29/12/2017

Team News | Swansea

Marco Silva kept it brief when reporting the latest Watford team news from the Hornets' training ground this afternoon. 

Roberto Pereyra was the only new item of conversation, in an otherwise unchanged injury and suspension list. 

The luckless midfield man was forced off against Leicester with a minor complaint, but could be in line for a rapid return against Swansea on Saturday. 

“After the last match the situation with Pereyra is we will see,” Silva said. 

“Yesterday he started again to work with the team. The injury is nothing special. We'll take care with him and see how he is but he looks in a good condition to play tomorrow.”

Will Hughes and Kiko Femenía remain unavailable, while captain Troy Deeney is halfway through his four-match suspension.

Long-term absentees Nathaniel Chalobah, Miguel Britos, Younès Kaboul and Craig Cathcart continue their rehabilitation programmes. 

Watch Silva's full pre-Swansea press conference in the free video above.

First Team 27/12/2017

Cleverley | “Showed Our Character”

Watford got back to winning ways at Vicarage Road on Tuesday after they beat Leicester City 2-1 at Vicarage Road, thanks to goals from Molla Wagué and Abdoulaye Doucouré.

The Golden Boys were without victory in six games going into the match which prompted a slight tactical change. Tom Cleverley pushed further forward in front of Ben Watson and Doucouré, a position the England cap was more than happy to take on.

“It was more of the position I was playing at the start of the season, I offer my defensive responsibility in that position as well so I hope that helps the team.

“I enjoy playing a bit further forward and created a few chances and almost scored near the end as well.” Cleverley said.

The win keeps Watford in 10th position and pushes them to 25 points after 20 matches. After an impressive start to the campaign, results of late had started to dip, with some calling into question the character and commitment of the players. Cleverley strongly disagrees. 

“When you’re on a bit of a bad run people start doubting things and doubting the team spirit we’ve got.

“We know we’ve got a good set of lads here. Everyone really dug in today and even the lads who came off the bench did fantastic. It was a real team effort and a really satisfying win.”

Despite the victory it was a nervous start, Marco Silva's side going behind to Riyad Mahrez’s opener around the half hour mark. The Golden Boys showed plenty of fight and grit to turn things around and Cleverley wasn't concerned with aesthetics. 

“It’s massive, even doing it the way we did, we’ve probably won in a more stylish way this year but I think at times we really showed our character today, especially going one nil down.”

Match highlights plus reaction from Doucouré and Wagué in Match Review.