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Dyche: I knew we would win

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Watford manager Sean Dyche admitted he always had belief in his team after they had to come from behind to win 2-1 against Millwall to ensure their first three points on home soil this season.

The Hornets fell behind to a Liam Feeney cross that deflected in off Lloyd Doyley midway through the second half, but the victorious manager explained he was convinced his side would go on and take the three points.

"It was a strange moment because you just can't believe what you see," said Dyche. "I think it's fair to say we dominated the game from start to finish and when that went in, it's one of those weird moments where me and the staff got our heads together and I said 'we'll win it' because you can't keep dominating games [and get nothing]. Football evens itself out over a season."

Dyche's instinct was justified when Carl Dickinson equalised with a fine strike from the edge of the area on 77 minutes after a corner had only been half cleared, before Craig Forsyth capitalised on Paul Robinson's misplaced header to score the winner with five minutes remaining.

Dyche said: "I've stated a couple of times I'm very surprised we haven't had a win here already. I believe in what we do, the players clearly showed they believe and I'm most pleased for the fans because they've shown great belief in the turnaround at the club.

"They know there's been big changes here, with big players leaving and good players coming in and certain guidelines, and I think they're really realistic and they've been fantastic in supporting both me and the team.

"It's a big one for them, it just clears it out of the way, but we're not getting carried away with it, the obvious fact is we have got Southampton on Saturday but we must enjoy it because we thoroughly earned it."

Feeney's fortuitous effort may have ended the Lions' six-game goal drought but they have now taken just two points from the last 18. Millwall boss Kenny Jackett said: "There was a lot of spirit there and we really dug in and I thought we deserved something.

"I didn't think we got the best of the decisions. Danny N'Guessan's goal in the first half, flagged for offside, I had a reasonable view and I thought that was a tough call, and I thought we had a good appeal at the start of the second half for a penalty for handball.

"It's quite a tough one to take in terms of those things but we did show some spirit and we're obviously disappointed but it was a better performance then it was against Derby on Saturday. We have to take that spirit, find more going forward there is no doubt about that and if we can do that there's results in the future for us."

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