Watford need at least ten more wins to make Championship play-offs, says Hornets defender Marco Cassetti

Marco Cassetti believes Watford may need at least ten more wins to make the play-offs. Picture: Action Images

Marco Cassetti believes Watford may need at least ten more wins to make the play-offs. Picture: Action Images

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Marco Cassetti believes Watford will need to win ten of their remaining 13 matches this season to squeeze into the Championship play-offs and admits even that may not prove enough.

The Hornets are seven points behind Wigan Athletic, who occupy the last play-off place, and the Latics have also played one game less than Beppe Sannino’s side.

The average points tally for the team finishing sixth in the Championship over the last five years is 74 and with Watford currently on 45, Cassetti admits it will take an incredible run of form to close the gap.

Cassetti said: “There are 13 games to go but there are also a lot of points to play for. We can try to get there, absolutely we can try.

“If we win ten games you might think we will be able to make the play-offs but maybe even this will not be enough.

“We are seven points behind the play-offs and to just make that up you need three games so I am not sure even ten wins will do it.

“We want to try as hard as possible – we have seen before teams have come through late but it is very, very difficult now.”

Watford bounced back from defeat at Bolton Wanderers by thumping Blackpool 4-0 at the weekend, which was the Golden Boys’ fifth consecutive win and clean sheet at Vicarage Road in all competitions.

Since Sannino took charge in December, the Hornets have played eight matches at home, winning six, losing only once and conceding just a single goal.

That impressive record is in stark contrast with their away form however, where Watford have failed to win in their last 12 league and cup games.

“There is certainly something wrong with our away performances,” Cassetti said.

“I think it’s just a mental thing, I don’t think it’s to do with the way we play because if you look at how we played against Bolton and then how we played against Blackpool, there is too much difference between the two matches.

“I think it is a mental thing, it’s to do with focus – I hope it is because we can solve that problem.”

Sannino has instilled solidity and resilience into Watford’s style of play this season – qualities that traditionally suit a team playing away from home.

Cassetti said the issue has not been discussed in the dressing room but admits improving results on the road is essential if the Hornets want to climb the table.

“I agree it should be the other way round for a team like us, it’s very strange but this is football,” Cassetti said.

“Football is beautiful for that reason because it is not always logical. Last year we played better away. Now we have changed the gaffer we are playing very good matches at home.

“We have to improve in our away matches – this is the most important thing at the moment if we want to start looking up the table.”

Watford’s scheduled match against Charlton Athletic on Saturday has been pushed back to April 29 due to the Addicks’ progression in the FA Cup.

The Hornets’ next fixture is on Tuesday night away to Doncaster Rovers, who are 20th in the table and fighting for Championship survival.

Cassetti said: “It is one of the most important games for us because we have to keep winning and we haven’t played well enough in the last two or three away matches.

“We don’t want to arrive at the end of the season wondering what might have happened if we had won this game or that game, got a point here or a point there.

“We want to give our all every time and know we gave the best we could. That’s all we can do.”

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1:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Hornankey says...

Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches.
Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches. Hornankey
  • Score: 9

1:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

demerit says...

Hornankey wrote:
Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches.
We could do it with 9 wins and a draw...
[quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches.[/p][/quote]We could do it with 9 wins and a draw... demerit
  • Score: 5

1:45pm Fri 7 Mar 14

demerit says...

demerit wrote:
Hornankey wrote:
Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches.
We could do it with 9 wins and a draw...
....and if we did that we'd probably get promoted too because we'd be on an incredible good run.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Easy - just need to find 10 teams as dire as Blackpool. A very tall order - we will need to win as many in 13 as we won in the first 32 matches.[/p][/quote]We could do it with 9 wins and a draw...[/p][/quote]....and if we did that we'd probably get promoted too because we'd be on an incredible good run. demerit
  • Score: 13

2:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

craig239 says...

Right now for next season
Right now for next season craig239
  • Score: 7

2:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in
id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in jasonwatford
  • Score: -23

2:43pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kismet110 says...

Good to read a senior player is thinking about the play offs but sadly recent shockers vs Yeovil & Bolton away suggest the target is out of reach.

We only have 6 games left at home, assuming we even won 5 of those that would need another 4/5 wins away and seeing as we haven't won on the road in FIVE months (!!!) it would take a minor miracle for it to happen.

