A hit with the stat-gatherers, Watford full-back Lloyd Doyley made it to the top of the Actim index list for defenders last season after showing good form and creating four assists. Following the Hornets' 3-2 home victory over Southampton in September, Aidy Boothroyd praised Doyley by calling him the ‘Black Zidane’.
Boothroyd decided to make the comparison because of the defender’s reliability. However, it seemed to backfire as Doyley lost form thereafter. Now, Boothroyd has admitted he made a mistake.
Boothroyd told the Watford Observer: “The worst thing I ever did was say that about Lloyd Doyley, because after than he lost his form.”
The good news is that the Watford boss insists that the defender has “come back good this year.”
Boothroyd continued: “In the first half of last season Lloyd was terrific on the ball and this season, he's started the same way. We've got to make sure now that we maintain that.”
Watford face Darlington in the Carling Cup Second Round tonight. Quakers boss Dave Penney admits that he might give some squad players the chance to impress, but won’t be taking the game lightly.
Penney said: “I’ll be treating it exactly the same as the Walsall game, but people on the fringes of the side are desperate for a game.”
“People like Ryan Valentine, Robin Hulbert and Franz Burgmeier all want to start. We’ll check on Franz on Tuesday and see how he is.”
“We might use Tuesday’s match to give people games and to help give them some fitness too.”