Watford moved two points clear at the top of the Championship table on Saturday, with a comeback 3-1 victory at home to Millwall taking advantage of Derby’s failure to hold onto a lead at Brentford.
The Hertfordshire club are looking imperious, and head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is building upon the strong foundations already in place on his arrival, winning two of his three games in charge to extend the clubs unbeaten run to nine games.
Despite leading the division after 15 games, there are still worrying signs for the Hornets - with defensive problems occurring frequently - and midfielder Keith Andrews - on loan at the club from struggling Bolton - believes that his teammates still have a long way to go to be at the level needed for promotion.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Andrews - who assisted Matej Vydra’s equalising goal on Saturday - said: “Although we are currently sitting top of the league we are by no means getting complacent as we genuinely feel we aren’t near where we need to be or can be performance-wise.
“We have shown different qualities this year that have maybe surprised other teams - we have shown that we can win without playing particularly well, when going behind in matches and when we have had to deal with key players missing through injuries.”
Despite all the changes going on at Vicarage Road this season, with the Hornets currently employing their fourth full-time manager of the season, the players have shown their professionalism by remaining in the fight in the turbulent situation, and Andrews praised his squad for the focus they have on top of their footballing abilities.
He added: “We are a very focussed group that now has a very nice balance in terms of technical ability, pace, power and experience."