Fight to the finish urges Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic ahead of Norwich City clash

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic is braced for a fight to the finish in the Championship. Picture:

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic is braced for a fight to the finish in the Championship. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic is promising a fight to the finish in the Championship promotion race ahead of Norwich City's visit to Vicarage Road.

The Hornets sit one place and three points above of Alex Neil's side and Jokanovic is warning his men this is not the time for any slip ups with the Premier League on the horizon.

'It's not just about 11 players in this match. The squad has to be ready for the situation ahead and the signs I am seeing among my players is very positive,' he said. 'We have made some steps up - but we have more steps to take. We must keep reminding ourselves of the circumstances we are in. This is a fight - a long fight. It is not one that we can win soon. It is not one that could be won before Christmas. It is one where we must keep the focus on what is important; and this is Saturday and a strong Norwich City team.'

Watford's only blemish over the last six league games came at fellow promotion rivals Bournemouth and Jokanovic is delighted with his squad's consistency.

'It's a tough schedule now for all of the Championship teams - not just us,' he said. 'It means nothing for me to be talking about how many games we must play. We know this challenge and every player in this squad should be ready because we are going to need to say to all of these players that they can help us in these situations. This is why we must continue to prepare as a squad for the games.

'I will be obligated to use more than just a team. Being together and being ready - this is most important and trying to be better over a longer period of time; the constant performance, not the team which does one great thing and then one thing it should not do.'

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