WATFORD manager Malky Mackay will be demanding a much-improved display from his side in tomorrow’s Championship clash against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The Hornets’ once bright play-off hopes have faded off late and Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat by Bristol City made it seven games without a win - their worst run of results of the season,
Mackay admitted his side were not clever enough and lacked the nous to come from behind to beat Bristol.
Said Mackay said: “I am disappointed because I felt we started really brightly, scored the goal and I thought we could go on and score again.
“I was incredibly disappointed with the referee and the linesman over their first
“They got in behind us and nicked the goal when they didn’t look like they were going to threaten.
“I thought we started the second half brightly, we had a couple of chances and didn’t take them. Again, we have to be clinical when we do get chances.
“We lost a poor second goal where we didn’t pick up well enough. After that, they were able to leave their four centre backs, who played left back and right back as well, on the 18-yard line.
“It is up to us to break that down but we were not clever enough and didn’t have the nous to break that down well enough.
“The pitch is obviously getting worse as the game goes on so it is harder to get the first pass in, but we have got to try and do that.”
The Hornets hope to have winger Will Buckley available.
“Will has been able to do some outside work this week, so he’s made some progress,” said Mackay.
The speedy Buckley hasn’t played since being scythed down in the game against Burnley a fortnight ago.
The Golden Boys, who have won six and drawn three of 15 games on the road this season share the distinction with Leeds United of being the Championship’s top scorers away from home.