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9th May 2006- Championship Playoff Semi-Final Second Leg, Watford 0 Crystal Palace 0 (Watford win 3-0 on aggregate)

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BBC SportWatford will meet Leeds in the Championship play-off final after cruising past a lacklustre Palace.

guardianAdrian Boothroyd faces the threat of being banned from the touchline for the play-off final against Leeds United, comfortably the biggest game of his brief managerial career, after being sent to the stands last night following a mass brawl in front of his dugout. The Watford manager sparked mayhem midway through the second half when he flicked the ball away from Fitz Hall with a hand as the Crystal Palace defender sought to take a quick throw-in.

BSAD imageBSAD reports: There is an air of something approaching hysteria inside Vicarage Road.

Immense. Amazing. Rock solid. Tense. Iron-willed. Undefeated.  Just some of the words we used, once we’d calmed down, to describe the fight on the touchline which was triggered by maybe a little too much management of the game and, in particular, the ball. But if we focus on that, we’ll be overlooking a job done with just as many of the qualities as we brought to the 60th-minute melee.

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4th March 2006-Championship, Watford 2 Derby County 2

imgres.pngSubstitute Al Bangura grabbed a late goal to rescue a point for Watford.

Kevin Lisbie gave Derby the lead against the run of play when he raced onto Adam Bolder’s pass and trickled a low shot into the far corner.

Marlon King fired the Hornets level with a smart finish from 18 yards and later hit the post as the home side poured forward.

But Giles Barnes slid in to put the Rams ahead before Bangura made it 2-2 with a fine shot deep in injury-time.

guardian.png Boothroyd’s boldness reprieves wilting Watford

BSAD image 5 BSAD match reports

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10th December 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Plymouth Argyle 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Around half an hour into the first period, Miles commented that it was “okay so far”. From someone who’s quick enough with a strong opinion, this was a statement so spectacularly radical that it required a serious double-take. Such generosity can only be explained by the festive spirit, or having spent most of the time playing computer games instead of watching properly. Because the first half, while considerably more competent than its counterpart seven days ago, offered the most dour, relentlessly unrewarding football seen at Vicarage Road since the last time that I wrote a sentence like this. It was “okay” only in the sense that nobody died.

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3rd December 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

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BBC SportMarlon King’s 10th goal of the season helped to extend Watford’s unbeaten league run to nine games.

BSAD imageBSAD report: It will be interesting to see whether Adrian Boothroyd’s evident displeasure at the performance has an effect when we take on Plymouth next week; it’s rare that consecutive fixtures are so similar in nature and therefore so easy to compare. He’s right to be annoyed – to summarise, this was largely woeful, and horrible to watch too – but it’s impossible to ignore the impact of injuries on a paper-thin squad, especially those to Ashley Young and Matthew Spring. It’s all very well to say that these situations merely provide opportunities for others…but that doesn’t ring quite true when you’re bringing on Jay Demerit to play as a forward for the last twenty minutes because you don’t have anyone else.

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1st November 2005- Championship, Watford 3 Queens Park Rangers 1

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BBC SportWatford midfielder Ashley Young struck his 10th goal of the season as the Hornets eased to a comfortable victory.

guardian“If anyone underestimated us at the start of the season they won’t be doing it now because we’re third,” said their manager Adrian Boothroyd. “And if they do so, they do it at their peril.” Where Boothroyd’s challenge at the start of the campaign was to raise his squad’s spirits, now he must prevent them from soaring out of sight.

BSAD imageBSAD report: For the game itself, both sides had one change to their starting line ups from Saturday’s wins. Watford replaced Darius Henderson, who was on the bench (meaning “bunch of red seats in front of the shack”), with Anthony McNamee. McNamee had substituted Henderson against Wolves. Rangers included former Villa striker Stefan Moore in place of Paul Furlong who was dismissed at Derby on Saturday for kicking Derby’s Wigan loanee Emerson Thome where it hurts most.

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