Gianfranco Zola claims the 4-1 result was unfair on Barnsley but praises second half display

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Gianfranco Zola believes the final result was unfair on Barnsley after he watched his Watford side climb to the sixth in the table with a 4-1 victory this afternoon.

Troy Deeney scored twice and there were goals from Mark Yeates and Matej Vydra as the Hornets ran riot at Vicarage Road in the second half.

Zola said: “It’s been a little bit of rock and roll for us today but in the end I’m delighted with the result.”

He continued: “I don’t think that the result is fair on Barnsley though because they played a good game, we probably deserved to win but not in that way.”

Zola was disappointed with his team’s display at the start of the second half.

He said: “Second half we didn’t start very well; they closed us down in our box but the second goal changed things completely. It really killed them and from that moment there was only one team on the pitch.”

On the late Barnsley goal, he added: “It happens that sometimes you make a mistake. To be honest the defence up until then, especially in the second half, played very well.

“It happened to a player who until that moment was outstanding (Joel Ekstrand). I didn’t expect that. As long as you keep the focus when it really matters, mistakes do not matter too much.”

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7:02pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Baz loves porridge says...

I had a dream ..
It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters)
Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan.
Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day
I had a dream .. It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters) Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan. Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day Baz loves porridge

7:11pm Sat 1 Dec 12

D.unstable says...

Message to Martin Samuel, read your article from 2 months ago now and realise what rubbish you spout #dailymailidiot
Message to Martin Samuel, read your article from 2 months ago now and realise what rubbish you spout #dailymailidiot D.unstable

7:16pm Sat 1 Dec 12

D.unstable says...

Another great performance from the lads today, comfortable win and getting better each game. If we avoid a points deduction I can see us winning this league. That fat guy in Wales will be looking over his shoulder.

I now look at the forthcoming fixtures and don't see any that I do not think we can turn over.

Next Saturday will be a good opportunity to overtake Hull and cement ourselves in the top six.

Happy days
Another great performance from the lads today, comfortable win and getting better each game. If we avoid a points deduction I can see us winning this league. That fat guy in Wales will be looking over his shoulder. I now look at the forthcoming fixtures and don't see any that I do not think we can turn over. Next Saturday will be a good opportunity to overtake Hull and cement ourselves in the top six. Happy days D.unstable

7:27pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Hampshire hornet says...

Agree with GFZ.. Barnsley didn't deserve to ship 4 goals, they are not that bad... However glad they did...
We looked ropey at times, need some midfield steel.. We have now become this amazing attacking team... Missing the holding midfielder...
Troynando... What a great partnership.. Please stay with us for at least another 4 years
You can see the banter amongst the squad on twitter, Troy is a key member of the squad, I wish to apologise as I was one of the 'sack him' brigade... Very pleased we didn't...
Almunia.. Double save... Amazing... Glad I was there to see it...
Agree with GFZ.. Barnsley didn't deserve to ship 4 goals, they are not that bad... However glad they did... We looked ropey at times, need some midfield steel.. We have now become this amazing attacking team... Missing the holding midfielder... Troynando... What a great partnership.. Please stay with us for at least another 4 years You can see the banter amongst the squad on twitter, Troy is a key member of the squad, I wish to apologise as I was one of the 'sack him' brigade... Very pleased we didn't... Almunia.. Double save... Amazing... Glad I was there to see it... Hampshire hornet

7:54pm Sat 1 Dec 12

tonyevans22 says...

Can we play teams from Yorkshire every week please,as we are making them look like puddings,Leeds,Sheff wens and now Barnsley..14 goals in 3 games..
Can we play teams from Yorkshire every week please,as we are making them look like puddings,Leeds,Sheff wens and now Barnsley..14 goals in 3 games.. tonyevans22

8:01pm Sat 1 Dec 12

luther blissett says...

