Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola pleased with 3-3 draw at Leeds United but upset with refereeing decisions

Watford Observer: Gianfranco Zola. Picture: Action Images Gianfranco Zola. Picture: Action Images

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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6:50pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Bigads123 says...

I think Zola needs help coaching the defence. Get Tony Adams in a few days a week.
I think Zola needs help coaching the defence. Get Tony Adams in a few days a week. Bigads123

7:16pm Sat 7 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing.
The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing. AngelHornet

8:27pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

Does anyone who was there know whether Nos looks 'match fit' ? He was solid when I saw him last season and I'd be surprised if it was anything other than match practice that led to his mistakes today.

GZ really does need some coaching help... I would guess it is up to him to make this happen.

Many teams above us are dropping points so there is still some time to sort things out.

HC
Does anyone who was there know whether Nos looks 'match fit' ? He was solid when I saw him last season and I'd be surprised if it was anything other than match practice that led to his mistakes today. GZ really does need some coaching help... I would guess it is up to him to make this happen. Many teams above us are dropping points so there is still some time to sort things out. HC Hornet Cornet

11:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

endean2 says...

AngelHornet wrote:
The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing.
Needy adressing'!!!!!'!!!!
!!!!!

We are a disaster at the back, seriously what I saw today was beyond bad
Forget all the platiitudes, sort that out first we're a bunch of wimps back there
And Leeds Murdered us every ball into the box.
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing.[/p][/quote]Needy adressing'!!!!!'!!!! !!!!! We are a disaster at the back, seriously what I saw today was beyond bad Forget all the platiitudes, sort that out first we're a bunch of wimps back there And Leeds Murdered us every ball into the box. endean2

3:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

abbotshornet says...

endean2 wrote:
AngelHornet wrote: The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing.
Needy adressing'!!!!!'!!!! !!!!! We are a disaster at the back, seriously what I saw today was beyond bad Forget all the platiitudes, sort that out first we're a bunch of wimps back there And Leeds Murdered us every ball into the box.
It has been clear since the start of last season that Watford's defence needs a lot of improving, last season we got away with it because we scored a shed load of goals.
This season goals are at a premium, so it shows up our defensive frailties.
Even a fully fit and motivated Deeney needs another striker or three to help with our goal theat.
Neverthless it was a very good point at Leeds considering their recent form especially at Elland Road.
Two draws away at two of the top teams in the league is good, now we need to start winning (and playing well) at home, starting with Wednesday on Saturday. COYGB's
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: The formation is an improvement and we have finally found the net once more; however it is quite clear the defensive side of our game still needs addressing.[/p][/quote]Needy adressing'!!!!!'!!!! !!!!! We are a disaster at the back, seriously what I saw today was beyond bad Forget all the platiitudes, sort that out first we're a bunch of wimps back there And Leeds Murdered us every ball into the box.[/p][/quote]It has been clear since the start of last season that Watford's defence needs a lot of improving, last season we got away with it because we scored a shed load of goals. This season goals are at a premium, so it shows up our defensive frailties. Even a fully fit and motivated Deeney needs another striker or three to help with our goal theat. Neverthless it was a very good point at Leeds considering their recent form especially at Elland Road. Two draws away at two of the top teams in the league is good, now we need to start winning (and playing well) at home, starting with Wednesday on Saturday. COYGB's abbotshornet

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