Watford boss Gianfranco Zola hails his team's work ethic and attitude in 0-0 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor

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Gianfranco Zola praised Watford’s passion, heart and desire against Burnley and insists the performance will have taught his players the importance of hard work.

The Hornets were good value for their goalless draw at Turf Moor and the Watford boss hailed his team’s work ethic during the game.

“We played with a lot of passion, a lot of desire and a lot of heart – some things that some people have criticised and doubted about this team in the last few days,” Zola said after the match.

“Everything was in place today and the rest will come. We have the quality that will come out but without hard work you can have as much quality as you want, you won’t succeed and that is a good lesson for us to learn.”

When asked if the display showed the togetherness amongst his players, Zola said: “Absolutely. I said it in the beginning and in the last few days the team has grown up a lot in developing this kind of bond between each other which is essential to play any type of football.”

Watford were on the back foot for much of the first half and had goalkeeper Jonathan Bond to thank for making a number of smart saves to keep the score goalless.

After the interval however the game opened up and Lewis McGugan had two good chances to win it for the Hornets but one shot was cleared off the line and the other hit the side netting.

Zola however was pleased with a draw and in particular with the clean sheet.

“I am delighted with the result, I really am,” he said. “It was tough today and we knew it was going to be tough.

“We had to earn the right to play football today and we worked very hard in the first half and in the second half we played a little bit better and created some chances but I am delighted we kept a clean sheet which was important today.”

He added: “In the first half Burnley had a great chance when Jonathan Bond made a great save from Scott Arfield but in the second half we had two chances, big chances.

“I thought we were going to win the game because the players were getting better and better as the game went on.”

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11:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Keep up the hard work ethic, play a settled team and play our best formation every single game. Let other teams adjust to our style of play and attack attack attack.
Coyh
HC
Keep up the hard work ethic, play a settled team and play our best formation every single game. Let other teams adjust to our style of play and attack attack attack. Coyh HC Hornet Cornet

11:33pm Tue 3 Dec 13

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Lose at home
Draw away
That's the pattern,it's not good enough
Lose at home Draw away That's the pattern,it's not good enough SJM...laugh at luton

11:58pm Tue 3 Dec 13

gjn says...

Zola had the same problem at west ham ! good season followed by a flop 2nd Lets hope lightning doesent strike twice!!!
Zola had the same problem at west ham ! good season followed by a flop 2nd Lets hope lightning doesent strike twice!!! gjn

12:24am Wed 4 Dec 13

PozzoHornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Lose at home
Draw away
That's the pattern,it's not good enough
I agree that the pattern of recent games you describe isn't good enough, however in context this is a fantastic result for which the team should be praised. Honestly, I was expecting a spanking, but we came out fighting and there was a great reaction from Yeovil. Have some bloody perspective and focus on the obvious and overriding positive from this match will ya?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Lose at home Draw away That's the pattern,it's not good enough[/p][/quote]I agree that the pattern of recent games you describe isn't good enough, however in context this is a fantastic result for which the team should be praised. Honestly, I was expecting a spanking, but we came out fighting and there was a great reaction from Yeovil. Have some bloody perspective and focus on the obvious and overriding positive from this match will ya? PozzoHornet

6:33am Wed 4 Dec 13

bigdave8 says...

Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !!
Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !! bigdave8

7:30am Wed 4 Dec 13

@julesmckenzie says...

This League is tough. Results last night compound this statement. As previously mentioned, consistency breeds confidence.

Well done to those who made the journey possibly expecting a lesser result. You are truely loyal fans.

Nice one Gianfranco. You knew what needed to be done and held to it.

Congrats to the team on a gutsy performance against a very good Burnley side.

I hope some belief has been regained.

Lets not rest on our laurels and kick on over this tough patch. With that kind of performance and character we are tough to beat even when we are not confident.

