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Watford fan Matthew Mesiano says it is now time for Gianfranco Zola to change the Hornets' formation
Gary Johnson got two things absolutely spot on last Saturday. Number one his tactics and number two his post match comments.
He said: "Most of the Watford fans would have seen this as an easy three points because of our poor league position”
I don’t like to admit it but I did view the Yeovil match as a win in the bag before the game.
I learnt a very important lesson on Saturday. To be honest, I’m surprised its taken me this long to acknowledge what several people, including Gianfranco Zola, have been saying for several months now: “Anyone can beat anyone in this division, irrespective of league position”
This statement is a good reflection of the Championship and it’s probably the reason why it’s widely regarded as one of the most exciting leagues in the world.
Watford fans however were not the only ones to think Watford would win the game against Yeovil.
Pundits and bookies alike had this game down as a likely Watford win and after the match it was put to Zola as to whether he thought his job as head coach was in jeopardy.
Gianfranco, diplomatically replied: "There is no point asking questions that I can't answer. But I don't need the threat of being fired or sacked to push me to react or do more. There is no need for that”
This suggests that he appreciates that the match was a disappointing loss for Watford, but that admirably, he is determined not to give up.
I must admit his never say die attitude is rather touching, however, I think perhaps that this may be Zola’s problem.
Never give up. Very well said Mr Zola. But this doesn’t mean that you have to do this by pushing onward with your current strategies like a racehorse with blinkers on.
Zola is still young in management terms and perhaps he too has some lessons to learn of his own.
One key lesson that I hope he learns sooner rather than later is thus: It takes a good manager to employ tactics to lead a team to glory but it takes a great one to admit when tactics are not working and alter them to turn the weakness in to strength.
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