Troy Deeney says Watford can have no excuses if they fail to achieve promotion to the Premier League this season

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Hornets captain Troy Deeney says Watford can have no excuses if they fail to secure promotion to the Premier League this season.

Deeney signed a new four-year contract with Watford on Wednesday and has set his sights on scoring the goals to help the club reach the top flight – something he believes could make him a Hornets legend.

The Golden Boys agonisingly missed out on promotion twice during the 2012/13 campaign but struggled last season and ended 13th in the Championship table.

Watford have made a bright start in the league this season, winning three of their opening four matches, and Deeney says they must continue that form.

He said: “What we’ve been saying since the first day back on June 23 is just keep the excuses to a minimum.

“The owners have done it with the training facilities. With what we’ve got here, there’s no reason anyone can complain.

“Also, as players now, we’ve just got to make sure we deliver on a Saturday afternoon, a Tuesday night or whichever day of the week we are playing.

“We can repay the faith of the owners who've splashed a lot of money on this and given everybody nice contracts, we have to repay that faith.”

He continued: “My big thing as captain is no excuses. We go away to Rotherham on a Tuesday night, that’s no excuse not to play well because we’re not in front of our own fans and we’ve had to travel up there.

“That’s nonsense and everybody else has done it; Leicester did, Burnley did and Cardiff did the year before that.

“We’ve got to go somewhere and win 1-0 ugly. We didn’t play a great game against Rotherham but we got a 2-0 victory and it was a great feeling on the way back.”

Deeney was made club captain this summer and has embraced the role, although he admits there is now more pressure on him.

The striker has always been a strong personality in the dressing room and says he remains a vocal figure.

However, with the likes of experienced players such as Heurelho Gomes, Gabriel Tamas, Keith Andrews, Daniel Tozser and Lloyd Dyer also in the dressing room, Deeney admits it makes his job easier.

He explained: “They’re not just experienced pros, we’ve had experienced pros before, we have leaders in the group and it sort of makes my job a little bit easier.

“I’m trying to gee people up instead of having to be harsh on them. When people are not doing their job, I can go to Heurelho and say ‘We need to get into him’ or, if we need to get into someone, he can be the good cop and I can be the bad cop or vice-versa.

“We haven’t really had to do that as of yet but we’ve had a chat about it just in case it needs to be.

“We’ve just talked more in terms of discipline around the place and fines and stuff like that. We want everything to be no excuses.”

Deeney will take to the field tomorrow against Huddersfield Town looking to equal Tommy Mooney on 63 goals for the Hornets.

He is one short of the former Watford striker and admits he is looking forward to equalling and then surpassing that total.

Deeney described Mooney as "a legend to me" after the pair played together at Walsall and they remain good friends.

He said: “He (Mooney) has been top-drawer to be fair; he keeps telling me he used to play at the back and that he was defending for a few games. But I’ve not seen him play right-wing for a hundred games, so we’ve both got arguments as to why we haven’t scored as much as we wanted to.”

He continued: “If I can go and score 20 goals again this season, then I think I become the first player to do that in three consecutive seasons. So if I do make it that’s a bit of legendary status, shall we say.

“I won’t say that it would never happen again – but it might take a long, long time and I could be etched in the record books.”

Deeney has been reunited with Matej Vydra this season. During the 2012/13 campaign the duo formed a strong strike partnership, but the Czech Republic international has struggled so far this season.

However, Deeney quizzed "are we really questioning Vydra after four games" and is confident Vydra will rediscover his best form.

He said: “You’ve got to remember, he didn’t play well all the time the first year he came. Last time I said that, people thought I was being jealous or something but I’m just stating facts; he did not play well all the time two years ago.

“He’ll be cool though and the good thing is he wants to get back in the team. Then we’ve got Fernando Forestieri whose playing well. It’s only going to create good rivalry.”

The Hornets have assembled their strongest squad since the Pozzo takeover. Everything has been geared towards reaching the Premier League this season and Deeney admits it is vital to make Vicarage Road a fortress.

“I think if you’re Huddersfield on Saturday and you see Ikechi Anya, Lloyd Dyer, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, (Almen) Abdi and (Lewis) McGugan, you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit,” he said.

