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.

PA Sport

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.

Scepticism surrounded the Pozzo family when they took over Watford last summer, but the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as manager has eased those doubts and the Hertfordshire club are favourites for the £120million showdown at Wembley.

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.

Wigan's commitment to attacking football won them many friends during their time in the Premier League, but it was not enough to save them from the drop last season.

Doyley, who has been at Watford for 12 years, insists that does not mean Zola will be scared to retain his attacking philosophy next year, should his team gain promotion, though.

"I can't see the boss doing that to be honest," the Watford defender said. "He likes us playing attacking football, no matter what team we play.

"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."

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