Watford boss Gianranco Zola believes he would have to 'sacrifice' defender or midfielder to play Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri together

Matej Vydra. Picture: Holly Cant

Fernando Forestieri. Picture: Holly Cant

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Gianfranco Zola believes he would need to “sacrifice” a defender or midfielder if he was to start Fernando Forestieri and Matej Vydra together.

Vydra is the club’s top scorer with seven goals but before Saturday had started just one of the previous five matches due to Zola’s decision to play Forestieri and Troy Deeney.

In recent months Zola has opted for the Forestieri-Deeney partnership or the pairing of Vydra and Alex Geijo.

When asked whether he believed Vydra and Forestieri could play in the same team, Zola replied: “I think they can play together, of course, but in that case I would have to sacrifice a defender or midfielder. That is something that in these first moments, I do not want to do because the balance of the team is more important. So therefore I need to sacrifice a little bit of quality [in attack] in order to have more balance across the pitch.”

Zola praised Vydra’s finishing after the 6-1 victory against Leeds United but once again stressed there were other areas where the Czech Republic international needs to improve.

The Watford head coach said: “He took his goals very well. I am not concerned about his finishing, that is good all the time. But today he helped a lot with the team defending and holding the ball up – that was what I was looking for from him. Those are the areas where he needs to improve because his finishing is always excellent. It is no coincidence he is on seven goals.”

Intriguingly though, Zola raised the prospect of possibly starting with both Vydra and Forestieri when looking ahead to the weekend clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday (Thursday).

Asked whether the fact Vydra had only played for 23 minutes while on international duty this week would be a factor in his potential inclusion, the Hornets head coach responded: “That’s something I have to consider. I know Matej has played very well the other day and scored two goals; his performance was excellent.

“I must also say Forestieri, when he played, did very well as well so it doesn’t make my choice easy.

“We are looking for the best for the team and both players will have a lot of games. [I] don’t know exactly who’s going to start – I might start both – but they will have a lot of games and as long as they keep performing the way they’re doing that is a good thing.”

Sean Murray is another Watford player who has found first-team starts harder to come by lately but the young midfielder came off the bench to score one and create another during the romp at Elland Road.

Zola explained: “Vydra’s situation is not much different from Sean Murray’s situation or Mark Yeates’ situation. They are all very good players, the point is I have many players and I have the possibility to choose.

“So it is not easy for me to leave players like that on the bench, believe me, but it is a long Championship with a lot of opportunities and a lot of games. But the point is this; even if you don’t start the game and you are on the bench, you can always be important in terms of determining games and that is something every player has to keep in mind.”

Murray scored seven goals in 19 outings during the 2011/12 campaign and started five of the first six games this season.

But the 19-year-old’s last start came against Bristol City on September 22 and in the following match, Watford switched to the 3-5-2 formation they have used since.

Zola confirmed: “Murray has not been playing because of selection [reasons]. We changed system and some of the players have been a little disadvantaged because of those changes and Sean is certainly one of them.

“He is working very hard to improve and to learn a different position where he can play. I am pleased with his attitude and he will come back stronger. At the moment, he is one that is finding it difficult.”

When Murray was starting on a regular basis earlier this season, he seemed to struggle to make the same impact as he did in the first half of 2012.

Zola added: “Sometimes there is no particular reason [players under-perform]. Last year he was a surprise for everybody and he did extremely well. Now it is the second season and that is always more difficult and sometimes it is normal that you take a step back to take two forward again.

“I am sure Sean will become an important player for this team. Now he is finding it difficult but it will make him better.”

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10:12am Fri 16 Nov 12

Bringe says...

