Jokanovic ‘proud’ following Watford fightback

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic was ‘proud’ of the way his team responded after going down to ten men against Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

After dispossessing Cyrus Christie out on the left-hand side Matej Vydra fired the Hornets in front on 23 minutes, but the complexion of the game changed dramatically just before half-time as Marco Motta saw after bringing down Johnny Russell in the penalty area.

Darren Bent stepped up to convert the spot-kick, driving the ball into the top right-hand corner to make it 1-1.

It looked bleak for Watford when Tom Ince gave the home side the lead on 57 minutes, but a resilient Watford side hit back when Adlene Guedioura played in Odion Ighalo to beat Lee Grant from 10 yards.

And despite a late Derby barrage, the Hornets held on to secure a point.

“I am proud because we believed we could change the situation,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports. “Which is good news with six games in front of us.

“We must be brave and believe in our possibilities. I am always confident in my team because if the players play with confidence, they believe they are a good team and can change the situation in the second half.

“In my opinion [Motta’s foul] was not enough for a sending-off but the referee has another opinion and that’s it. Derby play good football but my team play good football too.”

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