Troost-Ekong Relishes Perfect Start To Watford Career


William Troost-Ekong is happy with the progress has made since linking up with Sky Bet Championship club Watford, reports

The centre-back joined the Hornets from Serie A club Udinese on a five-year contract earlier this month.

He impressed on his debut against Derby County even though he was replaced after 70 minutes due to hamstring problem.

The Nigeria international was named man-of-the match in Watford’s 1-1 home draw against Bournemouth last weekend.

“I managed to hang on,” Troost-Ekong told Hive Live Extra.

“I felt my hamstring a bit. I’m still adjusting to the speed of the game as my last game with my [former] club was the third of August. I’m still working on my match fitness so I’m happy to get 90 minutes in my legs.

“The Championship is a different type of football. It’s more direct and you don’t have so much time with the ball. It’s good quality, from what I’ve seen, and I’m looking forward to the next game.”

Troost-Ekong and his teammates will look to earn maximum points against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday even tnough they are still disappointed to concede a late goal against Bournemouth.

“We are a little bit disappointed to only get a point, but if you’d have said before the game we’d get a point, we’d have probably taken it,” he said.

“Of course it’s disappointing when you concede so late in the game and it felt a bit like a loss, but if you look back at the game, without a biased view, they had the ball a lot so a draw was probably a fair result.

“We should have perhaps tried to defend a bit higher, especially in the second half, but it’s quite difficult as we didn’t have the right pressure on the ball. They tried to play behind us quite a lot, so they pinned us back a bit with the ball in behind. They moved the ball well and as soon as we tried to get up the pitch, they tried to get behind us. They had quick players, so we had to cover the space.”

By Adeboye Amosu

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