23 Feb Backing of Watford fans is vital – Javi Gracia
Watford boss Javi Gracia has called on the home supporters to create the same intimidating atmosphere which helped his team beat Chelsea when Everton come to Vicarage Road.
Gracia was brought in at the end of January following the departure of Marco Silva.
The Spaniard’s first home match in charge saw Premier League champions Chelsea beaten 4-1 under the floodlights.
Gracia called on the Hornets fans to again make it a night to remember against Everton for Saturday’s late kick off.
“We try to go on the same way (as we did against Chelsea). We got the result with the support of our fans,” Gracia said.
“The next two games (at home), we need them as after we have some difficult matches away.
“I think with the backing of our support we will be able to achieve our objectives.”
Watford were unable to build on the win over Chelsea as they lost 2-0 at West Ham before the break in Premier League action because of the FA Cup.
Gracia, though, is remaining focused on the job in hand rather than worry about how many more points Watford may need over the final 11 matches to secure top-flight status again.
“I don’t like to speak about relegation. I only focus on the next match – to speak about other things is not good for anybody,” Gracia added at a press conference.
“I don’t know (how many points might be needed to stay up), but I know one thing – we need three points against Everton.
“This is the best way to play these 11 matches that are left. We try to get to 33 points first, to look so far ahead is not the best way to play our matches.”
Everton lost their last away match 5-1 at Arsenal, before returning to winning ways with a home victory against Crystal Palace.
Gracia is expecting a tough examination from Sam Allardyce’s squad.
“We know they score goals, but it is not only about defence – we are ready to attack, to counter-attack,” he said.
“We have had time (in the fixture break) and now we have more options to choose players and this is a good moment for us.
“We will play against a big club and try and get the points.”