First Team 10/10/2018

Gray: “We Know What We’re Capable Of”

Andre Gray says he has already sensed a determination in the squad to put right the wrongs of the Bournemouth game when the Hornets return to Premier League action against Wolverhampton Wanderers after the international break.

The players are still hurting after the shock 4-0 home defeat to the Cherries and are keen to fully grasp their shot at redemption when they make the trip to Molineux a week on Saturday.

“We know going there will be difficult, but we know what we are capable of in that dressing room and it's down to us,” said Gray. “We need to put it right. It doesn't get any easier, does it, playing Wolves, but we know we can go there and get a result.”

Head Coach Javi Gracia is without 10 international players this week, but that hasn't stopped him putting the non-internationals through their paces. Gray believes the mini-break will help everybody refocus and come back next week re-energised.

“A lot of the boys are away on international duty and I think the break might do us good,” said the striker. “Sometimes you just need to take your mind off it and start again. I think everybody will be ready to come back next week, get their heads down and start again. We need to put it right.”

Gray was at a loss to explain how things went so badly wrong last time out. Nobody saw that result coming, especially the players who had played so well and so boldly at Arsenal the week before.

“I don't think we were terrible as we actually started well,” said Gray. “But then they scored off a counter-attack from our free-kick and then the red card and penalty came at a difficult time. When you are 2-0 down with 10 men in the Premier League, it's always going to be difficult and they punished us.”


Keep an eye on watfordfc.com over the coming days for an in-depth 'In Profile' feature interview with Gray.

10/10/2018

News: Kick It Out Podcast Now Available

Watford Football Club are pleased to support Kick It Out and promote their new podcast ‘Kick It Outcast’.

Using their unrivalled contacts and access to all aspects of the game we love, the pod will showcase the huge breadth of the work they do, and have done over the last 25 years.

The first four episodes - which are out now - feature conversations with key people who run football on their hopes for inclusion and equality in the game. They talk to coaches, campaigners, organisers and ex-players.

They go behind-the-scenes with Education Manager Troy Townsend as he speaks to players at Liverpool’s academy, hear a debate about whether new media is showing the press the way forward on diversity, and there’s an introduction to the “Game Changers” – the next generation of people who are tipped to be future leaders in football. 

Presented and produced by the Kick It Out team, these programmes are a must-listen for anyone who cares about the future of football.

You can download and listen to the show via iTunes or Acast.