Jokanovic full of praise as Watford maintain promotion push

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic praised his side’s ‘completely good’ performance after the 2-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets were in control throughout and took the lead when Troy Deeney fired home after Adlene Guedioura’s fine cross-field pass; the goal saw Deeney become the first Watford player to score 20 goals in three successive seasons.

Heurelho Gomes was rarely forced into action by Boro and the home side doubled their lead mid-way through the second period when Odion Ighalo netted from the edge of the penalty area.

After the final whistle, Jokanovic told Sky Sports: “I must be happy. It’s a good result for us. We played a very good game today and, like always, I will try to prepare for what is in front of us.

“I think my team played a very good game against a strong team like Middlesbrough,” the Watford head coach continued.

“We stopped them and we found the space to start to play the football we strive for. We attacked very well and we defended very well and in my opinion we made one completely good game.”

Asked whether his players had done what he asked in terms of tactics, Jokanovic said: “Today we played tactically very good football.

“We interpreted our situation very well, when to defend all together and when to choose the moment to attack, and how we’re going to attack. I must be happy because my players understand what we expect.”

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