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    Holly68 wrote:
    My take on yesterday :

    Zola : I personally wouldn't have made 5 changes unless forced. However if i needed to change things I would have put Nosworthy in for Hall, Cassetti in for Anya, Battochio in for Hogg if Hogg needed a rest, so 3 changes.

    Alumunia : decent game and could do little to stop 4 goals however if we'd of had someone on posts to defend corners then the 1st and 4th goals would've been cleared off the line. I don't like zonal marking

    Neuton : Technically gifted, but struggles to deal with physical and intensity of championship. I see him as a David Luiz type and maybe a future midfielder, too risky at the back

    Ekstrand : was our best defender yesterday, but more comfortable on the right or left side of back three, not as the leader in middle

    Hoban : looked nervous without the influence of Hall alongside him, not his best game but hopefully will recover

    Chalobah : flashes of brilliance but held the ball a second too long and was closed down quickly which was part of Charltons game plan to bulky him off the ball and no doubt will be other teams game plan in future

    Murray : off the pace, is not fit enough for championship football, needs games and focus, loan him to get him ready for future, I am worried about his long term future

    Abdi : moments of class but didn't look 100% fit after Saturdays knock. Great Penalty

    Pudil : one of his better games, pleased he scored, would love to see him go outside the full back as nearly always cuts inside

    Cassetti : some good balls in, consistent without pulling up trees

    Foresteri : I'm a fan but 1st half was awful, played for himself rather than the team, 2 nd half improved and looked more comfortable near the end. Great ball for third goal but should've buried chance at beginning of 2nd half.

    Geijo : outstanding, oooozed class, had to drop deep in 1st half to get the ball, second half played further forward, deserved his goal, the best first touch of any Watford striker for years, quality and lots more to come from him. Next season I expect Geijo and Vydra to be regular front two

    Vydra and Deeney didn't have enough time to make much of a difference, albeit offside goal for Vydra

    Yeates didn't touch the ball for first 10 minutes after coming on.

    Yes we missed Hall and Hogg for their defensive work, yes the manager tried to be clever and rotate, no problem with that, it's just the replacements could IMO been chosen better

    Chris Powell got his tactics right, Fuller was a handful for our defence with his flick ons, Charlton were poor defensively but competed for every ball in midfield and final third which was our downfall

    Lets hope we learn from this, GFZ is a lovely guy and sometimes as a manager you do have to be ruthless, you can't keep everyone happy, so hopefully every league game from now on will be picking his strongest team and strongest bench available.

    The crowd looked bigger than 14,200, was disappointed it wasn't over 15,000, so the new stands waits for a bit longer !!!

    Looking forward to a good day out Saturday, not too bothered if we don't win, expect Bond to be in goal, team I guess will be :


    Bench :
    completely agree !"
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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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