Javi Gracia has no excuses after Watford’s opening day league defeat

Watford manager Javi Gracia has said that he has no excuses for the Hornets’ dreadful showing against Brighton & Hove Albion during the opening week of the Premier League campaign. The Hornets suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to the Seagulls at Vicarage Road in the season opener following goals from Florin Andone, Neal Maupay and Abdoulaye Doucoure, who put through his own net.

Craig Dawson joins Watford on a four-year contract from West Brom

Watford have announced the signing of defender Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion. The 29-year-old spent nine seasons in west Midlands with the Baggies but he could not turn down the prospect of heading back to the Premier League with the Hornets this summer. Shortly signing for the club, Dawson said: "It's going to be a new challenge, one I'm very excited to be here for.

"It happened very quickly, there wasn't much time to ponder over it, it was a great opportunity and one I took straight away. You had a great season here, so hopefully we can improve on that as a group and as a squad. Just looking through the squad today it's an exciting squad and one which is a brilliant premier league team."

Javi Gracia says Watford’s ambition remains to make the Europa League

Watford manager Javi Gracia has indicated that the club remain ambitious of making the Europa League despite the recent blow at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Hornets had the opportunity to beat the Wolves to the seventh spot this weekend, but instead they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat which has dropped them four points behind the west Midlands outfit.

Speaking after the game, Gracia admitted disappointment with the outcome of the game where they were guilty of conceding another cheap goal through goalkeeper Ben Foster. He added that the club are still ambitious of qualifying for the Europa League and they will be aiming to do so through the FA Cup final, should they fail to leapfrog the Wolves during the final two matches of the season.

Heurelho Gomes considers Ben Foster as England’s best goalkeeper at present

Speaking to the club’s official website, Gomes said that he has no regrets over dropping down the pecking order at the Hornets, given he has been replaced by a goalkeeper with better credentials than him. He added that the former Manchester United graduate is probably the best England keeper on present form and deserves to earn more chances with the national side.

He said: “At the moment, Ben is the best English goalkeeper playing now. I told him this, and he said 'no', but he deserves it. When you lose your place for someone that is below [your level] in performance [that's difficult], but Ben is up there, and I cannot complain, because I lost my place for a very, very good goalkeeper. I like the others a lot, but Ben deserves it, and maybe now he has a chance.”

Ben Foster insists Watford are aiming to reach the next level

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has said that Watford are aiming to reach the next level after surpassing the 40-point mark which normally remains the minimal requirement for safety. The Hornets are currently on course for their best-ever points tally since their top-flight return but Foster has indicated that the club have ambition of making the push for continental qualification.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Foster indicated that the current squad of players are likely to down their tools, considering they have already achieved safety for the Premier League. He added that some of the existing players could garner massive sums in the transfer market and they are hungry to push to their limits for the season.

FOSTER DREAMS OF EUROPE FOR HORNETS

Watford number 1 Ben Foster, has challenged the team to kick-on and chase their European dream after hitting the 40-point mark in style. Former Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu's dazzling hat-trick inspired a 5-1 thumping of Cardiff City last week, to take the Hornets up to seventh. The win also secured their Premier League status for another season. Watford have traditionally fallen into the category of mid-table teams under the likes of Marco Silva, Walter Mazzarri and Quique Sanchez Flores once the relegation pressure valve was released.

The England international feels that the class of 2019 possessesthe quality to stay in the winning groove and secure a continental adventure for next season. Speaking to journalist, he said their drive is not justto survive for another season, which is the minimum.

Ben Foster leaps to the defence of David de Gea amid unwanted criticism

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has leaped into the defence of goalkeeper David de Gea following Manchester United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur. The Spaniard made a 11 second half saves during the encounter to hand the Red Devils with the three points and he was named the man of the match for his efforts.

Despite this, there have been sections of other club supporters, who have indicated that most of the shots were right at the goalkeeper’s direction but Foster has dismissed the same by suggesting that the Spaniard has a better vision to predict the incoming threat, he tweeted: “I see a lot of people saying all De Gea saves were straight at him, please factor in that the guy has some mad sense to know where to be at just the right time, you can’t teach that. Proper goalie.”

Ben Foster mighty impressed with Manchester City

Ben Foster is mighty impressed with the brand of Football Manchester City plays and while he loves watching them go against the other teams, he says it’s not quite enjoyable when he himself has to face them because they are an incredibly difficult opposition to lock horns with.

“They (City) are relentless, they just keep going. It’s just high intensity all the time; it’s nice to watch but not to play against.” Foster was quoted saying by Mail Online.

Ben Foster praises the demeanour of Watford boss Javi Gracia

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has praised the qualities of manager Javi Gracia and believes the Spaniard’s calm personality on and off the pitch has helped the team progress. The Hornets have made another quick start to the Premier League campaign and they are currently on 20 points after the first 13 games of the season.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Foster spoke positively about the influence of the former Malaga head coach and suggested that the Spaniard’s down to earth attitude without giving anything away has been influential towards the club’s strong start to the campaign, he said: “He’s just a really nice guy first and foremost. He’s very calm and down to earth and very approachable. You can speak to him just like a normal bloke. But then when it comes to management he mirrors that and is very calm. He never gets too excited and I think as players and grown men, you respect that a bit more than the ones that shout and bawl at you.”

Ben Foster feels Troy Deeney would add an extra dimension to the England squad

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster believes club-captain Troy Deeney would add an extra dimension to the England squad, should he earn his maiden call-up. The 30-year-old has been a consistent performer over the years and he has started the new campaign in the same vein of form with two goals and an assist from the opening six Premier League games.

Speaking after the recent match versus Fulham, Foster heaped praised on the Hornets captain and believes he could have a similar impact to that of Peter Crouch with the England national side, he said: “Yes, he offers a different dimension. Like when Peter Crouch was in the team, he brought a different dimension at that time. That’s what Troy’s got. If you get the ball up to him with quality, he will hold it and, as long as you can get around him, you can get yourself up the pitch. He is such a strong boy and his work rate is second to none. Troy can only do his talking on the pitch. That’s what he has done every game since I have been here this season.”

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