As Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford prepare to face Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on Saturday, the camp is seemingly in better spirits than it has perhaps ever been. The Hornets' run of good form has seen them battling on a number of fronts, and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has suggested that the side host the Cherries feeling "confident" and "fully focused".
Watford's 1-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup - courtesy of a Scott Wootton own goal - saw the Hornets into the last eight for the first time in nine years. Flores' side are flying high in the Premier League too: sitting snugly in ninth place, and just four points adrift of the fabled 40-point target that usually signifies safety.
A competitive affair
Last time the two sides met in October - the first time they had met as two newly-promoted teams - Gomes was in fine fettle, pulling off two fantastic saves to keep his team in the game: first tipping a Steve Cook shot around the post, before saving from Glenn Murray's penalty to protect a 1-1 draw.
Speaking on the previous meeting, the Brazilian suggested that Bournemouth made the game "difficult", and even though in the end Watford got a "good result", Gomes knows that the game on Saturday will be a competitive and tricky fixture.
"A goalkeeper has to be prepared", suggests the 35-year-old, insisted that the player between the sticks must be ready to make important saves. The reverse tie was a perfect example of this.
Relaxed but not complacent
Despite expecting a tough match, the Watford camp is full of confidence and relaxed about the Cherries' visit. Gomes, however, is aware that his side must not be complacent, poining out that it is impossible to "transit the games [we've] played previously', so ultimately the Hornets must "do it again".
"We cannot underestimate them"
Gomes was quick to point out that Watford "cannot underestimate" a team purely based on the fact they are "eight points behind", highlighting how competitive and demanding the Premier League has been this season - where it seems like any team can cause the upset. Indeed, Watford have had their fair share of the scalps, so will know more than most that anything can happen on the day.
The goalkeeper further suggested that Watford must "take control from the start", before suggesting that the crowd would play a big part - as they have all campaign. Describing them as "positive", Gomes suggesred that they can help "change the game" at any stage, and that Watford "need them to stay behind [us]". "
They make the difference" opined the Brazilian shot stoppper - and the fans will have their fingers crossed that they can make all the difference when the Cherries come visiting on Saturday afternoon.