Fos­ter re­fuses to put blame for heavy de­feat on Pear­son sack­ing

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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.”

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