Middlesbrough’s Andrew Taylor knows how tough Watford challenge will be

ANDREW TAYLOR knows more than any just how tough the challenge will be for Middlesbrough as they look for a vital three points against Watford tomorrow (KO 3pm).

The Hartlepool-born full-back enjoyed a successful four-month loan deal with the Hornets at the beginning of the season.

And he can’t speak highly enough about both the football club and their manager Malky Mackay.

He said: “They are a really talented side who will come here and cause us problems.

“I think they’ve got just the right blend of youth and experience and the manager has instilled a winning mentality there so it is a big test for us.”

Taylor, who has recently been deployed on the left side of a tight midfield quartet, labelled striker Danny Graham as Boro’s biggest threat at the Riverside this Saturday.

Graham is the Championship’s leading goalscorer with 21 goals so far this season and has notched in all of Watford’s last five games - which have seen them overcome a mini-blip and put their play-off push back on track with an unbeaten run.

The Gateshead-born striker scored twice for Watford in their 3-1 home win against Boro in September and Taylor has labelled him as his side’s biggest threat.

He said: “Danny [Graham] is well known in Middlesbrough and he is a fantastic player.

“He’s physical, can hold the ball up well, good in the air and has a real eye for goal.”

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