Quique Sanchez Flores intends to continue experimenting with Watford’s shape after their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Troy Deeney scored in each half either side of Emmanuel Adebayor’s header at Selhurst Park to move Watford up to eighth place in the Premier League on 36 points, within four points of the total widely recognised as required to ensure survival.
The Hornets host Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round this week, when Flores is again expected to rotate his team. After making four changes to his starting XI and adopting a new 4-3-3 formation against Palace, the Spaniard said he wants to continue experimenting.
“It’s two plus one (up front), it’s the first time we used this shape,” tD said. “I’d like to work with more time in this system, because it’s necessary to know the quality of moves, the pressure when you put the block behind the ball, it’s very important.
“We had the necessary conduct with the system to move the players. It’s good. In the first half we had the feeling we are a positive team, an offensive team. At the moment we keep the ball in the middle, and we can play with three strikers (Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Nordin Amrabat) practically, so we feel comfortable.
“This is a little bit different than the other systems, the 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 that we play.
“(Saturday’s win was) very important for us, it means we are very close to the target, to keep Watford in the Premier League next year.
“I’m very happy with the performance of the players, with the way we got the result. It’s very difficult to win here in this stadium with this coach (Alan Pardew).”