We are Watford FC!!!
This League is tough. Results last night compound this statement. As previously mentioned, consistency breeds confidence. Well done to those who made the journey possibly expecting a lesser result. You are truely loyal fans. Nice one Gianfranco. You knew what needed to be done and held to it. Congrats to the team on a gutsy performance against a very good Burnley side. I hope some belief has been regained. Lets not rest on our laurels and kick on over this tough patch. With that kind of performance and character we are tough to beat even when we are not confident. We are Watford FC!!! @julesmckenzie

7:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

endean2 says...

that was a good result last night, good not great.
Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team.

I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from
them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are
so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over
that was a good result last night, good not great. Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team. I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over endean2

8:12am Wed 4 Dec 13

SAHornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Lose at home
Draw away
That's the pattern,it's not good enough
You need to get a room with your like-minded mate hornet cornet
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Lose at home Draw away That's the pattern,it's not good enough[/p][/quote]You need to get a room with your like-minded mate hornet cornet SAHornet

8:17am Wed 4 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

endean2 wrote:
that was a good result last night, good not great.
Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team.

I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from
them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are
so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over
You want to change the back four after a clean sheet against Dyche's pace setters? I thought everyone was crying out for stability
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: that was a good result last night, good not great. Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team. I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over[/p][/quote]You want to change the back four after a clean sheet against Dyche's pace setters? I thought everyone was crying out for stability Bush Hornet

8:24am Wed 4 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along…
Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along… mellow yellow

8:26am Wed 4 Dec 13

Stoney77 says...

bigdave8 wrote:
Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !!
You need to get in that changing room and do the pre-match team talks mate! COYH
[quote][p][bold]bigdave8[/bold] wrote: Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !![/p][/quote]You need to get in that changing room and do the pre-match team talks mate! COYH Stoney77

8:28am Wed 4 Dec 13

GrahamTaylor says...

bigdave8 wrote:
Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !!
trouble is had we beaten Bolton and Yeovil then a draw would have been a good a result, is it now?
[quote][p][bold]bigdave8[/bold] wrote: Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !![/p][/quote]trouble is had we beaten Bolton and Yeovil then a draw would have been a good a result, is it now? GrahamTaylor

8:44am Wed 4 Dec 13

@julesmckenzie says...

Stoney77 wrote:
bigdave8 wrote:
Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !!
You need to get in that changing room and do the pre-match team talks mate! COYH
Caged tigers Dave, CAGED TIGERS!!!
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigdave8[/bold] wrote: Even if we had beaten Bolton and Yeovil we would all have taken a draw last night. Great result , guts and determination. Now for what I see as just as big if not bigger game on Saturday in front of a big Leeds crowd . Can we out sing them... Yes . Can we out play them ..yes. Can we out battle them?... After last night..yes .come on !![/p][/quote]You need to get in that changing room and do the pre-match team talks mate! COYH[/p][/quote]Caged tigers Dave, CAGED TIGERS!!! @julesmckenzie

8:49am Wed 4 Dec 13

corbindallas says...

And it had a lot to do with having 4 at the back from the start!! I really will be disappointed if he changes this set up next match as we need to grow from this, time will tell and I am still biting my tongue here!
And it had a lot to do with having 4 at the back from the start!! I really will be disappointed if he changes this set up next match as we need to grow from this, time will tell and I am still biting my tongue here! corbindallas

8:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

wat york says...

endean2 wrote:
that was a good result last night, good not great.
Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team.

I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from
them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are
so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over
Yes it was agood result last night but we still struggle with crosses.
In reality we were poor first half but very good second. the work rate
was fantastic and did not give them time on the ball. JE was man of the match for me. Pray we beat leeds
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: that was a good result last night, good not great. Now how about 3 points on Saturday, I will be there with family in tow and would dearly love to beat those dirty bast**** more than any other team. I would like to see Hall starting as there will be an all out aerial assault from them as will the giants from. Sheffield the week after.Lets face it we are so open to crosses there are heart attacks around as soon as the ball comes over[/p][/quote]Yes it was agood result last night but we still struggle with crosses. In reality we were poor first half but very good second. the work rate was fantastic and did not give them time on the ball. JE was man of the match for me. Pray we beat leeds wat york

9:13am Wed 4 Dec 13

Travelling Hornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along…
Yes , where are the doom merchants , demerit,roguk to name just two!
If you were true Watford fans ( and not up your own and each other's jacksies) you would come on here and give credit to a battling display and a changed formation.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along…[/p][/quote]Yes , where are the doom merchants , demerit,roguk to name just two! If you were true Watford fans ( and not up your own and each other's jacksies) you would come on here and give credit to a battling display and a changed formation. Travelling Hornet

9:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

thepriceisnickywright says...

