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‘We were surprised Troy Deeney played’

Justin Edinburgh admitted he was surprised to see Troy Deeney in Watford’s starting line-up this evening.

Deeney played the full 120 minutes against the Gills in a bid to recapture the fitness levels that underpinned his impressive maiden season in the top-flight last season. He created the assist for Odion Ighalo, linked up well with Matej Vydra and saw a second-half header well saved by Stuart Nelson but he still looks a shadow of the player we saw last season.

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“David Kerslake [the former Watford No 2] knows Troy very well from his time at Watford,” said Edinburgh. “We didn’t expect to see Troy in the team, we thought he would probably be one who would be rested. Troy knows these kind of games, he understands these kind of games. We are fully aware of his strengths and the player he has become.”

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As Watford wilted, Edinburgh paid tribute to his side’s “extraordinary levels of fitness” in what he feels was the biggest win of his career.

“In the end, yeah we did deserved it,” he said. “I felt we did ride our luck a little. It’s a proud moment for this football club. Without a doubt [it’s my biggest win]. When we missed the penalty, I thought we had missed the opportunity to get something out of the game. We showed courage when we got on the ball.”