Football – We won't abandon style – Doyley
There is no chance of Watford ditching their commitment to attacking football if they get promoted to the Barclays Premier League, according to their longest serving player Lloyd Doyley.
Lloyd Doyley has spent 12 years at Watford
Watford and Crystal Palace will compete for what has been dubbed “the biggest financial prize in football” on Monday – a place in the Premier League. Gianfranco Zola wowed crowds with his silky skills during a glittering playing career and he has brought that mantra to Watford, where his team play free-flowing attacking football in a 3-5-2 system.
Asked whether Zola would adopt a more cautious approach in the top flight, Doyley said: “I can’t see the boss doing that to be honest. He likes us playing attacking football, no matter what team we play.”
He added: “We played Manchester City in the FA Cup this year and we still played three up front. We kept playing the way we wanted to play.
“The best way of defending is scoring goals and that has shown this year. We are the top scorers in the league so that’s the way we play.”
Doyley agrees that Swansea, who qualified for Europe this year after just two seasons in the top flight, have proven that playing attacking football can pay off.
“They have had a few years of building the passing system and they are now one of the best teams out there,” the 30-year-old added.
“When Arsenal play them Swansea have most of the ball. We are still a long way off that but we are progressing.”