Date:Thursday November 16 2006
Tony Adams has spoken to the News ahead of this Saturdays game against Watford, describing them as similar to the Wimbledon of the 80`s.
'We've got a very tough game coming up against Watford. They're a very direct team. I saw them recently playing Newcastle in the Carling Cup and they're a throwback to the Wimbledon days. They are very, very direct.
'I don't like talking about opponents. I don't think it's right when you hear managers talking about other teams. But you've got to be honest - they are a direct team. I think anyone would say that. Have I encountered anything like them before recently? No - they're certainly not Arsenal.
'They don't mess about with it. They put balls in there. They work on getting the second ball, on throw-ins and corners. I've already prepared the boys. I spoke to the centre-halves and told them to get ready with their tin helmets!'
'So we can practise on that, for sure. We can talk about that, show videos, and go out on the training pitch and practise keeping teams out of the box. It's going to be very important not to give fouls away. Dejan fouled Moritz Volz when he was running away from the goal last Saturday. There's no need to go in. You stay on your feet. He was going nowhere.'
'Fulham dropped off last Saturday, but Watford will hold a high defensive line. So maybe we can work players from wide areas against them. I saw Newcastle's Damien Duff and James Milner do well against them. So that might be the way forward.'
Could that mean a start for David Thompson?
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