Of course if we beat Donny Tuesday then it's game on .....
Good to read a senior player is thinking about the play offs but sadly recent shockers vs Yeovil & Bolton away suggest the target is out of reach. We only have 6 games left at home, assuming we even won 5 of those that would need another 4/5 wins away and seeing as we haven't won on the road in FIVE months (!!!) it would take a minor miracle for it to happen. Of course if we beat Donny Tuesday then it's game on ..... Kismet110
  • Score: 14

3:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

demerit says...

jasonwatford wrote:
id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in
So let me get this straight....

you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really?

Oh well, perhaps it's just me...
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in[/p][/quote]So let me get this straight.... you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really? Oh well, perhaps it's just me... demerit
  • Score: 14

3:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

demerit wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in
So let me get this straight....

you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really?

Oh well, perhaps it's just me...
Think he means he'd rather finish 10th than go for the playoffs and just miss out.

personally I'd rather keep the dream alive for as long as possible just to keep an interest in the results. Nothing worse than going to watch a game where you know the 3 points up for grabs will only make the difference between 11th and 12th.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in[/p][/quote]So let me get this straight.... you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really? Oh well, perhaps it's just me...[/p][/quote]Think he means he'd rather finish 10th than go for the playoffs and just miss out. personally I'd rather keep the dream alive for as long as possible just to keep an interest in the results. Nothing worse than going to watch a game where you know the 3 points up for grabs will only make the difference between 11th and 12th. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 11

3:32pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Smudger Jnr says...

Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in.

It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final.
Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in. It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final. Smudger Jnr
  • Score: 5

3:35pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Smudger Jnr says...

Smudger Jnr wrote:
Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in.

It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final.
p.s. that's only 9 wins ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Smudger Jnr[/bold] wrote: Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in. It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final.[/p][/quote]p.s. that's only 9 wins ;-) Smudger Jnr
  • Score: -4

3:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

StotfoldHornet says...

If we win 10 of the last 13 games they we probably would get/deserve a place in the playoffs.... i would love for it to be at QPR's expense... will be in trouble if they dont go up this season
If we win 10 of the last 13 games they we probably would get/deserve a place in the playoffs.... i would love for it to be at QPR's expense... will be in trouble if they dont go up this season StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 9

4:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

This a completly different thread. Look at the comments about the now agreed Croxley rail link on the Watford Observer links. I disagree with Cllr Jordan's stand on this but whether or not you are for or against, and most I guess for, have your say. I certainly have doen so and my last comment has not been kind to Cllr. Jordan. This is democracy so have your say whether or not you agree with my comments. The rail link is great for WFC the hospital patients and visitors and brining in need jobs and social housing to West Watford. As for Cassetti's feed to the press by Nani, a nice bit of possitive spin. I (we) live in hope but Wigan and Derby away and Burnley at home are fought nuts to crack.
This a completly different thread. Look at the comments about the now agreed Croxley rail link on the Watford Observer links. I disagree with Cllr Jordan's stand on this but whether or not you are for or against, and most I guess for, have your say. I certainly have doen so and my last comment has not been kind to Cllr. Jordan. This is democracy so have your say whether or not you agree with my comments. The rail link is great for WFC the hospital patients and visitors and brining in need jobs and social housing to West Watford. As for Cassetti's feed to the press by Nani, a nice bit of possitive spin. I (we) live in hope but Wigan and Derby away and Burnley at home are fought nuts to crack. andyhooked
  • Score: -14

5:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair
Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair andyhooked
  • Score: -11

5:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

francowatford says...

andyhooked wrote:
Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair
Maybe you should use your fingers rather than the arms of your spectacle to type
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair[/p][/quote]Maybe you should use your fingers rather than the arms of your spectacle to type francowatford
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

francowatford says...

andyhooked wrote:
Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair
Maybe you should use your fingers rather than the arms of your spectacle to type
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Sorry for the typos! my specs have ben broken and I am using an old pair[/p][/quote]Maybe you should use your fingers rather than the arms of your spectacle to type francowatford
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

andyandyandy says...

We blew any play off chances ages ago.
We blew any play off chances ages ago. andyandyandy
  • Score: -1

7:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Paul Gadd says...

We need to go on a mooney-inspired run of yesteryear.........n
ot impossible- but it's 10 games with the luck and passion like the leicester one to achieve it

I would take promotion any day- for once when we get to the EPL- the Pozzos will pull out all stops to ensure we stay there

COYH!
We need to go on a mooney-inspired run of yesteryear.........n ot impossible- but it's 10 games with the luck and passion like the leicester one to achieve it I would take promotion any day- for once when we get to the EPL- the Pozzos will pull out all stops to ensure we stay there COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 8

9:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

demerit wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in
So let me get this straight....

you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really?

