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Gracia hoping for more from Watford

18th April 2019, 19:52 by Tom Hill

Watford boss Javi Gracia says his team need to be ready to step up as Troy Deeney prepares to miss the next few matches.

Deeney was sent off against Arsenal on Monday and was subsequently given a three-match ban for violent conduct.

Watford appealed the decision but they failed in their protests and Deeney will now miss the matches against Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Wolves.

Gracia claims he is still baffled by the decision but he has asked his team to step up to the plate and fill the void.

He told the club's official website: "I saw the game again and it didn't change my opinion. It's the same. For me, it's not a red card and the club appealed but I think we've lost.

"We have to play the next games without Troy, to be ready to compete without him.

"Like with the rest of the games, I never complain about the players we don't have. We prefer to give value to the players we have and I try to choose the best XI, the best to compete in the next game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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