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Spalletti's men are a work in progress

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By ESPN Staff

'Watford will stay in Premiership', insists Boothroyd

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd today claimed there was `no Plan B` should the club be relegated from the Premiership.

The Hornets are bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety after 15 matches, of which they have won only one.

But ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Reading, who were also promoted from the Coca-Cola Championship last season, Boothroyd continued to insist that the Hornets would avoid relegation - and is confident his board will back him to the hilt in the January transfer window.

'We will be in the Premiership next season,' Boothroyd said. 'We have to be. There is no Plan B: it is all about Plan A.

'The financial rewards for being in this league next season are huge.

'We have to talk and come up with a strategy where we put a finger on things and say 'that is what we go and do'.

'We will look to sign players in January, but they have to be right. If I find what I am looking for, I am sure the money will be there.

'We need more firepower, and we are looking for quick fixes. We would like someone who has proved he can score goals at this level over a period of time.'

Referee Chris Foy will take charge of the match against Reading - somewhat surprising as it comes only three weeks after Boothroyd's controversial comments about the Merseyside official following his side's 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.

Pompey's winner in that match came from a late penalty, and Boothroyd suggested that under-performing officials should be put in 'the stocks' and have 'rotten tomatoes' thrown at them.

Boothroyd escaped Football Association punishment for his remarks, and the 35-year-old joked: 'Chris will be welcomed, as all the referees are, with sandwiches, and I will have to be careful what I put in them.

'But it is no concern at all that he has been chosen. I was not happy on the day and I made my point, but I do not bear grudges, and I am sure that Chris will not, either.

'It is a good thing we meet so soon after the event. We can have a joke about it - and move on.

'Referees are having a hard time. They need technology to help them, particularly with decisions inside the penalty area, because those are the key ones.'

While Boothroyd's side have struggled in the Premiership, Reading have flourished, and are sixth in the table after collecting 25 points from 16 matches.

Boothroyd is a huge admirer of Royals boss Steve Coppell, as he is of the former Crystal Palace boss' team.

Boothroyd admitted: 'I could probably learn some things from Steve regarding when to speak and when not to.

'The best managers are those who have stayed in the game for a long time, and Steve is a model in that respect.

'Reading have stuck to their principles, and added players to a team which had already been together for a long time.'

Boothroyd will be without skipper Gavin Mahon, who serves a one-match ban for collecting five bookings, but welcomes back defender Chris Powell from suspension.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster and forward Marlon King (both knee) remain on the sidelined along with defender Clarke Carlisle, who is recovering slowly from a thigh injury.