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    Harry's Bar wrote:
    Eastsussexhornet wrote:
    lutondown wrote:
    Eastsussexhornet wrote:
    mk6 hornet wrote: Do not want to start slating Zola but remember what happened last time against bristol city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
    Here we go again. Just when me and Lutondown are friends again (well almost), GFZ has to start this nonsense again. And I thought he'd learnt his lesson. It's happened twice now for god's sake.
    Hold your horses, he has not done anything wrong, hold your fire for when it does at the least. Tomorrow I will be there supporting anyone in that jersey, I being the expert will probably not see my fav 11 which is bound to be different to yours, but I will bow to the inferior knowledge of GFZ whose squad rotation on the road has won 3-2 so far. LOOK AT OUR STARS..AND HOW THEY SHINE FOR YOU.....! Friends ESH, that'd be stretching it! Lol
    Yes may be - something for the future. I think he has to assert his position as you say and at the end of the day, he picks the team, not us. I am loathed to call the team that played at Bristol the "second string" because individually they are probably the best players in the league. But the only reason those same players were floundering early in the season was that the team hadn't yet become a unit. Now they are a unit so if changes have to be made (which they have to from time to time) they shouldn't be wholesale, otherwise the equilibrium is upset and we're back to October. I like you will support whatever team comes out (although I am not going to that one).
    So there won't be any seething rants tomorrow morning after Zola makes changes and we don't win?

    Glad that you two have patched things up, It was getting a bit unpleasant.
    Well if GFZ makes 7 changes and we lose 5-0 I might be tempted! Again, there are so many things that can adversely affect a team's performance on the day, most of which are difficult to control. Let's at least not cause the problems ourselves."
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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola will consider squad rotation at Ipswich Town despite previous defeats

Fitz Hall will again miss the game due to injury. Picture: Holly Cant.

Fitz Hall will again miss the game due to injury. Picture: Holly Cant.

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Gianfranco Zola says he will consider making wholesale changes for tomorrow night's game with Ipswich Town despite defeats in the last two games where he significantly rotated his Watford squad.

The Hornets have a large squad and have several players who, although currently out of the team, were first team regulars earlier this season.

Zola decided to rotate his starting line-up against Charlton Athletic on New Year's Day and at Bristol City on January 29 and, on both occasions, Watford suffered defeat when they were expected to win.

When asked whether he is considering making wholesale changes once more, Zola replied: "Yes because it’s very difficult to handle three games in a row so therefore I have to consider it.

"I don’t want to lose players to injuries for a long time and if you play three high intensity games in a week there’s more likelihood that you risk injuries, so I will consider it.

"I’m not sure that I’ll definitely do that but I’ll consider it."

On the difficulties of keeping the large squad happy, Zola added: "It’s not only about that; it’s because when they [the squad members] play they have played well for the team. Alex Geijo has played well for the team, Fernando Forestieri has played well, Jonathan Hogg has played well and Mark Yeates also - to name a few.

"Ok, in the last two games when we have made a lot of changes we have lost but before we’ve made the changes and won the game.

"It is something I’ll consider and as always; I will do the best for the team, that’s for sure. And whether players pick up long-term injuries is one of the factors I have to consider.

"I’ll make my considerations and I will do my best for the team to try to win the game tomorrow."

Two players who certainly won't feature at Portman Road are defenders Fitz Hall and Tommie Hoban. Hoban suffered a recurrence of his Achilles injury and Hall has pulled his hamstring.

Zola said: "Fitz is not ready yet. He’s getting better but he’s not ready.

"It’s a muscle problem; he pulled his hamstring. He shouldn’t be long. It would be reasonable to say he’s not going to be available for this game and the next one."

Joel Ekstrand is available for selection according to Zola and Ikechi Anya's substitution at the weekend was due to cramp and he should be fit enough to play.

Zola said: "Ikechi had cramp. He hadn't played for a long time and he was cramping so we took him off because we didn’t want to risk him. He is available for tomorrow."

"There are no fresh injuries," Zola continued. "We have a few knocks but the players that played in the last game are all available."

Ipswich will be without new signing Anthony Wordsworth, who fractured three vertebrae in his back during his Ipswich debut at the weekend.

Lee Martin has been suffering with a calf problem but he could come back into contention and ex-Watford loanee Michael Chopra will be hoping to start after coming off the bench to score the winner against Blackpool.

Former Hornet Scott Loach had recently regained his place in goal for the Tractor Boys but sprained his thumb and has missed the last two matches.

Loach could be fit enough to return tomorrow night but is unlikely to start with Stephen Henderson conceding one goal in the last two games.

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