Watford Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic has defended striker Fernando Forestieri the Italian was accused of diving in the Hornets’ recent Championship match against Wolves at Molineux. 

Forestieri was involved in an incident with Wolves star Bakary Sako, for which the Wolves’ man was sent off. Wolves appealed the decision and Sako’s red card was rescinded this week. Kenny Jackett publicly criticised Forestieri saying that he “has thrown himself to the floor, there is no contact, there is no raised arm, there is no intent there and we will certainly appeal. ‘I think that is poor for a fellow professional.”

However, Jokanovic has come on in defence of the diminutive front-man ahead of the Hornets’ match against Reading at Vicarage Road this weekend. The Serbian told the Watford Observer:

“He (Forestieri) tried to defend himself. After I spoke with him and saw it from a different angle I must defend my player.”  

Forestieri hasn’t had many chances to influence Watford’s promotion campaign due to the form of Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra. Forestieri has made just 10 starts this season and scored 4 goals.


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