Baz loves porridge wrote:
I had a dream ..
It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters)
Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan.
Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day
3rd play 6th so can't happen
[quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: I had a dream .. It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters) Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan. Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day[/p][/quote]3rd play 6th so can't happen luther blissett

8:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

luther blissett says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
Can we play teams from Yorkshire every week please,as we are making them look like puddings,Leeds,Sheff wens and now Barnsley..14 goals in 3 games..
Another 3 against Huddersfield
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: Can we play teams from Yorkshire every week please,as we are making them look like puddings,Leeds,Sheff wens and now Barnsley..14 goals in 3 games..[/p][/quote]Another 3 against Huddersfield luther blissett

8:06pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Baz loves porridge says...

luther blissett wrote:
Baz loves porridge wrote:
I had a dream ..
It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters)
Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan.
Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day
3rd play 6th so can't happen
Well spotted mate! ;)
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: I had a dream .. It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters) Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan. Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day[/p][/quote]3rd play 6th so can't happen[/p][/quote]Well spotted mate! ;) Baz loves porridge

8:30pm Sat 1 Dec 12

WatfordTalk says...

luther blissett wrote:
Baz loves porridge wrote:
I had a dream ..
It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters)
Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan.
Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day
3rd play 6th so can't happen
Dream crusher.
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baz loves porridge[/bold] wrote: I had a dream .. It was we finished first .. Hull finished second (my 2 uncles are hull supporters) Cardiff finish 3rd on goal difference and burnley finish 6th with them having signed Matty witchelow on loan. Play-off final is Cardiff burnley and in the 90th minuet witchelow scored .. Taking dyche into the premiership leaving Fatty McPie to fight another day[/p][/quote]3rd play 6th so can't happen[/p][/quote]Dream crusher. WatfordTalk

8:49pm Sat 1 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Great result today, great team effort and we deserved the three points!
The team is playing well with this 3-5-2 formation and a lot of teams will struggle with us!
Our bench was the best it's been all season with Murray, Geijo, Vydra, Mungi Bai and Bottachio on it!
I can't wait till Eustace, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy and Bauban are fit.... Wow what a squad we have!
Great result today, great team effort and we deserved the three points! The team is playing well with this 3-5-2 formation and a lot of teams will struggle with us! Our bench was the best it's been all season with Murray, Geijo, Vydra, Mungi Bai and Bottachio on it! I can't wait till Eustace, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy and Bauban are fit.... Wow what a squad we have! DuffmanWFC

9:06pm Sat 1 Dec 12

BarryTheHornet says...

Interested on people's thoughts about Tommie Hoban. I thought he was outstanding today and deserved MotM more than Deeney. Such a cool head on young shoulders.
Interested on people's thoughts about Tommie Hoban. I thought he was outstanding today and deserved MotM more than Deeney. Such a cool head on young shoulders. BarryTheHornet

9:50pm Sat 1 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too!
We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve!
This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence!
I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go!
Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too! We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve! This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence! I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go! DuffmanWFC

10:46pm Sat 1 Dec 12

OliverF1976 says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
Great result today, great team effort and we deserved the three points!
The team is playing well with this 3-5-2 formation and a lot of teams will struggle with us!
Our bench was the best it's been all season with Murray, Geijo, Vydra, Mungi Bai and Bottachio on it!
I can't wait till Eustace, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy and Bauban are fit.... Wow what a squad we have!
What about Abdi??
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Great result today, great team effort and we deserved the three points! The team is playing well with this 3-5-2 formation and a lot of teams will struggle with us! Our bench was the best it's been all season with Murray, Geijo, Vydra, Mungi Bai and Bottachio on it! I can't wait till Eustace, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy and Bauban are fit.... Wow what a squad we have![/p][/quote]What about Abdi?? OliverF1976

10:51pm Sat 1 Dec 12

D.unstable says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too!
We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve!
This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence!
I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go!
Anya isn't going anywhere in January
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too! We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve! This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence! I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go![/p][/quote]Anya isn't going anywhere in January D.unstable

11:24pm Sat 1 Dec 12

londomollari says...

