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Watford Keeper Ben Foster: Age and experience gave us an edge

Ben Foster has praised the experience of Watford's new arrivals after their involvement in a positive win away at Norwich City yesterday.

The Hornets put three goals past the side that pipped them to the Championship title last season, to seal an important first away win of the campaign.

The summer transfer window saw a high turnover of players with some big names leaving the club, but the goalkeeper feels the new arrivals have enough about them to adapt quickly to the new challenge.

“This is a new team, and there's been a big turnover in the summer, but you can't put a price on know-how and experience," the goalkeeper said.

“Sometimes you have to part company with players who have been at the club a long time to move on to fresh pastures, but the players who have come in know their way around the block – people like Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko, Josh King – and they are so important."

At 38 Foster has plenty of experience himself.

He believes that helped him contribute to a much improved team performance, that head coach Xisco Munoz later described as "mature".

“I have to say the team selection was really good: I would like to know the average age of that side because there was so much experience from back to front," he said.

“I'm 38, so I was definitely propping up the average age, but when you have lost three in a row and you are going away from home to a place like Norwich, where you know they are going to be dogged and not give you a second's breath, you need wise heads to shut the game down."

Despite his age, Foster still feels like he can perform at the highest level and said the match day feeling helps him exceed his own abilities.

“I have to say I'm still feeling good," he added.

"When that whistle goes at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, I still get a real rush of adrenaline and I can do things during a game that I can't do in training.”

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