I expect all of the clubs youngsters will benefit hugely from the continental coaching they are now getting, it is up to them to use this as a gift and move forward, their time will certainly come.
I expect all of the clubs youngsters will benefit hugely from the continental coaching they are now getting, it is up to them to use this as a gift and move forward, their time will certainly come. Bringe
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10:35am Fri 16 Nov 12

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

Tomorrow at Vicarage Road witness Fessi doing his best Kevin Costner impression as he 'Dances with Wolves'.
Thank you very much Ill be here all night!
COYH!!!
Tomorrow at Vicarage Road witness Fessi doing his best Kevin Costner impression as he 'Dances with Wolves'. Thank you very much Ill be here all night! COYH!!! Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga
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11:00am Fri 16 Nov 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Vyda is excellent when one on one, as witnessed the other day (and previously). He is so quick and he seems to time his runs to perfection - if Wolves play a high line, they could be in trouble if Vydra plays. If they play deep, Vydra will be less effective. I reckon.
Vyda is excellent when one on one, as witnessed the other day (and previously). He is so quick and he seems to time his runs to perfection - if Wolves play a high line, they could be in trouble if Vydra plays. If they play deep, Vydra will be less effective. I reckon. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
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11:09am Fri 16 Nov 12

londomollari says...

Sadly, my experience after high scoring wins (Watford and other teams) is that, in the next match, the opposing manager opts for increasing defensive options (extra defender, packing midfield, choosing defensive minded midfielders or a combination of all three). I have memories of dissappointing matches after big wins for that reason. Can't blame the opposing manager for that---after all, he doesn't want to be caught out by a rampant team.
So, when i see the game tomorrow, I hope for a win, but expect it to be a dour grind. I really, really hope I'm wrong---an entertaing win.
Sadly, my experience after high scoring wins (Watford and other teams) is that, in the next match, the opposing manager opts for increasing defensive options (extra defender, packing midfield, choosing defensive minded midfielders or a combination of all three). I have memories of dissappointing matches after big wins for that reason. Can't blame the opposing manager for that---after all, he doesn't want to be caught out by a rampant team. So, when i see the game tomorrow, I hope for a win, but expect it to be a dour grind. I really, really hope I'm wrong---an entertaing win. londomollari
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12:01pm Fri 16 Nov 12

aussihornet says...

Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder.

Tricky.
...
......
Erm, maybe one I could.....
...
Errmmmmmm,
YEATES!

That is all :-)
Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder. Tricky. ... ...... Erm, maybe one I could..... ... Errmmmmmm, YEATES! That is all :-) aussihornet
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12:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yep I'd rather have Vydra and Geijo up front with a midfield five of Murray, Forestieri, Cassetti, Pudil, Chalobah due to Abdi's absence?
Lets take the game to Wolves I say!
Come On You Orns!
Yep I'd rather have Vydra and Geijo up front with a midfield five of Murray, Forestieri, Cassetti, Pudil, Chalobah due to Abdi's absence? Lets take the game to Wolves I say! Come On You Orns! DuffmanWFC
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12:08pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Or even Hogg for Cassetti and play Forestieri behind the front two and Cassetti on right and Chalobah on left?
Or even Hogg for Cassetti and play Forestieri behind the front two and Cassetti on right and Chalobah on left? DuffmanWFC
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12:09pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Or even Hogg for Cassetti and play Forestieri behind the front two and play Murray on right and Chalobah on left?
Or even Hogg for Cassetti and play Forestieri behind the front two and play Murray on right and Chalobah on left? DuffmanWFC
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12:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

stevyweavy says...

Few games to soon to play Forestieri and Vydra.

Expect Vydra with Geigo or Deeney
Few games to soon to play Forestieri and Vydra. Expect Vydra with Geigo or Deeney stevyweavy
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12:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga says...

aussihornet wrote:
Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder. Tricky. ... ...... Erm, maybe one I could..... ... Errmmmmmm, YEATES! That is all :-)
moron
[quote][p][bold]aussihornet[/bold] wrote: Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder. Tricky. ... ...... Erm, maybe one I could..... ... Errmmmmmm, YEATES! That is all :-)[/p][/quote]moron Letsalldothecongaforbrittassombalonga
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1:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Bringe says...

aussihornet wrote:
Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder.

