Hughes | “We're Looking Ahead”

Former England Under-21 international Will Hughes struggled to break into the starting line-up during his first couple of months at Vicarage Road. However, since making his debut against Stoke and impressing in his first start against Everton before the international break, the future certainly looks bright for the Hornets' young midfielder.

Since joining from Derby County in the summer midfielder Hughes believes the different nationalities around the dressing room at Vicarage Road have brought him out of his comfort zone and helped him grow.

“The majority of the players come from different cultures. Coming from an English club at Derby where there were maybe one or two foreign lads it’s a nice change to learn about different cultures and learn different things both on and off the pitch.” Hughes said.

A factor in his success may be down to Watford's positive start. Winning and losing four league games and drawing the other three leaves the club sitting in ninth place in the Premier League.

With three of those defeats coming in the last three fixtures, it has been something of a blip in an otherwise impressive start. Despite Hughes only recently coming into the side, he believes he and his fellow teammates are only looking at the positives, whether they’re starting games or not.

“Apart from the last couple of results we’ve had a flying start to the season,” he said. 

“There’s a close-knit team spirit in the changing room, lads that haven’t been playing have gathered around the lads that have and when called upon they’ve produced. 

“It’s all seemed to have clicked so far. A lot of people thought we would struggle this season. There’s a long way to go but we’ve had a good start.”

Watford face a West Ham side without a win away from home so far this season and without a win their last four league games.

This will be David Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers and Hughes is sure his teammates will not be taking the opposition lightly as they prepare like they would for any other game, with only one thing on their mind.

“We’re not going into the game thinking it’s any different. We’re going into it to get the three points - whoever is in charge it makes no difference. We know what to expect and we’re going to go in doing what we do best.

“West Ham are struggling at the moment but I’m sure it will turn for them, but hopefully not this Sunday.”

Hughes believes Watford have nothing to fear come Sunday and that one good result can change everything with the Englishman’s focus firmly on what lays ahead.

“The table’s very close at the moment. The last few results haven’t been great for us but one good result in our favour can push us back up the table, that’s what we’re aiming for. We’re not looking behind us, we’re looking ahead.”


Silva | “We Need To Keep Focused”

‘Focus’ was the key word as Marco Silva addressed a range of subjects at his weekly press conference as preparations ramp up a gear for Sunday’s meeting with West Ham.

Quizzed, inevitably, on reports linking the Hornets’ Head Coach with the Everton job, Silva was clear he wouldn’t allow any such speculation to divert attention away from the immediate task at hand this weekend.

“For me, I’m here to talk about what is most important for us in this moment, which is the game against West Ham,” he said, speaking to the assembled media at the Hornets’ training ground this afternoon.

“Fifteen days will have passed since the Everton game and I have kept my focus on West Ham. It’s been a normal week and I’ve done my job in a normal way, like I have done since the first day I came here.

“Nothing has changed; everybody in the club knows how I work every day and how I give my 100 per cent for this club.

“The supporters know how we work and they know we will give 100 per cent for them to win the match.”

Facing Watford on Sunday are West Ham, who will take to the field for the first time under new manager David Moyes, and Silva admitted preparing to face opposition under new leadership does have its challenges.

“It’s a different situation. If we played against them with the coach they had in the last few months, or even the last three or four matches, we’d have an idea what they normally do,” he said.

“We know very well the players and the team but this is their first match with a new coach. 

“We know David Moyes as well and what he normally did in other clubs, but he can change everything.

“We respect West Ham, we know they have individual players with lots of quality, but we need to keep focused on our behaviour and what we need to do to win the game.”

The Hornets enter the fixture on the back of consecutive defeats against Chelsea, Stoke and Everton, and Silva believes it’s key his side learn quickly from mistakes made in those matches.

“The last three matches are really good matches for us to learn from as soon as possible what we can do better,” he said.

“If you analyse, I think everybody has the same opinion that we performed very well. Not in the first 45 minutes against Stoke, but the two matches against Chelsea and Everton – until 65 minutes – and in the second-half against Stoke we performed well.

“The details made the difference and in some moments we lost our focus. We need to learn because we need to improve. We can’t lose our focus like we did in the important moments of those matches.

“The last three results have not been the best but the others before were really good. We’ve stayed in a good position in the table and we want more every time, but we’ve known since the first day we were here what our goal is and what we need to do.

“We’re unhappy with the last three defeats because we deserved different, but we need to understand as a team – and we’ve already talked about the situation – why we didn’t take those results.”

The broadcast section of Silva’s press conference is available to view above – free to watch, no sign-up required.