Oh well, perhaps it's just me...
Demster,

If we get into the play offs (which I would love but don't think will happen) then we will get promoted. I agree most totally.

Fine goal you scored against Leeds at the millennium by the way.

Cornet McHornet
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: id rather finish 10th this year then really go for it next year - Play well all season and have a real chance of staying up rather than a late run and the massive change to try to stay in[/p][/quote]So let me get this straight.... you'd rather finish TENTH than reach the play-offs? !!! Really? Oh well, perhaps it's just me...[/p][/quote]Demster, If we get into the play offs (which I would love but don't think will happen) then we will get promoted. I agree most totally. Fine goal you scored against Leeds at the millennium by the way. Cornet McHornet Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Fri 7 Mar 14

J.A.A. says...

Smudger Jnr wrote:
Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in. It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final.
I thought that is where the nuts came from, not went to!
[quote][p][bold]Smudger Jnr[/bold] wrote: Have just done a quick prediction against the remaining fixtures, and by beating the teams currently outside the playoffs and drawing with those in the top 6, we will take 31 points from the remaining fixtures, giving us 76 points putting us 4th (compared with last year's table)! Quite simply need to beat teams like Blackburn and Ipswich to deserve any chance of sneaking in. It's just a shame that i'm heading out to Brazil on may 14th and will miss the playoff final.[/p][/quote]I thought that is where the nuts came from, not went to! J.A.A.
  • Score: -7

9:48pm Fri 7 Mar 14

goldanboy says...

Oh really.. here we go again. Let's start playing some good football and winning games the way Leicester and Burnley have, before we can think about getting promotion. I'm going to Donny on Tuesday, but I'm not convinced we'll win. I think what Cassetti is doing is putting our play off chances to bed and there they should stay. Let's just get some really good performances together and have a side that can challenge for the title next season..
Oh really.. here we go again. Let's start playing some good football and winning games the way Leicester and Burnley have, before we can think about getting promotion. I'm going to Donny on Tuesday, but I'm not convinced we'll win. I think what Cassetti is doing is putting our play off chances to bed and there they should stay. Let's just get some really good performances together and have a side that can challenge for the title next season.. goldanboy
  • Score: 3

11:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Sahorn says...

"Cassetti said the issue has not been discussed in the dressing room....."

Hmm, well that's a good approach to changing our away form ...!!!

I always live in hope, but on that basis alone we have zero chance of actually winning enough away games ....
"Cassetti said the issue has not been discussed in the dressing room....." Hmm, well that's a good approach to changing our away form ...!!! I always live in hope, but on that basis alone we have zero chance of actually winning enough away games .... Sahorn
  • Score: -2

9:14am Sat 8 Mar 14

LondonOrn says...

Personally I think we have to much to do to catch up...but a strong finish to the season is vital, if nothing more then a statement of intent for next season.

But the next 3 games will make it clear whether its all over or there is hope

Doncaster and Barnsley are must wins...No two ways about it, to have a chance these games need to bring back 6 points

Then after that...Wigan away...even if we do win those two, a loss here and its to big a gap, but a draw or win coupled with two wins as above and who knows

Looking at the fixtures...you can see 10 winnable games...but this is our team, Yeovil (home and away) Bolton (home and away) Sheff Wed at home were all winnable too!
Personally I think we have to much to do to catch up...but a strong finish to the season is vital, if nothing more then a statement of intent for next season. But the next 3 games will make it clear whether its all over or there is hope Doncaster and Barnsley are must wins...No two ways about it, to have a chance these games need to bring back 6 points Then after that...Wigan away...even if we do win those two, a loss here and its to big a gap, but a draw or win coupled with two wins as above and who knows Looking at the fixtures...you can see 10 winnable games...but this is our team, Yeovil (home and away) Bolton (home and away) Sheff Wed at home were all winnable too! LondonOrn
  • Score: 8

4:22pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Bonser Out says...

At this stage in the season the pressure is on those teams in the first six league places as it is theirs to lose with so much at stake. One of them is bound to crack and if they do, there is a group of teams just below 6th place eager to sneak in and deny them. You get the feeling that the top six are constantly looking over their shoulder, so a win for the Hornets on Tuesday puts that little bit more pressure on them. Plenty of games to go yet.
At this stage in the season the pressure is on those teams in the first six league places as it is theirs to lose with so much at stake. One of them is bound to crack and if they do, there is a group of teams just below 6th place eager to sneak in and deny them. You get the feeling that the top six are constantly looking over their shoulder, so a win for the Hornets on Tuesday puts that little bit more pressure on them. Plenty of games to go yet. Bonser Out
  • Score: 2

9:20am Sun 9 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

This is the side that won at Leic Palace and Hull last season. The team that were 7 points behind Hull and should have caught them on the 46th game.

