HUDDERSFIELD Town will come face to face with one of the Championship’s most attack-minded teams at promotion-chasing Watford on Saturday.
But midfielder Almen Abdi, who has a decent record of both scoring and creating goals, has warned Simon Grayson’s side the Hornets defence isn’t so bad either.
Swiss international star Abdi hailed the five-man rearguard action which helped bring the 2-1 win at Middlesbrough which put Gianfranco Zola’s Watford into the play-off places.
In-form Czech star Matej Vydra grabbed a double to take his personal goal haul to 14 for the season and his side’s league tally to 49.
Only Crystal Palace, with 50, have netted more, but Abdi was quick to point out the contribution of the defenders against fifth-placed Boro.
“We showed our attacking quality after half-time, but before that we had to rely on our defenders to make sure we still had a chance to win,” said Abdi.
“The first half was very tough. Our manager told us about how Middlesbrough like to play at home and that he believed the match to be a six-points type game.
“Our defenders won it for us. We couldn’t have scored the goals to make it matter if they hadn’t played as well as they did.
“In the second half, we did very much better and I thought we deserved the win, when you take the whole game into consideration.”
Nyron Nosworthy was one of three centre-backs on duty at the Riverside, where he lined up alongside Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand.
The 32-year-old won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland under Roy Keane six years ago – and reckons Watford have what it takes to follow suit.
“There have been a lot of changes since last season, and the manager has come in with his own philosophies,” said Nosworthy.
“Everyone has taken his ideas on board and we have a good mix going on, so at the minute, it’s all good.
“It would be fantastic if I could repeat what was achieved at Sunderland. There are plenty of similarities in terms of spirit and togetherness.
“But when it comes to the two managers, I have to say they are very different. The boss here is much more relaxed, although when it’s time to work, we work.”