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Vydra: ‘I have great memories from my time at Watford’

Matej Vydra hopes he can replicate what he achieved with Watford and fire Derby to promotion.

Nigel Pearson convinced his board to spend nearly £8m on the Czech Republic forward who helped dash his Leicester side’s promotion hopes in that infamous 2013 game at Vicarage Road with two goals. Vydra now wants to pick up a second promotion winner’s medal in three seasons after deciding not to be a bit-part player at Watford.

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“Derby is looking like a Premier League club,” he said in an interview with the Derby County club website. “There is a lot of ambition, a strong team here and they have a manager that is also a Premier League manager. There is a lot of experience and it was an easy choice to move here. I’m looking forward to my time here. I had some great memories at Watford and hopefully we are celebrating at the end of this season like we did at Watford in 2015.”

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Vydra scored 40 goals in two Championship seasons for Watford, although he only mustered three in the league for Reading last season. Vydra will join up with the Czech Republic team tomorrow and should make his debut for the Rams against Newcastle United on Saturday, September 10.

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“I hope I can keep the goals coming up. I know all about the Championship, it is a hard league, a tough league, with a lot of games, but if you start winning you can really build up some momentum and you can very quickly move up the league,” he said.

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“Every week is hard. No matter who you face, whether it is a team at the top or the bottom, you have to fight to win every game. Derby have got a strong squad in place here and from my time in this league, it has always been a hard place to come to and get points. I hope we can build a fortress at the iPro Stadium. I want to be part of a special season at this club and, personally, I want to score goals to help with that.”