This is the team that is 7 points off the play offs. The side in 6th place this season may get there with 71 points. Troy has found his shooting boots and someone else scored two goals in the same game.

Come on, this is where we need a Tommy Mooney type fighter. Let's not be beaten before we start. Before Tommy went on his scoring run I was at the Oxford game and we were dreadful and then it all clicked...

In the words of that great motivator Delia Smith ..... Let's be 'aving you. OK she was barking but you know what I mean.
This is the side that won at Leic Palace and Hull last season. The team that were 7 points behind Hull and should have caught them on the 46th game. This is the team that is 7 points off the play offs. The side in 6th place this season may get there with 71 points. Troy has found his shooting boots and someone else scored two goals in the same game. Come on, this is where we need a Tommy Mooney type fighter. Let's not be beaten before we start. Before Tommy went on his scoring run I was at the Oxford game and we were dreadful and then it all clicked... In the words of that great motivator Delia Smith ..... Let's be 'aving you. OK she was barking but you know what I mean. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 7

11:43am Sun 9 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

Bonser Out wrote:
At this stage in the season the pressure is on those teams in the first six league places as it is theirs to lose with so much at stake. One of them is bound to crack and if they do, there is a group of teams just below 6th place eager to sneak in and deny them. You get the feeling that the top six are constantly looking over their shoulder, so a win for the Hornets on Tuesday puts that little bit more pressure on them. Plenty of games to go yet.
From yesterdays results it seems that 5th & 6th are now up for grabs, which opens it up more for the chasing pack. I think it will be Wigan and one from Forest, Reading, Brighton & Watford. If we can win our next two we can lose at Wigan and still finish 6th, but we've got to win the next two first.
[quote][p][bold]Bonser Out[/bold] wrote: At this stage in the season the pressure is on those teams in the first six league places as it is theirs to lose with so much at stake. One of them is bound to crack and if they do, there is a group of teams just below 6th place eager to sneak in and deny them. You get the feeling that the top six are constantly looking over their shoulder, so a win for the Hornets on Tuesday puts that little bit more pressure on them. Plenty of games to go yet.[/p][/quote]From yesterdays results it seems that 5th & 6th are now up for grabs, which opens it up more for the chasing pack. I think it will be Wigan and one from Forest, Reading, Brighton & Watford. If we can win our next two we can lose at Wigan and still finish 6th, but we've got to win the next two first. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

2:01am Mon 10 Mar 14

29April1975WasBottom says...

I think we can do it. We're still only 7 points off 6th and now Wigan have a real cup run on their minds. I'm going to go crazy and BELIEVE!!!!!!!
I think we can do it. We're still only 7 points off 6th and now Wigan have a real cup run on their minds. I'm going to go crazy and BELIEVE!!!!!!! 29April1975WasBottom
  • Score: 1

9:42am Mon 10 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

You never know in this division. Just look at the weekend results. With exception to QPR winning, every other result went our way. Obviously we have to win our games and hope for more favourable results from elsewhere but stranger things have happened!
You never know in this division. Just look at the weekend results. With exception to QPR winning, every other result went our way. Obviously we have to win our games and hope for more favourable results from elsewhere but stranger things have happened! HornetJJ
  • Score: 2

2:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

soulfulhornet says...

Never say never but we would have to hit a run of form like we did in Nov/ Dec/Jan last term. Not impossible, but looking at the results to date a little unlikely. I think Reading might be vulnerable (couldn't beat 8 and 10 men in last 2 games), but Wigan are looking good. The other teams between us and sixth like Blackburn, Ipswich, Brighton look catchable - and Forest are on a bad run. They are missing several players through injury including Andy Reid and us horns do not need reminding of his quality. Wouldn't say Forest are certainties for a play-off berth yet.
Never say never but we would have to hit a run of form like we did in Nov/ Dec/Jan last term. Not impossible, but looking at the results to date a little unlikely. I think Reading might be vulnerable (couldn't beat 8 and 10 men in last 2 games), but Wigan are looking good. The other teams between us and sixth like Blackburn, Ipswich, Brighton look catchable - and Forest are on a bad run. They are missing several players through injury including Andy Reid and us horns do not need reminding of his quality. Wouldn't say Forest are certainties for a play-off berth yet. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 0

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