Quique Sanchez Flores plans to keep his Watford squad grounded
Manager Quique Sanchez Flores has warned his Watford squad it would be "dangerous" to lose sight of their prime directive this season.
The Hornets head to Sunderland sitting comfortable in 10th place following a run of four wins from the last five Barclays Premier League matches to be some nine points clear of the bottom three.
It has been an impressive adaptation to life back in the top flight, and for the Spaniard's first in English football.
However, Sanchez Flores knows as soon as anyone at Vicarage Road starts thinking they have made it is when the problems will start.
"Our expectation is to improve, sometimes we need to meet with the players to create the same objectives," Sanchez Flores said at a press conference.
"Sometimes it is all very clear at the start of the season, then after when we are improving, are comfortable in the table with good feelings, sometimes the mentality of the players is to go very quickly on to other objectives.
"So for me it is very important to keep the focus.
"Our objectives of course is to keep the category (of the Premier League), this is unity we have, maybe it is one of our advantages because we are thinking only about the next match.
"But of course I understand the players that sometimes they think if we win the next match then we have to be thinking other things, but it is not good for us,
"For us it is important to keep humble, to admit we are in a very good position in the table, but not change the objective because that would be dangerous."
Watford captain Troy Deeney netted his fourth goal in consecutive appearances from the penalty spot to set up a routine 2-0 home win over a struggling Norwich side last weekend.
The striker accepts more testing challenges await - with festive fixtures against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City ahead.
"Everyone knows how hard our Christmas period is, so if we get the three wins in a row (at Sunderland), it kind of gives us three games over that period where we can just enjoy them," Deeney said on Hornets Player.
"But as a team we are on 22 points now and it is not even Christmas, so I think that is a fantastic start."
Watford are set to again be without midfielder Valon Behrami, who is nursing a calf problem, while defender Sebastian Prodl has returned to training from his own calf injury, but is not expected to be in the squad for the trip to Wearside.