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Flores 'confident' ahead of West Ham clash

Filed: Thursday, 29th October 2015
By: Staff Writer

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores says that his team are looking forward to facing in-form West Ham at Vicarage Road this weekend.

The Hornets, one of the three clubs promoted from the Championship last season have taken 13 points from their opening ten games of the campaign - a tally that includes wins over established top flight clubs Swansea, Stoke and Newcastle plus draws against Everton, West Brom, Southampton and Bournemouth.

And despite having lost their last two home games to Crystal Palace and Arsenal, Flores believes his team - which includes former Hammers Valon Behrami and Alessandro Diamanti - have the ability to upset Slaven Bilic's high-flyers.

"We respect the opponents a lot, and in this case it's West Ham," he said. "We have to work very hard to get the result. We respect the coach Slaven Bilic and we respect the players too, but we are confident we can reach our objective.

"We are really comfortable playing at home, I like playing at Vicarage Road. Sometimes the results haven't been so good, but we need to remain confident. And I love to play with our fantastic fans close with us. After promotion it's important that we started well.

"We are happy with our first quarter [of the season]. We are happy and know we can improve. But there is respect from a lot of teams coming to Vicarage Road. It will be a tough game as they [West Ham] have done very well, but we will fight until the last moment."

One player key to Watford's success this season according to Flores is striker Troy Deeney, who opened his account for the season in last weekend's win at Stoke. "From the first moment in this league he played like a striker," said Flores. "Now he is settled, he has put in good performances. His impact on the team is very important.

"He is amazing, he is fast and he is passionate. He is ambitious and he has everything we need. He is a leader for the team in the dressing room and has a connection with the strands. Now he has scored we are confident he will score a lot."

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