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Simpson claims former manager agreed it was time to leave Vicarage Road

Boothroyd hit by FA charge

The Football Association have charged Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd with abusive and/or insulting words towards referee Stuart Attwell during Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship match against Reading.

Watford 1 West Ham United 0: Zola suffers first defeat after Mullins own-goal debacle

Not a great day, then, all told for West Ham. In the morning, they found Sheffield United had won their compensation claim against them after the Blades' relegation from the Premier League last year in the wake of the Carlos Tevez affair, with a figure of £30m being bandied about. So, just when it suddenly seemed as if a run in the Carling Cup could be as valuable in terms of money-making as morale-building, along came this third-round result.

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.

Watford 1 Charlton Athletic 0: Boothroyd's 'aesthetic' approach pays early dividend

Much has changed at Watford this season. The old main grandstand, known as the East Stand, has been closed for safety reasons (although it is still considered secure enough to house the media), players have been sold to help balance the books, and the team, almost incredibly, is playing passing football.

Hull City 4 Watford 1 <i>(Hull win 6-1 on agg)</i>: Barmby directs Hull down Wembley way

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 final

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 charge

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.

West Bromwich 1 Watford 1: Bromby prevents Albion breaking free

It seems to be the collective will of all the Championship promotion contenders to take the race for places in the Premier League down to the wire. Back in front, on goal difference, after snatching a victory at Blackpool in midweek, Albion knew they could consolidate by winning yesterday's tea-time fixture against faltering Watford yet could manage only a point, coming from behind.

Watford 0 Barnsley 3: Odejayi fells timid Watford

Barnsley's 15 minutes of fame, which actually lasted the 50 days between their victory at Liverpool in February and their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Cardiff City last Saturday, might have been replaced by abject anti-climax. Instead, their performance last night was one of style and panache and it ended the personal hell of Kayode Odejayi.

Watford 2 Coventry City 1: Boothroyd's men keep cool heads to reheat push for promotion

Never mind the quality, just feel the points. Despite an extremely poor performance, this win lifted Watford to within one point of second place in the Championship and given their recent run, Aidy Boothroyd will take victory any which way it comes.

Watford 0 Stoke City 0: Watford draw no comfort from wasted opportunity

Take away Rob Styles' presence and this game bore no resemblance to the Premier League status it may acquire later this year. And his performance was not without its critics either.

Bristol City 0 Watford 0: Henderson penalty miss lets leaders Bristol off the hook

Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd refused to castigate his leading scorer Darius Henderson, who missed a crucial penalty in this must-win promotion contest against the Championship leaders Bristol City last night. Henderson, looking for his 13th goal of the season, struck his 41st-minute spot-kick just high and close enough for Adriano Basso, City's Brazilian goalkeeper, to throw himself to the left to make what could be the most important save of his season.

Championship round-up: Four off as Burnley lose battle of Hull

Six players were sent off during a fractious night in the Championship, four of the dismissals coming at the KC Stadium where Hull's 2-0 victory over Burnley was reduced to nine-a-side for the final 13 minutes.

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