Javi Gracia dismisses reports Watford players clashed with fans after FA Cup defeat to Southampton

New Watford head coach Javi Gracia dismissed suggestions Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas were arguing with the club’s supporters at the final whistle of their 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat at Southampton.

The Hornets were booed off at half-time and then again at the final whistle.

Gracia and his team went to commiserate with the away fans when Kabasele appeared to be having a heated exchange with one individual when he was dragged away by Ben Watson, and Holebas then took his place before Watson also dragged him away.

Instead of the positive reaction Watford would have hoped for when appointing Gracia to succeed the sacked Marco Silva they were unconvincing, and fell to their ninth defeat in 13.

When asked of the incident at the final whistle, Spaniard Gracia responded: “I do not understand what supporters sing. I only can say at the end of the match the players went to say thank you and me too.

“It is hard because in the first match we did not get a good result but I am happy because I saw the support of a lot of our fans.

“I am very grateful and I feel sorry for them.

“I hoped for a better performance. We did not start in the best way and conceded an early goal.

“The only thing I am worried about is trying to get a good result.

“The match was tough but I have seen a reaction, I have seen the team want to get the goal and fight hard until the end.”

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