The last time Watford took on Huddersfield Town Beppe Sannino says he was embarrassed. It’s that feeling the Hornets head coach hopes will motivate his players against the Terriers tomorrow.
At Vicarage Road on the final day of last season, the Golden Boys were beaten 4-1 by Huddersfield – it was an abject display from Sannino’s team devoid of heart and desire.
“Huddersfield is a bad memory. That match, in front of our own fans, was very disappointing,” Sannino said yesterday.
“I did the walk around the pitch after that match and I was embarrassed. I remember that situation.
“Yes, we will use it as motivation and I would like to give all my players and the Watford supporters joy.”
In their two league matches at Vicarage Road this season Watford have been in free-scoring form. Seven goals have been struck and only one has been conceded.
However, in the League Cup on Tuesday evening, the Hornets were disappointing and suffered a 2-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers.
Sannino made nine changes to his side for that fixture but said tomorrow’s starting XI will be similar to the one which began the 4-1 victory against Leeds United on Saturday.
The Hornets head coach has no fresh injury concerns. Craig Cathcart is back in training but isn’t yet fit enough for a return to the first team following his knee problem.
Young strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Bernard Mensah are still recovering from long-term injuries and are unavailable for selection.
Joel Ekstrand could return to the squad after serving the final match of his three-game suspension against Rotherham.
Huddersfield go into the game without a manager but have taken four points from their last two league matches.
Sannino believes his squad have forgotten the disappointment of exiting the League Cup in midweek and says his players are fully focused on the Terriers.
“For us that (Tuesday) was an angry night,” he said. “In our head we will forget that defeat but we must also remember because we must play better.
“Every match for me is very important and every training session is very important. Now, we are only thinking about winning the Huddersfield match and I want to give the fans a great spectacle on the pitch because these fans are excellent for us at home or away.”
Sannino has spoken passionately on several occasions about the Hornets supporters and his admiration for the Watford fans remains undiminished.
He explained: “I love English football and, more than anything, I love Saturdays.
“There is nothing more beautiful on a match-day at Vicarage Road than seeing all the family together coming to support the team in their heart, Watford.”