Date: 15th February 2009 at 10:21am
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Brendan Rodgers couldn`t hide his pride at the battling spirit shown by his troops despite seeing Watford lose 3-1 to “world class” Chelsea in a close fought scrap of an FA Cup tie.

Speaking after seeking Nicholas Anelka`s quick fire hattrick give the Blues the kiss of life after Tamas Priskin gave the Hornets a surprise 69th minute lead, the Watford boss also revealed his desire for Chelsea to now kickstart their season?

?which is all very nice of him.

Jolly Rodgers stated “I thought we were outstanding in relation to the fact we were playing a world class squad. Right up to the end it could have been two-each but instead that wee bit of quality came through and Nicolas [Anelka] got his third.”

beaming Brendan added “I am very, very proud of the players and the supporters. I am very proud of the Club. It has been a difficult season and I think tonight the supporters were fantastic. They gave us great energy and then the players give the crowd great energy.’

“I am very proud of the way all the players went about the game.”

So just to clear things up and summarise: Rodgers is the proudest man in the proudest part of Hertfordshire on a proud, proud night? Blimey!

But the Hornets gaffer didn`t stop there with gushing emotion. Oh no, he issued a plea to the Stamford Bridge outfit to use the victory at Vicarage Road as a springboard for the rest of the season.

The former Blues coach clearly couldn`t forget his roots and added “I really hope that Chelsea now go and push on this season. They are a brilliant club who get a lot of stick from various areas.”

Ah bless.