De Vos fires warning

MUST do better.That is the terse assessment of Blues skipper Jason de Vos after seeing his side lose their unbeaten 11 month home record to league leaders Watford.

Derek Davis

MUST do better.

That is the terse assessment of Blues skipper Jason de Vos after seeing his side lose their unbeaten 11 month home record to league leaders Watford.

Town go to Crystal Palace tomorrow night knowing they will slip out of the play-off places if they don't improve on their performance.


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De Vos warned: “We have to be more confident in each other and play the style of football the gaffer wants us to play. When we have done that this year we have looked a good side capable of beating anyone.

“We didn't live up to those standards against Watford so we need to take a good long hard look at ourselves and put right where went wrong.

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“We have an opportunity to do that against Crystal Palace.

“We have done okay so far but there is a lot more to come for us and we have to aim for promotion, anything less and we will be setting ourselves up for failure.

“Losing gives us a chance to sit down and really look at why we lost, where went wrong and what we could have done to prevent that and take steps top make sure it doesn't happen again.”

Goals from Tommy Smith and Nathan Ellington gave Watford victory

The Blues skipper was less than impressed with Watford's methods but insisted the Blues players let themselves down.

He said: “Collectively we were not at our best but we still should have created more and caused more problems. The goals we conceded were disappointing

“It is a bitter pill to swallow. If you play to your best and lose then you can just about accept that. If you play your best football and lose to a better team then that's one thing but when you don't play to the standards you have set yourself and let yourself down, that's disappointing.”

De Vos does not feel Watford will fare well if they win promotion again and added: “Watford have a style of football that works for them.

“Time will tell at the end of the season the league position will show who is the most successful and will get promotion.

“None of the successful teams in the top flight play that style of football but it is not for me to judge.

“It is not a style that we choose to play but we didn't play our style very well. We didn't pass very well and never created chances - we underperformed.

“Gamesmanship is part of football and that the way they choose to play we should not have let that effect us.”

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