Deeney: “You Can See The Passion And Desire”
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Watford captain Troy Deeney was quick to put down any suggestions that the Hornets' season will tail off as they push for their best ever finish in the Premier League era.
The striker got a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over Leicester, and said that the winning strike came down to the natural understanding between him and Andre Gray.
“Me and Dre always say we feel like we’ve got chances in us,” said Deeney. “We’ve got an understanding - naturally having two strikers who are used to playing that way.
“When it came to me, everyone said it was a great pass, but it was pretty simple because I knew where he was going and it was a great first touch and a great finish.”
Watford continue to defy the pundits that said the Golden Boys would be on the beach after Christmas, and remain very much in the hunt for seventh spot in the table and potential European football next season.
“You can see the passion and the desire to win is there,” said the skipper. “People look at us and say we’re on 40 points and we’re comfortable, we’re going to relax, but I think it shows with everyone coming off the bench you see that this team is keen to progress and wants to do more.”
The belief that this side can win any game - something instilled in them by Javi Gracia - has seen the Hornets beaten by only the ‘big six’, Leicester, Bournemouth and Newcastle this season.
But otherwise, a mix of quality and determination has seen this side elevated to eighth spot in the Premier League.
“That’s been the backbone of this team this season,” said the 30-year-old. “You can name about 15 or 16 games where we’ve dug in, whether that’s been to get the win, to hold on to the win or to get the draw.
“We’ve shown character - I think that’s never in question now - it’s just about continuing to be consistent and trying to win more and more football matches.”
Apart from the comeback win over Tottenham at home, the Golden Boys are yet to cause much upset amongst the big hitters in the league. That’s the next target for this group of players.
“Obviously the one [improvement] would be trying to get some points on the board against the big teams away from home,” said Deeney. “I think that’s a clear one to try and address - and we’ve got the 'easy' task of playing Manchester City away this week, so let’s try and make it there!”