Hughes: “The Fans Play Such A Big Part”
By Kevin Affleck
Will Hughes wants to give Leicester City the same sort of searching examination Liverpool and Manchester United got when the Foxes come to Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The Hornets have only lost one of their last seven Premier League matches at home and kept five clean sheets in the process. Only Liverpool have won more points at home since Nigel Pearson's first match in charge. With five of the remaining nine games this season taking place in WD18, that sort of form is going to be crucial if the Golden Boys are to stay out of the bottom three.
“Going into the last nine, every game is huge now,” said Hughes. “We'll look to win every game, home and away, but the likelihood is that the home form is going to be massively important.
“At home we are capable of anything, as we showed against Liverpool. Our away form has been a bit off-ish lately which is frustrating, but we are a real threat at home and we are keen to keep that going against Leicester.
“The fans play such a big part, especially against Liverpool. After we scored the first goal, they really helped push us through.”
The Hornets are outside the relegation zone on goal difference and the number crunching and outcome of the remaining fixtures of all the sides down there is well underway by fans and pundits.
“You can't look at it and say we need a certain amount of points or we'll pick up points there or pick points here,” said Hughes.
“We are going into every game looking to win it and that's the mentality we all have. Things change week by week, teams pick up results when you wouldn't expect them to, so you do have to take it game by game.”
The next one is against Brendan Rodgers' side and the Hornets are eyeing a fourth successive home 2-1 win over the team from the East Midlands.
“They are a good side and you just have to look at where they are in the league to see that,” said Hughes. “They've been really consistent throughout and are on the up after that win over Villa, but they are coming to our place and they know what a difficult game it's going to be. We'll be doing our best to make it difficult and win the game.”