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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola agrees Crystal Palace result could easily have been different
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola admitted a draw probably would have been a fair result after his side scored two dramatic late goals to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday.
New signing Almen Abdi equalised for the Hornets with two minutes to go before fellow Udinese loanee Matej Vydra came off the bench to steal all three points with virtually the last kick of the game.
The victory gave Watford’s new head coach the perfect start but Zola conceded the result could easily have been different.
Zola said: “Probably a draw would have been a fair result.
“To be honest though they were 2-1 up and I believe we were slightly better than them in the first half.
“And then in the second half we probably didn’t play as well but we got the two goals that made the difference.”
Zola thought the heat may have played a part in the late goals and was keen to pay tribute to his opponents.
He said: “In the heat it was so difficult for everyone but Palace played a very good game and made it difficult for us. The difference was just one great goal.”
Watford will be hoping to build on their strong start when Ipswich Town come to Vicarage Road tomorrow evening.