“The fans have been great and I keep mentioning them but the 1881 movement, they’re doing really well.

“They’re starting to grow as well and that could be a big thing if you get two or three hundred people who are singing all the time.

"You might get people who tell them to shut up and watch the game but for us as players it’s really good that we can interact with the fans, that’s going to be a big part of my captaincy.

"When we are struggling at little bit, and we need the fans’ backing, I'll  be chasing down a lost cause or winning a tackle or whatever. 

"Hopefully it will be goals but those little things will be help when it’s a bit flat. Hopefully we don’t have to do that and we’ll win every game." 

Read Deeney's comments regarding his potential departure and new contract here.

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4:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

HornetJJ says...

Spot on Troy! Totally the correct decision to make him Captain.
Spot on Troy! Totally the correct decision to make him Captain. HornetJJ
  • Score: 40

4:26pm Fri 29 Aug 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Hahaha - "I think if you’re Huddersfield on Saturday and you see Ikechi Anya, Lloyd Dyer, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, (Almen) Abdi and (Lewis) McGugan, you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit"

What a hero
Hahaha - "I think if you’re Huddersfield on Saturday and you see Ikechi Anya, Lloyd Dyer, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, (Almen) Abdi and (Lewis) McGugan, you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit" What a hero JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 57

4:28pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Troy, you talk so much sense. For an extra £10k a week would you consider a player-manager role ??!!!!
Troy, you talk so much sense. For an extra £10k a week would you consider a player-manager role ??!!!! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

4:29pm Fri 29 Aug 14

StillScratchingMyEyes says...

Liking what Deeney says, his attitude is perfect for a captain. But I still think as a team we can lack the ruthlessness/mental strength to be consistent and get results. In some ways we can be similar to Arsenal in that we play attractive football, play well for most of the season, but lack the characters to go and get ugly 1-0 results as Troy says. I think the Championship is very open at the top this year, I don't really see anyone running away with it again, so think we have the potential to be up there, but personally I'm not as confidant as everyone else seems to be.
Liking what Deeney says, his attitude is perfect for a captain. But I still think as a team we can lack the ruthlessness/mental strength to be consistent and get results. In some ways we can be similar to Arsenal in that we play attractive football, play well for most of the season, but lack the characters to go and get ugly 1-0 results as Troy says. I think the Championship is very open at the top this year, I don't really see anyone running away with it again, so think we have the potential to be up there, but personally I'm not as confidant as everyone else seems to be. StillScratchingMyEyes
  • Score: 15

4:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Watfordfc69 says...

Great comments – TD you are already a legend!!
Great comments – TD you are already a legend!! Watfordfc69
  • Score: 24

5:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

exeterhornet says...

Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused.
As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.
Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused. As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please. exeterhornet
  • Score: 40

5:28pm Fri 29 Aug 14

lockerbiehornet says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused.
As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.
I share your pain exeter!
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused. As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.[/p][/quote]I share your pain exeter! lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 12

6:08pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
exeterhornet wrote:
Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused.
As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.
I share your pain exeter!
I am in Southampton and I share your pain too.

Good down here - all their (half decent) players have been sold - so I think they will swap places with Watford at the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused. As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.[/p][/quote]I share your pain exeter![/p][/quote]I am in Southampton and I share your pain too. Good down here - all their (half decent) players have been sold - so I think they will swap places with Watford at the end of the season. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 14

6:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Bardsley69 says...

1 big excuse SANNINO
1 big excuse SANNINO Bardsley69
  • Score: -35

7:14pm Fri 29 Aug 14

b.kelso says...

Great comments about the 1881 boys......atmosphere at football grounds is created by singing....players feed off it....go on troy...top man....yellows!
Great comments about the 1881 boys......atmosphere at football grounds is created by singing....players feed off it....go on troy...top man....yellows! b.kelso
  • Score: 19

8:28pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Tynedale Hornet says...

