Boothroyd stays calm ahead of Play-Off Final

May 18, 2006

Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd insists he is preparing for Sunday's play-off final like any other game despite the prospect of Premiership football being closer than ever.

Boothroyd's side face Leeds at the Millennium Stadium knowing a win would see them take their place alongside the top sides in the country and complete an amazing season at Vicarage Road.

'Having worked so hard to get to the play-off final, I thought it was very important for us to get straight back into changing room after beating Crystal Palace in the semi-final and immediately start preparing for Leeds,' said the Hornets boss.

'The 48 games we've already played this season have all led to this one and to be 90 minutes away from Premier League football means that we will continue to be as professional in our preparations as we have been all season.

'Part of those plans has involved already taking a trip to Cardiff this week to check out our hotel and the Millennium Stadium. We're a young team and some of our lads will have not been there before so we thought it was a good idea to familiarise ourselves with the stadium.

'I've no doubt the whole experience will have been useful because it's easy to get caught up in the occasion of finals. We'll be going there to play a game just like any other game.'