José Holebas has been speaking to the broadcast media – in his own typically forthright fashion – ahead of tomorrow’s match against Everton.
Despite a downturn in form over the festive period, the former Greek international believes the Hornets must have a positive mental attitude in the final third of the season.
He said: “The mood is always good here. I know everyone is a little bit angry about the last two months because we struggled a little bit, but the only thing we can do is work on it and look forward.
“The new manager is doing his best now in keeping the mood up and is working really well.”
Holebas is also his own harshest critic, and admits that while he may have struggled to live up to his own high standards a little recently, he’s well on his way to being back to his best.
“I criticise myself a lot, even if I’ve played a good game,” he said. “I could be better. I started well this season, but my performance went down a little bit. I have to find my performance again, but I think I will find it really soon. I’m in good shape and feeling good.”
The full-back, who has a rocket of a left-foot thanks to starting his career as a striker, agrees that he let his emotions boil over in the reverse fixture back in November.
“We have to do something in this game [on Saturday]. When we played there [at Goodison], we were 2-0 up and gave the game away in that way – it is unacceptable for me.
“I was a little bit emotional because I know that this season we have lost some points [from winning positions].”
He wears his heart on his sleeve, what you see is what you get, but Holebas is wary of setting any targets for the rest of the season – he just wants to take it game-by-game.
He said: “We have some pressure from below, but that’s not what we want because we started really well this season. If you count the games where we were playing really well and lost, we would be in the top seven. That makes me a little bit angry, and that is something we should change.
“We have to work from game to game and not watch what other clubs are doing. You have to win your games, if you do that it doesn’t matter what the other clubs are doing.”
The Ticket Office will be open from 10am on Saturday ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off time.