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It was somehow fitting that this bizarre match at the St Mary’s Stadium turned out to be the last Watford victory Aidy Boothroyd presided over.

Of all Boothroyd’s ugly but glorious triumphs, this was one of the most eventful. Richard Lee saved two penalties, the first in the second minute, and the Hornets managed to put the game beyond doubt before half-time.

The first spot kick was awarded after David McGoldrick went down as Lee and Darren Ward sandwiched him. Lee only had to fall to his left to stop McGoldrick’s feeble penalty kick.

Eight mintues later, Tamas Priskin put the visitors ahead, firing home from Jon Harley’s cross. Incredibly, the referee gave Saints another penalty when Adrian Mariappa was ruled to have fouled in the box. This time Paul Wotton took the kick and Lee pulled off a magnificent save.

John Eustace and Priskin then scored to stun the hosts but despite this fine win, time was running out for Boothroyd. A fortnight and three defeats later, his fiery up-and-down three-year reign was over.

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Watford Lee, Mariappa (Doyley 89), Ward, Bromby, Sadler, Smith, Eustace, Williamson, Harley, Hoskins (O’Toole 81), Priskin (Henderson 81)
Manager Aidy Boothroyd
Scorers Priskin 10, 40, Eustace 30
Attendance 17,454

Why was this match chosen? For Richard Lee's double penalty save, for the fact the points were in the bag before half-time and because it turned out to be Aidy Boothroyd's final victory as Watford manager.

How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? It's a slightly eccentric choice but the last year of Boothroyd's time as Watford manager was so hard to watch that at comfortable 3-0 win away from home (even if it was against a side that would end up getting relegated at the end of the season) felt like the moment you realise you're no longer suffering from a migraine.

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