I'm glad Bond got a chance and had a good game. Can only see him growing in confidence and getting better and better for us. Great clean sheet, and I think we'll snatch a win on Saturday. COYH
I'm glad Bond got a chance and had a good game. Can only see him growing in confidence and getting better and better for us. Great clean sheet, and I think we'll snatch a win on Saturday. COYH thepriceisnickywright

9:33am Wed 4 Dec 13

anywayasiwasaying says...

Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart.
There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel.
Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy.
Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH
Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart. There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel. Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy. Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH anywayasiwasaying

10:09am Wed 4 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

Much better with 4 at the back.
Not convinced Cassetti or Pudil are the answer in that position, but better display from the team.
Much better with 4 at the back. Not convinced Cassetti or Pudil are the answer in that position, but better display from the team. AngelHornet

10:10am Wed 4 Dec 13

and then what says...

There was a young man called Roger
Who failed to be there for the team
To be positive he's known as a dodger
After sucess he is rarely seen
There was a young man called Roger Who failed to be there for the team To be positive he's known as a dodger After sucess he is rarely seen and then what

10:42am Wed 4 Dec 13

WirralHornet64 says...

What has happened to the Zola out merchants? Our manager has proved he can change tactics and formation and has a Plan B. Now watch us head upwards
What has happened to the Zola out merchants? Our manager has proved he can change tactics and formation and has a Plan B. Now watch us head upwards WirralHornet64

10:55am Wed 4 Dec 13

Dino1982 says...

Much better performance.

If we can do the same at home and get a few injured players back, we can start winning again.

Come you ORNS!!!!
Much better performance. If we can do the same at home and get a few injured players back, we can start winning again. Come you ORNS!!!! Dino1982

10:59am Wed 4 Dec 13

SuperHorns says...

anywayasiwasaying wrote:
Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart. There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel. Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy. Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH
Whilst In the whole what your saying but using CP as an example does not really apply to the same scenarioas us.
They are bottom of the league, they are in a relegation scrap. That was their expectation at the beginning of the season and they knew it would be hard fought to get wins this season.
I think they are in the poistion they expected to be in.
However Watford are not. The expectations would be for auto promotion this season. Maybe that was too high in hindsight, but thats what it was. The reason there is all this negativity and booing is wrong though but it could be considered as justified since the clubs, manager and players expectations are a lot higher.
This period of performance is not alligned to the expectations and I hope its the trigger to kick the team to start performing.
[quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart. There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel. Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy. Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH[/p][/quote]Whilst In the whole what your saying but using CP as an example does not really apply to the same scenarioas us. They are bottom of the league, they are in a relegation scrap. That was their expectation at the beginning of the season and they knew it would be hard fought to get wins this season. I think they are in the poistion they expected to be in. However Watford are not. The expectations would be for auto promotion this season. Maybe that was too high in hindsight, but thats what it was. The reason there is all this negativity and booing is wrong though but it could be considered as justified since the clubs, manager and players expectations are a lot higher. This period of performance is not alligned to the expectations and I hope its the trigger to kick the team to start performing. SuperHorns

11:01am Wed 4 Dec 13

Poppet Bear says...

Sometimes it's when you play a team, look at Yeovil last night, that's 6 points in two games, away to potentially good teams. Last night was a good result to build on, anyway. Well done lads.
Sometimes it's when you play a team, look at Yeovil last night, that's 6 points in two games, away to potentially good teams. Last night was a good result to build on, anyway. Well done lads. Poppet Bear

11:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

Wembley84 says...

