When Quique Sánchez Flores was last in charge of the Hornets, his first win came in September, at Vicarage Road, against Swansea City and with Sebastian Prödl in the heart of the defence.
The Hornets recorded a similar victory last night in the Carabao Cup and Prödl, who remembers well the confidence boost gained from that win in 2015, hopes this can provide a similar kick-start for this season.
“I think there are some good memories against this opponent and also good memories because back in the day this meant a very good start and a very good season,” Prödl told watfordfc.com after his first start of the season.
“I remember it was the first win in the Premier League, at home as well and with one goal difference. It was 1-0 then and it was 2-1 today. This win came a bit later, but we should memorise how it feels to win, how we can manage to win, and we go from there.”
The team and fans alike will want to feel that winning feeling in the Premier League soon, and Prödl is keen to get points on the board as soon as possible.
“I think the next two games are pivotal, against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, before the international break. We need to get some points now in the Premier League to get out of trouble and to get into safe waters,” he said.
“I think the pressure is on, but we can fight it with confidence, we can fight it with quality, and we can fight it as a club. I think this is what we should focus on. There is not much time to recover now but I think we have a big squad, a quality squad and I do believe there is a way out.
“We have to admit that we haven’t had the best start to the season, and step by step now we have to get out of trouble. This competition is something where we can get some confidence. We changed a lot of players today but this just means that we add more players to the competition now for the Premier League.”
Prödl was one of the players who was brought in as a change to the regular line-up. It was his first start of the season and he hopes it will be the first of many.
“I had a lot of trouble last year with injuries and with personal problems and I’m back now, I’ve got my fitness back and it was important for myself today to show myself that I’m able to play 90 minutes at this level and I proved it,” he said.
“Now we will take it step by step, get back into competition and I will fight for my space in this squad. I think I can add a lot of experience to this squad and I haven’t played lately in the Premier League, but my absolute target is to get back in the starting 11 again in the Premier League. It was a good first step for myself to do that tonight.”