Aidy calls for better starts
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Boothroyd has called on his Watford players to improve their starts to games.
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has called on his players to improve their starts to games.
The Hornets failed to produce their best in the first-half against Wigan and trailed to Henri Camara's first-half strike.
However, Boothroyd's half-time team talk meant for a lively second half in which Watford fully deserved their equaliser from Hameur Bouazza's free-kick.
The Watford boss now aims to get his players performing for the entire 90 minutes after disappointing displays in the first 45 minutes in recent games.
"I thought we were very, very average in the first half, the second half was much better," Boothroyd told Sky Sports.
"We had a similar sort of scenario against Villa when we didn't start particularly well but dominated the second half and we've gone and done that again today.
"We can't do that because teams will take chances against us and we can't let them get chances and if we do that then we'll do well but it's another little lesson today.
"It's conceivable that we could have won the game but I keep saying that, we've got to start doing that now."
Boothroyd was pleased that their work on the training ground paid off for Bouazza's free-kick.
A cleverly-worked routine saw Bouazza fire low past Chris Kirkland in the Wigan goal.
Boothroyd added: "We work quite a lot on restarts because we think it's an important part of the game and that one came off.
"It's a terrific strike from Hameur and I'm pleased because he hasn't played very much but he's come into the side and done very very well."