Deeney eager to ‘please fans’ in final Watford game

Date published: Thursday 12th May 2016 3:26

Troy Deeney Watford

Watford captain Troy Deeney is determined to finish the season with a flourish in what could be Quique Sanchez Flores’ final match in charge.

The Hornets are 13th ahead of Sunday’s final game of the Premier League season with Sunderland following Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss at relegated Norwich.

“We wanted to go out fighting and to please our fans,” Deeney said.

“We had a go going forward, but we conceded four sloppy goals from our point of view.

“It’s frustrating and it’s disappointing, but we’ve got a few days now to recover and prepare for Sunderland, so let’s make sure we put it right on Sunday.”

Sanchez Flores has a break clause in his two-year contract which either Watford or the Spaniard could activate, ending his season-long spell.

The manager was relaxed about it after the Carrow Road loss, but speculation is mounting that he will be replaced. Former Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri has been linked with Watford.

Sanchez Flores described the defeat at Carrow Road as a “party match” not worth analysing.

Watford made strong starts early in either half, with Deeney scoring after 11 minutes and Odion Ighalo six minutes after the restart.

“After a good start it was disappointing to then be behind so quickly, and conceding two in something like two minutes really hit us,” Deeney added.

“We got back into it when Odion scored after half-time, but the same thing happened and they scored one up the other end to kill the game.”

Ighalo ended a 12-game scoreless streak in the Premier League and Deeney was thrilled for his strike partner.

“It was lovely for Odion to get his goal,” the skipper added.

“It’s been a little while for him but I think he’s on 17 now, and you can’t argue with that for a first year in the Premier League.”

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