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THE JOY OF SIX! Anya On Full Debut

Posted: Mon 12 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Flying wideman Ikechi Anya reflects on an amazing afternoon at Elland Road...

A NIGGLING early-season injury aside, Ikechi Anya has had to show patience in waiting for his Watford full League debut - and what a time to make it!

Gianfranco Zola's Hornets, including Anya for the first time from the start for an npower Championship match, wiped away any notion of the blue away strip being unlucky with a red-hot six-shooting performances against Neil Warnock's depleted Leeds United.

A starter against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, it's been only fleeting appearances from the bench so far for the much-travelled Scot, on loan from Granada at Vicarage Road this season.

But those were all minor details after his star turn against Leeds United - at left wing-back!

"I was excited when the gaffer put me in the starting line-up and obviously it was a really good day," smiled the 24-year-old, as he spoke to Hornets Player's Watford Weekend Review show after full-time at Elland Road.

"It's not often you win 6-1 so I think it's important to enjoy it. But we know that, as of Monday it'll be back to training and thinking about Wolves."

Anya is extremely realistic about his chances of featuring in the side, and in particular the flexibility he feels he'll need to continue to show.

"I normally play on the wing but the way we play here I think the only way I am going to get into the team is if I play wing-back," he explained.

"The last few weeks I have been doing it in training and the management team have been helping me get to grips with this position.

"I quite like it because I enjoy it and you are more involved with the game. Luckily for me things have gone okay so far."
Anya added: "During the game Giancarlo (Corradini) was giving me instructions throughout and Tommie (Hoban) was really good for me too, helping me to get into the right positions so with time I can only improve on the defensive side - to hopefully add to what I already know in terms of going forward."

And it was going forward where Watford were clinical at the weekend. Even at 11 v 11, Leeds were put to the sword by master finisher Matej Vydra.
"I think Matty is one of the best finishers I have seen. He has only had two clear-cut chances today and he scored two goals.

"Alex did his bit too as it's not easy to come to Leeds and hold the ball up, then Troy has come off the bench and scored so I think we are very lucky with the strikers we have.

"We know if we make chances they are going to score - but I don't think we should get carried away.

"When we lose games we are not that bad, when we win games we are not that great. The important thing is on days like this we should enjoy it because in football things don't come around that often. 
"The message is tonight we are happy for the fans because it is a long journey and they were magnificent.

"In today's times for all these fans to come all the way to Leeds to support us players is really incredible so I'm pleased we managed to give this happiness to the fans as well."

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