Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is hoping the club can mount a good FA Cup run in order to boost his playing time, starting with the third round replay tomorrow night against Tranmere Rovers.

Head coach Nigel Pearson has insisted that while he is interested in the cup, Premier League survival has to be the club's priority for the season. 

However, with Bachmann getting his first senior appearance for the Hornets in the third round, the Austrian is keen to make himself part of a cup run and increase his opportunities for first team football.

"I want to play as many games as possible and the cup is the first platform for me there, so we’ve got to go and win the game tomorrow," he said.

"It’s not going to be easy and then we’ve got a nice game at home whether it’s Wolves or Man United, so that’s what we’re trying to do.

"It was nice to get my first start, finally. It was a tricky game to play in, but it was nice to get my first start. I feel like I played really well, obviously with the second goal, that’s the thing as a goalkeeper, you make a little mistake and it’s in. Other than that I felt pretty comfortable in goal and I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow."

With Ben Foster and Heurelho Gomes both in front of Bachmann in the pecking order, chances have been severely limited up to now. 

However, with both senior goalkeepers nearing the end of their contracts, there could be an opportunity for the third choice keeper to move up the ranks in the coming months. 

Bachmann, who spent last season out on loan at Kilmarnock, admits he had higher expectations for this season, but believes his time will come if he remains patient.

"After last season I had a very good season, I came back here, I had high expectations, but that’s football it’s not always straight forward," he said.

"Like I said I’ve just got to keep working, putting me head down and taking my chances when I get them.

"Fozzy’s playing well at the moment, he was very good last season as well, so that’s just where we are. Those two are in front of me right now and whatever happens in the next few months, that’s not really in my hands. I’m putting my head down, I’m working hard, I’m hoping to get more chances."