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Reaction: ‘Deeney represents the values of Watford’

Quique Sanchez Flores would never admit he made a mistake in leaving out Troy Deeney last weekend but the way he paid tribute to the striker after his two-goal heroics at Selhurst Park this afternoon suggests he’s not in a hurry to repeat the move any time soon.

“Deeney doesn’t waste time thinking about bad things,” said the head coach. “He’s a big player for us, for the system. He represents well the values of Watford. He knows everything about Watford, the history.”

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Deeney’s two goals took him to nine for the season and up to 90 in Watford colours, outright fifth in the club’s all-time list.

“For strikers it’s always important to score,” said the head coach on the captain’s first goals since Boxing Day. “He has an amazing personality. He started the season playing like a striker, then like a second striker and now in another system. It’s also his values with the work, pressure and defending. He’s doing very well.”

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The three points Deeney’s goal secured moved Watford up to 36 points. Hull went down last season with 35.

“We went through a period when it was difficult to win,” said Sanchez Flores. “It was difficult to accept [these results]. It is perfect now. We feel good. We are happy. It’s very important for us, as it means we are close to the target, to keep Watford in the Premier League for next year and to keep Watford growing.”

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Emmanuel Adebayor almost made Watford regret turning down the opportunity to sign him by scoring the equaliser.

“He’s a very good player,” said the head coach. “Today he wanted to show everyone he deserves to play at the best level. We stop him well. It’s not easy. We put him far away from the box. He was a bit closer in the box in the second half but we defended him very well.”