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Big boys' games spell pain for Watford and Warnock.

WATFORD admit they can't keep pace with their Premiership rivals in the transfer market.

The Hornets have spent just pounds 1.5m this summer - all on Wigan reject Damien Francis - while also landing veteran Chris Powell on a free transfer.

Chief executive Mark Ashton said: "We're fishing in a different pond to the one in the Championship and we're after a different type of player. But Aidy Boothrooyd, the manager, has said from day one he is not looking for big names or superstars - he's looking to bring in hungry players."

Neil Warnock accepts Sheffield United must learn the harsh facts of life in the Premiership. The Blades boss said: "We know we're going to get punished at times, unlike in the Championship, but that's the quality we're up against.

"Everybody knows there are two divisions within the Premiership - you are pitting yourself against the best there is.

"Mainly you're probably not as good as the side you're facing.

"That's why people are saying it will be a great achievement to survive. Psychology will come into it because when we lose three or four on the trot - which is bound to happen - we'll need to get ourselves firing again."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
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