Troy Deeney says he and his Watford team-mates would have “chewed somebody’s arms and feet off” for the success of this season.
Boyhood Birmingham fan Deeney wrote in his pre-match programme notes ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa that he took no pleasure in their city rivals’ plight this season.
But you would not have known it after watching the striker celebrate a 90th-minute equaliser, followed by a dramatic winner deep into stoppage time at Vicarage Road.
“We were poor but we have to appreciate that we’ve been good at Manchester United and other teams like that and got nothing from it,” Deeney told Hornets Player.
“We’ll take that – and to score two against Villa was definitely a nice feeling.”
Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores faces an uncertain future with the club’s owners understood to be considering a change at the end of the campaign.
But Deeney insisted Watford have exceeded expectations in their first season back in the Premier League.
“We’re on 44 points now with three games left and we got to an FA Cup semi-final. We would’ve chewed somebody’s arms and feet off for that,” he added.
“We appreciate the fans can get frustrated but let’s just enjoy it, because in Watford’s history in the Premier League we’ve never stayed up, so we’ve beaten all the records.”