30.09. - Watford
Tom Cleverley says Watford's game against Sheffield United on Saturday is "huge" as they aim to put an end to their miserable early-season form.
The Hornets are bottom of the Premier League table after seven games with just two points on the board. Saturday’s defeat at Wolves was their fifth of the season and the alarm bells are ringing that a relegation scrap is looming.
Javi Gracia paid for the poor start by losing his job as head coach earlier in September and the return of former boss Quique Sanchez Flores as his replacement has done little to arrest the slide yet.
An encouraging first game back in charge for the Spaniard saw Watford recover from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Arsenal, but a humiliating 8-0 defeat at Manchester City followed and then Saturday’s 2-0 reverse at Molinuex on Saturday only intensified their problems.
Cleverley says now is not the time to panic as there is so much of the campaign still to come and he insists the first-team squad at Vicarage Road are working as hard as possible to turn things around.
He said on the club’s website: “We’re not even a quarter of the season through yet but we’re all working and striving to be better footballers than what our league position reflects at the minute.”
However, the midfielder believes Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United, who have made a solid start upon their return to the top flight as they sit in 12th place, is massive, even at this stage.
The Blades are still tipped by many to be relegation candidates this term and Cleverley says it’s vital Watford show their true colours against Chris Wilder’s side.
He added: “No disrespect to Sheffield United because they’re a really competitive side, but we have to be really at it next weekend. We’ve been in the game long enough to know that next Saturday’s a huge game.”