Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has dismissed suggestions of a rift with striker Marlon King.
The 25-year-old started Saturday's goalless draw at Reading on the substitutes' bench, with Boothroyd citing a hamstring injury and illness as his reasons for his omission from the starting XI.
The former Barnet, Gillingham and Nottingham Forest man came on to play the second half at The Madejski Stadium and Boothroyd was quick to quash rumours of a fall-out between him and The Championship's top scorer.
"[The rumours] aren't true at all," Boothroyd said. "I don't tend to have rows with people.
"Any player is disappointed when he is left out of the starting line-up.
"Marlon wants to play, but I think he respects me and he gets on with it - as do all the players.
"The decision I had to make was that he wasn't 100 percent and with games to go, we had to look at the long term, not the short term.
"I had to start with him on bench, but he came on and did a fantastic job."
Boothroyd was pleased with taking a point from their clash with the Championship leaders.
"Last time we met was 0-0 and we didn't want to bring the fans back another 0-0, but I felt the two teams were going at it hammer and tongs and overall, I have to be pleased with a point," he told Sky Sports.
"We've been positive all season, but I don't look to draw. We try to get on the front feet to put teams under pressure.
"I believe in attacking football and that's what we try to do.
"It's a very tough place to go, statistics show that and it was just another point on the journey for us.
"I'm just focusing on us, it's another point gained and we've got a good rest before we play Southampton."