Date: 9th February 2018 at 3:20pm
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Watford head coach Javi Gracia has said nobody in the squad will be dining out on the fantastic victory over Chelsea, the focus will be on West Ham solely.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game this weekend, Gracia said that obviously confidence had been boosted by victory over Antonio Conte’s side but he knew West Ham was a fresh and different challenge.

‘It was a great game but it’s the past now. We try to be focused on the next game against West Ham and that’s the best way to get a good result. It will be a difficult game. We played well against 11 and against 10 against Chelsea and I think we deserved the victory. We got that victory by running a lot, working a lot – that is the key, the way to the future.’

Dealing with the ups and downs of football is nothing new to our gaffer, as he’s previously overseen a victory against Barcelona and backed that up with a win over Getafe, so he knows how to refocus players.

‘We can win, we can lose every game but what I try in this moment is to give us motivation, give us more belief in our work and this is better for us. We know if we don’t work or run a lot we don’t win. We got the result in the last match because we played like a team, because we won like a team. I don’t like to speak about individuals but, of course, some players played to a high level.’

With almost constant speculation surrounding Abdoulaye Doucoure and a move away from the club – most recently Tottenham Hotspur – Gracia wasn’t going to entertain ‘big club’ temptations.

‘He’s in a big club in Watford and I wish and hope he will be with us for many times’

With Richarlison coming off in the last two games, after Chelsea Gracia admitted that they had chatted as the question was asked, and he explained it was about the risk of keeping him on the pitch given he already had a yellow card.

‘I didn’t see him in that moment but I spoke with him yesterday and he explained to me he wanted to play more times, to play better, to score goals but he accept my decision and I tried to explain it was a very big risk to stay on the bench as he had a yellow card. The referee spoke with him and I had to take a difficult decision as he was playing really well but the team needed a change.’

With Troy Deeney catching the Football Association’s eye once again, he added.

‘I spoke with him and all the players every day about all the situations, not especially about that. Troy is our captain, he knows what is the best behaviour and I’m sure he will do better in the future.’

In terms of team news for the tie, we have the same group available as Chelsea although Miguel Britos is back in training but West Ham comes too quickly.

Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Tom Cleverley, Heurelho Gomes, Will Hughes, Kiko Feminia, Jerome Sinclair and Nathaniel Chalobah continue to be unavailable.

‘I think we are in the same situation as the last game. We have 17 players available and we need one Under-23 player. This week Britos is back is training with the team but not available yet. Maybe today he completes the session with the team. In the next sessions maybe other players come back. I hope Kiko, I hope Hughes and Gomes is training next week maybe.’

Craig Cathcart is believed to be close to a return and Deeney remains under observation following a knock to his ankle.

‘I wish these players come back soon but this is our situation and I focus on the players I have available. I try to get good results with the players we have. I try to take advantage of our all resources with 17 players try to make a good balance. I don’t have many problems with 18 players to choose every game. We will see in the future what happens when we have more possibilities.’

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