Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino denied rumours of player unrest after his side eased to a 4-1 win over Leeds United at Vicarage Road.
Reports, sparked by Lloyd Dyer’s angry celebration after coming off the bench to score the opener in a 2-0 midweek win at Rotherham United, suggested that a number of the Hornets’ playing squad were unhappy during the build-up to the game against Dave Hockaday’s men.
Fernando Forestieri’s opener had been cancelled out by a Gabriel Tamas own goal, sending the sides in level at the half-time, but the game swung in Watford’s favour after the interval when Giuseppe Bellusci was dismissed for bringing down Forestieri in the penalty area.
Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the spot-kick and, with his side now firmly in control, Forestieri applied produced a fine solo effort to make it 3-1.
Daniel Tozser fired home the Hornets’ fourth from a long-range free-kick before Sam Byram became the second Leeds player to be sent off shortly after for an off-the-ball incident.
“I want to speak only about the game today,” Sannino told Sky Sports.
Turning his attention back to the match, he said: “I think the result was fair today even if maybe it was too large because I need to pay respect to Leeds because they are a good team.
“They played a good first half. It was an own goal [that we conceded] and was not a clear situation so I’m happy with the performance.”
Asked if he was pleased with his side’s response to the own goal, Sannino said: “I don’t like to speak about little episodes, I like to speak about the performance and today I was happy with the performance.
“During the half-time I was speaking with my players and I’m pleased with the reaction because they showed me what I would like to see.”
Forestieri was excellent for the Hornets after coming into the starting line-up for Matej Vydra, who dropped to the bench after suffering a dead leg during the win over Rotherham.
Sannino said: “Maybe nobody was expecting that he was starting the game as well but I have a group of very good players and very good people and I make my picks with the rotation because I want to see all my players.”