Match Preview: Foster On Palace Trip
Having played for Roy Hodgson at international level, Ben Foster knows all about the threat the former England manager’s Crystal Palace side will pose Watford this weekend.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Hornets’ Premier League trip to Selhurst Park, Foster - who also worked under Hodgson at West Brom - said: “Obviously I’ve played for Roy and his teams in general are more about the team, having a strong, set, organised team. That’s how he sets his teams up and he always will do.
“So we know that they’re going to be organised, they’re going to have a strong defence and big lads as well. They’ve also got the new goalkeeper [Vicente Guaita], who’s done really well lately.
“But we don’t really spend too much time looking at individuals. We won’t go singling players out, it’s more about how they play and move as a team, and we will try and combat that.”
One Palace player who the Hornets will have to pay close attention to on Saturday is Wilfried Zaha, and Foster believes the ex-Manchester United attacker to be a real danger-man, despite not hitting his usual heights in the return fixture at Vicarage Road back in August.
“As a goalkeeper he’s one of those who, if he gets a second to take a shot, he’s taking that shot no matter where he is. He could be 40 yards out and you can see he’s trying to look for the goal,” he said.
“He needs very little back lift. He’s one of those who can put all sorts of weird movements on the ball and as a goalie you don’t really enjoy that sort of player.
“But we played against them earlier in the season at our place and beat them 2-1, and I think for the majority of the game we had him under wraps. He scored the one chance he got, which is fair play, but I think the team we played that day dealt with them.”
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