Rodgers praises Hornets show
04 Dec 2008 - 08:10:06
Watford's new manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his side after they narrowly lost out 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
Former Chelsea reserve team boss Rodgers only took charge at Vicarage Road last week, but is already relishing the challenge ahead of him with the Hornets.
He told the club's official website: "We had a terrific go at it, but we've still got some work to do on how we need to play the game.
"What gives me great hope is the first 25 minutes. We need to be able to sustain it and believe that they can do it over a period of time.
"For the first 25 minutes I thought we were excellent, then we stopped passing the ball and we went longer and everyone seemed to run away from it.
"Then we conceded the goal and on half time it is the killer blow as you want to re-group and re-frame the mind. Again we were bright at the start of the second half.
"I've got a big respect for Tottenham and their manager, they've got some terrific players, but I'm very proud of the team and the club tonight."