Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Furious Mazzarri Accuses Players of Complacency as They Crash out of Cup

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Furious Mazzarri Accuses Players of Complacency as They Crash out of Cup

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

WATFORD 1 GILLINGHAM 2 after extra- time Giuseppe Muro WALTER MAZZARRI slammed his players after Watford crashed out of the EFL Cup to League One side Gillingham last night.

Watford were beaten after extra-time at Vicarage Road as Gillingham came from behind to cause a shock.

Mazzarri blamed the complacent attitude of his players and apologised to supporters for the result.

Gillingham had been beaten 5-0 by Scunthorpe United in their last match and this was a difficult night for Mazzarri.

The Italian is still looking for his first win as Watford head coach and could soon find himself under pressure with the Hornets facing a testing run of games.

Watford play Arsenal on Saturday and then West Ham and Manchester United after the international break.

A fuming Mazzarri could not hide his anger after the result.

"I am massively disappointed," he said. "Especially for the fans, who do not deserve to see us losing like that. They are very warm and they did not deserve that performance."

Odion Ighalo put Watford ahead before Mark Byrne sent the game to extra-time and Bradley Dack won it for Gillingham.

Mazzarri said: "Up until we scored we were ahead and in control.

"We created about seven or eight chances and as soon as we got ahead we completely changed the way we played.

"I need to change this mentality of the players when we go ahead. I am very angry because we cannot see the danger of teams when we go ahead.

"The moment we go ahead we should continue to play well but we could not see the danger and got complacent.

"Instead of becoming stronger and working harder we changed our attitude completely. The fans are right to be upset, they deserved better."

Mazzarri made nine changes from the side that lost to Chelsea at the weekend but captain Troy Deeney started and Ighalo came on early in the second half. …

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