Mazzarri believes Watford deserved to advance in FA Cup

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Watford boss Walter Mazzarri saw his Hornets dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship club Millwall, beaten 1-0 on an 85th minute goal by Steve Morison.

Mazzarri has been under some pressure, without a Premier League win since early December and just a Cup win over Burton Albion over that span in any competition. He claims that Watford was unlucky to lose in such a manner, and that calls for his departure are unfounded, but part of the job.

The 55-year-old was most perturbed by a non-call in the penalty area just after halftime. “I think if someone deserved to win, especially in the second half, it was Watford also because of the penalty [challenge on Stefano Okaka not given by referee] and a lot of the fouls which were not conceded in our favor.”

Mazzarri was asked to respond to fans who might be calling for his job. “I am the most disappointed and I am sorry for them,” he said. “But I am even more sorry than them in this moment. In the FA cup there are many games and not only Watford has left the cup, but many important teams. It’s normal, it can happen that one game doesn’t go your way. Now we have to concentrate and look to the following games.”

It doesn’t get any easier for Watford moving forward, set to face Arsenal on Tuesday in Premier League play.