Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Taming Watford’s deadly duo will form a key part of Neil Adams’ strategy to engineer a winning Championship homecoming.
Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra scored more than 40 goals for the Hornets in their last full season inflicting damage on the second tier. Vydra failed to leave a lasting impression in the Premier League at West Brom during the intervening period and Deeney may well be heading in the same direction before the current transfer window closes, but subduing the obvious goal threat from the visitors is a must for the Canaries on Saturday afternoon.
“Watford’s front two will pose as tough a test as any in this division,” said Adams. “Deeney is a big handful; strong on the ground and decent in the air. He can hold the ball up as well and he is a player that many, many teams have looked at. Vydra alongside him is an equal threat. He scored a goal last week latching onto a ball in behind so they are a good combination. They are an excellent strike force to have, if they get the service into them. If they don’t, then they can be as ineffective as any. That is what we have to limit.
“They had a great result against Bolton, but we know how they will play. They have used different systems in pre-season and we know where they are strong and where they are weak but it is about us. If we are at then we know what we are capable of. We have to fight fire with whatever we come up against.”
Adams and his players know the Hornets’ will adopt the same aggressive intent Wolves unleashed at Molineux.
“I would imagine we are going to get that week in, week out,” he said. “Teams will use that to their strengths and, some of the perceived weaker teams, even more so. They will look to make it physical and generate that type of intensity we had at Wolves. That is what we need to create as well, and if we do I feel our quality will come through; as we saw in the second half last week. We dealt with it and they didn’t have a lot on target at all.
“I can’t remember John (Ruddy) having to make a save. He took a couple of catches from memory and in our good period after the break if we score when Lewis (Grabban) had his chance or if Andrew Surman smashes that one in we are probably looking back at it as a game when we dealt with what they threw at us.”