Femenía | “This Game Has Helped Me”
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Sunday’s final result against Arsenal was not what Kiko Femenía would have wanted before kick-off, but the versatile Spaniard can still take some positives after making his first start since the Hornets' 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the start of December.
The diminutive wing-back has a growing list of admirers amongst the Vicarage Road faithful, despite having only made 17 appearances since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer, though that is due to a hamstring injury initially sustained against Burnley, that flared up again in the away fixture at Selhurst Park.
Deployed in a more advanced position against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, after having come on as a substitute in a similar role in the previous game against West Bromwich Albion, Femenía admits the feeling of playing again was bittersweet.
Speaking to watfordfc.com, he said: “Of course, I’m not extremely happy simply because of the result, because when I go there I always want to help the team to get as much as possible.
“[But] I think now this game has helped me in order to get more minutes, and slowly, slowly, to get in the perfect condition.”
Watford have, at times this season, had to cope without a large percentage of first-team players, but the situation has improved over the last few weeks, with many of those absentees returning to training.
Javi Gracia has been loath to complain about the players he does not have available, preferring instead to focus on those he can work with, but Femenía has been pleased to see himself and others returning to the pitch and the training ground.
“Slowly we’re getting all the players back and it’s important,” he said. “The more we are the better we are.
“It’s also very important to have a good team environment and good team spirit to help each other – especially after these games – and this is what is happening.
“I think now we are getting all together and hopefully from here until the end of the season getting as many players back as possible.”