Gra­cia: My Wat­ford squad best in top flight

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Tim Nash at Vicarage Road

Wat­ford man­ager Javi Gra­cia claimed he has the best squad in Eng­land af­ter his side de­stroyed Hud­der­s­field Town with goals of the high­est qual­ity.

Gra­cia’s side moved up to sev­enth af­ter their sec­ond suc­ces­sive win with back-to-back clean sheets.

And there is a feel­ing that in play­ers such as Roberto Pereyra and Ger­ard Deulofeu, who scored their first two goals, they have the qual­ity to trou­ble the best teams in the league.

That class was shown in Pereyra’s strike af­ter the for­mer Ju­ven­tus winger slalomed past five Town chal­lenges be­fore slot­ting home a truly mem­o­rable goal in the 10th minute.

Deulofeu only evaded two tack­les when he scored the sec­ond nine min­utes later, but hav­ing played for Barcelona, his pedi­gree is also of the high­est level.

Gra­cia cer­tainly believes his side are brim­ming with top-class tal­ent. “I am proud of our achieve­ment. I don’t think we will be the cham­pi­ons of Eng­land but we will make a great ef­fort to get bet­ter,” he said.

“We have the best squad in the league, so let’s see. I am proud and the play­ers and the fans are proud, but I pre­fer to think of the next game. It is bet­ter to be fo­cused that way if you want to be suc­cess­ful.

“It wasn’t our best game. We need many things to im­prove. Our first two goals were fine, but I pre­ferred the last one when Isaac Suc­cess scored his first goal of the sea­son from some­thing we had trained for.” Iron­i­cally, Hud­der­s­field started bet­ter and cre­ated three chances to have taken the lead through Erik Durm, Aaron Mooy, and Alex Pritchard. But all that was for­got­ten when Pereyra’s goal put Wat­ford ahead. From then on you sensed the writ­ing was on the wall for the vis­i­tors, who also hit the bar through Chris Lowe.

With 10 min­utes left, Suc­cess stabbed in Kiko Fe­me­nia’s volleyed cross from the right af­ter Eti­enne Capoue chipped the ball over the de­fence fol­low­ing a free-kick. Hud­der­s­field claimed Adrian Mari­appa was off­side in the build-up to that third goal but the de­fender was not in­ter­fer­ing with play.

Hud­der­s­field oc­cupy the foot of the ta­ble with three points from 10 games, but David Wag­ner, their man­ager, is con­fi­dent they can turn things around and avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

“We didn’t de­fend well, but I’ve seen enough from re­cent games to know we will play much bet­ter than this,” he said. “We are bot­tom of the ta­ble but are only two points from where the sun shines, which is where we aim to be.”

Bot­tom of ta­ble: Hud­der­s­field man­ager David Wag­ner in­sists his side will turn things around

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