At the beginning of the season, very few people would have put money on Watford FC doing well this year aside from hardcore supporters. However, manager Javi Gracia set out to do something special this year, and so far it’s been paying off. Instead of sticking around its usual haunts in the league tables, Watford has managed to play themselves into seventh in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. This was topped off with a convincing 5-1 defeat against Cardiff, which many have highlighted as a sign of how teamwork has improved in the team over the past few months.
As Mr. Gracia has noted, each of the players is heading in the same direction and helping each other along so that the whole team can succeed. Javi Gracia noted that this could be seen in Gerard Deulofeu’s assistance with Troy Deeney’s first goal of the Cardiff goal before being substituted off. This was after Mr. Deylofeu’s hat-trick helped Watford secure the lead. Gerard Deulofeu was able to secure the win with a second goal later in the game. Because of that, Mr. Gracia is happy with the way the team is playing; not only was this evident in the Cardiff win, but the team has been surging in league tables over recent weeks.
While the team has already earned a significant amount of praise this season, Javi Gracia has said that he wants to continue to push the limit of what the team can do this season. The season has also seen some recent firsts in Watford’s recent history; for example, Mr. Deulofeu’s hat-trick was the first by a Watford player in the top-flight since Mark Falco against Aston Villa in October 1986. If the team continues to play this way, then they’re in for a great finish this season.