First Team 02/01/2020

Deulofeu: “Nothing Is Done Yet”

By Kevin Affleck

Gerard Deulofeu scored one and made another for this resurgent Watford team yesterday, but it was perhaps his willingness to track back and get his hands dirty that summed up the spirit the team played with against Wolves.

The Spaniard showed his stomach for the fight inside two minutes by pick-pocketing Adama Traoré, his former teammate at Barcelona, deep in Watford's half and launching a raid upfield. It was the sort of manoeuvre you'd expect from Étienne Capoue. Deulofeu is never going to be the sort of player who takes one in the mush like Adam Masina did at the end or be sliding in full length like Troy Deeney did on the edge of his own penalty area in the dying throes, but the 25-year-old is certainly buying into the sort of defensive work Nigel Pearson demands.

“He has changed a lot of things,” said Deulofeu. “If you play on the left wing you have to help your left back and I'm doing a good effort defending. We had to defend a little bit more because Traoré is amazing and I had to do it for the team. We are really organised on and off the pitch, like how we play with a high press all together. We defend with a good shape, creating chances on the wings too. It is tough to beat us, but we have to continue playing like this and not defend the whole game.”

The Hornets were able to sit back and absorb a bit of pressure at the death as Deulofeu had curled in a sweet opener and then laid on the pass for Abdoulaye Doucouré to ram in the second. Joint top-scorer Deulofeu has scored three goals in all competitions against Wolves for Watford – he's only scored more against Cardiff City for the Hornets – and he loves nothing more than cutting in on his wand of a right foot and clipping or steering one into the far corner.

“It was really quick,” he said. “Ismaïla gave me a good pass and I have the angle and pace for a quick finish. It was a nice goal because the team needed it. I love that type of goal, like the one in the semi-final. Football is really quick and you have to decide quickly what to do. It was good.”

The win was the Golden Boys' third in their last four matches and they now have picked up more points in the last ten days than they did in the previous four months.

“We are very, very happy because it was a tough period,” said Deulofeu. “The consecutive wins at home puts the team higher in the table, not at the bottom. Now we can achieve what we are working towards with this new manager. We play better and that's why we are winning. We have to continue as nothing is done yet. The most important thing is how you finish, not how you start.”

First Team 02/01/2020

Sportsbet.io Player Of The Month: Foster Wins December Vote

Ben Foster has been crowned Watford's Sportsbet.io Player of the Month for December 2019.

The goalkeeper - who produced some outstanding performances in games against the likes of Manchester United, Sheffield United and Aston Villa - was chosen by 49 per cent of supporters who voted in an online poll on Facebook.

Troy Deeney was runner-up with 21 per cent, closely followed by Ismaïla Sarr with 20 per cent.

Congratulations, Ben!