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    rogeruk wrote:
    BarryEndean wrote:
    Zola will have learned a lot from today but there is nothing to be gained from him admitting that he got his selection wrong. All that would achieve would be to undermine the confidence of the players brought into the starting line-up. The most important lesson is not to play without a holding midfielder. Zola will know this, without having to admit it publicly. As for the 'major problem' the Pozzos have about prioritising Watford above Udinese and Granada, the idea that Watford are a problem is complete tosh. With the riches on offer in the Premier League next year, there is no doubt that Watford will be the jewel in the crown of the Pozzo business empire if we get promoted. And that is one reason why they won't be subverting their business plan by moving Zola back to Italy mod-season when we have a sniff of going up.
    The problem with supporters like you is you settle for anything after the dross of previous seasons, just because Zola has done well so far does not make him immune from criticism that's how Dictators are made. The fans keeping him 'grounded' is not a bad thing!

    The main thrust of my argument was the Udinese head coach (not just anyone) upping the anti! You failed to mention this. If the Pozzos are so 'au fait' with the Watford project shouldn't they keep control of the what the Udinese Head coach says to the press? especially if it impacts on the Watford team.

    Bottom line is the Defence was appalling today against one of the weaker teams conceding four goals at home, that's not to be brushed over lightly!

    Its hard to find a balance on this site, either the fans are scathing as per previous managers or go over the top with 'our manager is god syndrome'!

    Balance is the objective. Something went very wrong today! In all successful enterprises there should be an inquiry as to the reason for such a poor performance, the British way of papering over the cracks and 'moving on' is not the answer which appears to be what you are advocating.
    Roger UK, the problem with supporters like you is that you contradict yourself. No one is immune from criticism but why would the most grounded manager in the league need a bore like you to keep him grounded.
    The defence was indeed appalling today but that didn't have anything to do with his changes.I have far more confidence in him sorting it out on the training ground than your demand for a public inquiry. Hoban has been excellent until today when he was very poor. That doesn't make him a bad player and he will learn from it.If you don't like 'moving on ' try 'get over it',"
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Gianfranco Zola doesn't believe five changes to blame for Watford's defeat against Charlton Athletic

Gianfranco Zola was critical of Watford’s “sloppy” first-half performance after his side’s 4-3 defeat to Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

Despite taking an early lead through Daniel Pudil’s first goal for the club, the Hornets were very disappointing in the opening period and found themselves behind at the break after a Tommie Hoban own goal and Yann Kermorgant’s header.

Zola’s side needed to improve after the break, and they did, taking the lead by midway through the second half thanks to an Almen Abdi penalty and Alex Geijo. However, Kermorgant turned in the equaliser before Johnnie Jackson won the three points 12 minutes from time.

The Watford boss said: “I think that today the reason why we didn’t win is we gave away 45 minutes, something you cannot afford in this Championship. Maybe we had too many compliments the other day [after beating Brighton] and we went on the pitch with probably not the same awareness they had because they were winning all the second balls, they were winning all the headers and they found themselves 2-1 doing little, it was more us allowing them to get into the game.

“No disrespect towards them but we let them get into the game too much because we were not sharp enough. That sharpness for me comes mainly because we didn’t manage to get the attention right and you can’t afford that in this league.

“The second half was better. We tried to get the rhythm a little bit better, higher, more quality in the passing but unfortunately our defending today as well wasn’t the best. It’s disappointing but a good lesson again for us. We will certainly next time be aware that after a good game you need to make sure you get the same concentration.”

Although one change was enforced following Fitz Hall’s hamstring injury in the win at Brighton & Hove Albion, Zola also chose to drop Ikechi Anya, Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra down to the bench, while Jonathan Hogg was left out of the matchday squad.

Asked if he regretted making five changes, he replied: “Not at all. I’ve made them before and it worked. I don’t think the problem lies in there, I think it was more like that [they] just didn’t focus.

“The players that played, Geijo, Forestieri, they did quite well, so I don’t think the fact we changed many players has got something to do with the game.”

Zola added later: “We went in front but we were not certainly the normal time that we are. The passing wasn’t good enough, we were sloppy, honestly, we were sloppy and it was very costly. We tried to get into the game, in the second half we did better, but sometimes it’s too late. If you don’t prepare and you aren’t mentally [focused] before the game, it becomes very, very difficult to do when you are in the game.”

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