Hornets to field strongest side

ANY hopes that Ipswich had about Watford being engrossed in a relegation battle and so taking their FA Cup tie lightly were last night crushed by Aidy Boothroyd.

By Derek Davis

ANY hopes that Ipswich had about Watford being engrossed in a relegation battle and so taking their FA Cup tie lightly were last night crushed by Aidy Boothroyd.

Victory over West Ham last week raised hopes in north London that the Hornets can still escape the drop - and they play Wigan on Tuesday

The Watford manager told the EADT: “We are putting out our strongest team against Ipswich.

“We don't take any game slightly. We want to get on a winning run so we will be coming out the traps looking for a win.

“We want to carry on from the win over West Ham because winning gives you confidence. At the same time I saw Ipswich's result last Saturday and I knew straight away they will be right up for it, so it is funny how football works.

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“I have come across Jim before and I know what he is like. I know he is a winner.

“A couple of weeks ago I may have thought ahead to Wigan but now my thoughts are very much to win the next game.

“Ipswich are to be respected but it is a game we must win, then we look at the next match. Ipswich are a tough team. I have watched them a few times this season and I know what we can expect.”

Watford's only injury doubt is former Norwich City defender Malky Mackay, who is struggling with a sore calf and rated at 50/50 by Boothroyd.

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