Flores promises to rest players ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Date published: Sunday 17th April 2016 1:21

Quique Sanchez Flores: Will make changes against West Ham

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has promised his players there will be changes against West Ham ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.

The Hornets, promoted back to the Premier League last season, are within touching distance of guaranteeing their top-flight status for another year following Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Brom.

Ben Watson scored the only goal of the game at The Hawthorns but victory was made possible by two penalty saves from Heurelho Gomes. The win moved Watford on to 41 points, 11 clear of 18th-placed Sunderland with only five matches remaining.

With survival all but assured, Flores’ side travel to West Ham on Wednesday night for their next league game before making the short trip to Wembley to face Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.

And the Spaniard claims it does not make his job any easier selecting a team to play at the Boleyn Ground.

“It’s very difficult” he said. “We analyse West Ham, it’s completely different to West Brom, it’s another game and of course away again.

“It’s very difficult to play against West Ham but trying again to come back to our best feelings, trying to defend well, and to change a lot of players because I promised yesterday before training.

“I said to the players I think practically all of them are going to play in these two matches. I need to know how they look before the weekend.

“But it’s difficult because I am not sure it (41 points) is enough or not, but what is important is that we keep positive.

“We need to improve, we can improve, we have to play five matches more in the Premier League and the semi-final and it is important to win.”

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