Beppe Sannino admitted Watford risk throwing away the positive aspects from this season if they fail to end their Championship campaign with an uplifting display against Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
The Hornets head coach said he had wanted to use their final games as a foundation to build towards next season but stressed the need to perform well against the Terriers after two poor showings.
Sannino hoped his side would be able to replicate the performance they produced against Queens Park Rangers last month – a display he deemed the best of his reign despite the Hoops ending 2-1 victors.
However, it was a result which has led to a run of three consecutive losses. After a woeful 4-2 defeat at Derby County on Saturday Sannino questioned his side’s commitment.
And after Watford were beaten 3-1 at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday, the Italian was left doubting the Golden Boys’ passion.
“The following two defeats after the QPR game have messed up the good picture that we had,” he explained. “Now we have a final chance to try to perform like we did at QPR.
“We want to give the same joy to the crowd. In football it is very easy to throw away all the positives from the season in the last two or three matches.”
The head coach added: “It is not the position in the table I am looking at. I am looking at the positives since I arrived and also at the things that were negative.
“This part of the season for me should be a foundation to start next season strongly. We want to try to avoid having the same season we’ve had this year.”
Sannino expects an entertaining contest at Vicarage Road despite both sides having little to play for.
He said he is aware of Huddersfield’s strengths and weaknesses but anticipates an open match as “in England, even if there is no target to achieve it is still a good game to watch”.
The Hornets players and staff will take part in the annual lap of honour after tomorrow’s game to thank the Watford fans for their support.
It will be a new experience for Sannino who said it is an English tradition which is not replicated in his native Italy.
“It is not like this in Italy,” he admitted. “If you achieve promotion or escape relegation you will have something like that.
“It’s not the same though. What I’ve seen in England has been fantastic. In my mind I’ve got Yeovil Town losing away at Brighton, a defeat that meant they were relegated.
“It was so emotional and the Yeovil supporters that had made the journey were clapping the players and the manager. This is an indication of the respect and passion there is here in England between the fans and the club.”
Sannino added: “I want to say thank you to the supporters, so this is the right moment to appreciate them and repay them.
“But I know it is not good enough for all the effort they’ve shown travelling away from home and following the team.”
With the pressure of reaching the play-offs no longer on the Hornets boss, he was asked if he would be able to relax and enjoy the final game of the season.
He gestured as if on the touchline and said: “In my entire career as a manager I’ve been the same. Whether it is coaching children, adults or players I do not sit on the bench. I am always the same, I am Beppe Sannino.”