Watford boss Xisco Muñoz says his team will be motivated by the fans as they head to Kenilworth Road this weekend to face Luton Town in the Herts-Beds derby.

It will be the Spaniard’s first taste of the rivalry, albeit without supporters, but he is well aware of the significance of the fixture having spent time with former Hornet Tommy Mooney this week.

A win will also put Watford a step closer to a return to the Premier League, and having taken 45 points from a possible 63 since taking over, Muñoz doesn’t want his side to deviate from the task in hand.

“We know the mentality of our fans and we can give one per cent more for them on Saturday,” he told the club’s website.

“We know how they fell when we play these games. It’s an amazing chance and we have a very good challenge to enjoy. This derby is a special game and I wish our players and fans all the best for this game.”

It isn’t Muñoz’s first experience of a derby, having played for Real Betis in their big game against Sevilla and then for Valencia against their rivals Levante.

“These games are a special week in the city,” he explained. “You have to stay out the city as everybody is talking about the game. The derbies are special.

“You need to understand how fans live these situations and the history. They are totally different games. You need to understand it’s a special game for everyone, for our fans.

“We will give our best and we know who and what we have behind us. The fans know we are working very hard for this important three points. We know about this derby, what moment it is in the season and we try to give our perfect performance.”

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