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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola's 'disbelief and bewilderment' at Matej Vydra's sending off against Middlesbrough
12:54pm Sunday 7th October 2012 in Sport
Disbelief, astonishment and bewilderment are three words Gianfranco Zola used to describe his emotions after Matej Vydra was sent off against Middlesbrough yesterday.
Vydra was dismissed shortly before the break for what referee Steve Rushton considered to be a stamp on Nicky Bailey.
Looking back at the video footage, the amount of contact is minimal and Vydra tries to avoid the Middlesbrough midfielder.
Watford have confirmed they will be appealing the red card.
“Disbelief, astonishment and bewilderment. Do you want more than that?” Zola replied when asked for his view of the sending off.
“I understand the referee can see something but a good indication for the referee is the reaction. No one reacted, not even the man he is meant to have fouled.
“He tried to jump over the man in front of him and he touched him but you will see it and you will make your own opinion.
“Unfortunately we have had two games where we have ended up with ten men and we do not deserve that, especially today because my team were playing good football and we created a lot of chances.
“Middlesbrough are a good team but even after they scored, we created good chances and we were still in control but then there was another story.
“The referee said he saw a stamp but you will see. Matej just tried to jump over him and he didn’t even touch him. The player even stood up and asked why [Vydra was sent off]. Maybe he thought he was sending him off.”
When asked about his emotions at half time, Zola added: “There was no time to be upset, I just thought that we could still do it but unfortunately the team had given a lot in the first half, and in the previous game, and they had a chance to get back into the game and it was a pity we didn’t score more early into the game.
“Unfortunately it [decisions you do not agree with] is part of the game and you just have to take it even if you do not like it. Hopefully after the next game we will end with 11 players.”
Watford started the contest impressively and were completely dominant early on, but Middlesbrough came back into the contest and went on to score the winner in the second half.
Zola stated that some of the new signings are still to adapt to English football and it has impacted performances.
He said: “It was disappointing that we took our foot of the pedal and we allowed them to get back in the game because for 20 minutes we were dominant and we could have scored another one.
“A number of my players need to realise this country is not like other countries, where you need to control the game and just wait for another goal.
“Here teams always fight and the game is never over until the end, even if you are winning 3-0. They need to learn quicker.”