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Deeney: Our goals can end that run
ALL GOOD things have to come to an end and Watford striker Troy Deeney believes this weekend could see Nottingham Forest brought back to earth.
Heading into today’s clash at Vicarage Road the Reds are the only Championship side with a 100 per cent record.
Manager Billy Davies has invested heavily in his squad, bringing in Kelvin Wilson, Jamie Mackie and Djamel Abdoun for a combined £5m.
The investment certainly seems to have paid dividends so far, particularly at the back where Forest have yet to concede a goal.
But Deeney insists the Hornets possess their own threat and he’s desperate to be the first to notch against their promotion-chasing rivals.
“They’ve started off the season really well,” said Deeney. “A lot’s been made of them not conceding any goals so you know that they’re going to be very organised and it’s going to be a tough test.
“We’re only two weeks into the season and I think Forest will know that one day it will end, but they’ve had two 1-0 victories and they had a big victory last weekend (3-0 against Bolton) so they need to be respected because they’re a top team.
“The way we’re playing, in an attacking sense, we feel we’re always going to score goals.
“They know they’re going to have to be on their game, as do we, so hopefully we can create some chances and we’re looking forward to it.”
Last time out against Reading, Deeney and co. had to battle back to secure a 3-3 draw while the previous weekend they battered Bournemouth 6-1.
A performance somewhere in between this time would suit the 25-year-old just fine.
“We started well against Bournemouth and then tailed off in the rest of the first half; we’re trying to put a good performance together for 90 minutes now,” Deeney added.
“If we can do that we’ll definitely have a chance of winning the game.”
Joel Ekstrand should be fit despite struggling with an ankle problem this summer, which resulted in him being taking off at half-time against the Royals.
Veteran Marco Cassetti should also be available after recovering from a minor foot problem but Tommie Hoban and Nyron Nosworthy are still not ready for action.
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola refused to reveal what changes he would make after the six-goal thriller last weekend.
But he did concede the clash against Forest represented a major test of their own promotion credentials.
“In terms of players, I think they are more or less the same (in squad strength),” said former Chelsea striker Zola.
“They have made a few changes but they are certainly stronger because they have a lot of confidence and they have balance. It is a team in a great moment and they are very dangerous.
“Along with the three teams rel- egated, I think us, Bolton, Leicester and Nottingham Forest are the ones who will be battling for promotion.
“The number of changes depends on the conditioning of the players but there will certainly be changes.
“Essaid (Belkalem) is not as fit as I would like and I am not sure if he will be involved on Sunday but we still have a game on Wednesday (in the Capital One Cup against Bournemouth) so he will certainly be involved in one of the two, but I haven’t decided which one.”
FIT AGAIN: Watford’s Joel Ekstrand heads at goal