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Jan 24, 2007

Latest Rocky movie inspires Watford to victory

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has revealed the secret behind a rare Premiership win for his side - a trip to the cinema to watch Sylvester Stallone.

The Hornets boss is hoping his side, who are still bottom despite beating Blackburn 2-1 at Vicarage Road last night, can pull off the sort of odds-defying comeback associated with Stallone's Rocky films.

He said: 'Because we have not won many games I have got to be as creative as I can so I sent them to watch Rocky Balboa. They had heard enough of me and wanted to hear someone else.

'Thankfully the cinema opened up for us, the lads went to watch it and I stayed and worked with the reserves. Maybe there is something in that and they need to go to the pictures more often.'

Watford's winner came midway through the second half through substitute Jay DeMerit, who had come on before the break for the injured Danny Shittu.

There was no such luck for Rovers as stand-in skipper Robbie Savage suffered a broken leg in a 53rd-minute clash with Hornets midfielder Al Bangura.

The Bangura challenge was the second on Savage in a matter of seconds and although referee Dermot Gallagher was happy there was nothing untoward, television replays suggested it had been over the top.

Hughes added: 'People have said that but I haven't seen it. I need to look at it again. I hope it was nothing untoward, just two guys going in for a challenge in a wholehearted way.'

Savage becomes the third Rovers player to have suffered a serious injury in the last few days, with midfielder Steven Reid having suffered cruciate ligament damage in training and defender Andre Ooijer also breaking a leg at Manchester City at the weekend.

Boothroyd took a moment to reflect on a rare win but soon set his focus on the remaining games in his side's ongoing relegation battle.

He said: 'Any win is a big win for us as we don't have that many. I'm absolutely thrilled to get three points because I had forgotten what it was like.

'Now it is about building on that. It is about survival and we have got to believe we can do it. The minute we start thinking we are doomed we have had it. We have 15 games left and we have got to win a good percentage of those.

'I hope and believe that tonight is a start, with a lot of positives to come out of this. We have got eight home games left so we have got to make sure we win as many of those as we can.

'We must aim to win eight games and also try to nick something away from home.'