Foster: “No Team Likes To Work As Watford Do”
Ben Foster says this Watford side are the “most hard-working team” he’s ever been a part of.
With the race for a European spot in the Premier League looking like it’s going to go down to the wire, it could be Watford’s work-rate that could make them the best of the rest this season.
The former Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper knows something about hard-working sides – having worked under the likes of Tony Pulis, Sir Alex Ferguson and Aidy Boothroyd – but says the Hornets’ endeavour makes it a joy to come in to train every day.
“The season has absolutely whizzed by – and I’ve enjoyed every second of it,” said the goalkeeper.
“That’s a testament to the lads that I’m playing with. They just make it a pleasure to come into work every day.
“We’re a really hard-working team. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes – I’ve never been involved with a team that likes to work as we do.
“The lads are always in the gym and they are always doing extra on the training pitches.
“There’s players that haven’t played in 15 or 20 games and they are still giving it 110 per cent every day on the training pitch.
“The cup run has been incredible for us because it keeps everyone on their toes, because they know even if they don’t start this Saturday or next Saturday, they are one injury away from being in the starting XI come the cup final.
“When everybody is like that and everybody feels part of the team, that’s when you get your best results on a Saturday.
“But we take every Premier League game as it comes. You never, ever, look past the next game – I know it’s a cliché, but that’s the way it goes.
“You look at who you are playing in the next game, you look at their strengths and weaknesses, but the most important thing is that we focus on ourselves and we look at our strengths and what we need to do.”
Part of that preparation involves looking at the two previous meetings with Wolves this season – both of which have ended in victories for the Golden Boys.
Watford have already broken the club record for the most points accrued in a Premier League season, passing the 45 amassed under Quique Sanchez Flores in 2015/16 in the club’s first season back in the top flight.
Now Foster and the lads have their sights set on a highest-ever Premier League finish.
“It’s been a fantastic season so far, but we can’t let it go to waste now,” said the former England stopper. “There’s four teams vying for that seventh position, and we’ve got ourselves into a position where we can genuinely go for it.
“If we do what we know we can do, we should get seventh. It is huge for us; we want to give it all we’ve got and finish strongly.
“We want to beat Wolves on Saturday and then we’ve got two more ‘cup finals’ before the FA Cup final at the end of the season.
“The manager is meticulous; he’s probably looked at the last 20 matches that Wolves have played.
“We know what to expect from them, we did really well in that second half at Wembley and we can put that into practice on Saturday.”