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Under-23 full-back Andrew Eleftheriou on Crewe win and a season of personal development

Eleftheriou | “A Good Experience This Year”


It was a successful afternoon in Cheshire yesterday for Watford Under-23s, with a 2-0 win no doubt making the journey back south an enjoyable one for Andrew Eleftheriou and his teammates. 

Goals from Ogo Obi and Dion Pereira secured an impressive three points for the Hornets, and Eleftheriou was full of praise for the Hornets’ performance against a strong Crewe Alexandra side. 

“Crewe are a really good team but I think we outperformed them, stuck to the game-plan and it was a really good performance all round,” he told

“We just focused on defending really well because we’ve been conceding a few goals and we wanted to be solid at the back with two holding midfielders. 

“We tried to turn them with balls down the channel and we executed that game-plan really well. 

“It’s a positive result and we’ve got three games left so we want to kick on and finish as high up the table as we can.”

The 19-year-old added another feather to his cap at Gresty Road, with the right-back handed the captain’s armband in the absence of regular skipper Carl Stewart. 

“It was just another game really and I tried to focus as much as I have for every game this year,” he said. 

“It was an enjoyable moment for me but all of us are leaders on the pitch and lead the team in our own way.

“It was nice to actually have the armband but I try to be a vocal member of the team every game, regardless of whether I’m officially the captain or not.” 

As well as an Under-23 regular, Eleftheriou has been a consistent figure in first-team training over the past season, and has travelled with the first-team and been included in the matchday squad on occasion.

Unsurprisingly, the Academy graduate readily acknowledged the improvements in his game as a result of being so involved with Walter Mazzarri's squad.

“It’s been a good experience this year, I haven’t got any minutes for the first-team but I’ve travelled a few times and been on the bench so its just been a learning curve for me," he said.

"A lot of it’s just about the mentality they have. They’re always switched on and focused every day in training and you’ve got to try and emulate that because the level they are performing at is so consistent. 

“That’s the benchmark for all of us young professionals.”


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