Bachmann admits the pace and intensity of players' work contributed to Edwards' demise

Bachmann admits the pace and intensity of players’ work contributed to Edwards’ demise

Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann admits Watford players haven’t worked hard enough, and former head coach Rob Edwards has paid the price.

The Austria international has played in all 11 of the Hornets’ league games this season, making saves that have often preserved wins or earned a point.

However, with Edwards now gone and replaced by Slaven Bilic, Bachmann says the new head coach has every right to expect much more from his players – and yesterday’s 4-0 win at Stoke was an early indication of that.

“It has to be different in terms of work rate and intensity because it wasn’t there and it all fell on Rob’s head, and he had to leave,” he said.


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“We players were on the pitch though, and we didn’t run or fight, and we didn’t work hard enough.

“We have a lot of quality in this team. But it doesn’t matter or matter if we don’t run, fight and get to work.

“If you don’t match the hunger and desire of the team you’re playing against, or have weaker running stats or whatever, then the quality you might have won’t make a difference. It doesn’t matter who you you are and what qualities you think you have, you’re just going to be overwhelmed and burnt out. You’re being bullied on the pitch, and that’s what needs to change.

“We know we have enough quality in this team to be promoted and successful in this league, but without the fight and the desire, the quality won’t help us at all.”

Bachmann says that while changing head coaches so early in a season may seem like pressing the panic button, he feels the season has barely started and there’s no need to worry about the situation. current situation of the Hornets.

Watford moved up to seventh with yesterday’s win but that doesn’t matter much to Bachmann at the moment.

“I don’t even look at the league table,” he said. “There is no point in looking at the board now. I think the first time you can start looking at the board is when we break for the World Cup. Then you can step back and see where you are.

“When we were in the Championship last time I thought we were 9 or 10 points behind Brentford in January and we overtook them and got automatic promotion. Now I know Watford fans will be watching where we are but at this point it really doesn’t matter.

“Teams that are bottom of the league could still go up. It really doesn’t matter at this point.

“What matters is that we start to rebuild the confidence and the winning mentality. Last season was really difficult in that regard, and so we have to start having that mindset which means you can win. every week.

“We have to be ready to run hard for 95 minutes, and if after 60 minutes you can’t run anymore, we have the players to turn things around.

“We’ve had 11 games, the season has just started and the important thing at the moment is not where we are in the table but what our mentality is and how hard we are ready to work.

The former Stoke goalkeeper says he feels that while other teams closer to the top of the table are playing at their peak, the Hornets can take comfort in the fact that they have several extra gears to shift.

“I think Sheffield United and Norwich are probably at their highest level now, the best they can be. should be, and yet we are seven or eight points behind them.

“We know as players that we haven’t performed well in the league games we’ve played this season. We just haven’t, you can’t hide that.

“We know we can do much, much better and yet I believe the teams above and around us are at their best. It is not necessary to feel anything, even close to panic. The season has just started, we didn’t have the best start but we only lost two out of ten league games. It hasn’t been good at all, but it’s not the end of the world either.

As one of the team’s oldest players, Bachmann has seen many head coaches come and go at Vicarage Road.

“It’s one of those things that happens in football,” he admitted.

“Football people know it’s part of the job, and at Watford we know how ownership works. We know the business model and it’s been that way since they’ve been here. They’ve stayed true to what they do.The owner loves change and loves the bit of buzz that change brings with it.

“As players, things don’t really change for us. We are professionals and we work with the head coach, whoever it is.

Did Bachmann see the change coming?

“I hadn’t really thought about it to be totally honest,” he said.

“It’s been a tough time for Rob. There was a lot going on off the pitch during the transfer window and we had players injured so it was definitely not easy for him.

“But the problem with football is that it’s a game of results, and it’s the results that matter the most. When you look at our results, they haven’t been what they should have been. .

“Regardless of what’s going on in the background, injuries and everything else, people look at the results and don’t really care about anything else. They weren’t great and our performances weren’t what they should be either. As players we have to look at what we have done on the pitch.

The low point of the first 10 league games was the dismal performance and defeat at Blackburn, after which Bachmann went to try and speak to some of the most angry away fans.

“These people have supported the football club for years, they were angry and the performance at Blackburn just wasn’t good enough. We knew that, especially in the first half.

“Football fans vent their frustrations and we accept that as players. They spend a lot of money traveling to follow us around the country, and Blackburn is a long, long way from Watford. Going up there on a Tuesday tonight and then we play like we did – we understand that’s the reaction we’re going to get.

“It was understandable the reaction that night. I think there is also still a lot of frustration from last season. As players, we have to try to reconnect with the fans after such a bad season. We have a relationship to rebuild, and I told you that this summer.

“We have to win our home games as a starting point, and that hasn’t happened enough. Vicarage Road has to be a fortress this season, and it hasn’t been – we need to change that from Wednesday.

“We as players have to rebuild that trust with the fans. We have to act in a way that they can trust us. As players it should be obvious anyway, but we have to show them that we are ready to work hard for 95 minutes every game. That’s what they want and that’s what we expect from each other as players.

What has new head coach Bilic shown in his few days with the Watford players?

“He has incredible experience at all levels of football,” Bachmann said.

“He participated in the European Championships as a coach and a player, he played in the World Cups, he managed the Premier League and he was promoted out of the Championship.

“There’s nothing he hasn’t seen in his career, and it shows. It’s always the case that when a new manager comes in, you get a little more spring in your step. It doesn’t matter what club you’re at or why it’s happening, a new manager always gives you that little bounce.

“It’s strange because you expect performance in training to be at the highest level every day. That’s what you expect and what it should be. But for some reason, not just at Watford but everywhere when a new manager joins instead of being 100% invested you can see people being 105% invested.

“And it has been for a few days. We also worked on tactical elements. We can see how he can help us, that’s for sure. Certainly, in the future, he will be able to take care of us. For now, we still have six points to play for this week and that’s what counts.

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