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Watford striker Graham scores for fifth game running

Malky Mackay heaped praise on Danny Graham as he scored for the fifth game running in Watford's 3-0 win over Ipswich. The 25-year-old notched his 24th goal of an impressive campaign as the Hornets boosted their play-off hopes.

"I was delighted with the result against formidable opposition," said boss Malky Mackay. "We started very well and the goal gave us a great platform.

"It allowed us to suck Ipswich onto us and then try and catch them on the counter-attack.

"Danny Graham is a total team player. He ran their back four down on his own. That's a centre-forward you want to have in your team - not just a poacher but a team player.

"To then come out in the second half and limit Ipswich as we did was very pleasing. I was delighted tactically with the way the boys kept their discipline.

"You can have a game plan but the boys have got to go out there and affect it and they did that to the letter."

Counterpart Paul Jewell fumed as the Tractor Boys lost for the first time in four matches.

"We give goals away for fun and aren't ruthless enough in either box," he admitted.

"The first goal was a catalogue of errors, almost comical, and then you're always playing catch-up.

"The second then summed us up because after playing some pretty passes, we were brushed off the ball and the next thing we know it's in the back of the net.

"Between both boxes, we probably had more possession than them but do you think we're really going to score a goal?

"We just haven't got anyone who wants to get on the end of crosses or balls into the box. It's as simple as that. When we hit the post there wasn't anyone willing to put their head in and risk a cut eye.

"We can't get behind teams and when you're at home you've got to open teams up."

"We've got a lot to do to improve to where we want to be. What disappoints me is that when things aren't going well too many people are hiding," he added.

"We've got to have more inner belief and steely belief, to grind something out when things aren't going well.

"I just don't know what I'm going to get from the players and we need to find a level of consistency."

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