The home changing room at Vicarage Road is, we are reliably informed, the second largest in the Premier League – and that’s not including the area for multiple massage beds, the two-seater ice bath and the shower area complete with a mosaic of the club crest on the floor. Oh to be there tomorrow when Quique Sanchez Flores delivers his last words before the players make a sharp left, walk through the double glass doors and onto the pitch into a cacophonous noise. If Sanchez Flores, just about the most sensory aware coach you will find, speaks with anything like the passion he did with the media on Friday, Troy Deeney and Co will have hairs standing up in places they didn’t even know they had hairs.
“We work for the fans’ dream,” he said. “The message between the players and staff is this is not enough, not enough, not enough. We need more points, more wins, more performances. Sometimes I feel we are really far off the team I imagine.”
Gets you, doesn’t it? If Watford are seventh, on the back of three straight wins and successive clean sheets, then where on earth will they be when Sanchez Flores has them operating at full tilt?
“Everything is possible,” he said, “but we need to keep humble after results and not underestimate any teams. It is important to know what possibility we have. We want to be ambitious, we want to transmit passion and that we can improve. Our target is always the same – to keep in the category and, if it’s possible, to enjoy and not suffer this experience.”
You’ll find no-one wearing yellow colours today suffering at all, well not unless they had their Christmas party last night. These are heady times and the fans are loving every minute of it. Some are even changing their tune, albeit very slowly, about Jose Manuel Jurado.
“The first two games [after his injury] were difficult for him,” said Sanchez Flores of his summer signing from Spartak Moscow. “In the last two games he is coming [good] and he is a very important player for us.”
We have an article in the latest issue of this fanzine where we discuss the tickets prices for the game at Chelsea on Boxing Day. Make sure you pick up a copy outside the ground today.