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    hornet88 wrote:
    Nos isn't as good as people are making out.... He panicks with the ball. Neuton had a bad game today but so did hoban and ekstrand so don't get on his back. It wasn't completely the defences fault.... You have to look at the complete team performance... The midfield weren't strong enough and we didn't pass the ball enough... Too much hoofing today meant Charlton could keep us in our own half after they scored there equalisers and therefore took back the initiative. If we play a weak side against man city there might be 6000 very dissapointed fans who have spent a lot of money on going to Manchester for the day only to see us look like another average championship side....which we are not so let's just enjoy Saturday and hope the rotation pays off, you just never know
    Some good points here. I think we need to recall some previous home games to put this into context. Let's take Barnsley as an example. Ended up winning 4-1 but for long periods in the first half penned into own half. Same in other games - we seem to play in bursts that suddenly subside. We then struggle to get effective counter play. All this is reflected in our average home record.

    The difference yesterday was that the defence was very poor - failing in the basics (reminded me of Derby away).
    Given Fitz Hall's recent injury record we will have to make a quick call on the likely effectiveness of Nos. If that looks doubtful maybe another loan will be sensible ( we have to sign some of the present crop first!). I also think that TH could suffer 'first season syndrome'
    and may at some stage benefit from a break - we tend to forget he is only 18."
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Gianfranco Zola doesn't believe five changes to blame for Watford's defeat against Charlton Athletic

First published in Sport by , Group Sports Editor

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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