Quique: “I just love being in the top half of the Premier League”

Leicester City’s rise from the foot of the Premier League to its summit in 12 remarkable months is the football story of the year, in fact any year. Yet’s Watford’s ascension is not too shabby either.

Those travelling fans who left Craven Cottage this time last year, basking in the glory of a five-star performance against Fulham and a rise to sixth in the Championship table, would have laughed in your face had you told them, in 12 months time, they would be dropping one place to tenth in the Premier League table because of Everton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace they would have questioned your sanity.

Not only that, the Hornets are the only Premier League team to string back-to-back wins together in the last two game weeks and, in Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, they have a pair who have fashioned more chances (27) than any other two players in the top flight this season. These are heady times to be a Watford fan.

“I love being in the top half of the table,” said Quique Sanchez Flores in a radio interview after Saturday’s game. “I just love it because this is very good for Watford and it means we are working well, that the players are happy, that the owners are happy and it means we have the possibility to transmit to the fans exactly what we want.”

Watford have only lost ten league games in the last 12 months (five of which have been against the Premier League’s top six) and they have only dipped below 15th spot once this season.

Watford’s league position after each completed round of Premier League games this season:

Week 1: 12th

Week 2: 12th

Week 3: 12th

Week 4: 17th

Week 5: 13th

Week 6: 10th

Week 7: 13th

Week 8: 12th

Week 9: 15th

Week 10: 13th

Week 11: 11th

Week 12: 11th

Week 13: 13th

Week 14: 11th

Week 15: 10th