Troy Deeney has come one hell of a long way since those dark days of two years ago. We love him as a player but even more so we should appreciate how he has grown as a man. He made a terrible mistake in his life and he has learnt from it.
A great result.
Troy Deeney has come one hell of a long way since those dark days of two years ago. We love him as a player but even more so we should appreciate how he has grown as a man. He made a terrible mistake in his life and he has learnt from it. A great result. Tynedale Hornet
  • Score: 16

9:12pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mbwfc1976 says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
lockerbiehornet wrote:
exeterhornet wrote: Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused. As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.
I share your pain exeter!
I am in Southampton and I share your pain too. Good down here - all their (half decent) players have been sold - so I think they will swap places with Watford at the end of the season.
Another 370 mile round trip coming up for this Hornet tomoz (from Leheheheheeds), for our next "home" game...

...and it was never in doubt after the wonderful news broke, about Troy signing his new contract.

This fab interview has only served to heighten my levels of excitement still further..."you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit", what a priceless quote that is, still chuckling at it now!!

Best news of the summer so far (and there's been a fair amount of good news to chose from!), here's hoping Troy celebrates his richly deserved new contract, by banging in a hat-trick tomorrow!!

COYH! :-)
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Please shut up Troy. After two expensive trips to Roth and home to Leeds I was planning on following matters with Mr Stelling tomorrow but you keep teasing me in to visiting the Vic again. No more of this common sense please, it's getting me aroused. As things stand I reckon there's a 50/50 chance of me and the Mrs waking at 6.00 and saying 'sod it, let's go'. So no more please.[/p][/quote]I share your pain exeter![/p][/quote]I am in Southampton and I share your pain too. Good down here - all their (half decent) players have been sold - so I think they will swap places with Watford at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Another 370 mile round trip coming up for this Hornet tomoz (from Leheheheheeds), for our next "home" game... ...and it was never in doubt after the wonderful news broke, about Troy signing his new contract. This fab interview has only served to heighten my levels of excitement still further..."you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit", what a priceless quote that is, still chuckling at it now!! Best news of the summer so far (and there's been a fair amount of good news to chose from!), here's hoping Troy celebrates his richly deserved new contract, by banging in a hat-trick tomorrow!! COYH! :-) mbwfc1976
  • Score: 10

10:43pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Stewbyhorn1 says...

It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame
It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame Stewbyhorn1
  • Score: 8

9:50am Sat 30 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Stewbyhorn1 wrote:
It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame
Makes my season ticket journey from Bristol look like a local derby!

Brilliant news about Troy, who is ALREADY A LEGEND in my eyes!
[quote][p][bold]Stewbyhorn1[/bold] wrote: It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame[/p][/quote]Makes my season ticket journey from Bristol look like a local derby! Brilliant news about Troy, who is ALREADY A LEGEND in my eyes! bristol hornet
  • Score: 1

10:45am Sat 30 Aug 14

JohnnyHornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Hahaha - "I think if you’re Huddersfield on Saturday and you see Ikechi Anya, Lloyd Dyer, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, (Almen) Abdi and (Lewis) McGugan, you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit"

What a hero
Just make sure that you rip them a new one on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Hahaha - "I think if you’re Huddersfield on Saturday and you see Ikechi Anya, Lloyd Dyer, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, (Almen) Abdi and (Lewis) McGugan, you’re a**e is going to be twitching a little bit" What a hero[/p][/quote]Just make sure that you rip them a new one on Saturday. JohnnyHornet
  • Score: -1

11:11am Sat 30 Aug 14

lutondown says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Stewbyhorn1 wrote:
It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame
Makes my season ticket journey from Bristol look like a local derby!

Brilliant news about Troy, who is ALREADY A LEGEND in my eyes!
Yep he's your new icon sitting proudly alongside your one true love..eh Ilovebas?
Coming to the salon? Drinks and a friendly welcome await you...you bad bad boy :)
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stewbyhorn1[/bold] wrote: It's great to read about all you fellow horns coming from miles away, safe journey down and enjoooooooooy the gaaaaaame[/p][/quote]Makes my season ticket journey from Bristol look like a local derby! Brilliant news about Troy, who is ALREADY A LEGEND in my eyes![/p][/quote]Yep he's your new icon sitting proudly alongside your one true love..eh Ilovebas? Coming to the salon? Drinks and a friendly welcome await you...you bad bad boy :) lutondown
  • Score: -1

11:14am Sat 30 Aug 14

lutondown says...

