Thursday 26 April 2018

Richarlison show delights Silva

Bournemouth 0 Watford 2

Adam Smith of AFC Bournemouth tackles Richarlison de Andrade of Watford Photo: Getty
Adam Smith of AFC Bournemouth tackles Richarlison de Andrade of Watford Photo: Getty

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Marco Silva was not surprised to see Watford's Brazilian winger Richarlison have an impressive full debut at Bournemouth.

The 20-year-old, a summer signing from Fluminense, capped a fine performance at the Vitality Stadium with his first Hornets goal to put them on course for a 2-0 success.

Bournemouth's Joshua King reacts after a challenge with Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah Photo: Reuters
Bournemouth's Joshua King reacts after a challenge with Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah Photo: Reuters

Etienne Capoue's late half-volley wrapped up the win, earning manager Silva his first victory since taking over at Vicarage Road.

"I don't like too much to talk about individual players but, of course, I'm happy," Silva said about Richarlison. "I know very well the player, we analysed the player for the last month and a half before we signed him.

"He's a talent, it's easy for you to understand that, but he's not only a talent. He's a player who comes every day to work hard, to learn as well. He's a young boy, 20 years old, his first moments in Europe and he can't say one word in English.

"It's the moment to be calm with him, to give time as well. It's not a surprise to me what he did today."

Andrew Surman of AFC Bournemouth tackles Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford Photo: Getty
Andrew Surman of AFC Bournemouth tackles Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford Photo: Getty

Former Hull coach Silva was impressed by his side's improved display after half-time and felt they merited the three points.

"I think everybody in the stadium liked the match," he added. "Our second half is really very good. We controlled very well, put a lot of pressure on them and didn't permit them an easy build-up.

"And after, we were quality with the ball, we have personality as well and I think we deserved this victory."

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