Ikechi Anya is fit and available for Watford's trip to Derby County on Saturday but Fernando Forestieri will miss out

Winger Ikechi Anya is fit and available for selection ahead of Watford's trip to Derby County on Saturday. Picture: Dave Peters

Winger Ikechi Anya is fit and available for selection ahead of Watford's trip to Derby County on Saturday. Picture: Dave Peters

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Watford could welcome back Ikechi Anya for Saturday's trip to Derby County and while the Championship play-offs now look out of reach for the Hornets, Beppe Sannino hasn’t given up hope.

The Golden Boys currently sit 12th in the table and, with three matches remaining, are seven points off the top six. It seems unlikely that Watford will end the season in the play-offs but Sannino said the Hornets should not be counted out until it’s mathematically impossible.

“We still have a chance, so we are looking to finish in the top six,” he said. “Of course, if you look at the long vision there are thoughts on next season but we need to finish this season first.”

He continued: “As professionals we have to make sure that the people who pay to watch us are repaid with our best efforts. We will never lack commitment and spirit at Watford.”

Anya has recovered from the Achilles injury which kept him out of the Hornets’ last two games.

The Scottish international missed Saturday’s victory against Ipswich Town and Monday’s defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

However, Sannino confirmed today the 26-year-old is available for selection.

Speaking about Anya, the Hornets boss said: “I’m very happy with Ikechi because he can play in different positions as a wing-back, as a striker and every time I ask him to play in a different position he gives me a very good performance and very good commitment.”

Fernando Forestieri, who has played just 43 minutes of football for Watford since March 11, will miss the game due to a toe injury.

Arsenal loanee Park Chu-Young remains a long-term absentee due to a skin infection on his toe. He has started just one game for the Hornets since joining the club on January 31.

Derby have already secured a place in the Championship play-offs and have won their last four matches.

They’ll provide a stern test for the Hornets and Sannino said he would pleased with an ugly display from his side if it results in victory.

He said: “I’ll let you in on a little secret, I would rather play ugly and win the game. You can be very good, a beautiful team but lose. Nil points.”

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6:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

PozzoHornet says...

Shame about FF. It feels like his season has been marred by lots of these niggling injuries. Hopefully he stays fit next season, cos his finishing has definitely improved since he arrived.
Shame about FF. It feels like his season has been marred by lots of these niggling injuries. Hopefully he stays fit next season, cos his finishing has definitely improved since he arrived. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 26

7:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

grahamwfc says...

I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope
I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope grahamwfc
  • Score: 22

9:35pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Roger Joslyn says...

grahamwfc wrote:
I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope
I love the optimism...a true Horn!
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope[/p][/quote]I love the optimism...a true Horn! Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 13

11:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

buckshornet says...

can'tbeleive Fernando has only started 19 games this season very disappointing.great to have anya back though so adaptable.
can'tbeleive Fernando has only started 19 games this season very disappointing.great to have anya back though so adaptable. buckshornet
  • Score: 6

11:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Play offs 69 points. Tiz poss, but if it is not to be, I am reet proud that the tactics at 1-1 at QPR were sh*t or bust and not playing out time for another draw.

Without Watford in the play offs it will be an interesting as the "neutrals "would be hoping all the candidates lose. QPR - spending money they don't have Derby - yesterdays news Forest the same, Reading always follow a good season with a bad one. Brighton until recently no ground, no money - now what the Hell is going on?
Play offs 69 points. Tiz poss, but if it is not to be, I am reet proud that the tactics at 1-1 at QPR were sh*t or bust and not playing out time for another draw. Without Watford in the play offs it will be an interesting as the "neutrals "would be hoping all the candidates lose. QPR - spending money they don't have Derby - yesterdays news Forest the same, Reading always follow a good season with a bad one. Brighton until recently no ground, no money - now what the Hell is going on? gloryhornet4
  • Score: 1

12:52am Fri 25 Apr 14

stiffler99 says...

The play offs were long gone. I love following Watford but we have just not been good enough. I think the quality in the division overall has not been that good this season and although mathematically we can all dream, we are still only just in the top half of the table. Hoping and looking forward to a better season next.
The play offs were long gone. I love following Watford but we have just not been good enough. I think the quality in the division overall has not been that good this season and although mathematically we can all dream, we are still only just in the top half of the table. Hoping and looking forward to a better season next. stiffler99
  • Score: 9

1:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

We will win the league next season...
We will win the league next season... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 6

7:51am Fri 25 Apr 14

rayman01 says...

Don't think we can make play-offs but would be wonderful if we could add final 9 points to the tally. Building confidence for a good start in August is key. Hope Sannino gets the players super-fit as I believe not seeing out games partially due to running out of steam. One criticism of Zola is that he did not physically work players in training. Nobody gets out of this division without being super-fit. Most of the core squad are good enough. It's getting the blendright and the right determination a la Foxes and Burnley. Luv the Horns!
Don't think we can make play-offs but would be wonderful if we could add final 9 points to the tally. Building confidence for a good start in August is key. Hope Sannino gets the players super-fit as I believe not seeing out games partially due to running out of steam. One criticism of Zola is that he did not physically work players in training. Nobody gets out of this division without being super-fit. Most of the core squad are good enough. It's getting the blendright and the right determination a la Foxes and Burnley. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 7

8:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

thepriceisnickywright says...

From what I've heard Almunia is out and Bond is starting the next three games
From what I've heard Almunia is out and Bond is starting the next three games thepriceisnickywright
  • Score: 3

9:20am Fri 25 Apr 14

demerit says...

grahamwfc wrote:
I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope
Of your 17 thumbs up, one of them is mine - yes, keep the hope but that's all we have now I think. Brighton and Reading have to drop points. They both have tricky finales. If it wasn't for Derby away, we would have a fairly easy run-in.....I have everything crossed!
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: I still think we are going to do it on GD with 69 points. Keep the hope[/p][/quote]Of your 17 thumbs up, one of them is mine - yes, keep the hope but that's all we have now I think. Brighton and Reading have to drop points. They both have tricky finales. If it wasn't for Derby away, we would have a fairly easy run-in.....I have everything crossed! demerit
  • Score: 3

9:21am Fri 25 Apr 14

SAHornet says...

thepriceisnickywrigh
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wrote:
From what I've heard Almunia is out and Bond is starting the next three games
Hope you're right. I would like to see that. Don't think Almunia will want another season here. Same goes for Cassetti although I hope I'm wrong on that one. I like him.
[quote][p][bold]thepriceisnickywrigh t[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard Almunia is out and Bond is starting the next three games[/p][/quote]Hope you're right. I would like to see that. Don't think Almunia will want another season here. Same goes for Cassetti although I hope I'm wrong on that one. I like him. SAHornet
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

kevhenderson says...

I think that Brighton and Reading will drop points, but will we take nine from nine? I very much doubt it. However, I may think again if Reading and Brighton drop points, tomorrow and tonight respectively, and we beat Derby. It could be mean an exciting end to the season or a damp squib. More likely the latter, but we can dream for another 28 hours!
I think that Brighton and Reading will drop points, but will we take nine from nine? I very much doubt it. However, I may think again if Reading and Brighton drop points, tomorrow and tonight respectively, and we beat Derby. It could be mean an exciting end to the season or a damp squib. More likely the latter, but we can dream for another 28 hours! kevhenderson
  • Score: 3

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