Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has questioned his teammates’ effort after the side were relegated from the Premier League.
The Hertfordshire side needed to beat Crystal Palace to keep any faint survival hopes alive, but instead fell to a meek 1-0 defeat thanks to a Wilfried Zaha penalty.
Foster, 39, has now suffered four relegations from the Premier League — with Watford (twice), West Bromwich Albion, and Birmingham City.
Dissecting the latest demotion, he pointed towards a perceived lack of industry towards the tail-end of crucial games.
“You just don’t really know what you’re going to get from us, to be perfectly honest,” Foster said.
“We’ve got too many players who are happy to put it in for an hour, 70 minutes, but then probably fall off and happily let it go in the last 20 minutes.
“You can’t have that. When you’re a team like us, the minimum is giving it everything you’ve got. The ability you can forego a little bit and accept that you might not have the quality of some players, but you’ve got to put the effort in.”
Watford have had three managers this season, with Xisco Munez sacked in October despite having the side in 15th.
Former Premier League title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri subsequently took over, but struggled to ignite their season, with Watford earning only seven points during his three-and-a-half months in charge.
Roy Hodgson’s appointment did bring more defensive solidity, but wins remained hard to come by, with the side beating only Southampton and Aston Villa in 2022.
Hodgson, 74, is planning to retire at the end of the season after calling the spell at Watford his “swansong”.
The summer will see Watford looking to appoint their ninth manager in the last five years.
Watford bounced straight back into the Premier League after being relegated in 2019-20, finishing second in the Championship in 2020-21.
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