Date: 9th August 2008 at 7:37pm
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After watching his side hold off the youthful exuberance of Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park, make several excellent chances of their own and force home stopper, Julian Speroni into a man of the match performer, Aidy Boothroyd was understandably a happy Hornet.

The Watford gaffer stated “I thought it was a terrific start. We would have preferred 3points but in terms of what we are trying to do it was very encouraging”.

He added “A win would have been nice but this was a very difficult place to come.”

Boothroyd also had praise for his side’s radical new-look football, telling all and sundry “This year I just think we need to be a little more fluid. But it’s not good being aesthetic if you don’t win so we’ll be careful not to get too excited.”

The Watford gaffer did however have time to reflect back on last season and the poor standard of football dished up by his troops:“I wouldn’t knock the long-ball game. When I first came to Watford we were a bit like Dad’s Army – we needed some energy and some passion. But last season we lost our identity a little bit. We were neither a long-ball team nor a short-ball team, but a give-the-ball-away team.”

Much improved Aidy – roll on three points next time out!