First Team 27/12/2017

Cleverley | “Showed Our Character”

Watford got back to winning ways at Vicarage Road on Tuesday after they beat Leicester City 2-1 at Vicarage Road, thanks to goals from Molla Wagué and Abdoulaye Doucouré.

The Golden Boys were without victory in six games going into the match which prompted a slight tactical change. Tom Cleverley pushed further forward in front of Ben Watson and Doucouré, a position the England cap was more than happy to take on.

“It was more of the position I was playing at the start of the season, I offer my defensive responsibility in that position as well so I hope that helps the team.

“I enjoy playing a bit further forward and created a few chances and almost scored near the end as well.” Cleverley said.

The win keeps Watford in 10th position and pushes them to 25 points after 20 matches. After an impressive start to the campaign, results of late had started to dip, with some calling into question the character and commitment of the players. Cleverley strongly disagrees. 

“When you’re on a bit of a bad run people start doubting things and doubting the team spirit we’ve got.

“We know we’ve got a good set of lads here. Everyone really dug in today and even the lads who came off the bench did fantastic. It was a real team effort and a really satisfying win.”

Despite the victory it was a nervous start, Marco Silva's side going behind to Riyad Mahrez’s opener around the half hour mark. The Golden Boys showed plenty of fight and grit to turn things around and Cleverley wasn't concerned with aesthetics. 

“It’s massive, even doing it the way we did, we’ve probably won in a more stylish way this year but I think at times we really showed our character today, especially going one nil down.”

Match highlights plus reaction from Doucouré and Wagué in Match Review.

First Team 27/12/2017

100 Club | Mapps and Janmaat

Another pair of Watford players have been recognised by the Premier League after making their 100th English top-flight appearances during recent weeks.
 
Daryl Janmaat topped the milestone when recalled to the Hornets’ line-up for the trip to Burnley three weeks ago, while Adrian Mariappa reached a century of Premier League outings during the fixture at Chelsea in October.
 
The Premier League is celebrating each player every 100 appearances or 50 goals as part of its Player Milestones initiative, in partnership with Cadbury.
 
Janmaat and Mariappa were each awarded a presentation box containing a special medallion and a plaque commemorating their achievement.