Capoue: “We Can See Our Spirit”
By Kevin Affleck
Étienne Capoue feels the squad has recaptured the belief they had for large chunks of last season and that it is underpinning their upturn in form.
The Hornets have bagged seven points in six days and look much more like the team which started last season with four straight wins and ended the season with their best ever Premier League finish. Capoue thrives in this type of atmosphere and followed up a majestic performance at Bramall Lane with a colossal one against Aston Villa.
“Nigel brings a very good vibe between the players,” said Capoue. “We fight a lot for each other and we find that spirit we had last season. He and his staff have brought character and it is a really nice atmosphere they have brought. We follow them, we trust their ideas and we reflect it on the pitch. We can see our spirit.”
Capoue produced the complete midfield performance against Villa. His passing accuracy was 87 percent, the seven ball recoveries he made was testament to his defensive work while he also created three chances, including the third goal for Ismaïla Sarr.
“It was a huge win as we have to come back,” he said. “We did it today with big character. It was all about character and it was a huge win and I hope we can keep it going. We may be in the relegation zone but we want to send a message that it will be very difficult to get points here [at Vicarage Road]. We got back-to-back wins. Now it's about keeping focus and going game by game. We are in a difficult situation but if we keep going like this, we are going to go out of the situation.”