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Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers regrets Waford exit

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers' Watford departure left a bitter taste in the mouths of Hornets fans

As he prepares to take his Swansea side to Watford on Tuesday, Brendan Rodgers says he made the wrong decision in leaving the Vicarage Road club.

Rodgers quit the Hornets in acrimonious circumstances to join Reading in June 2009 after just seven months in charge.

But he lasted a month less at his new club after being shown the door following five league wins in 21 games.

"In hindsight it proved to be the wrong move for me to leave but I went with my gut feeling at the time," Rodgers said.

"That's all you can do as a human being. [Watford] is a place I'll never forget and I obviously don't expect to get a good reception from the fans. I'm sure it will be frosty."

Swansea gave Rodgers an opportunity to restore his tarnished reputation by appointing him as the surprise successor to Leicester-bound Paulo Sousa in July.

I know how difficult it is going to Vicarage Road for visiting teams, but I think it's the perfect game for us

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers

The 100% home record sees the Swans sitting in healthily in ninth place in the table, but Rodgers is still searching for his first points on the road.

Tuesday night's trip to his former employers - who are third and on a three-match winning streak - comes three days after the dismal away record continued with a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

And despite acknowledging the size of the task at hand, Rodgers said the timing was ideal as he prepares to face the Watford faithful for the first time since leaving.

"Our motivation is very much to go and get a win," said the Northern Irishman, who cut his coaching teeth at Chelsea. "It came as a shock to us all on Saturday because we'd been in fantastic form.

"In terms of performance levels, they've been very high since I've come in. I just think it was a one-off performance with so many of our players that just didn't perform.

"They had their fist home win on the weekend so that will certainly renew their motivation to keep their winning form. I know how difficult it is going to Vicarage Road for visiting teams, but I think it's the perfect game for us."

Rodgers will be boosted by the return of Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie to the side. The club's joint top-scorers in the league this season were ruled out by late, niggling injuries on Saturday.

Swansea squad stronger than ever - Tate

But midfielder Darren Pratley faces a late fitness test on his injured shoulder, while David Cotterill (groin) is definitely out.

Angel Rangel and Craig Beattie could be back in the squad; defender Rangel's sole appearance this season came over a month ago, while striker Beattie has not played at all this season because of calf and thigh injuries.

Despite the problems away from home, Cedric van der Gun, who scored Swansea's consolation goal at the City Ground, said he is confident that results will come.

"We know that we've got a squad with a lot of quality and we can get it back on track," the Dutchman told BBC Sport Wales.

But former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe says he saw worrying signs in the Forest loss.

"Swansea were really snuffed out by a hard working Nottingham Forest side," said the former defender, speaking as an analyst for BBC Radio Wales.

"Man for man they were better than Swansea who couldn't cope or break down Forest."

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see also
Watford 2-3 Swansea
28 Sep 10 |  Championship
Swans appoint Rodgers as new boss
16 Jul 10 |  Swansea
Rodgers and Reading part company
17 Dec 09 |  Reading
Watford chairman blasts ex-boss
09 Jul 09 |  Watford
Rodgers confirmed as Reading boss
05 Jun 09 |  Reading
Watford unveil ambitious Rodgers
27 Nov 08 |  Watford
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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