D.unstable wrote:
DuffmanWFC wrote:
Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too!
We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve!
This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence!
I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go!
Anya isn't going anywhere in January
Anya will stay. He offers something different, and will be very effective off the bench, or starting against certain teams.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Yeah Hoban had a great game but so did Ekstrand and Deeney and Almunia had a moment of pure class too! We have so many good players that are able to turn a game in an instant... Abdi, Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri, Murray, Geijo, and even Yeates and Battochino! Add to this Eustace, Mungi Bai and co and there is no limit to what we can achieve! This and the fact that we have six defenders: Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Neuton, Doyley and Nosworth that can play in a back three of a real top quality defence! I still think when the missing players return to match fitness (by end Dec) then Belleck, Dickinson, Franchone and Anya will go![/p][/quote]Anya isn't going anywhere in January[/p][/quote]Anya will stay. He offers something different, and will be very effective off the bench, or starting against certain teams. londomollari

12:46am Sun 2 Dec 12

a1derek says...

Everyone seems to be getting a little carried away tonight - I guess the same as they do when we lose. But...to tenper the wave of optimism, I thought Yeates was guilty of some awful stuff today, gave the ball away constantly as did Chalobah. If Barnsley had, had anything half decent up front it could have been a very, very different game. Also thought FF didn't have one of his better games today...too busy trying to draw fouls and then sulking when he didn't get one! On the plus side Batocchio looked very good indeed and I still think GFZ HAS to get Vydra in the team. Having said all that we were clinical in frnt of goal andnif we can win 4-1 when we didn;t really play that well...it does bode well. Next week will be a much stiffer test - feet on he ground for now!
Everyone seems to be getting a little carried away tonight - I guess the same as they do when we lose. But...to tenper the wave of optimism, I thought Yeates was guilty of some awful stuff today, gave the ball away constantly as did Chalobah. If Barnsley had, had anything half decent up front it could have been a very, very different game. Also thought FF didn't have one of his better games today...too busy trying to draw fouls and then sulking when he didn't get one! On the plus side Batocchio looked very good indeed and I still think GFZ HAS to get Vydra in the team. Having said all that we were clinical in frnt of goal andnif we can win 4-1 when we didn;t really play that well...it does bode well. Next week will be a much stiffer test - feet on he ground for now! a1derek

7:34am Sun 2 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

Almunia - V good
Hoban - excellent
Ekstrand - 94 mins OUTSTANDING
Hall - excellent
Chalobah - good
Hogg - good
Yeates - BEST GAME OF SEASON (team player at last)
Cassetti - good
Pudil - good
Deeney - OUTSTANDING
Fessi - Flashes of brilliance but also v tired after amazing performance Tuesday
Vydra - excellent
Geijo - excellent
Battochio - OUTSTANDING

Zola - excellent

Barnsley - v good, actually took game to us

Crowd - v good

Missing crowd - we need your support
Almunia - V good Hoban - excellent Ekstrand - 94 mins OUTSTANDING Hall - excellent Chalobah - good Hogg - good Yeates - BEST GAME OF SEASON (team player at last) Cassetti - good Pudil - good Deeney - OUTSTANDING Fessi - Flashes of brilliance but also v tired after amazing performance Tuesday Vydra - excellent Geijo - excellent Battochio - OUTSTANDING Zola - excellent Barnsley - v good, actually took game to us Crowd - v good Missing crowd - we need your support Holly68

9:00am Sun 2 Dec 12

corbindallas says...

Loving it loving it loving it!
Loving it loving it loving it! corbindallas

11:20am Sun 2 Dec 12

Huntjb says...

