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Posted on 26 October 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton assesses the challenge of our next Premiership fixture - next up, Watford at Vicarage Road...

Chris Hughton assesses the challenge of our next Premiership fixture - next up, Watford at Vicarage Road...

WATFORD HAVE GIVEN a good account of themselves since their introduction back into Premiership football even though they have yet to take three points from a game. Their manager, Adrian Boothroyd, was on television after the game at Charlton and rightly pointed out that no team has inflicted a really heavy defeat on them where they have not competed in the game.

Even in the Arsenal game - where they lost 3-0 - there were good chances. Looking at the type of side of side they are, they will get scoring opportunities, they can mix up their game and can play direct. What Adrian has done is get the best out of the players he's got.

He didn't invest heavily in summer and has given an opportunity to the lads already at the club. I think he will be quite happy with how his team are playing while, of course, he would wish to have won more points. The quality of play and commitment is there.

Watford are robust in their approach to games, but I think they have to be. Their strength last season was a good fitness level, playing fairly direct and being organised and disciplined at set plays. That bought them success and I'm sure it will serve them well this season.

I don't think many people would have predicted such a quick promotion for Watford when Adrian took over. I knew about him and his qualities and enthusiasm for the game shines through in his team. They deserved their promotion and and are showing up well so far.

My old manager Keith Burkinshaw is in the background lending his experience and I think it was a wise move to bring him in when Adrian was new to management - although he has clearly taken to it very, very well. Sometimes you need an experienced voice behind you to give you a little bit of advice every now and again and Keith is an ideal one for that.

Ashley Young is a good player and a very exciting prospect who was involved with the England Under-21s recently, while Marlon King missed the game last week and I think that is a plus for any opposition as he is one who has caught the eye this season.

Young is a versatile player who can operate anywhere across the front, at the moment he is playing alongside Darius Henderson, who is more of an old fashioned centre forward and good in the air.

They generally a 4-4-2 team who play more of a direct game, with the experience provided by the likes of Gavin Mahon. I expect it to be a tough afternoon at Vicarage Road, but we will visit there in a confident mood after our recent results.