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ALMUNIA: "Incredible For Us"

Posted: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Skipper hails his team's professional approach during a "crazy game" at Elland Road...

YOU'VE got 11 and your opposition have nine - that's easy, right?

Well maybe - but, as Watford's stand-in captain Manuel Almunia was quick to point out after the mauling of Leeds United, it was all about the Hornets' side keeping focused.

"When they went down to nine, that was the moment when we had to keep the ball, not rush and try to score more straight away because we were already winning," explained the Spanish goalkeeper as he spoke to Hornets Player's Watford Weekend Post-Match Review show after full-time in Yorkshire on Saturday.

"This league sometimes gives you crazy games and crazy moments. We've seen some already this season, against us mainly I think, so this was all about making sure we took advantage.

"The biggest respect we could pay the opposition was to keep going at our top level against Leeds.

"We are professionals and it is our job to capitalize on any advantage we can. We've been in their situation this season and other teams haven't been kind on us."

Easy to forget, among the phalanx of goals and seemingly non-stop action, that Almunia made a couple of good stops early on - notably from Luke Varney in the game's formative stages.

"As a goalkeeper, I can't forget these things - because everyone else always does!" he smiled.

"Nobody remembers us unless it's for a mistake so we keep it all in mind and I was very happy with my game at the end, and happy with all the players for giving a big effort.

"We have proved in the last few games that the team is growing and getting better. We feel more confidence, we feel bigger than before, so to speak, and we have the quality to be in a better position than we already are now.

"We have played recently against some good teams and shown good character, good quality and a desire to win."

THAT desire to win will be firmly back in evidence at The Vic this Saturday when Gianfranco Zola's boys look to extend their unbeaten November against Wolves.

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