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Zola looking forward to Lloyd Doyley's testimonial as Watford face Tottenham Hotspur
4:10pm Friday 3rd August 2012 in Sport
Gianfranco Zola says Lloyd Doyley 's testimonial against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday is “vital” to Watford’s preparations this season.
The Hornets have only faced lower league opposition during their first four pre-season fixtures and the players have featured for 45 minutes to an hour.
But Zola confirmed: “I plan to play the players for longer. It is a game I am looking forward to because it will be a good test for the players.
“In the last two games they have been very positive and this game is vital because I need to see them in a more difficult game, and I will learn a lot.”
Doyley's testimonial starts with a 40-minute Legends match at 12.15pm between the clubs, with gates opening at 11.45am.
Former players will be meeting supporters from 1.15pm before the first team match begins at 3pm, with Spurs expected to play an almost full-strength team. List of Legends who should feature for both clubs is on our website.
Darren Anderton, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Falco, David Howells, Stuart Nethercott, Andy Sinton, Mark Stimson and Clive Wilson are among the Spurs players in the Legends game.
Alec Chamberlain, Wayne Andrews, James Chambers, Jordan Stewart, Andy Hessenthaler, Nigel Gibbs and Paolo Vernazza will be joining some of the players who feature more regularly for Watford Legends, such as Derek Payne, Craig Ramage, Allan Smart and Nicky Wright.
Tickets are still on sale, £15 for adults, £10 for Over-65 and £5 for Under-16s.
Watford drew with Boreham Wood and Wealdstone in their first two pre-season friendlies but beat Cork City last week and thumped Barnet 8-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday.
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The Hornets season officially starts next Saturday in the Capital One Cup against Wycombe Wanderers, but they have another game against Gillingham on Tuesday night before that, kick-off 7.30pm.