Watford 0-2 Aston Villa: Nuttall frustrated with sloppy goal

Watford skipper rues “horrible goal”.

Watford 0-2 Aston Villa: Nuttall frustrated with sloppy goal
Nuttall in action at Vicarage Road (Credit: Christopher Lee/Getty)

After their home loss to Aston Villa, VAVEL spoke to Watford captain Anneka Nuttall about the game and Watford’s second-half of the season push for more.

Goals change games

With Watford well on top against Villa the entire feel of the match changed after Lucy Gillett bundled a Beth Merrick shot to gift the visitors the lead and Nuttall was frustrated to see their good early work undone, “We’ve worked hard, we’ve played well but we make one silly mistake and the game changes. It’s a horrible goal to concede, it’s horrible and we didn’t deserve it.”

After coming back from two goals down against Oxford in their last game, the Golden Girls still had belief that they could turn the game around after the break, “We went in at the half and the desire and the ability was there. We didn’t let our heads drop in the second-half; we didn’t stop, we carried on ‘til the end.”

It's been a busy month for Watford. | Image credit: FA WSL
It's been a busy month for Watford. | Image credit: FA WSL

A brighter second-half of the season

With mixed results so far after the mid-season break Watford are definitely looking a stronger side and Nuttall is already targeting a strong performance against Durham next week, “We’ll go in hard, we always do, every week; every game we always give it our all. And we’re getting better every week so we’ll go into the next fresh and ready.”

After a poor start to the campaign, Watford kick-started the second-half of the year off with a strong win over promotion-hopefuls Everton and the midfielder believes a change in mentality and a confidence boost is the reason, “The Everton game was huge for us and our confidence. They were unbeaten before they came here and we beat them, we were the first team to do that this year and now they’ve lost another game [against Sheffield] so we obviously knocked them a bit.”

She concluded, “It’s hard to say, I think we just realised that we wanted it more than we’d thought we did so we got together, bashed our heads together and just got on with it. We said, it has to change in the second-half of the season, we don’t want to just go on like this, we can’t continue like this; we don’t want to finish bottom. We’re on the push right now and I think we’re going in the right direction.”