Watford boss Ranieri on Newcastle draw: Happy, but I want more

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri was happy with their 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

João Pedro’s late header brought Watford back on level terms in a competitive afternoon in the North East, after Allan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring in the second half.

“I am satisfied, but I want more from my players,” said Ranieri, 70. “We played our football in the last 30 minutes. We conceded too many chances with set pieces and in the second half they only created the goal and we created more chances.

“I am happy because we drew the match but I am not happy because we didn’t play as well as we used to do. I understand my players, after six defeats in a row maybe you are a little anxious but they have to play.

“I think we showed very good character, after we conceded the goal our reaction was much better. We have to show this from the beginning,” he explained.

“They understood when we were desperate we tried to combine more. These players can do more.

“I’m very happy because my players had very good combinations, but I want more from my players because I know what they can do. I am happy but it’s half and half.”

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