Flores delighted as Watford edge closer to important 40-point target

The Hornets' manager was impressed with his side's victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Flores delighted as Watford edge closer to important 40-point target
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On Saturday afternoon, Watford took another step closer to that all important 40-point total that often keeps teams in the Premier League, as manager Quique Sanchez Flores expressed his delight with his side's peformance post-game.

The Hornets made a bright start to the game against Crystal Palace, with Troy Deeney converting a penalty after 16 minutes, before Emmanuel Adebayor's first goal for the Eagles drew the scores level on the stroke of half-time.

Watford come through

An inspired performance from Watford captain Deeney, however, saw Flores' side over the line, as he pounced to score his second of the game - and ultimately the winning goal - just seven minutes from time, allowing Watford to snatch all three points.

The win consigns Palace to another league defeat, meaning Alan Pardew's side are without a win in nine Premier League games, a run of poor form that has seen them slide down the table. For Flores, however, the 2-1 victory signals a change in fortune for his side.

"It's good to confirm the good feelings"

- Quique Sanchez Flores

The Spaniard described the win as changing the "dynamic" from the one encompassing Watford's recent poor form. The Hornets' manager went on to say that it was good to "confirm the good feelings" that have seemed to surround Vicarage Road this season. Indeed, Flores spoke of the players knowing "they are doing well", but also expressed his delight that the three points would mean "confidence goes up", and asserts the fact "good things are happening" within the squad.

Never say die

Flores was quick to speak on his side's reaction to conceding on the stroke of half-time, suggesting that his side "deserved to be winning" at the break, but that they "react[ed] very well" to Palace's equaliser.

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Watford players applaud the fans at full-time | Photo: Getty Images/Ian Walton

Watford came under pressure in the second-half as Pardew's side looked to push on after half-time. Instead, the Hornets managed to weather the storm somewhat, keeping the Eagles pegged back and defending as well as they have all season, and Flores was quick to point to his team's ability to show they are a "good side defensively."

With the pressure soaked up, Watford could go looking for a winner, and they found it through captain Deeney just minutes from full-time, and Flores had high praise for him in his post-match comments, suggesting that he is "[our] captain so we know what he gives to the team".

Flores went on to speak about the importance of reaching 40 points, pointing out that the Hornets had "29 points from the first half [of the season]", and describing the current 36 as "amazing". Watford, Flores says with a smile, can now "smell the objective" and that "there is no hurry" to reach it - and indeed no doubt that they will.

The Watford boss has ambitious plans and new goals in sight. When Watford have secured their safety there will be no time to rest on their laurels. "We will set new objectives", suggested the happy Spaniard.