Date: 29th April 2016 at 6:04pm
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Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has said that Watford should just enjoy the remaining games of the current season given we have achieved our aims.

With fine form in the first half of the year, and slippy form since the turn of 2016 but a run to the FA Cup semi finals boosting spirits, Flores told the Official Site in his pre Aston Villa press conference, that with safety secured, whilst we cannot underestimate Villa despite their relegation confirmation, we should look to just enjoy ourselves in the final three games.

‘We need to respect their players a lot. I am sad for their players because they are being relegated and they didn’t expect at the start of the season to be in this position. I admire Aston Villa a lot because in the past when I was watching the Premier League from a distance they were one of the historic teams, so it’s a pity they are being relegated. We knew perfectly at the start of the season that the squad and the potential of their team was very high. They have amazing players but they are in a bad moment, and that’s why I repeat that we are not playing against a bad team.’

With Villa conceding 69 goals in 35 matches so far this season, Flores was asked if Watford would take the shackles off a bit and really go at them, and he said it was a good opportunity for our forward players to refind their confidence after recent results and performances.

‘I want them to have freedom but the mentality of the players is that they need to score if they are to recuperate their good sensations. Strikers live for goals and a problem we’ve had in the second half of the season is goals. We didn’t change anything in terms of the defence, we haven’t conceded a lot of goals, we are seventh top in the league in terms of goals conceded, but we haven’t scored enough and I understand perfectly that strikers lose confidence when they don’t score. This is normal. It’s not just Ighalo and Deeney, it’s the full squad and I try to transmit to them that we should try to enjoy the last part of the season.’

Striker Troy Deeney was also interviewed ahead of the game, and he was focused on getting a win for the fans.

‘I want to make sure we win, not because of the rivalry, but because we need it. We have four games left to make sure we end this season on a high. We`ve got two home games and I want to make sure we win both of them because they are both winnable. We have to make sure we give the fans something nice, and then we travel to Anfield. The crowd will be good there and we can enjoy it. It`s going to be tough, but also our fans are going to be down and they`re going to want a reason to get up after a wretched week. Losing twice to Palace at Wembley isn`t nice, so we have to give them something to enjoy and start well with a high intensity.’

He added.

‘The reflection has happened and now it`s all about picking ourselves up and making sure we are ready for Villa. It`s winnable but we have to be careful. It`s a trial for them because they can showcase themselves and try and get a move back into the Premier League, because with the greatest respect to the Championship, the Premier League is the best league in the world so everyone wants to be in it.’

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