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Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola pleased with 3-3 draw at Leeds United but upset with refereeing decisions
Gianfranco Zola was pleased after Watford's 3-3 draw at Leeds United but says he felt upset that two refereeing decisions went against the Hornets in the build-up to two of the home side's goals.
Watford were 2-0 ahead at half-time thanks to efforts from Troy Deeney and Cristian Battocchio but Leeds turned the game around and led 3-2 after Danny Pugh, Matt Smith and Ross McCormack found the net in the second period.
Deeney had the final word however as he drew the Hornets level four minutes from time and Zola said after the match that he was more than happy with a point.
"It was a fantastic game - the first half was brilliant, the second half not so much," he said.
"It was a great game, the people who came here today had a lot of pressure so I am happy about the result of course because a point over here is not a bad point."
The Watford head coach however felt there had been a foul in the build-up to Leeds' second goal and an incorrect awarding of a throw-in before the home side's third.
"Maybe I am disappointed about the second goal they scored because it was a clear foul," Zola said.
"The referee I have to say was very good until then but that decision has in some ways spoiled the game for me and also for the third goal the throw-in was definitely ours.
"Those two mistakes upset me a little bit but in the end I am delighted with a point and it could have been more if Joel Ekstrand had finished the chance at the end."
After such an impressive first-half performance, Watford conceded twice within 16 minutes of the second half and Zola admitted that was a crucial period in the match.
"I knew we were doing well [in the first half] but I also knew the tough bit was still to come and I stressed to the players it was important to start well in the first ten minutes of the second half but unfortunately we couldn't do that.
"The first ten minutes decided a lot because obviously you have to start well and not show any signs of falling backwards against teams like Leeds especially in stadiums like this which are very intimidating."
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