Date: 23rd March 2010 at 9:04pm
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Likeable Sheffield Wednesday boss, Alan Irvine, has warned Owls fans not to expect a Watford side playing like relegation fodder, low on confidence like their rapid slide down the league table would indicate.

Oh no. Malky Mackay`s men might only have managed 3 wins in their last 16 games (AND haven`t won on the road since Boro` back in October) but Irvine insists “[Watford] are playing a lot better than their recent results have suggested“.

Hmmm, Irvine also admitted that he`s “seen quite a bit of Watford recently” – but clearly, on the evidence of his pre-match comments on the official Owls site, he didn`t catch that dire performance at home to Peterborough or the turgid display at Pride Park then?!?

The Wednesday boss warned “Watford are actually a very good football team – they are completely changed from the Old Watford…”.

Irvine continued to gush with praise, adding They play in a very attractive way, a very controlled way and have real threats up front. They`ve got goals from midfield as well“.

Which all points towards Watford going direct, playing long ball tactics in a haphazard fashion with Doyley and Hodson adding the firepower as the Hornets head to Hillsborough for the crunch 12-pointer!!!!