“It's hard for me to say that I feel I've done well enough to win ‘Player of the Season’ but, goals-wise and with my all-round game, it's certainly been my best-ever year at Watford.
“There have been other players who've more than done their share as well. But I'm happy with what I've done - I feel I've contributed to us being safe.”
And not just being safe, but the small matter of a Carling Cup semi-final in addition...
“That achievement has been a bit overshadowed by our need for points,” explained H. “I think when people look back on this season, they will remember the cup run which was absolutely fantastic and hopefully games early in the season when we were buzzing.”
He added: “I'm not convinced about the argument saying our league form suffered because of the cup. I think that can be an easy excuse.
“Yes, we've had to play eight or nine more games than other sides but I've always thought cup success should transfer into league form - but obviously it doesn't often work like that.”