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Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola asks fans to be louder and patient with his players
12:00pm Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
Gianfranco Zola believes it is vital the Watford fans are more vocal this season and do not heap too much pressure on his players.
The Hornets missed out on securing promotion by the narrowest of margins, on two occasions, last season and they are one of the favourites to secure a place in the Premier League this time around.
Tomorrow (Saturday) will be the Golden Boys' first home match of the Championship season as they take on newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Zola said: "The fans have been very important for the players and for everyone at the club.
"They will be fundamental and I am expecting, especially when we play at home, them to be a little bit louder and a little bit more involved in supporting the team.
"I am not questioning or doubting their passion, which I know is there, but I would like them to be a little bit louder.
"It is important for the players to hear the fans and feel them - that can give them an extra bit and that will be very important this year."
On increased expectation, Zola added: "I understand that everyone has expectations and that the expectations are high after last year. I have expectations myself that is for sure. The important thing is that we realise and appreciate what we have.
"Sometimes games will not be easy to win and just because of the bigger results we had last year, it does not mean that if we don’t win with the same margin then that is not good.
"People will have to appreciate what we have and not think about what happened last year.
"If we approach the games with that attitude then that will build up the same special something and the same good atmosphere around the players and around our games. That is going to be vital to us achieving a good result."
Watford have no fresh injuries. Ikechi Anya missed Tuesday's League Cup tie with a calf problem but he is expected to be fit for the game.
Like Watford, Bournemouth are renowned for their style of play and Zola is expecting those inside Vicarage Road to have an entertaining afternoon.
The Hornets' head coach said: "They are a good side and they play good football. I had someone watching them last weekend and I have had a very good report back.
"It should be interesting and a good game because it is an opportunity for people to enjoy good football."
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