Ekstrand backs Watford for Play-off success

Watford defender Joel Ekstrand is still positive about the club’s promotion prospects, despite missing out on automatic promotion at the weekend, he told the Watford Observer.

Ekstrand’s side had gone into their last regular league game at Vicarage Road against Leeds with real hope to overtake a recently edgy Hull City to the second promotion spot, knowing that if bettering the Tigers’ result would have put them into the Premier League. However, a 2-1 defeat to Brian McDermott’s men on a dramatic final weekend meant that Hull’s 2-2 draw with Cardiff was enough for the East Yorkshire club to oust Gianfranco Zola’s men.

However, the Swedish 24-year-old is still hopeful over Watford’s prospects of attaining Premier League football next season. He told the Watford Observer: “We are third and we were close to second place. We are now in the play-offs and it has been a wonderful season so far. What we have to do is to be positive now. We need to believe we can do it and I know we can.

“I feel we are the strongest team in the play-offs. The league table can prove that. We just need to strongly believe that we can do it.”

Watford begin their play-of campaign at the King Power Stadium against Leicester on Thursday, after the Lions edged themselves into sixth with a 3-2 win at Notts Forest on Saturday, with the second leg at Vicarage Road next Sunday.

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