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Deeney issues rallying cry

Watford striker Troy Deeney believes some of his team-mates need to "shape up" or face being shipped out in the summer.

After defeat in the play-off final last season, the Hornets were expected to mount another promotion challenge this campaign, but have struggled to find any real consistency.

And Deeney, who famously scored the goal that sent Watford to Wembley, believes several of the squad have until the end of the season to prove their worth to the club.

"We had a big upheaval and, mentally, a lot of us have had to change," Deeney told the Watford Observer.

"Last year, everything was going really well and now we've had a bit of a coming down period where teams have sussed us out.

"We had a great start and we thought we were going to steamroll every team. I wouldn't say we didn't put the work in but, mentally, we weren't in the right place to go to win a game.

"The old manager left and the new one has come in and given everybody a kick up the backside. You have to step your game up or you won't be here. Simple as that."

With eight games to go, the Hornets are eight points off the play-off places, and Deeney admits that, although it may seem like a distant dream, they are not giving up just yet.

"It's eight points with a game in hand so you never know but, at the same time, we've won one game away from home, it's not really the time to be banging on about the play-offs," Deeney added.

"We're going to have to really keep knocking the wins out and you never know. That's the beauty of football."