Boothroyd: We had a go
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Boothroyd felt his Watford players earned respect, despite losing 4-1 to Man Utd.
Adrian Boothroyd felt his Watford players earned respect, despite losing 4-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park.
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The Premiership strugglers battled manfully to contain United and provided their opponents with the odd nervy moment.
The Red Devils' class eventually won through, but Boothroyd was proud of the way his players competed for long spells.
"I don't think it was a 4-1 in terms of performance, but when you've got the ball you are very vulnerable against them," Boothroyd told the club's official website.
"We certainly had them rattled for long periods, particularly in the second half, but when you've got the quality that they've got they can always counter-attack very quickly.
"I think we earned some respect, certainly from the Manchester United fans who clapped the players off.
"All you can do is come here and have a go. I thought our fans were great again today."
Hameur Bouazza scored Watford's goal in acrobatic fashion, but Boothroyd was left to lament other opportunities which went begging.
He added: "I thought they started the better and it took us a little bit of time to get going, but once we got that 15 minutes out of the way I thought we settled down a bit.
"I think we had our momentum, particularly in the second period and you would have fancied us to get the next goal.
"But if you create chances you've got to take them.
"I thought Hameur was terrific today, he was the one player who was really into them."