Watford: Troy Deeney denies combat at half-time rumours at West Ham

Watford are three factors forward of 18th-placed Aston Villa with two matches remaining

Watford captain Troy Deeney has denied reviews of a combat within the Hornets’ dressing room throughout half-time in Friday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

The Hornets sacked Nigel Pearson on Sunday and are one place and three factors above the relegation zone earlier than internet hosting Manchester Metropolis on Tuesday.

“The gaffer did not put his arms on anyone, he was simply annoyed and had a agency speaking to us,” Deeney mentioned.

“No-one was combating, no-one was punched. There have been no arms thrown.”

Deeney, 32, who joined Watford from Walsall in 2010, admitted he was not anticipating the choice to sack Pearson – Watford’s third everlasting supervisor of the marketing campaign after Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.

“You get to some extent in soccer the place you aren’t stunned any extra, however I’d say this one stunned me and took me again a bit,” the striker mentioned.

Hayden Mullins and head of goalkeeping Graham Stack will take cost of Watford in opposition to Metropolis and Deeney denied he may have any involvement in staff choice.

“Troy is not going to be selecting groups as a result of I’ve learn that as properly,” Deeney mentioned. “I’m player-coach apparently.

“The rest I’ve missed out? Now we have to respect the choice and provides all of the help you may to good individuals in Hayden and Stacky.”

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