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Deeney: Our goals can end that run

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

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.

Or­gan­ised

“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.”

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