Date: 11th January 2015 at 9:39pm
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Manager Chris Powell has hailed an ‘immense’ victory over promotion chasing Watford this weekend.

A three one win left the manager a very happy man at the full time whistle, and speaking to the Official Site he admitted we appear to like the John Smith’s Stadium given our performance of late.

‘We obviously like it at home, because apart from one or two performances here, we’ve been first class. I went to watch Watford last week, I was obviously disappointed with the Reading performance and I went to Chelsea and watched Watford and recognised that they had a very good team.’

Powell went on to say that for him they have built a very good squad of players and with their ‘fortunate’ link to Grenada and Udinese, they are also able to cherry pick players to good effect as well, but he genuinely felt our players were on the same level and for him they went out and proved that.

‘We had belief that our players are at the same level, I have put it on record here that I think we have a number of players that can play at a higher level, so while I’ve got them I’ve got to do my best to motivate them and get as much as I can out of them. You’ve got to set them up and give them the tactics, coaching and man management.’

He adds that planning for the game started early in the week and everybody knew what they were doing, and he’d been pleased with training ahead of the game, but delighted that what we’d worked on came to fruition during the 90 minutes as it vindicated his belief in the players but also that the performance and result would follow following our preparation efforts.

‘I thought the performance was immense. We’ve had a good week, got our tactics and our set up right. Both strikers scored and then we got a wonder goal, which is most probably our Goal of the Season. If we mix up our play and we are aggressive in the right way, we’ll continue to score goal. Today is how we have to play. I thought we were the better team in the first half and it was working. At half time we told the players it was definitely a game to be won if we did things right.’

With them getting the score back to one all, the gaffer admitted that Alex Smithies had apologised for their goal but he didn’t feel he had to because he’s kept us in games and won us points all season long, so everybody has a slip up and with the win it didn’t cost us anything either, and he also had special praise for Nahki Well’s as whilst most look at him as a goal scorer and a poacher, Powell was hugely pleased with his ‘hold up play’ during the game and doing the other side of a striker’s job, saying he was outstanding and he believes he and Vaughan will only get better the longer he has to work with them on things.

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