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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Watford skipper Troy Deeney targets perfect September

Published 20/09/2015 | 10:25

Troy Deeney and his Watford team-mates won at Newcastle to climb into the top half of the table
Troy Deeney and his Watford team-mates won at Newcastle to climb into the top half of the table

Watford skipper Troy Deeney is targeting a perfect September after playing his part in back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories.

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The 27-year-old striker and his team-mates followed up their 1-0 home win over Swansea last weekend - their first of the campaign - with a 2-1 success at struggling Newcastle on Saturday to climb into the top half of the table.

They entertain Crystal Palace next weekend determined to complete a maximum nine-point haul for the month, but with Deeney warning they cannot allow their standards to slip.

He told Hornets Player: "We targeted this as being a big month - there are teams in and around us that we are playing, teams like Swansea and Crystal Palace, who have high aspirations of pushing on.

"It's been a good month so far and if we can win all three, it will be a fantastic month.

"In the Premier League, it can easily change to losing five on the bounce, so we must be very careful that we approach the Crystal Palace game with a bit of caution and give them the respect they deserve."

If Watford gave Newcastle respect, they did so only briefly as they set about dismantling Steve McClaren's new-look side to devastating effect.

Striker Odion Ighalo led Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini a merry dance throughout, firing the visitors into a 10th-minute lead after Massadio Haidara had wastefully surrendered possession on the left, and then doubling his tally with 28 minutes gone after Deeney had split a flat-footed defence to expose keeper Tim Krul.

Full-back Daryl Janmaat - worryingly for McClaren once again Newcastle's most effective attacker - reduced the deficit with 62 minutes gone to end a 464-minute wait for a league goal, but that was as good as it got for the home side.

Deeney said: "In the Championship, perhaps we would have gone on to score four or five, but we were a little naïve in the sense that we didn't try and boss them."

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores left Tyneside wearing a broad smile as opposite number McClaren was left to reflect upon a dangerous blend of porous defending and impotent attacking after a sixth league game passed without a victory on the board.

They had plenty of possession, particularly in a much-improved second-half display, but sub-standard supply - Florian Thauvin too often employed pitching wedge delivery rather than the three iron which was required to hand keeper Heurelho Gomes with an afternoon of catching practice - to a blunted forward line blighted their efforts.

McClaren, whose team was booed from the pitch, said: "I always say you are where you deserve to be and at the present moment, that's where we are.

"I said from the beginning of the season, judge us after 10 games, and I'd still say the same. The next two are tough, but this is a tough job.

"There's no coming in and saying, 'Right, turn that page and everything will change'. We are changing a lot of things, introducing a lot of things and in the short time we've had good, we've had bad, we've had indifferent.

"But what we are learning is yes, they said it was hard and it is."

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