Nyron Nosworthy: 'Tactics like this will become an increasing problem for Watford'

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Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford's reputation as an outstanding attacking side will result in an increasing number of opposing teams sitting deep and inviting the Hornets to break them down.

It was a tactic which worked perfectly for bottom-of-the-table Bristol City on Tuesday night and it is something defender Nyron Nosworthy accepts will become an on-going problem in the future.

“Yes definitely; their fight is different to our fight after all,” Nosworthy replied when asked if he expected similar tactical problems in the coming months.

“As the boss said, it does not matter where teams are in the league, they will make it difficult for you and work very hard and never give up.

“That is exactly what Bristol City did. They dug deep, had a game plan and it worked for them and I think that is something we will have to deal with [in the future].

“For us as football players, we believe in this philosophy of passing football so we will just have to deal with it. The best teams do all the time so we are another team expected to do the same.”

Nosworthy was just one of five players who started on Saturday at Nottingham Forest and retained his place three days later at the City Ground, with Gianfranco Zola making six changes to the line-up.

Watford’s influx of signings in the summer has left Zola with the difficult job of trying to keep the whole squad happy whilst maintaining the stability needed to mount a serious promotion push.

When asked if it is difficult for the players when there are a host of changes to the line-up like on Tuesday night, Nosworthy said: “Sometimes, obviously people need a run of games to get things going.

“Everyone needs a chance. Everyone trains together so everyone knows the demands and everyone is trying to prove that they should be playing.”

He continued: “We lacked that cutting edge in terms of getting around the back of Bristol City and we lacked that bit of desire as a team as a whole.

“Fair play to the opposition; they dug in well and worked their socks off. It goes to show that we are a good team and how teams respect us. This is what we will have to come up against if we want to compete against the best.”

Watford would have climbed into the automatic places for the first time this season if they had been victorious on Tuesday night.

The excitement among supporters and the town in general is starting to build but Nosworthy insists the players remain focussed.

“It is not really being talked about; that is the truth,” Nosworthy said.

“Usually with a club doing well, everyone is talking about it; fans are talking about it and that’s the talk in the changing room, but we have a very relaxed and colourful changing room and the boss and his staff have made it that way.

“No one is talking about what could happen. It is just about performing every game to the best of our ability and seeing where that leads us.”

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4:46pm Fri 1 Feb 13

goldanboy says...

We still have the quality to beat sides that sit back. On the break it's our forwards that do the work. When we have to open up defence minded sides, it's down to the midfield. Last season we couldn't do that very well and on Tuesday we basically had our old midfield playing. Counter attacking looks great, but sometimes you have to grind results out. Should be a bit more open tomorrow. 2-1
We still have the quality to beat sides that sit back. On the break it's our forwards that do the work. When we have to open up defence minded sides, it's down to the midfield. Last season we couldn't do that very well and on Tuesday we basically had our old midfield playing. Counter attacking looks great, but sometimes you have to grind results out. Should be a bit more open tomorrow. 2-1 goldanboy
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4:50pm Fri 1 Feb 13

andyhooked says...

A feed as an excuse for changing a winning team against both Charlton and Bristol City. Yes, we will find it hard break teams down at home but if we play the strongest side then we can with the excellent players we now have. Remember Barnes, Callaghan, Blisset and Jenkins with a midfield of just 2?
A feed as an excuse for changing a winning team against both Charlton and Bristol City. Yes, we will find it hard break teams down at home but if we play the strongest side then we can with the excellent players we now have. Remember Barnes, Callaghan, Blisset and Jenkins with a midfield of just 2? andyhooked
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5:19pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Napalm Pudding says...

Knock it long to Big Chris!!! I'm fed up with this tippy tappy- technically brilliant precision football. Gets you nowhere.
Knock it long to Big Chris!!! I'm fed up with this tippy tappy- technically brilliant precision football. Gets you nowhere. Napalm Pudding
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5:20pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Goldenboy1960 says...

When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense.

