Date: 19th April 2016 at 3:49pm
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Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has said he has lots of trust in the players as he looks to rotate the pack ahead of Wednesday evening’s trip to West Ham.

With Flores speaking following the West Bromwich Albion victory about the potential for sensible replacement to give more players pitch time as he continues his plans for next season – presuming a new contract comes – turning his attentions directly to Wednesday evening’s game at Upton Park, the gaffer told the Official Site in his pre game press conference that he felt the time was right to shake a few things up and give others a chance, but changes likely wouldn’t be wholescale as obviously points are up for grabs.

‘In respect of the shape, we are not going to change a lot because we are training in the same system or very similar every time, but in terms of the players, every player has known since before West Bromwich that we are going to change a lot. We will use new players for the match, but I am completely confident in the first XI that I am going to choose for tomorrow. I am expecting a lot and I am really curious to see more about the characteristics of the players. I am really excited to know what happens with the players I am going to play, because I know them perfectly. They are training with us all the time, some players play more and others less.’

Moving onto his thoughts about Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side, he knew it would be a tough game, but in terms of seeing how people do, it’s a great test for them to really show what they are capable of.

‘It’s an amazing stadium to play in and an amazing team, so it’ll be a very tough challenge, but it is an amazing opportunity to do something well. First of all we respect West Ham a lot, they have an amazing team, one of the best in the Premier League, but I have a lot of trust in my players and I think we can have a very good performance.’

With changes talked about, he also went on to say that it was in no way an indication that the game wasn’t being taken seriously and nor that Watford would be going for all three points, as it is again, another important fixture in the calendar.

He also dismissed that eyes were only on Sunday, Wembley and Crystal Palace.

‘The most important game is always the next one. It’s impossible to think that it’s not a tough match and it is a risk if we play against West Ham while thinking about the weekend, so it’s very important to be focused and it’s necessary to add points and to collect good feelings. The people in Watford are obviously thinking about the weekend, but our work as a group and the staff is to be focused on West Ham.’

Ending with more thoughts about the opposition and their hopes of getting into Europe next season, Flores said that with the squad available to them, he wasn’t surprised to see them doing well this year.

‘For me it’s not a surprise that West Ham are in the top five or six of the league, they’ve looked really good since the beginning. We won an amazing match against them in the first half of the season but we analysed them then, and we analysed them again now, and they are all the time in progress. They have amazing players, they have a very good manager on the bench, so this is one of the best teams in the Premier League.’

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