Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Playoff Mind Games Won't Work with Me, Warns Dowie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Playoff Mind Games Won't Work with Me, Warns Dowie

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON;GEMMA CLARKE

IAIN DOWIE today warned Aidy Boothroyd that his mind games will not help get Watford into the playoff final.

The Crystal Palace manager has been unimpressed by his opposite number's claim that Palace are the favourites to win their two-leg semi-final because of their bigger squad.

Dowie said: "I am too old for mind games. Aidy can say what he likes and I get on with him, but he is just trying to release the pressure off his players.

"He did make me laugh about squads. Marlon King has cost a lot more than Andy Johnson has in his career. If we want to twist it around we can do.

"They have built a great young team and we know it will be a really tough game. Whether he thinks there is more expectation on me, that's for him to think about and for me to worry about. But Aidy will not put any more pressure on me because surely he knows my chairman!"

Midfielder Michael Hughes (left), who returns with Johnson to the side at Selhurst Park tomorrow after being rested, said: "If we take a two-goal lead back to Watford, the tie is virtually done and dusted. …

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