The fans were allowed to support their own in Vicarage Road for the first time in 221 days
William Troost-Ekong was delighted with the fans cheering them on when Watford hosted West Bromwich Albion in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
The fans were allowed to watch in Vicarage Road as the Hornets faced the Baggies, a game that ended goalless.
However, this did not detract from the joy of the Nigerian, who enjoyed the cheers in the stadium for the first time in 221 days.
“It was really fun; I think we all really enjoyed the game. [on Saturday], “Troost-Ekong told the club official portal.
“It was important to just get the minutes in, but playing in front of the fans is something we have been waiting for a long time.
“It’s a bit unfortunate that we could not give them a goal. I think we were very close a few times, I would like to hear the roar and cheering again.
‘When we came out and when they called us on the team page, it’s nice to hear all the fans here and we’ll need this support this year.
“It makes the biggest difference, and I think it was only three or four thousand here, but it felt like it was 15 or close to 20. [thousand] because you’re so used to empty stadiums. The support made the biggest difference, and it was great. ‘
The 27-year-old also could not hide his joy when he saw that some players were getting their chance against the Baggies.
“West Brom came out with a pretty good team and tried to push us high, but these are the kind of games you have to play [from the back] still and the manager asked us to do our job, ‘Troost-Ekong continued.
‘All tributes to all the young boys who played today; some made their debut and were fantastic.
“I think they all got on very well. It’s great to see that there are so many youngsters trying to be part of the group. In the last 15 minutes it was just Joshua King, Rob Elliot and Dapo. [Mebude] from the first team and they managed to keep their own right. ‘