And a massive shout out to Roy Moore founder of the 1881
Well done mate, the atmosphere has finally arrived at the Vic....
And a massive shout out to Roy Moore founder of the 1881 Well done mate, the atmosphere has finally arrived at the Vic.... lutondown
  • Score: 4

11:19am Sat 30 Aug 14

lutondown says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Troy, you talk so much sense. For an extra £10k a week would you consider a player-manager role ??!!!!
I've seen far worse ideas Mickey!
I think he's genuinely grown to love the club and it reflects in his interaction with the fans
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Troy, you talk so much sense. For an extra £10k a week would you consider a player-manager role ??!!!![/p][/quote]I've seen far worse ideas Mickey! I think he's genuinely grown to love the club and it reflects in his interaction with the fans lutondown
  • Score: -1

1:00pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

You are a legend Troy. The best striker i have ever seen for the hornets. When we go up this season you will be worth more than £10m but the satisfaction you give us fans is also worth more than any amount of money. What a legend bro. Big thank you from all the fans!
You are a legend Troy. The best striker i have ever seen for the hornets. When we go up this season you will be worth more than £10m but the satisfaction you give us fans is also worth more than any amount of money. What a legend bro. Big thank you from all the fans! Cuthbert007
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Sat 30 Aug 14

mellow yellow says...

I'm still smiling. The way he threw his boots into the crowd after THAT Huddersfield game, I was sure he was leaving. So glad he is here for at least a while longer. TOP. MAN.
I'm still smiling. The way he threw his boots into the crowd after THAT Huddersfield game, I was sure he was leaving. So glad he is here for at least a while longer. TOP. MAN. mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Chris the Vic says...

a good article and well said Troy. You are well on the way to being one of the better captains and you have only just started.

As for the other players if a couple of players who should know better start towing the line with your guidance I am sure the promised land is just around the corner.

As for the Sannino haters, cannot agree it looks to me as though he starting line up is doing well under his guidance but it is obvious he is not as well liked as GFZ but GFZ wasted the opportunity to get promoted with his mass rotations against lower clubs. No Beppe is doing more than ok and not sure that Troy would make such a good manager yet, some of his decisions haven't over the years been that clever but he I most definitely an asset to the club now
a good article and well said Troy. You are well on the way to being one of the better captains and you have only just started. As for the other players if a couple of players who should know better start towing the line with your guidance I am sure the promised land is just around the corner. As for the Sannino haters, cannot agree it looks to me as though he starting line up is doing well under his guidance but it is obvious he is not as well liked as GFZ but GFZ wasted the opportunity to get promoted with his mass rotations against lower clubs. No Beppe is doing more than ok and not sure that Troy would make such a good manager yet, some of his decisions haven't over the years been that clever but he I most definitely an asset to the club now Chris the Vic
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Sat 30 Aug 14

lutondown says...

Chris the Vic wrote:
a good article and well said Troy. You are well on the way to being one of the better captains and you have only just started.

As for the other players if a couple of players who should know better start towing the line with your guidance I am sure the promised land is just around the corner.

As for the Sannino haters, cannot agree it looks to me as though he starting line up is doing well under his guidance but it is obvious he is not as well liked as GFZ but GFZ wasted the opportunity to get promoted with his mass rotations against lower clubs. No Beppe is doing more than ok and not sure that Troy would make such a good manager yet, some of his decisions haven't over the years been that clever but he I most definitely an asset to the club now
Chris
I will read this again before bedtime
As I'm out of Ovaltine
Zzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Chris the Vic[/bold] wrote: a good article and well said Troy. You are well on the way to being one of the better captains and you have only just started. As for the other players if a couple of players who should know better start towing the line with your guidance I am sure the promised land is just around the corner. As for the Sannino haters, cannot agree it looks to me as though he starting line up is doing well under his guidance but it is obvious he is not as well liked as GFZ but GFZ wasted the opportunity to get promoted with his mass rotations against lower clubs. No Beppe is doing more than ok and not sure that Troy would make such a good manager yet, some of his decisions haven't over the years been that clever but he I most definitely an asset to the club now[/p][/quote]Chris I will read this again before bedtime As I'm out of Ovaltine Zzzzzzzz lutondown
  • Score: 0
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