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 over the coming days for an in-depth 'In Profile' feature interview with Gray.


Trust: Big Charity Sports Day Success

Six local businesses came together for the Big Charity Sports Day at Meriden Community Centre last month, to take on a range of activities to claim the title as the event’s first ever winning business. The winning team? Penman Sedgwick LLP.

The inaugural winners were Penman Sedgwick LLP.

Although there was the natural competitiveness on show, as well as a few fancy dress costumes, it was all in aid of two important local charities; Herts Inclusive Theatre and Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.

Overall, £1,431 was raised through sponsorships and a raffle held on the night. That money will now be split between both HIT and the Trust and will go towards helping them continue making a positive difference to the lives of local people within the community.

The Big Charity Sports Day, organised and delivered by a team of staff and volunteers from HIT and the Trust, was sponsored by Metro Bank and supported by Anytime Fitness and Merchant Taylors School. It may have been Penman Sedgwick that came out on top, yet the five other businesses performed admirably, getting stuck in to the activities and raising vital funds - they were; James Hallam Ltd, Herts Chamber of Commerce, The Athena Network, De Lage Landen and Metro Bank.

On an evening when the rain poured down, spirits were certainly not dampened as Emma Harrington of Herts Inclusive Theatre explained: “For our first ever Big Charity Sports Day, we’re delighted at how everything went. The businesses involved were great sports and we are hugely thankful for their involvement and of course generous sponsorships.”