Date: 31st July 2016 at 5:06pm
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Watford went down two nil in the pre season friendly on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers, but Craig Cathcart believes there was enough in the game to be confident that Watford will be ready to go when the Premier League campaign kicks off for real.

Making the trip to Loftus Road for the game, Cathcart admitted it was disappointing to have lost but he did say he felt that fatigue had caught up with the players in this one – with that said though they fought until the end and he knows that will benefit us with a fortnight to go.

With Queens Park Rangers beginning their campaign next weekend in the Championship, their fitness does mean they are naturally a week ahead of us anyway.

QPR:

Smithies, Bidwell (Petrasso 82), Hall (Lynch 73), Onuoha, Cousins (Henry 67), Chery, Gladwin (Perch 69), Polter (Washington 82), Shodipo (El Khayati 62), Luongo, Caulker.

Subs not used:

Ingram (GK), Kpekawa, Doughty.

Goals: Polter, Washington.

Watford:

Gomes (GK) (62 Pantilimon), Nyom (45 Kabasele), Cathcart, Britos (62 Prodl), Anya (45 Amrabat), Doucoure (45 Zuniga), Suarez (62 Watson), Capoue (75 Guedioura), Holebas (75 Success), Deeney ©, Ighalo.

Subs not used:

Arlauskis (GK), Hoban, Vydra, Mason.

Referee: Tim Robinson.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, Cathcart explained.

‘No matter what game it is, you want to go out and win. It’s a pre-season game but we knew it’d be a difficult test. They’re a week ahead of us, their season starts next week so we knew it’d be a physical game. I think we probably looked a bit tired at times but we tried to play right until the end and we’re still learning new ideas. We’ve got a couple of weeks to go and I’m sure by the time the season comes we’ll be more than ready.’

Having had an extended break following international duty with Northern Ireland at the European Championships, Cathcart went on to speak about his own fitness given he’s only been back a fortnight himself.

‘That’s my first 90 minutes since I’ve come back. It was a gruelling game to get through because they’re a physical team so I’m sure that will give me a little bit of a boost to get that under my belt, which is important leading into the season. I’m feeling fine, I’ve gradually stepped it up in training and this is my second full week I’ve been back. We’ve got two more weeks until the season starts and we’ll step up our preparations for the Southampton game. We’ve got a good pre-season friendly to look forward to at home and then that’s us ready to go for the new season.’

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