Silva | “We Need To Continue In This Way”
Marco Silva wants his Watford side to transfer their cup form into the league tomorrow and pull off their first Premier League double of the season.
The Hornets showed signs against Bristol City of recapturing something close to their best form, scoring three goals for the first time since Newcastle away and also keeping their first clean sheet since that memorable afternoon at St James' Park. The FA Cup win was just the shot in the arm the team needed after a challenging run of results.
The Head Coach is not getting too carried away by the win over the second-string Robins, but he was encouraged by the nature of the thoroughly professional performance and believes it should stand them good stead for the visit of Southampton.
"We showed progress in the FA Cup and we need to continue in this way," Silva said.
"We were really serious in the cup game and we respected ourselves and the competition. We need to approach this game in the same way as we did against Bristol. We need to stay strong and stay focused as they have quality individual players. We know they haven’t achieved the results of late but they are a good team and it will be a tough game."
Southampton have only won one of the last 10 league matches but Silva will not be taking the Saints lightly. He knows, after all, that Huddersfield came to Vicarage Road without an away win and an away goal since the first day of the season.
"We analysed out opponent and we know they feel pressure," he said.
"They will come here to play strong and do everything to take the points. It is our obligation to do the same. It's a really important game for both teams and both teams will be doing everything to win the match. It’s a good opportunity for us to take three points against a good team. Our form is not the best and we need to prove again that we are in a good way."
The Hornets were in rude health in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, storming to a win at St Mary's that was more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggested. It was arguably their most complete performance of the season.
"We performed really well there," said Silva. "We were compact, we played good football as well. They know our team well and what’s important is to play well, enjoy and show a desire to win the match."
Silva added there are no fresh injuries but that Younès Kaboul, Kiko Femenía, Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Miguel Britos, Isaac Success and Craig Cathcart are all still sidelined.
Watch the full pre-Southampton press conference at the top of this article - free to view.