Foster refuses to put blame for heavy defeat on Pearson sacking
goal difference, although Foster said the players must blame themselves rather than the shock sacking of manager Nigel Pearson at the weekend.
The Watford goalkeeper denied that the squad were affected by Pearson’s unexpected departure, saying the players were “well versed” in how the club operates. Pearson was the third manager to be shown the door at Vicarage Road this season, after Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.
“I don’t think we helped ourselves,” said Foster. “The confidence is so crazy, crazy low. I don’t know why it should be, but you get into a state of trying to minimise as much damage as you can and it is a dangerous way to do things.”
Asked if Pearson’s sacking had an impact on the team, Foster said: “Not necessarily. We’re well versed in what goes on at this club and it is what it is. You just get used to it. In football nowadays, nothing seems to shock and you roll with the punches.
“You can’t ever blame it on anything but your own performances. We have to look at ourselves. We’ve got a massive game on Sunday and that’s all we’ve got to look at now.”
Hayden Mullins, Watford’s interim head coach, said his players would go on the front foot when they met Arsenal.
“I have to be confident in the dressing room,” he said. “I have to be confident in the boys. We have to go looking for a positive result.”