Doucoure sure win isn’t far away as Watford prepare for ‘massive game’ against Norwich

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford and Onel Hernandez of Norwich in action during the Hornets' crucial 2-

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford and Onel Hernandez of Norwich in action during the Hornets' crucial 2-0 win at Carrow Road in November Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Watford may have lost three games on the spin but midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was not too downhearted after defeat at Chelsea - and feels a win is just around the corner for Nigel Pearson’s team.

The Hornets were beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to leave them just a point above the bottom three in 17th ahead of the rock bottom Canaries’ trip to Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening (6pm kick-off).

“We are all disappointed about the result, it was a tough game,” the Frenchman said. “Chelsea play really well here, they have very good players. We gave everything so we can be proud.

“Of course the result was not there but if we carry on like this, we fight for each other, the results will come.”

He continued: “The first one was a bit unlucky, to concede a goal like that, it was a great finish by Giroud. The second one was a penalty after a very soft foul. We can avoid this but of course we are disappointed because we came back and we did very well in the first half and the second half was even better, we had a lot of chances.


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“We have to keep the good intentions we have, ahead of a big final on Tuesday.”

Pearson’s side drew their first game after the restart, 1-1 at home to Leicester, but a 1-0 defeat at Burnley and a 3-1 home loss ahead of the result at Chelsea has seen them fail to build on that encouraging result.

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Doucoure added: “This week we had a lot of chatting between us in the dressing room and said ‘guys, we need to do more’. Tonight everyone gave everything and everyone was very tired at the end of the game.

“Everyone can look at each other and say ‘you gave everything’ but the next game will be really important.”

The 27-year-old has started all but two of Watford’s league games, scoring four goals in 32 games, and still has high hopes of survival.

Speaking to his club’s website, Doucoure concluded: “You have to take it step by step and the next step is against Norwich. It will be a massive game. We have to come back to winning ways and it starts Tuesday, then Newcastle and West Ham.

“All the games are very important and I think we are going to start to win games on Tuesday.”

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