Slavisa Jokanovic hopes Watford’s players can use the special plans for remembrance prior to tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) kick-off as motivation heading into the game with Millwall.

The club’s annual ‘Remembrance Matchday’ carries extra significance this time around as it is 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Watford supporters’ group The 1881 has also created a remembrance display which will cover the Rookery Stand and will be shown before kick-off.

Jokanovic is aware of The United Kingdom’s tradition for remembering its servicemen and women after spending two years at Chelsea between 2000 and 2002.

The 46-year-old said: “It is a special day in England and we must remember the people from the past that have fought many years ago. We must use this as motivation and be ready for our game with Millwall. We must respect what happened in the past.

“It (Watford’s preparation) has been very normal for us. I don’t see any reason why this situation would affect our concentration.

“When the game starts we need to think about what is the best way is to win this match.”

Jokanovic confirmed they do not have similar events in his native Serbia, explaining: “We participated in so many battles, sometimes on the right side and sometimes some people think on the wrong side.

“A situation like this remembrance doesn’t exist. We must respect this part of history and it is an important day for England and the world.

“It’s an important day for people around me and also for me. I will show respect but we have to be ready for our tough game with Millwall.”

Jokanovic has been Watford’s head coach for almost a month but this was his first full week with the whole squad, following a midweek game and international call-ups.

But yesterday (Thursday) he revealed: “I wasn’t especially happy with how my team worked on the first day [of training this week]. I have been happy with yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday). We are very focused on what we will do against Millwall on Saturday.

“I expect my team will be concentrating tomorrow in training and will be ready to do everything to win the game on Saturday.

“This situation happens. The days when we are not happy [with the players’ training] are important. Fewer of those is good for us.”

He continued: “It is important for us because we have a busy week in front of us. We tried to give them a little bit more information and tried to fix some of the problems we found in the last game.

“I tried to show them what we are doing wrong and what we are doing well. I expect we are going to be better and better.”

He expanded further by saying: “We need more energy and need to press stronger. We can’t give the opposition spaces to switch the ball and have an easy pass.

“I tried to show the players what we are doing well and what we are not doing well. We must improve on how we played against Middlesbrough.”

Hornets captain Troy Deeney is now fit enough to start after making substitute appearances in the last three matches.

But Heurelho Gomes is a doubt with a groin problem he sustained in the warm-up against Middlesbrough last Saturday.

Watford will be without Almen Abdi and Gabriele Angella for tomorrow’s game due to injury.

Abdi is ruled out with the shoulder problem he suffered in the draw with Nottingham Forest while Angella continues to recover from an ankle injury. The Hornets medical staff expect the centre-back to be fit after the international break.

Millwall are 15th in the Championship but are unbeaten in their last four games. That sequence is more impressive considering they’ve faced two of the top three and recently-relegated Cardiff City.

The Lions drew 3-3 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, then held Derby County and Wigan Athletic to goalless draws before defeating Cardiff 1-0 last Saturday.

Jokanovic acknowledged Millwall are a difficult side to play against but believes Watford are a better team technically.

He said: “Millwall are a good team. They have a style of how they want to play and they have experienced players.

“They are a strong team and we must be ready for a battle and compete like they do in the game.

“When the ball is on the floor I expect we can do better than them. They have a strong mentality and the way they play is different to us.”