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By ESPN Staff

Boothroyd wants the 'Watford way' from Hornets

Manager Adrian Boothroyd is promising his side will play themselves out of trouble the 'Watford way'.

The Hornets collected a battling point from the goalless draw with Manchester City last night which could eventually prove priceless in the battle for survival.

Goalkeeper Richard Lee and man-of-the-match Danny Shittu were the heroes in a backs-to-the-wall second-half display which saw the visitors repel the Blues attacking threat to end a run of three straight wins.

City manager Stuart Pearce declared Watford's display a throwback to the Wimbledon days of the 1980s.

And Boothroyd admits the scrap for points must continue until next May if his side are to complete an unlikely Premiership survival bid.

'We have to get back to the Watford way,' he said.

'That means energy, workrate and defending for your life, while at the same time making sure we play some form of attacking football that upsets the opposition.

'Against the kind of quality we are facing every week there will be times when we have to be resolute and stand firm.

'But we have kept five clean sheets now, which is important. The next step is to take chances when they arrive.'

Watford did not carve out many openings last night, although Damien Francis did see one early effort saved superbly by Nicky Weaver, while Shittu hit the bar with a firm header just before the break.

But it was the visitors goal which saw most of the action, as Shittu performed superbly and Lee produced a string of fine saves, the best of which denied Joey Barton and Bernardo Corradi.

City also had a late penalty appeal rejected when Corradi went down under pressure from Jay DeMerit, leaving Pearce frustrated, although not totally unhappy as his side preserved their unbeaten home record and matched Watford's physical approach.

'Watford played to their strengths and didn't let us get the ball down and play,' said Pearce.

'As a manager, you can either complain at the way they play or just say congratulations - and when you have spent five years in non-league, you don't complain.

'It was like a game from the 1980s and my biggest disappointment was the old legs wouldn't allow me to take part.

'We have to take the positives out of this situation. We are still unbeaten at home and have only conceded one goal, which is a good record.'