Sebastian Prodl says Watford should target a top 10 finish after yesterday’s 1-0 win over Swansea City further solidified their Premier League status.
Etienne Capoue scored the only goal of the game at Vicarage Road to take the Hornets 12 points clear of the drop zone with six games to play.
With the mission to secure a third straight Premier League campaign all but secured, Prodl is eager to push on and finish the campaign strongly.
“Although we have 40 points we shouldn’t be going easy. I think we have a big chance now. We are in the top 10 at the moment and it would be great to finish there,” Prodl said.
“This is the new target for the season. The second season in the Premier League is always difficult to stay in the league.
“We have more or less secured the Premier League status now and we should move on from that now.
“We should be happy for the moment but we shouldn’t be [relaxed] for the next couple of weeks, because we can make more positive results.”
An increasingly stranded looking Swansea did little to worry the Hornets as they took their run of home wins to three on the bounce.
This upturn in form has coincided with a new-found defensive solidity which has seen Walter Mazzarri’s side keep three successive clean sheets at Vicarage Road.
Watford’s remaining fixtures see them play just twice more at home before the end of the campaign as they entertain Liverpool and Manchester City.
Both games will provide a stern test of the Hornets new-found home form, but Prodl sees no reason why a confident Watford can’t continue their strong run at the Vic.
“They are very good wins because we made three clean sheets in a row at home, three wins in row, nine points, so we should be fine from relegation,” he said.
“We made a big step today and it gives us some confidence for the last couple of games because we are facing a very tough programme in the end, with two home games against Liverpool and Man City.
“I think these games we can enjoy now. We face them with confidence and we can still get some points. It is up to us to finish in the top 10, and if we could it would be great.”