Watford keeper discusses costly error against Arsenal
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Watford keeper discusses costly error against Arsenal

Watford keeper discusses costly error against Arsenal

16 Apr 2019, 12:25

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted he is guilty after his costly error against Arsenal which saw his side lose 1-0 to the Gunners on Monday night. 

Foster was caught by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after receiving a backpass from Daryl Janmaat, taking to long to play the ball wide which led to Arsenal getting the opener. Aubameyang rashed to Foster whose attempt to clear the ball was blocked by the Arsenal forward, deflecting to the net after just ten minutes of play. The goal was enough to send Arsenal back to fourth and Foster joked that he should have attempted a Cruyff turn. 

"We’re absolutely gutted in there. I’ve said sorry to the lads and to the fans. I think I should have just Cruyff’d him to be honest with you but it’s not really my style! ‘Daryl’s played the ball back to me and I’ve just tried to just drag it onto my left and hit it out wide and before I know it he’s bloody on me, God he’s fast. Fair play to him, he’s absolutely rapid," he told Sky Sports.

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"I was walking off the pitch there speaking to Bernd Leno and he said ‘it’s not your fault, he’s too quick!’ and I totally agree, it’s a good goal to be honest. With hindsight with players like Aubameyang, you’ve got to just get rid as quick as you can, you know he’s gonna be on you, it’s not the time to mess about. Just shell it even if it goes into row Z.

Lesson learned

"I’m definitely not a modern goalie, I’m happy to put it in row Z, they can’t score from row Z. I just thought I’d probably had a little more time than I did and got a bit slow and lazy with it. Lesson learned, next time I’ll put my boot through it."

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