From the Burnley forum:
"A few carloads of Watford fans were more often heard over the home team fans , that is quite significant."
Great effort by those who went............it seems we're not the only fans who are concerned over where their team will finish this season.......
From the Burnley forum: "A few carloads of Watford fans were more often heard over the home team fans , that is quite significant." Great effort by those who went............it seems we're not the only fans who are concerned over where their team will finish this season....... Wembley84

11:55am Wed 4 Dec 13

Johnny Ryden says...

Great response from GFZ and the lads!
Great response from GFZ and the lads! Johnny Ryden

1:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

anywayasiwasaying says...

SuperHorns wrote:
anywayasiwasaying wrote:
Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart. There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel. Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy. Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH
Whilst In the whole what your saying but using CP as an example does not really apply to the same scenarioas us.
They are bottom of the league, they are in a relegation scrap. That was their expectation at the beginning of the season and they knew it would be hard fought to get wins this season.
I think they are in the poistion they expected to be in.
However Watford are not. The expectations would be for auto promotion this season. Maybe that was too high in hindsight, but thats what it was. The reason there is all this negativity and booing is wrong though but it could be considered as justified since the clubs, manager and players expectations are a lot higher.
This period of performance is not alligned to the expectations and I hope its the trigger to kick the team to start performing.
SH you're right about expectations. Different people have different expectations and whatever they are they need to be managed. My own perspective was that after missing out last year I believed that this season would be tougher with the likes of Leicester, Nottingham Forest and few others providing stiff opposition as well as contending with the clubs coming down with their parachute money, and you just don't know how it will pan out. In addition we had shown our hand last year and we were no longer going to be the surprise package. Missing Chalobah, Vydra and Abdi(injury) was always going to impact on our overall team performance no matter who came in as replacements.
I can understand the frustation and I feel it myself but I would never boo during the 90 minutes apart from getting into the opposition and the likes of Holloway, Warnock and the rest. Boo boys are boo boys whatever the scenario, and for me it never achieves anything positive during the 90 minutes.
Great point last night and we can be positive whilst managing those expectations. I'm feeling much better today than I was on Sunday.
[quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: Whatever the reasons for the improved performance - change in formation, guts and determination, playing away in less tense atmosphere, playing for manager, whatever, it was a top away point at second in the league so well done lads. Big congrats to the 274 fans that supported the team at a time when it is so easy to lose heart. There has been a big exchange of views about booing and negativity at home. Watching CP play West ham last night demonstrated just how important it is for fans to stick with their team through the bad times...Selhurst was jumping last night and you have to give their fans credit for the positive atmosphere they created. Palace are bottom of the league (not unhappy about that) but their fans have backed them on the pitch in every game. It's OK to moan like the clappers before the game, moan like the clappers afterwards, in the pub or on the boards, but no booing during the 90 minutes. Personal opinion only but that's how I feel. Someone earlier asked where was Rog. I understand he's had the keyboard confiscated by the nurse as he's been a very naughty boy. Last night was only a scoreless draw on a cold night in Burnley but in the grand scheme of things it seems so much more. COYH[/p][/quote]Whilst In the whole what your saying but using CP as an example does not really apply to the same scenarioas us. They are bottom of the league, they are in a relegation scrap. That was their expectation at the beginning of the season and they knew it would be hard fought to get wins this season. I think they are in the poistion they expected to be in. However Watford are not. The expectations would be for auto promotion this season. Maybe that was too high in hindsight, but thats what it was. The reason there is all this negativity and booing is wrong though but it could be considered as justified since the clubs, manager and players expectations are a lot higher. This period of performance is not alligned to the expectations and I hope its the trigger to kick the team to start performing.[/p][/quote]SH you're right about expectations. Different people have different expectations and whatever they are they need to be managed. My own perspective was that after missing out last year I believed that this season would be tougher with the likes of Leicester, Nottingham Forest and few others providing stiff opposition as well as contending with the clubs coming down with their parachute money, and you just don't know how it will pan out. In addition we had shown our hand last year and we were no longer going to be the surprise package. Missing Chalobah, Vydra and Abdi(injury) was always going to impact on our overall team performance no matter who came in as replacements. I can understand the frustation and I feel it myself but I would never boo during the 90 minutes apart from getting into the opposition and the likes of Holloway, Warnock and the rest. Boo boys are boo boys whatever the scenario, and for me it never achieves anything positive during the 90 minutes. Great point last night and we can be positive whilst managing those expectations. I'm feeling much better today than I was on Sunday. anywayasiwasaying

2:34pm Wed 4 Dec 13

soulfulhornet says...

