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June 14, 2020 / 4:45 AM / Updated 16 hours ago

No fans means less pressure on struggling players, says Watford's Foster

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Liverpool - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - February 29, 2020 Watford's Ben Foster celebrates their first goal scored by Ismaila Sarr Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

福利网站(Reuters) - The absence of fans at Premier League games could help players struggling for confidence when England’s top flight resumes next week, Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has said.

The league was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume on June 17 at stadiums closed to spectators.

福利网站“You’re going to get players coming into form that haven’t been in form all season or low in confidence and then suddenly thriving,” Foster, 37, told the Guardian.

“I know for a fact that there are players that do feel massive pressure when they know they have 30-, 40-, 50,000 people watching them.

福利网站“You can just see it getting into their head. Not having the crowd there will, without doubt, benefit some people.”

Watford defeated Championship side Brentford 2-0 in a friendly at Vicarage Road on Saturday, a game in which artificial crowd noise was piped in to the stadium.

福利网站“It really annoyed me,” said Foster, who signed a new two-year contract with the club earlier this week.

“You can only play it at certain times, like when the ball goes out, when it would just come on and be really annoying.”

福利网站Watford, who are 17th and above the relegation zone on goal difference, will restart their campaign at home to Leicester City on June 20.

福利网站Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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