Silva | “He Built The Club”

Marco Silva wants his team to mark the anniversary of Graham Taylor's passing with a fitting performance against Southampton at what is bound to be an emotional Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Silva was asked first about the team news at this afternoon's press conference but the Head Coach, completely unprompted, opted to kick off proceedings with his own tribute to the greatest manager in the club's history. He felt it was the only place to start. 

“It's a really important day for the club, for us, for the fans and for his family as well,” said Silva. “What he achieved at this club was amazing. He built the club with Sir Elton John and it's important we start with him because this is really important for us as a club.”

Silva knows his football history and he has done his research on the transformative effect GT had on the Hornets in two separate heady spells. He appreciates the lofty position the club now finds itself is largely down to the foundations laid down by GT.

“Each club I'm working at I like to understand the story of the club, what happened in the past and to respect the story and respect important persons in the club's history,” he said. “I will work every day to improve the club.”

Marco Silva in conversation with Tom Cleverley

The Head Coach feels the players will not need reminding of the significance of the day and that the pursuit of three valuable Premier League points should provide enough of a carrot on Saturday.

“I can use everything I feel is the best to motivate our players,” said Silva. “Our best motivation is our job. People who work in football are doing what we love, what is our passion. It’s a fantastic job. It’s a big motivation. We must work hard to win the game.”

It's perhaps fitting that Saturday's opponents are Southampton, the team against whom GT masterminded one of the club's most famous results, the 7-1 League Cup win over the Saints at a disbelieving Vicarage Road in 1980. The Head Coach would take a fraction of that entertainment tomorrow. 

“It's important for me and the players to do everything to win the game,” said Silva. “We hope on this important day that we can win the match. If fans can enjoy the football [then this is better]. I expect big support from our fans. It important to support our team for every minute. If they do that everybody in the team feels stronger.”

Watch the full pre-Southampton press conference at the top of this article - free to view.


Richarlison | “I'm Adapting Very Well To The League”

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Watford head into tomorrow’s clash with Southampton at Vicarage Road looking for a much needed new year pick-me-up in the Premier League. 

It was not a very merry Christmas for the Golden Boys as they suffered home defeats to Huddersfield and Swansea and came away with nothing on trips to Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton. A morale boosting win over Leicester City showed the side's truest shade. 

Making Vicarage Road a fortress in the second half of the season is something Richarlison feels will make a huge difference to the Hornets' campaign, starting against the Saints .

“It’s a negative moment right now,” Richarlison admitted.

“We need to always look for that victory, starting from Saturday.

“We just have to keep improving and concentrating, especially in the final moments of matches and starting on Saturday we need to move back [up the table].”

Despite the recent dip in form it has been a fantastic start to life in England for the 20-year-old Brazilian. He has had a hand in many of Watford’s goals this season with an impressive five goals and eight assists overall in the league so far.

It’s safe to say the forward has certainly been a stand-out player for the Golden Boys so far and when questioned on his start to life at Vicarage Road, he was quick to thank those around him for his success.

“It’s going fantastically, it’s incredible. All my teammates are very helpful, I have a lot of great friends here.

“Overall it’s going absolutely great, I’m adapting well to the league and I have to thank God as well for the opportunity."