Good result, decent performance at a difficult place to go, though of late we always seem to draw there.

May be 4-5-1 is the way to go for awhile, until results and confidence picks up. Listening on 3CR, seems they all put in a shift without any particular player shining out i.e. it was a team performance.

At least no silly errors and we did not concede from a set piece - our two major defensive shortcomings.

I will not go overboard over one point, but if we can go on a run of not conceding or only conceding the odd goal then that provides a base going forward. However the football may not be so sexy for awhile.

Still concerned about the lack of chances though. At the beginning of the season we started scoring in different ways e.g. from set pieces, scrappy goals and getting penalties. Whilst last season the goals were mainly contenders for goal of the season.

Since September, we have created less, got in the box less - hence no pens/ scrappy goals and we hit on the counter less. Now we are not scoring at all - four blanks in five not good.

Look forward to the return of Abdi, whose vision and passing we miss desperately, Anya for his pace and Angella for his aerial prowess in both boxes.

This time Zola is taking longer to get the new signings settled in, it was probably too much to expect him to do the same integration job twice in two seasons, though we are still about where we were in December last time. We still have good players, a good manager who is still learning and great behind the scenes management.

We are still in the hunt, remember Reading a couple of seasons back and where they were in the Autumn. And as a team they were functional. They won the championship (I am not suggesting we will). But a play off place is still very much on. Everything to play for.
Good result, decent performance at a difficult place to go, though of late we always seem to draw there. May be 4-5-1 is the way to go for awhile, until results and confidence picks up. Listening on 3CR, seems they all put in a shift without any particular player shining out i.e. it was a team performance. At least no silly errors and we did not concede from a set piece - our two major defensive shortcomings. I will not go overboard over one point, but if we can go on a run of not conceding or only conceding the odd goal then that provides a base going forward. However the football may not be so sexy for awhile. Still concerned about the lack of chances though. At the beginning of the season we started scoring in different ways e.g. from set pieces, scrappy goals and getting penalties. Whilst last season the goals were mainly contenders for goal of the season. Since September, we have created less, got in the box less - hence no pens/ scrappy goals and we hit on the counter less. Now we are not scoring at all - four blanks in five not good. Look forward to the return of Abdi, whose vision and passing we miss desperately, Anya for his pace and Angella for his aerial prowess in both boxes. This time Zola is taking longer to get the new signings settled in, it was probably too much to expect him to do the same integration job twice in two seasons, though we are still about where we were in December last time. We still have good players, a good manager who is still learning and great behind the scenes management. We are still in the hunt, remember Reading a couple of seasons back and where they were in the Autumn. And as a team they were functional. They won the championship (I am not suggesting we will). But a play off place is still very much on. Everything to play for. soulfulhornet

4:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rogeruk says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along…
Roger writes as per using at three in the morning after his busy day! Await comments!
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: Where's rogeruk and his war analogies this morning? Perhaps he's fallen into a trench and is merely waiting for the next bad result to come along…[/p][/quote]Roger writes as per using at three in the morning after his busy day! Await comments! rogeruk

4:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Feff says...

Four blanks in five, as soulfulhornet points out. Playing Deeney up front on his own will not work. Few strikers can play on their own - even Torres and Demba Ba at Chelsea find it difficult and Deeney is not remotely in their class. I saw a posting recently suggesting we try to get Danny Graham on loan to play alongside Deeney. Not a bad idea at all.
Four blanks in five, as soulfulhornet points out. Playing Deeney up front on his own will not work. Few strikers can play on their own - even Torres and Demba Ba at Chelsea find it difficult and Deeney is not remotely in their class. I saw a posting recently suggesting we try to get Danny Graham on loan to play alongside Deeney. Not a bad idea at all. Feff

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