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Rob Edwards and Daniel Bachmann responds to furious Watford fans after defeat at Blackburn

Manager Rob Edwards and keeper Daniel Bachmann responds to furious Watford fans after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Bachmann has been applauded for coming over to talk to unhappy fans in the away end, with Ryan Hedges and Dominic Hyam netting for the hosts and handing a second league defeat to the Hornets nine games in.

The scoreline did justice to Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men who caused enough hassle to their lacklustre opponents who couldn’t match their hunger, workrate and quality.

Blackburn’s dominance saw Hedges time his run to perfection to score from Tyrhys Dolan’s cross before defender Hyam sealed the win eight minutes from time by volleying in at the far post in only his third appearance for the club.

The win puts Blackburn in third place while Watford are seventh in the Championship, but the latter have now won just once in the last six games.

Head Coach Rob Edwards admitted his side weren’t good enough on the night, as Ryan Hedges and Dominic Hyam goals succumbed the Hornets to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

“It’s been a very disappointing night,” the 39-year-old said. “They’re a good side, but we made them look good with our performance.

“At the start of the game we couldn’t win a first or second ball, and then when we won it back we lost it again far too quickly. We talked about their counter-pressing, but we didn’t deal with that, and probably one of the only positives was that it was only 1-0 at half-time.

“In the second half we made a change to try and give us some impetus. We huffed and puffed, and probably had 15 minutes or so where we threatened, but it wasn’t enough.

“We’ve got to look hard now, deep down, and find some answers and some spirit. We’ve got a chance to turn things around again on Saturday, and we’ve got to come together as a team and give our fans a reaction because they deserve it.”

He said on the away fans in attendance: “I know they’ve come a long way, and I know some of them are angry because they’re passionate and they care about the team. I understand, and I take responsibility tonight.

“We all value their support massively, and we are going to need them. This is a bit of a tough period at the moment, in terms of performances, but we know we can turn things around very quickly and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.”

Edwards added: “Jeremy felt his hamstring, but it’s too early to tell at this stage. With Isma it looks like he’s rolled his ankle, similar to what kept Kortney [Hause] out. We don’t seem to be getting much luck with those sorts of things at the moment, but we’ll pull ourselves together and be ready for the weekend.”

Bachmann tried to reassure fans by saying they are nine games in and told them to stay calm.

Hornets defender Craig Cathcart was frustrated with the performance against Blackburn, expressing his personal disappointment with the result.

“It was an awful performance and from start to finish I thought we were second best,” he said.

“It’s hard to digest, but we will look at it again. We were second best all over the pitch and we were second to loose balls. On the pitch we didn’t perform, and Blackburn deserved the win 100 per cent. We need to pick ourselves up now and improve.”

“I think we played into their hands a bit and we misplaced easy passes,” he said. “We gave away the ball and they counter-attacked a lot, and that’s where the trouble came. We keep going behind in games and it makes it really difficult to get back into it.

“We tried to push a little bit in the second half and we didn’t create many chances. They scored a goal from a set-piece, and it’s difficult to take because my man scored. Overall, it’s a night to forget.”

“We need to improve, and the standards weren’t there tonight at all,” he added. “The fans have travelled all the way up here on a Tuesday night and we gave them that performance.

“There is a lot to be done between now and Saturday. They are right behind us and it’s a poor showing from us and they deserve much better than that. We need them to stick behind us now and we have a home game coming up this Saturday where we can put things right.”

Jon Dahl Tomasson hailed his team for producing an outstanding display to topple Watford at Ewood Park and return to winning ways in the Championship.

“It was a fantastic result and a great performance against a Premier League side, a team with lots of qualities players,” the Dane proudly reflected to RoversTV.

“I saw all the things we worked on in training and a squad with competition for the first time this season.

“We were on the front foot immediately, we were aggressive, we pressed forward, we were dominant and had three shots on goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

“Against a very good side, we showed focus and scored the first goal, a high-class goal, with very few touches.

“We kept the concentration in the second half, we looked dangerous on transitions and restricted them to just two shots on goal.

“The clean sheet and the togetherness with the supporters was great.

“They were behind the team, the fans were intense and they helped us put on a great performance against a good team.”

Ryan Hedges said to RoversTV when looking back on his evening: “It was a great feeling to get off the mark and I hope it’s the first of many I score for this football club.

“The most important thing was the three points and we produced a great team performance to go with it.

“I thought I was going to get one against Bristol City when the ball hit me in the face and somehow bounced over the bar!

“I’ve kept getting in the right positions, Ty [Dolan] did really well and it was great to see it go in the net.

“It felt massive for us, especially against a team with their quality.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, we raised our levels as a team and were up for it right from the first moment,” he reflected.

“We dominated the first half, we were on top and to go ahead was a real big lift for us. We were good value for it and it gave us something to hold onto going into the second half.

“We limited them to few opportunities and we made it hard for them to break us down.”

Twitter reacted as Rob Edwards and Daniel Bachmann responds to furious Watford fans after the defeat at Blackburn…

@Ed__Dawes: Bachman turned into overdrive…

@BCFCA3: Players need to stop doing this, if I was the manager I’d tell them not to bother. Fans have good and bad days do they expect to pay more for a 3-0 win!

@watford1881: I saw.. At least he’s got the balls.. ❤️🐝

@Watfordfcnews7: How anyone gonna moan at him he’s an unbelievable gk for us and nobody can argue against that

@deanmaloney75: We can argue with that. Good shot stopper but that’s it.

@Adz74097276: Him and Joao are our only consistent players

@barnesy007: We got loads of consistent players, unfortunately they are consistently bad

@hornetboy84: Looks like he asked for fans to stick with them and get better together ?

@PaulWhittenbur1: I assumed they usually enjoy people sniping and getting on their backs all the time. Performances like tonight deserve booing and the players need to react, but the atmosphere throughout the club including the fanbase is so toxic at present.

@_mattsimpsonn: Good on him, standing up for his team. A rare sign of leadership

@gavthemal: Respect to the lad! He listened to fans opinions

@johnshe23383889: To be fair without him we’d be right near the bottom

@19_Mikael_61: He’s got balls to come over like that. He has also saved us more than once this season.

@matthew_mcgeary: I get why the fans were angry I was watching it on the tv tonight and was a shocking performance no desire and is a long way up north for the fans who went to see that but fair play to Daniel for having the balls coming over

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