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Adrian Boothroyd

Arsenal reveal their secrets for penalty success

Arsenal did not practice penalties before Wednesday night's Champions League tie in Rome which culminated in the Gunners defeating Roma in a shoot-out. "I did not think it would go to penalties," said manager Arsene Wenger.

Coppell offers to replay 'phantom goal' match

The Reading manager, Steve Coppell, said yesterday his side would not object to replaying Saturday's match against Watford which featured an opening goal credited to the Royals when the ball crossed the line three feet wide of the post, although the Football League later confirmed the 2-2 result would stand.

Hull City 4 Watford 1 (Hull win 6-1 on agg): Barmby directs

The KC Stadium hosted a pitch invasion and they played "London Calling" over the Tannoy as manager Phil Brown was soaked in champagne: Hull City have not had many great nights in their 104-year history but this was definitely one of them. Having never been to Wembley in that time nor played in England's top flight, one of those unwanted records was rectified in a crushing second-half performance.

Watford 0 Hull City 2: Barmby puts Hull in sight of a first Wembley

Dean Windass is 39 years old and Nick Barmby is 34 and both were born in Hull. The pair might not feature much if the Tigers reach the Premier League next season but they picked their moment here at Vicarage Road, a goal apiece making almost certain that they will continue to shape the club's destiny in the short-term at least.

Watford 0 Crystal Palace 2: Warnock boys become men for play-off

Enchanting yet enigmatic, an authentic sui generis, Neil Warnock has inspired another revolution – this time at Crystal Palace. Soon after he arrived as manager last October, Palace were 21 points behind Watford and in a state of transition. After the match on Saturday at Vicarage Road, where the allure of the characters eclipsed that of the football, Palace found themselves a point behind and gaining momentum.

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Watford 1 Leicester City 0: Henderson keeps 10-man Watford at the

There is nothing Aidy Boothroyd likes more than a little bit of adversity. Twice in four days his Watford team have overcome testing circumstances to emerge with wins. This victory, only their second at home in the League since October, also maintained their position at the top of the table.