Date:Friday April 28 2006
Watford supremo Aidy Boothroyd has stressed that his side will not be taking Hull City lightly on the final game of the season on Sunday.
“I think if I pussyfoot around and pretend that this game doesn't matter, we'll get a good hiding,” Boothroyd the official site. “We'll end up getting players injured and suspended and we'll have egg on our faces.”
“We'll try to win the match exactly as if it was a game we needed to win to get promoted. There's no point in trying to change your culture just for one game so we'll go out and try to win the match. I'll pick a team capable of winning the match and we'll give Hull the respect they deserve.”
“We might lose a player to suspension or injury in the first play-off game so I think you'll get caught out if you err on the side of caution. We will go full blooded against Hull and deal with whatever happens. We think we're in a position to be able to do that now,” explained Aidy.
Clarke Carlisle, who was substituted in the first half of the victory at QPR on Saturday,will not be fit for Sunday’s match, however, there is better news concerned injured French striker Hameur Bouazza.
Boothroyd said: “Clarke will not be available for Saturday but he has a great chance of being back for the play-offs. He has done very well since he came back in. We haven't got a big squad so its great to have as much competition for places. Hameur Bouazza will hopefully be available soon as well.”
The boss has rested players in recent games and is expected to do the same for the last game of the season, though one player who has not been rested is stalwart Malky Mackay. “I'm still thinking about whether to give Malky Mackay a rest this week but sometimes it's difficult to keep these players off the pitch. That's exactly what I want - players who are raring to go and who am I to stand in their way?” enthused Aidy.
Commenting on Watford’s 2-1 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium in November, Boothroyd said: “Hull away was one of those games where we didn't play well but still won. To be fair to them, we were hanging on for long periods and they missed a penalty so we're expecting a tough game.”
“Peter Taylor has had a bit of money to spend and he's done it wisely in my opinion - Parkin has added something to them - so it should make for a good game to watch. If we treat the game without the importance that we should have, if we do that again, we'll get turned over and I don't want that to happen,.” concluded Boothroyd.
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