Foster: “We Will Not Take Our Foot Off The Gas”
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Ben Foster insists Watford will “not take their foot off the gas” despite their hopes for securing seventh place taking a blow against Wolves.
Wanderers, who occupied that spot upon their arrival to Vicarage Road, further strengthened their hold on their position after running out 2-1 winners courtesy of strikes from Raul Jimenez and Diego Jota either side of Andre Gray’s equaliser.
The Hornets are now four points behind Wolves in the Premier League table, with two games to play. The Golden Boys travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next Sunday before ending their league campaign at home to West Ham.
But, with an FA Cup final date with Manchester City to come following that clash with the Hammers, goalkeeper Foster is adamant the focus remains on finishing the season as strongly as possible.
“It is obviously hugely disappointing to lose the game in the way that we did,” he said. “It was a big opportunity to steal a march on everyone and try and claim that seventh position.
“But we have a couple of games left [in the league]. They are difficult fixtures but we will give it all we have got.
“There is still lots to play for. Nobody will be taking their foot off the gas. We have a Cup final in three weeks’ time and whatever happens between now and then, it has still been a successful season.”
Reflecting on the game, Foster admitted that Jota’s winner “took the wind out of the lads”, after Watford had made a blistering start to the second half.
Trailing 1-0 after Jimenez’s first half strike, the Golden Boys took just four minutes of the second period to bring themselves level.
Ryan Bennett’s back pass fell to Gerard Deulofeu and when Rui Patricio got a hand to the ball, Gray was on hand to drill it home.
But, despite Watford controlling proceedings, Jota won it when converting Ruben Neves’ long pass after Foster misjudged the flight of the ball.
“Their second goal was a sucker punch,” conceded the 36-year-old. “The first period was a bit nip and tuck but the response from us in the second half was brilliant.
“We scored the equaliser early and there was only one team probing and looking likely to score. To then concede the way we did was a big sucker punch and really took the wind out the lads.
“There wasn’t much at all between the two teams. We lacked a little bit of quality in front of goal and our only shot on target was actually our equaliser.
“But we have two games left and we will give it everything we have.”