Javi Gracia says his Watford team have plenty to play for on Tuesday
Last Updated: 22/04/19 5:53pm
Javi Gracia says his Watford team should be just as motivated as Southampton for Tuesday's Premier League match - if not more so.
Watford have already reached the FA Cup final in Gracia's first full season at the helm - and are now seeking a 'best of the rest' seventh place finish.
However, at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, they face an in-form Southampton side who will be all-but safe from the drop if they can claim a fourth win in six.
"I think before playing the game, my players know perfectly that we need the points more than them," Gracia said.
"It is the best mentality to get the points available. If we don't play with that feeling, it is difficult to get results.
"They really need the points as well. We try to compete as well as possible because I'm sure we will have to, if we want the points.
"All of the teams are honest and always they play very well and it is always difficult to get points in the different circumstances.
"We have to be concentrated until the end. If we don't do that in the next games, I'm sure we won't be able to achieve the results we want."
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl spoke highly of Watford ahead of the game - and Gracia is pleased his players are getting some plaudits for what could end up being one of the best seasons in the club's history.
"I am happy at the moment," he said. "I live in the moment and I enjoy the moment. The success of this season is not only at the end, we have to enjoy every day and every single game.
"I'm happy at the moment, because my players have the recognition and that is important for me, to see our supporters enjoy it with the team and feel as well that my players have that recognition."
Watford captain Troy Deeney remains suspended for the Southampton game, having seen his appeal for a red card in the recent defeat to Arsenal rejected.
But Roberto Pereyra could play some part on Tuesday night, having overcome a hip problem.