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COLNEY CHAT: "Letting It Go"

Posted: Thu 31 Jan 2013
Author: Club Journalist

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Swedish defender Joel Ekstrand says the squad must move on quickly from the defeat at Bristol City

JOEL Ekstrand thinks it’s important for Watford to focus their attentions on their upcoming match against Bolton at Vicarage Road, and not allow the loss at Bristol City to play on their minds.

Speaking exclusively to watfordfc.com, Ekstrand said the squad are well aware of the failings in the game at Ashton gate, but are now looking to push on in the npower Championship. 

“We spoke about it after the game, about letting it go,” he said. 

“We have to keep our heads up after the last result, we can’t let it linger. Our performance wasn’t up to our standards. But we need to move onto to the game on Saturday against Bolton. Hopefully we’ll be recharged, and get three points.”

The defender, who has formed part of Gianfranco Zola’s favoured back three for much of this season, is looking forward to getting back to match action at the Vic, after a somewhat tiring week for the squad. 

“It will be nice to play at Vicarage Road, in front of our own fans, without the travelling. Last week we went out to Spain, then to Nottingham and Bristol. The plane and train journeys can take their toll on your energy levels.

“Of course, after the away games against Forest and Bristol, where both pitches were very heavy, it can be tiring, and the Championship is demanding anyway.

“It will be good to hopefully bounce back at home, we need to get back to our normal style of play and hopefully that will see us get the three points.”

Having been called up to the Swedish national team squad for a friendly against Argentina next week, Ekstrand is delighted to have the opportunity to come up against Lionel Messi and Co, and doesn’t underestimate that playing regular football has given him the opportunity to add to his solitary cap. 

“It’s great to be back in the squad. I don’t know if I’ll get any playing time, but I’m just happy to be involved. It gives me a chance to impress the national team coach, and everybody else.

“I’m very happy to have the opportunity, because I’ve been working hard and it’s good to see it paying off.  

"At Udinese I played a little bit, but now I’m playing every week at Watford. I’m getting competitive game time regularly, which is what I want. It’s important that I’m playing and I’m happy that I’m getting the rewards for it.”