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Watford stronger this season says striker Danny Graham

Danny Graham
Graham has failed to score in his last seven outings

Watford are set to prove how far they have come in the last 12 months, says striker Danny Graham.

The 25-year-old is aware that the end of November 2009 saw the Hornets start a run of one win in nine league games.

Graham told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I think it was round about this time we had a dip in form. We need to put that right this year.

"We're stronger as a group and I'm sure if we stay clear of injuries we can put a good run together again."

Malky Mackay's men put back-to-back defeats by Scunthorpe United and Derby County behind them with a well earned point against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

But Graham, who has found the net eight times this season, admits his rushed return from a back injury against the Rams could have cost his side.

After 20 minutes or so it stiffened up, it didn't feel right and I feel as if I let the lads down

Watford striker Danny Graham

Former Carlisle forward Graham came off at half-time in the 4-1 reverse despite being deemed fit to play after a back problem.

"Maybe I shouldn't have played against Derby, it was a bit too soon," he explained.

"After 20 minutes or so it stiffened up, it didn't feel right and I feel as if I let the lads down.

"I passed a fitness test but it locked up again and I was no good to the team and I could hardly run.

"It's fully fit now and I had a better game [against Forest] on Saturday."

Watford, who are 11th in the Championship, travel to bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

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