Date: 6th March 2006 at 1:29pm
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Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd praised the character and resilience of his players after they fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Derby County.

‘It shows character and resilience to come back at the end,’ the gaffer told the official site. ‘We had enough chances to win it but if you don’t take them, you don’t win. We’ll analyse this and move on’, continued Boothroyd.

Aidy believes that it is an indication of the progress that his side have made that everyone was disappointed not to have won the match. ‘The expectation has been big from day one from me. ?It’s all part of being good. I expect us to win games and the players expect the same so they are all disappointed but, again, that shows how far we’ve come. ‘I think that the fact we’ve come so far in such a short space of time means that a team of Derby’s calibre comes here to get a point shows massive respect for us. ?Remember that although they haven’t had a great season, they were in the play-off semi finals last time around,’ explained Aidy.

Boothroyd also pay tribute to his side’s never-say-die attitude ?The stats will show that we dominated in terms of shots on target and most teams would have laid down at the death when they scored but we managed to come back and that’s what we’re all about,? said Boothroyd. ?We never give up, we left two and three men at the back at the end and that’s what I’m about – I want to win. ?One point is no good, three is what you’re after but we’ve managed to grab one from nothing which is a plus,? added Aidy.

Despite a draw 2-2 at home, which is a disappointing result for the Hornets under the Boothroyd and Burkinshaw regime, the gaffer is still taking something positive from the result, he said: ‘I am taking something positive from this because we went behind and came back. If we can do that when we’re away or at home, we’ll win more than we lose, I’m sure about that.?

The gaffer also had a word for substitute midfielder Al Bangura, who levelled the match in the third minute of injury time. ‘I thought Al Bangura did very well when he came on and I’m glad he got his goal,’ concluded Aidy.