Claudio Ranieri rues 'three mistakes' that saw Watford collapse to late Brentford

Watford's Italian head coach Claudio Ranieri (C) gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Watford at Brentford Community Stadium in London on December 10, 2021.

Claudio Ranieri was left counting the cost of Watford's mistakes after they crashed to a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Brentford.

The Hornets were leading with only six minutes remaining through Emmanuel Dennis and looking good value for a win which would have lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone.

But Pontus Jansson headed previously toothless Brentford level and in stoppage time Watford's capitulation was complete after William Ekong tripped Saman Ghoddos in the area.

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday December 10, 2021.

Bryan Mbeumo stepped up to take the penalty and condemn Ranieri to a fourth straight defeat.

Ranieri said: “Look, we started well, we scored a goal, but in the second half we went too deep. I don't want this. We had to stay close together.
“We missed a chance to score a second goal and we made mistakes to concede two goals. We lost the first battle but we will do better in the next match.
“The last goal we made three mistakes! We missed a short pass. So then put the ball out of the stadium. Then the penalty - if Willie had just stayed calm.
“I was frustrated, but my mind is on the next match. We are stronger than tonight.

“We know we are in a relegation battle. It is important to react immediately. We have to be stronger than tonight and be ready for the battle.”

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