Watford boss Javi Gracia says the team will not fall by the wayside this Christmas like they have done in recent seasons. The Hornets had a great start to the season and were outside bets for European football after winning six of their first 10 games.
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Since then, however, a winless run of six games has seen them drop down to 12th in the Premier League table.
They are now preparing to host improving Cardiff at Vicarage Road on Saturday, but Gracia says he is confident they can get back to winning ways ahead of the festive period.
“Every season is different and in this case I prefer to speak about this season,” Gracia said. “I remember last season when I arrived it was a different circumstance and now we are doing many things better.
“The players are full of confidence and ambition. I know we have to win again, but I see we are really close to getting it. “I prefer to keep my confidence and keep working the way we have. This is the right way to do things.”