Claudio Ranieri: Watford boss vows to fight on and calls for mentality shift after Norwich defeat
By SEAMLESS DAILY
22 January 2022
Josh Sargent struck twice to lift the Canaries out of the relegation zone with victory over the 10-man Hornets at Vicarage Road, which piled more pressure on Ranieri.
The 21-year-old American had not found the net in the English top flight since his summer move from Werder Bremen until his improvised flick broke the deadlock in the 51st minute.
Norwich were the ones dancing in the dark as they took a 2-0 lead after a Milot Rashica cross and Sargent header.
Emmanuel Dennis was shown a second yellow card soon after for a high foot on Max Aarons, to leave the Hornets to see out the final 12 minutes with 10 men.
Ranieri was asked about his future following his side's second-half collapse, but the Italian says he is committed to turning around the club's fortunes.
When asked if he would consider his position, Ranieri added : "I don't go away.
I want to continue because I am a fighter.
"I have to say sorry to the fans.
“ The second goal was huge and the third goal even more. ” "To get the win was the main thing," a delighted Smith said.
Only the players with the fight can help us survive.
We can't carry on in this way, we have to change the mentality.
"The players are playing for the club and for the fans," he added after Watford's wait for a first clean sheet of the season continued.
Now is the right moment to react.
I wanted to see the same squad spirit as we showed at Newcastle.
They played together, they fought together, and they won."
Norwich are the team everyone thinks they are going to beat.
have the lights gone out on watford and claudio ranieri?
Ranieri knows that, he's an experienced manager, it's just whether he gets the chance to pick another team.
"I certainly think they 've got the best individuals in attack than the other teams at the bottom.
Watford fans emptied the stadium at 3-0.
I never want to see a manager sacked.
I know sometimes you have to do it, but I hope they continue with him.
whether that means they 're at the start of one for norwich.
A chance, then, for Watford or Norwich to build a small cushion o ’ comfort by claiming all six points that are sort of on offer when they meet at Vicarage Road on Friday night.
On the other hand, Watford are the only team in the top four divisions without a clean sheet, while Norwich, who had previously gone six matches without scoring, rediscovered the art last weekend while getting Rafa Benítez the sack, a performance that, depending on your point of view, either condemns Everton to the relegation battle, or saves them from it.
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“ Of course Everton is a club I grew up supporting.
And Bruno Lage says he will try to keep Adama Traoré out of Tottenham's clutches.
Almost as if the lights were going out on Claudio Ranieri's time in charge.
They shouldn ’ t have.
Joshua Sargent ’ s deadly double did the job, before Juraj Kucka ’ s own goal sparked chants of ‘ you ’ re getting sacked in the morning ’ towards Ranieri.
The trio couldn't stop Watford from conceding in their 30th consecutive Premier League game as Dean Smith's Norwich climbed out of the bottom three.
“ we wanted to light the fire to our fans and we did not do this.
Asked about his future, he said : 'Look, I speak everyday with the board and we are all together. '
‘ To win a game in the Premier League for a newly-promoted team is hard.
VAR John Brooks looked back at the 'foul' on Samir but the goal was good.
VAR checked for offside, and it was mightily close, but it stood.
He 'll be a big miss for their next game – another relegation scrap at Burnley.
The hosts might have been better keeping them off.
Watford fell into the drop zone for the first time this season and will stay there if their display here is anything to go by.
“ Teemu Pukki did well to continue the play, it was a bit behind me but it was a reaction to put my foot up, ” said Sargent.
“ There was a calmness that came over the players after the goals. ” No such calm from Dennis, having been booked for a foul on Pierre Lees-Melou, he had been lucky to escape a second yellow for simulation when hitting the deck with the same player in his vicinity.
It came a few moments before the floodlight failure forced Mike Dean, the referee, to halt proceedings in the 61st minute.
"We 're Norwich City, we play in the dark," mocked the away fans when both teams had already played much of the game as if blindfolded.
“ I wanted to continue, ” agreed Ranieri.
Fully 15 minutes were added on to the 90 for them to find a way back but Kucka ’ s error, from Adam Idah ’ s byline cross, hastened the end and perhaps for Ranieri, too.
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