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WATFORD boss Graham Taylor has revealed that being relegated from the Premiership may be a blessing in his disguise for his team.

The Hornets are currently sat at the top of the First Division and Taylor believes the experience of a season in the Nationwide League will only benefit the number of talented youngsters at Vicarage Road.

The former England boss said: "There were many of them who were not used to the pressures and had not developed enough to cope with the pace of the Premiership.

"Unless they are extremely gifted, like Michael Owen, young players are not going to progress in the Premiership. When they come up against quality players, their confidence is knocked and they fade from the side.

"So for players like Gifton Noel Williams (pictured), Tommy Smith and Darren Ward, all at the start of their careers, a season in the First Division will help them develop into better players.

"Of course, we were all gutted when we were relegated, but I think some of the younger players might look back on it as a blessing in disguise."