Tricky.
...
......
Erm, maybe one I could.....
...
Errmmmmmm,
YEATES!

That is all :-)
I can't help but wonder why you called yourself aussihornet?
Is it because you live in Australia and don't watch any games or is it because you're Australian and therefore don't have a clue?
[quote][p][bold]aussihornet[/bold] wrote: Ok....sacrifice & defender or Midfielder. Tricky. ... ...... Erm, maybe one I could..... ... Errmmmmmm, YEATES! That is all :-)[/p][/quote]I can't help but wonder why you called yourself aussihornet? Is it because you live in Australia and don't watch any games or is it because you're Australian and therefore don't have a clue? Bringe
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3:08pm Fri 16 Nov 12

miked2006 says...

Wanting to swap Murray for Yeates doesn't make him a moron. Yeates' form might be the best of his career to date (still only fairly good) but Murray has far greater potential. I'd rather play Murray, even if he wasn't at the same level at first and improve him until he surpasses Yeates (probably in a couple of weeks time)...
Wanting to swap Murray for Yeates doesn't make him a moron. Yeates' form might be the best of his career to date (still only fairly good) but Murray has far greater potential. I'd rather play Murray, even if he wasn't at the same level at first and improve him until he surpasses Yeates (probably in a couple of weeks time)... miked2006
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4:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

francowatford says...

team against Wolves
Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle
Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya
Forward, Geijo and Vedrya:
team against Wolves Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya Forward, Geijo and Vedrya: francowatford
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6:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

paultheshrink says...

francowatford says...
4:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

team against Wolves
Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle
Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya
Forward, Geijo and Vedrya:

Worrying to go without a keeper!
francowatford says... 4:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12 team against Wolves Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya Forward, Geijo and Vedrya: Worrying to go without a keeper! paultheshrink
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6:59pm Fri 16 Nov 12

KeithMercer says...

miked2006 wrote:
Wanting to swap Murray for Yeates doesn't make him a moron. Yeates' form might be the best of his career to date (still only fairly good) but Murray has far greater potential. I'd rather play Murray, even if he wasn't at the same level at first and improve him until he surpasses Yeates (probably in a couple of weeks time)...
Absolutely Mike ! in my opinion it makes Aussihornet a good judge of footballer even if he may or may not get to games.
Anyone that thinks Yeates is a better player than Murray I seriously worry about ! and you dont have to start calling fellow supporters MORON just because they have an opinion different to your own.
[quote][p][bold]miked2006[/bold] wrote: Wanting to swap Murray for Yeates doesn't make him a moron. Yeates' form might be the best of his career to date (still only fairly good) but Murray has far greater potential. I'd rather play Murray, even if he wasn't at the same level at first and improve him until he surpasses Yeates (probably in a couple of weeks time)...[/p][/quote]Absolutely Mike ! in my opinion it makes Aussihornet a good judge of footballer even if he may or may not get to games. Anyone that thinks Yeates is a better player than Murray I seriously worry about ! and you dont have to start calling fellow supporters MORON just because they have an opinion different to your own. KeithMercer
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7:09pm Fri 16 Nov 12

WatfordTalk says...

paultheshrink wrote:
francowatford says...
4:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

team against Wolves
Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle
Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya
Forward, Geijo and Vedrya:

Worrying to go without a keeper!
Worrying to only put out 9 men as well! Confident!
[quote][p][bold]paultheshrink[/bold] wrote: francowatford says... 4:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12 team against Wolves Hoban, Elkstram, Doyle Fessi, Hogg, Murray, Anya Forward, Geijo and Vedrya: Worrying to go without a keeper![/p][/quote]Worrying to only put out 9 men as well! Confident! WatfordTalk
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7:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yep that's right!
Yep that's right! DuffmanWFC
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