GFZ is right but we should have been three up at half time such was our dominance. The only blot on the team was the sulking of FF. He has the talent to be a great player but made it easy for ref to refuse a penalty and generally be unsympathetic. he has to learn to get up and get on with things otherwise his talents will be wasted. I agree with corbinndallas - loving it.
GFZ is right but we should have been three up at half time such was our dominance. The only blot on the team was the sulking of FF. He has the talent to be a great player but made it easy for ref to refuse a penalty and generally be unsympathetic. he has to learn to get up and get on with things otherwise his talents will be wasted. I agree with corbinndallas - loving it. Huntjb

11:46am Sun 2 Dec 12

JoeWFC_12 says...

Missed the game due to family wedding...I am hearing good things about the performances from various sources.

At start of the year there were games we done well and got nothing from but now results speak for themselves.

In terms of the crowd figures...not sure what to say really other than what Holly68 has already said...we need your support!

FA Cup draw today...I have said all along, draw us a Premiership team..put WFC on the map and give the team the opportunity to show a wider audience what we are about...especially that Martin Samuel!!!!!
Missed the game due to family wedding...I am hearing good things about the performances from various sources. At start of the year there were games we done well and got nothing from but now results speak for themselves. In terms of the crowd figures...not sure what to say really other than what Holly68 has already said...we need your support! FA Cup draw today...I have said all along, draw us a Premiership team..put WFC on the map and give the team the opportunity to show a wider audience what we are about...especially that Martin Samuel!!!!! JoeWFC_12

12:48pm Sun 2 Dec 12

mattymashup says...

Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it.
We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league!

Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league!
Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it. We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league! Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league! mattymashup

12:52pm Sun 2 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

i had a dream we got Arsenal at the Emirates...we beat them 4-1 and after game Wenger offers us 30 million for FF and Vydra and we just said , " see you next year " !!! if only eh ???
i had a dream we got Arsenal at the Emirates...we beat them 4-1 and after game Wenger offers us 30 million for FF and Vydra and we just said , " see you next year " !!! if only eh ??? jasonwatford

2:02pm Sun 2 Dec 12

KeithMercer says...

jasonwatford wrote:
i had a dream we got Arsenal at the Emirates...we beat them 4-1 and after game Wenger offers us 30 million for FF and Vydra and we just said , " see you next year " !!! if only eh ???
WOW Jason I just got a semi on reading about your dream !!
dont tell Buckler though , he might want a meet at the Red Lion. :-)
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: i had a dream we got Arsenal at the Emirates...we beat them 4-1 and after game Wenger offers us 30 million for FF and Vydra and we just said , " see you next year " !!! if only eh ???[/p][/quote]WOW Jason I just got a semi on reading about your dream !! dont tell Buckler though , he might want a meet at the Red Lion. :-) KeithMercer

3:01pm Sun 2 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

man city id take that !!
man city id take that !! jasonwatford

3:13pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Hampshire hornet says...

mattymashup wrote:
Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it.
We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league!

Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league!
Or Almunias brilliant double save
[quote][p][bold]mattymashup[/bold] wrote: Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it. We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league! Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league![/p][/quote]Or Almunias brilliant double save Hampshire hornet

5:48pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Bringe says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
mattymashup wrote:
Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it.
We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league!

Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league!
Or Almunias brilliant double save
Both incidents on hornets world highlights

Brilliant saves by Almunia and strong Barnsley defending, contact but no penalty IMO and not a dive either. Well done the referee.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mattymashup[/bold] wrote: Crowd wasn't helped by poor Barnsley turnout. Could have been at least a thousand more. Thought cassetti was excellent yesterday too. As for forrestieri needs to sulk less and get on with it. We have such a good team and squad if things continue we will win the league! Loving the play at the moment, could have scored more...and deserve longer highlights on the football league show! Disgusted they didn't show the penalty appeal, we should be getting extended highlights all season, as we are the entertainers of the league![/p][/quote]Or Almunias brilliant double save[/p][/quote]Both incidents on hornets world highlights Brilliant saves by Almunia and strong Barnsley defending, contact but no penalty IMO and not a dive either. Well done the referee. Bringe

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