trying to affect these games and these teams - over a season, you understand, and not just on a one-off [basis]. Generally, we're happy that we're building in the right direction.
What did you make of Dale [Bennett]'s performance before he came off?
He done great; I only knew he was playing this morning. For a young kid to turn up at West Ham and turn out against someone who's 6'4", not be phased and get on with it. Fantastic leadership from Adie Mapiappa next to him; [we've] got Lloyd [Doyley] on the other side just doing what Lloyd does. There's a balance to the mentality of the team and they look after each other. You know, real positives about our young players.
[Nyron] Nosworthy's ill?
Yeah - this sickness bug or whatever that's going around. We've had a few down with it so it's been unfortunate, the timing was obviously unfortunate with Martin [Taylor]. He's been terrific, Martin; he's actually meant to play in the reserves next week but we asked him if he felt right and he said "yeah". Another one who went on and didn't look phased by it. Older and wiser of course but [he] got on with it and done the job.
We believe in our squad; we built our squad for a reason. We have to sue it wisely and I thought they were excellent after the change tonight, I thought they did really, really well.
What did you make of big Chris [Iwelumo]?
Yeah... People have questioned him all season but I think if you ask their two centre halfs they'll have found it tough at times. Troy [Deeney] brought people into play and some of the pockets of football for us, second half, were excellent I thought, once the game opened up a bit. And then as the game went on we had to deal with constant long balls into the box - and that's not easy. So the mentality was good from us.
Okay? Thank you.
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03:12PM 8th Mar 2012
''I think Mr Dyche was the only person inside the stadium who thought Vaz Te's goal should have been disallowed (and only then with the benefit of a video replay).''