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Captain's Comments: Watford

18 March 2017

Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the visit of Watford.

Back-to-back wins and clean sheets is what we’ve wanted for a long time, but we understand that it’s only the start and there’s a long way to go.

The atmosphere at the last home game was fantastic and we want more of that today, because the good thing about our fans is that they’re always there when we need you. 

Understandably you have been a bit disappointed with the way things have gone this season, and it’s not easy for you to keep going so we had to give you something to keep cheering us on. You were a massive part of the reason why we got the win 
against Middlesbrough and the stadium was rocking.

That gave us a good platform to go and beat West Bromwich Albion, and I felt the win there was one of our performances of the season. They were going well in the league with good home form, so for us to go there and not just win but nullify them meant it was a top performance, and it’s given us a bit more confidence to go on and do that on a more regular basis. I came on as a sub in both those games but, regardless of who is playing, the main thing is that we win the matches. 

We’ve now won two on the bounce and kept two clean sheets so I don’t expect to be starting games when the team are doing well without me, but hopefully we can keep that form going. Whoever plays today, the only thing that matters is getting the three points.

I also have to praise Punch who has done as a great job as captain in my absence. He hasn’t changed at all; he’s one of the biggest leaders in the dressing room and that’s what I expected of him. He’s done a good job and hopefully keeps that going.

We had a good few days out in Morocco recently and it was just what we needed, and with a couple of wins under our belts it was good to all be together and train hard out there. It was nice to be in the hot weather which will benefit us, and the trip should help increase our togetherness for the final 11 games which will make or break our season.

Today's encounter with Watford is another big one for us. The opportunity to record three straight wins is there for us today, and it would be a massive step towards survival if we could do that. 

We have to keep the momentum going, and if we continue to play like we have recently then we’ll win games so hopefully that’ll be the case today. 

I’m sure the atmosphere will be as electric as the Middlesbrough game, and we’ll do our best to give you more to shout about and try and claim another big win ahead of the international break.

Don't forget today's 88 page matchday programme will be available around the stadium today, priced just £3.50, or can be download to your iPad or Android device for just £1.49.

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