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Listen to Gianfranco Zola's reaction following Watford's draw with Charlton Athletic
Gianfranco Zola felt Essaid Belkalem was “lucky” not to receive a second yellow card for his challenge that led to Charlton Athletic taking the lead against Watford on Saturday.
The Algerian international had already been cautioned for a foul on Simon Church in the first half when he chopped down Lawrie Wilson in the penalty area within a minute of the restart. A second booking didn’t follow but the Hornets were punished from 12 yards by Yann Kermorgant.
Asked about the penalty following the 1-1 draw, Zola said: “It was disappointing because I thought Belkalem should have stayed on his feet and he was in a position where he could have done better. He said he didn’t touch the man; for me he was lucky that he didn’t get a booking.
“It’s the time of the year where it’s normal to see mistakes individually and as a team and I hope that we also do the other normal thing which is improve those ones and get better.”
The hosts also felt they should they should have been awarded a spot-kick late on when a Sean Murray shot was deflected up on to the arm of a Charlton defender and Zola said: “I think he touched the ball with the hand. Whether it was a penalty or not, I don’t know because I haven’t seen [a replay.]”
You can listen to Zola's full post-match reflections here:
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