First Team 06/02/2020

Deulofeu: “We Have To Fight As One”

By Kevin Affleck

Gerard Deulofeu feels all the Hornets are really missing from their armoury is a bit of game management.

Nigel Pearson’s team have played some really good stuff against Aston Villa and Everton, leading 1-0 and 2-0 and getting in a position to claim vital points but have agonisingly failed to close the game out. 

The Spaniard is encouraged by the fact the team have done the hard bit and got their nose in front – they just need to now be a bit cuter and finish the job off, he said. 

“In the last seven or eight games with the new coach we are in a really good way,” he said. “Now we have to keep going and sometimes we have to manage the game better when we are up in the scoreline. We have to improve this. But of course we can stay in the Premier League. There are a lot of games yet and as soon as you get points, you start to feel more confidence.”

The belief would really be fuelled if the team picked up all three points against Brighton on Saturday.

“It's big, just like the last two,” said Deulofeu. “Every game is going to be really important because we are in a dangerous position and we have to get points. We have some difficult games after the [mid-season] break so we have to take these three points because we lost the last two.”

There will be nearly 3,000 Watford fans at the Amex Stadium on Saturday aiming to the roar the team on to what would be a significant win.

“Wow,” said Deulofeu when told about the support heading to the south coast. “We have to do this altogether, fight as one, fight as a team and give the fans a great three points. I'm trying hard every game to help the team.”


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