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Premier League: Hodgson adds solidity to Watford side

Watford's 0-0 draw against Burnley won't exactly live long in the memory but the goalless contest will give Hornets fans a flavour of what is to come.

Hodgson took charge of the Hertfordshire club for the first time on Saturday in what was a crucial relegation-themed contest against Burnley.

Perhaps it wasn't quite as important for Watford as it was for Burnley given the corresponding league positions but avoiding defeat against Watford will have satisfied Hodgson somewhat.

The Hornets can be backed at 1/3 to be relegated straight back to the Championship.

Here are three things Watford fans have learned or taken away from the Burnley contest

It might not be pretty but it could be effective

Entertainment could be in short supply from now until the end of the season, though admittedly if that does lead to Watford staying up then they probably won't mind.

In many respects, the job suits Hodgson to a tee - he is excellent at getting teams well organised and making them hard to break down.

Some might say that it would have been more beneficial to lay down a marker and try and attack Burnley in their first game but Premier League management at the bottom end of the table is a game of risk and reward so Hodgson was perhaps vindicated.

Quite incredibly, it was Watford's first clean sheet of the season, and they will have to get more of those to stay up as their defensive record didn't make for good reading - 40 goals were shipped in 20 Premier League games

When at Crystal Palace, his teams were generally able and consistent enough not to bet too embroiled in a relegation battle.

If he can transfer those points per game to Vicarage Road, then Watford have a very good chance of avoiding yet another relegation to the Championship.

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Hodgson will bank on experience

Watford's transfer policy is scattergun to say the least - their January acquisitions saw them bring in five players on permanent deals, from four different leagues and four different nationalities.

Player turnovers have been pretty quick at Watford in the past few years with the short-term nature of the club represented by recruitment.

As such, the squad doesn't have a huge amount of Premier League experience so you can imagine those that do will be thrust into the action.

Ben Foster earned a recall after only playing nine of Watford's first 20 games of the season, while Craig Cathcart and Moussa Sissoko played central roles in the goalless draw.

Hodgson can count on returning players

Two of Watford's star players were out of action on Saturday in the form of Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr.

Dennis, the top scorer this season with eight goals, was sitting out with a suspension while Sarr is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Dennis has provided a good focal point for Watford this season while Hodgson may look to utilise Sarr in the same in which he deployed Wilfried Zaha at Palace.

They are two players who Hodgson will take a liking to and there is no doubt they will improve Watford's chances upon their return.

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