But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?
When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense. But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that? Goldenboy1960
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6:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

grahamwfc says...

andyhooked wrote:
A feed as an excuse for changing a winning team against both Charlton and Bristol City. Yes, we will find it hard break teams down at home but if we play the strongest side then we can with the excellent players we now have. Remember Barnes, Callaghan, Blisset and Jenkins with a midfield of just 2?
AGREE
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: A feed as an excuse for changing a winning team against both Charlton and Bristol City. Yes, we will find it hard break teams down at home but if we play the strongest side then we can with the excellent players we now have. Remember Barnes, Callaghan, Blisset and Jenkins with a midfield of just 2?[/p][/quote]AGREE grahamwfc
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6:52pm Fri 1 Feb 13

KeithMercer says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense.

But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?
This has all been done and dusted mate and the rest of us have moved on.If you want to keep carping on about it feel free but dont forget to apply for the managers job when its next available as you are obviously an expert on all things football !
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense. But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?[/p][/quote]This has all been done and dusted mate and the rest of us have moved on.If you want to keep carping on about it feel free but dont forget to apply for the managers job when its next available as you are obviously an expert on all things football ! KeithMercer
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9:53pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Harrydownunder says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Goldenboy1960 wrote:
When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense.

But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?
This has all been done and dusted mate and the rest of us have moved on.If you want to keep carping on about it feel free but dont forget to apply for the managers job when its next available as you are obviously an expert on all things football !
That's odd, I always thought we were all entitled to our opinions!
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense. But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?[/p][/quote]This has all been done and dusted mate and the rest of us have moved on.If you want to keep carping on about it feel free but dont forget to apply for the managers job when its next available as you are obviously an expert on all things football ![/p][/quote]That's odd, I always thought we were all entitled to our opinions! Harrydownunder
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10:59pm Fri 1 Feb 13

stonehornet says...

Interesting 'family' fixture list this weekend..
Granada v Real Madrid
AC Milan v Udinese
Watford v Bolton

..hopefully next season we can replace Bolton with Man Utd.

COYH
Interesting 'family' fixture list this weekend.. Granada v Real Madrid AC Milan v Udinese Watford v Bolton ..hopefully next season we can replace Bolton with Man Utd. COYH stonehornet
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11:00pm Fri 1 Feb 13

dmuz says...

Two defensive midfielders (J&J) are not the answer to defensive oppo.
Two defensive midfielders (J&J) are not the answer to defensive oppo. dmuz
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8:52am Sat 2 Feb 13

JohnnyHornet says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense.

But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?
I agree, the fact that we changed 6 " quality player " for 6 "quality players" is irrelevant, it the disruption that done for us, lets hope he make 6 more quality changed today in reversal of Tuesday and then shelves the idea for good.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: When I was parking my car near Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening I heard the news on the radio that he had made 6 changes and left out Deeney and Vydra. I knew a defeat was coming because you cannot upset the rythymn of the side like this and expect to win. So Zola's comments about respect flwe out the window for me. He absolutely showed no respect for Bristol City. I'm sure when they got the teamsheet in the dressing room before the game they would have been rubbing their hands and their confidence would have been totally lifted massively. NOT the way to win promotion I fear. Did GT ever rest both Ross and Luther together? No players like being left out. It's ridiculous and all in the mind this tiredness view. The Liverpool team that won all those trophies won it with a squad of 14 and played 60 matches at least. Absolute nonsense. But in answer to this point on Tuesday, we made so many passes but all in our own half so gave them a great opportunity to sit back and shut of all the spaces. Yes other sides will do this too. The only way to combat this is to move the ball forward more quickly thus not allowing their players to get behind the ball. Quite simple but they need to play more positively. And we will need to go down the outside to get crosses in. The only chances on Tuesday were from crosses and I have to say that both Forestieri and Geijo were disappointing to say the least. Can Zola see that?[/p][/quote]I agree, the fact that we changed 6 " quality player " for 6 "quality players" is irrelevant, it the disruption that done for us, lets hope he make 6 more quality changed today in reversal of Tuesday and then shelves the idea for good. JohnnyHornet
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11:51am Sat 2 Feb 13

northofwatfordpete says...

I am not totally convinced that we would have won that game without the changes. We have rode our luck recently and have punished teams for not scoring while they have been on top. Bristol City got that all important goal before the break and in difficult conditions were able to get plenty of bodies behind the ball in the second half.
I am not totally convinced that we would have won that game without the changes. We have rode our luck recently and have punished teams for not scoring while they have been on top. Bristol City got that all important goal before the break and in difficult conditions were able to get plenty of bodies behind the ball in the second half. northofwatfordpete
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