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Millmoor Ground (ATT 5,438) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Rotherham Rotherham United vs Watford Watford

Boothroyd earns first win

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 8:26pm

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Adrian Boothroyd earned his first win as Watford manager after a 1-0 victory at already-relegated Rotherham United.

Heidar Helguson's strike just after the half hour mark gave The Hornets a much-needed win to move away from the Championship's bottom three.

Watford had suffered three defeats on the trot since former Leeds United first team coach Boothroyd took charge, but their fortunes changed at Millmoor on Saturday.

The visitors threatened just four minutes in when Chris Eagles's right foot drive forced goalkeeper Mike Pollitt to tip his strike around the post.

Pollitt was then called on again to stop Bruce Dyer's point blank header before The Millers tamely threatened through Shaun Barker's glancing header that went wide of the target.        

Watford, however, then took advantage of poor Rotherham defending on 32 minutes, as Helguson converted Eagles's corner in the box for the only goal of the match.

The second half saw Helguson miss the opportunity to extend Watford's lead with a close range strike.

Tony Thorpe, meanwhile, could have snatched an undeserved draw for Rotherham, but his header flew just over the bar from ten yards out.   

       

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