Hornets boss left to rue missed chances
Javi Gracia was left disappointed as his Watford side dominated against Manchester United only to be left empty-handed.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial struck for the hosts on Saturday, when Watford had far more shots and deserved more than Abdoulaye Doucoure's late consolation in the 2-1 defeat.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side were sloppy and got away with it, while counterpart Gracia was naturally disappointed his side could not leave Old Trafford with at least a point.
"It is difficult to explain because I think we had a good performance," he said. "It's true it wasn't enough to get points but I am happy with the performance. We need to finish better, we need to improve in the last metres but we created chances, we had more shots, more shots on target, more corner kicks.
"We dominated, we played a lot of the time in the opposite half. But the first goal was on a counter-attack, the second goal was in a moment where we felt we were playing well.
"But when you don't kill, you don't score, playing these teams with high quality then you can lose any moment. We tried until the end because the team believed until the end but it wasn't enough."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.