Hornets over-relied on Helguson

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Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd says selling star striker Heidar Helguson to Fulham was a blessing in disguise.

The Hornets have performed tremendously this season, making a mockery of their pre-season tag of relegation favourites, and Boothroyd is forging an outstanding reputation as a coach.

However, he feels the sale of Icelandic attacker Helguson to Craven Cottage was a key factor in enabling him to build his squad.

"We relied too much on one player," Boothroyd revealed to Sky Sports News. "We had Heidar Helguson here who was a fantastic servant for the club.

"He well deserved his move and I think we used that money well and we were lucky we could bring in three or four players that would add to the team.

"Now we don't rely on one person to get all our goals, we're getting them from all over the pitch."

Boothroyd is pleased with his side's progress and is looking forward to the midweek trip to Leicester City.

"When I came, I was told we'd be relegation fodder and certainties to go down," he stated.

"This season, we were supposed to be favourites for relegation. I like those adverts where they say impossible is nothing because I think you set your own ceilings on what you can achieve with hard work, belief and the ability to bounce back. I'm sure we can surprise even more.

"We enjoy playing away, we've got players with a lot of pace. If teams try and pin us in, we can quickly get out and score goals on counter-attacks."