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Davids ready for Spireites clash

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Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:58:00

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola predicts the race to reach the Premier League will go right down to the final round of matches in what has been a "crazy" season.

While Cardiff, who the Hornets face this weekend, have a seven-point lead at the top and look destined to secure the npower Championship title, the identity of the team who will finish second - and also go up automatically - is far from decided.

Hull currently occupy that spot yet their 1-0 defeat to Zola's men on Tuesday night has given them just a one-point advantage with Crystal Palace also in the mix.

But with the Tigers and Hornets enduring inconsistent form of late and the Eagles crashing to three straight losses, Zola is anticipating plenty of surprises in the final six games.

When asked if the race for second will be determined on the final day, Zola said: "It will certainly be like that.

"It is a season, you can see around us, it is crazy. You can't say 'you beat Hull and all the other games are easy'. We've found we've had more problems with small teams than with big ones.

"It will certainly be down to the end but not just for us, it will be difficult for everyone."

While the Italian, an icon of the top flight during his playing days, has managed in the highest domestic division with West Ham, he insists attaining promotion with this Watford squad would be even more special.

"It would be fantastic to achieve it with these guys," he added.

"We work very hard and I'm pleased, proud of that. It would be a great reward for the Watford community if we can achieve that but it's going to be tough, that's for sure."

The Bees gave their survival hopes a huge shot in the arm with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers AFC Wimbledon on Monday.

They are now three points above the drop zone with four matches remaining and Davids hopes to edge further clear of what looks set to be a dramatic last-day fight to avoid relegation.

He said: "Chesterfield are a good footballing side. You can see their ranking in the table. You have to be well prepared because they are not an easy team to beat.

"We can make it as close as possible if we have good results, but we don't want to leave it to the last minute."

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