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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Carlisle backs Watford resurgence
By Jonathan Stevenson

Watford's Clarke Carlisle
Carlisle has not had much to celebrate in his injury-hit season
Clarke Carlisle says he expects Watford to keep their current squad together to win promotion back to the Premiership.

Watford were relegated on Saturday but Carlisle, 27, believes everything is in place for an immediate return.

He told BBC Sport: "The manager Aidy Boothroyd has a 10-year plan at this club and we have all signed up to that.

"I can't see many ins and outs. This squad knows how to get into the Premiership, we all want the chance to prove we know how to stay in it."

Carlisle has featured in Watford's last four games after missing the first eight months of the season with a serious thigh injury.

He is determined to make the most of his short shot at playing in the Premiership and prove he is good enough to play at the highest level.

I want to prove over 20, 30, 40 games in a season that I can do it in the Premiership

Clarke Carlisle

"It is my inaugural season in the Premiership and missing so much of it has been very hard to deal with," he added.

"It's been so, so frustrating. I've tried to give my tuppence worth to the lads, but I'm the world's worst spectator.

"I sat with [fellow injury victim] Marlon King at the start but it didn't work, we just ended up getting each other angrier!

"To finally get back into action and the wonderful reception I got from the fans, it was absolutely awesome.

"It's amazing to be here, it's where any professional footballer wants to be playing. It's a delight and an honour.

"It's given me a little taster. Next season I want to give it my all and get back to this place and I know the other boys feel the same way."

And rather than focus on next season already, Carlisle says the Watford players must prove over the next three games they are good enough to stay at the club.

"Dropping down a league puts people's jobs in jeopardy," he said. "You have to prove now that you're good enough for the challenge that lies ahead.

"This is just the beginning of what Aidy's trying to create so you have to show him you've got the desire and dedication to be here.

"I've always believed I'm good enough to play in the Premiership. But I want to prove over 20, 30, 40 games in a season that I can do it.

"It has been a baptism of fire. The levels of concentration and application required are different to anything I've ever experienced before.

"But I'm confident Watford can bounce straight back next season, as long as the gaffer stays at the helm and he keeps the majority of this squad."

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

Watford 1-1 Man City
21 Apr 07 |  Premiership
Carlisle joins Watford from Leeds
05 Aug 05 |  Leeds United


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