Watford manager Javi Gracia knows Danny Welbeck is still some way off his best

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Watford manager Javi Gracia was pleased to be able to give Danny Welbeck his first Watford start, but knows the striker is still some way off his best.

Gracia named the former Arsenal man in his starting XI for the first time in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win against Coventry and he got 90 minutes under his belt.

It was his first start since breaking his leg playing for the Gunners in November and the game time will be invaluable.

The Hornets won through goals from Ismaila Sarr, Daryl Janmaat and Adalberto Penaranda to give them a first success of the season on a night where only a Welbeck goal would have made it better.

Gracia was just pleased to get him out on the pitch.

“He needs to compete, he needs to play,” he said. “In my opinion he is not in his best condition and he needs time like players like Roberto Pereyra, Sarr.

“They all need time to improve and the best way is not only training but playing as well. When we have this opportunity we have to do it.”

Welbeck’s inclusion was one of 11 changes made by Gracia, who says all of his squad will have a chance to impress this season.

He added: “We played on Saturday and all of my players are ready to compete in different competitions we have.

“We did it last season as well. They deserve the chance to play in different competitions. All of the squad is ready to do it.

“I can choose different players during the season, I try to do it properly and try to know when some of them are in a better moment than others.

“It is something they have to show me in games like today and training sessions. But they are ready because they are good professionals.”

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Ravel Morrison was the man of the match against Blackburn.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Moore believes Ravel Morrison can play a key role for the club this season after his man-of-the-match display against Blackburn.

The Blades handed Morrison a route back to the Premier League in July when he signed a one-year deal following spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden.

The former Manchester United and West Ham forward made an encouraging full debut in the Blades’ 2-1 Carabao Cup win, which included an assist for their second goal scored by Oliver Norwood – another United product.

“Rav has shown in training the qualities he’s got and he’s obviously going to be wanting to play more football and the more he plays the better he’ll get,” said goalkeeper Moore, who was one of 10 changes made by Chris Wilder.

“I was really pleased to see him get 90 minutes and hopefully that will kick-start him to go on and do better things for this football club.

“I think he’s just got to keep his head down, work really hard. We all know he’s got so much ability.

“If he keeps his head down and continues to work hard like he has done then I don’t see why he’s not going to do good things for the club.”

Moore, who will play the support role again this season behind on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, played his part in the Blades’ win by saving an early penalty from Adam Armstrong.

“I haven’t played a lot of football over the last year or so, it’s been very difficult to get any sort of rhythm going,” Moore added.

“As a goalkeeper you want to be playing week in, week out, but I’ve got a young English goalkeeper, who’s on the verge of a senior call-up, in front of me, so my job’s a little bit difficult.

“Deano’s a fantastic goalkeeper, who’s only going to get better and better and I’ve just got to make sure I push him day in, day out.

“But I’m also there for him as well. If he needs any advice or help then I’m there to support him because ultimately we want the best for this football club.”

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Pep Guardiola pays tribute to ‘unique’ Sergio Aguero and ‘fighter’ David Silva

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Pep Guardiola says David Silva and Sergio Aguero are unique talents after the Manchester City pair celebrated major milestones in Sunday’s win at Bournemouth.

City captain Silva made his 400th appearance for the Premier League champions in the 3-1 south-coast success, while club-record scorer Aguero claimed his 400th career goal.

Former Spain midfielder Silva marked his occasion by providing two assists, the second of which led to Aguero’s landmark strike, the Argentinian’s second goal of the afternoon.

The victory returned City to winning ways after last weekend’s frustrating 2-2 draw with Tottenham, prompting manager Guardiola to pay tribute to two of his leading performers.

“What can I say, everybody knows him,” Guardiola said of 33-year-old Silva to the club website. “He has a sense, to move between the lines like nobody else in the world – he is a fighter.

“And Sergio, you know his sense of goals in the box is unique in the world.”

Kyle Walker was perhaps fortunate to remain on the field following two poor challenges on Nathan Ake which yielded a single yellow card, before Aguero slotted the visitors ahead following Kevin De Bruyne’s scuffed effort.

In-form Raheem Sterling doubled the advantage with his fifth top-flight goal of the campaign and, despite Cherries substitute Harry Wilson halving the deficit with a superb free-kick, Aguero’s 400th strike for club and country sealed the three points.

It was also a memorable day for midfielder De Bruyne, who, in inadvertent fashion, set a new record as the player to reach 50 Premier League assists in the fewest number of games.

The Belgian required just 123 outings to achieve the feat, 18 fewer than Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

Aguero, who has scored 235 of his 400 career goals for City, was full of praise for creative team-mates De Bruyne and Silva.

“Congratulations to Kevin. We know Kevin. He is an amazing player,” said the 31-year-old. “He and David, their assists are so good. We are happy because they play for us.”

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