Hornets fan Charlie Doris believes Watford's next three games are crucial if the club are to challenge for a Championship play-off spot

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We are entering that exciting part of the season where league positions and the Championship’s promotion candidates begin to take shape.

While the automatic promotion spots look to be almost decided, the play-off contenders are once again as unpredictable as ever.

Teams continue to lack the ruthless promotion form required and there are a handful of clubs sitting on the periphery waiting for their chance.

However, as Wigan Athletic, Brighton, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers tip their toes in and out of the promotion hot bath, we sit in the shadows, unfancied by many but still very much in with a chance.

Every season, there is always one team that makes a late surge and seals a potential shot at the big time.

Watford sit seven points off of the play-offs with a game in hand on Reading, who are struggling to string a good run of results together.

So can the Golden Boys make that dramatic final push into the play-off mix? If we are to do so then nine points in our next three games are essential. Luckily they are all very winnable.

Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Wigan, three matches which exude the word momentum. Three wins against these sides could give Watford the platform to make that crucial burst.

Although Watford have struggled on their travels throughout the season, three points at Doncaster, a side whose home form is the sole reason they are not already relegated, would be a big confidence boost.

Finding an illusive away win could set the ball rolling. With the squad boosted by the returning Fernando Forestieri and Lewis McGugan, Watford have the guile and creativity to open up the dogged relegation strugglers.

Despite Wigan posing a different kind of threat, a good cup run doesn’t always bode well for a club’s respective league form.

Although both sides are well matched, playing a team with one eye on an FA cup semi-final could fall in our favour.

Let’s hope a noble defeat to Arsenal at Wembley is the only thing the Latics have to look forward to this season.

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1:31pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Chris the Vic says...

Having been born in Watford and had to put up with so many glory hunters around supporting the two North London giants why would I want Wigan to lose to the Gooners?

I hope Wigan win the cup again and lose out on promotion
Having been born in Watford and had to put up with so many glory hunters around supporting the two North London giants why would I want Wigan to lose to the Gooners? I hope Wigan win the cup again and lose out on promotion Chris the Vic
  • Score: 10

1:40pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

More importantly why does he think Wigan away is "very winnable"? We haven't won away since October.
More importantly why does he think Wigan away is "very winnable"? We haven't won away since October. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

There's 5 minutes of my life I won't get back. Pointlessly obvious article with no insight, depth, interesting slants, controversial views or anything. Basically says it would be great to win the next 3 matches and as Harry says, why is Wigan away seen "winnable" other than the fact that every match is "winnable".
There's 5 minutes of my life I won't get back. Pointlessly obvious article with no insight, depth, interesting slants, controversial views or anything. Basically says it would be great to win the next 3 matches and as Harry says, why is Wigan away seen "winnable" other than the fact that every match is "winnable". Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 6

4:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

A Capello says...

While I am not renown for my prose and appreciate it is had to produce an item in the required style for a newspaper I too feel I've "lost" a few minutes! The comment re Wigan in the Cup is particularly churlish, or is this written by a Gunners fan? Personally I would want Wigan to progress as far as they can if only for their fans to enjoy the moments (remember 2-0 up at half time @ City?)

As a lifetime Watford fan of course I want us to win all our games and get promotion, however, if honest I don't look forward to a relegation scrap in the Prem but would be up for the fight! For me right now I'm not sure that the recent character demonstrated by the boys is not too little too late; come on though prove me wrong!
While I am not renown for my prose and appreciate it is had to produce an item in the required style for a newspaper I too feel I've "lost" a few minutes! The comment re Wigan in the Cup is particularly churlish, or is this written by a Gunners fan? Personally I would want Wigan to progress as far as they can if only for their fans to enjoy the moments (remember 2-0 up at half time @ City?) As a lifetime Watford fan of course I want us to win all our games and get promotion, however, if honest I don't look forward to a relegation scrap in the Prem but would be up for the fight! For me right now I'm not sure that the recent character demonstrated by the boys is not too little too late; come on though prove me wrong! A Capello
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

demerit says...

Every match is crucial, not just the next 3!
Every match is crucial, not just the next 3! demerit
  • Score: 2

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