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Walter Mazzarri isn't feeling the pressure at Watford

Walter Mazzarri insists he is not feeling the strain at Watford despite seeing his team's Premier League winless streak extend to six matches following a drab goalless draw against Middlesbrough.

Watford are on a dismal run in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Mazzarri was subjected to some disgruntled boos at the final whistle following a game in which Watford created few chances against a Boro side also struggling for form and results.

The Italian opened his tenure at Watford with victories against West Ham, Manchester United and champions Leicester, but the Hornets have recorded just one victory from their last nine league outings.

Watford's Italian owners have earned a reputation of being ruthless when it comes to the turnover of managers at Vicarage Road.

Indeed Mazzarri - who replaced Quique Sanchez Flores despite the Spaniard comfortably retaining Watford's Premier League status and reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup - became the eighth manager to take the helm at the club since the Pozzo family completed their takeover of the Hornets in June 2012.

Mazzarri said:

With regards to the pressure I can tell you now with a smile on my face, that I put on myself every day since I train for over 20 years," We played very well and when a manager sees that his team has played very well he is happy.

When I first arrived here I spoke about the English managers, and it is only in England that there is this trust and the situations where a manager can stay for many years at a club.

It is very nice because it means there is a lot of trust and your future does not only depend about results, but the whole objective of the club and the manager together.

– Watford manager Walter Mazzarri


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Allardyce slams Watford mascot Harry the Hornet for mock dive

Harry the Hornet, Watford's club mascot. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce says Watford's club mascot was "out of order" for appearing to mock Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha went down inside the area in the 87th minute of Palace's 1-1 draw at Watford on Boxing Day, but despite contact he was booked for diving by referee Mark Clattenburg.

That denied Palace of a second penalty in the match as former England manager Allardyce had to settle for a point from his first game in charge.

Mascot Harry the Hornet got involved after the final whistle, diving at Zaha's feet when the player went to applaud the Palace fans.

"The mascot is out of order, isn't he? If someone is diving, they don't get that angry," Allardyce said.

According to reports, the new Palace boss also suggested there might even be consequences for the mascot.

"That's up to Watford to sort that out, really," he said. "The Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do."

Zaha later used his Twitter account to joke with the mascot, however:

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