Watford boss Gianfranco Zola says he was 'surprised Millwall dominated the midfield'

Watford Observer: Gianfranco Zola was full of praise for Millwall and Liam Trotter in particular. Picture: Action Images Gianfranco Zola was full of praise for Millwall and Liam Trotter in particular. Picture: Action Images

Gianfranco Zola admitted Watford paid the price for not being able to control the midfield during last night's 0-0 draw with Millwall but paid credit to the solidity of Kenny Jackett's Millwall.

The first half was largely uneventful until the final five minutes when the Hornets enjoyed a good spell, which included Fernando Forestieri having an effort cleared off the line.

Forestieri, Troy Deeney, Jonathan Hogg, Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil all went close for Watford in the second period but they were unable to find a winner.

Zola said: "It certainly wasn't our best game in terms of quality, especially in the first half. In the second half we tried to increase the tempo but it is fair to say Millwall played a good game, defended well and made it difficult for us.

"Sometimes you have to accept that. They haven't lost in their last eight games, which tells you a lot about their solidity and the good moment this team are in."

On Watford's opportunities during the second half, Zola said: "The day Fernando learns to be cooler in front of the goalkeeper, he could be as good as anyone.

"We had some chances and we could have won but maybe the draw is a fair result because they defended very well."

"In the second half we had two or three very good chances," he continued. "Obviously we know we can do better than that but we don't have to forget the opposition can make it hard for you and today that was the case.

"They defended well and I thought especially in the first half, that they were in control of the midfield. That is something that we don't normally allow the opposition to do but Liam Trotter, especially, was excellent. And the fact Millwall dominated the midfield was a surprise because we couldn't play the football we wanted to play. Simple as that."

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11:15am Wed 7 Nov 12

davbat says...

So frustrating to watch, over complicated, always one pass to many on the edge of the oppositions box and then we loose possesion. Defending a lot better though not so deep. Think FF and TD should have stayed on though. Hope it all comes together sooner rather than later. U'orns!
So frustrating to watch, over complicated, always one pass to many on the edge of the oppositions box and then we loose possesion. Defending a lot better though not so deep. Think FF and TD should have stayed on though. Hope it all comes together sooner rather than later. U'orns! davbat
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12:13pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Bringe says...

It is a game of patience, not every advance will get through but when it does there should be a bona-fide chance on the end of it. A higher volume of pot shots that have little chance of beating the keeper may look more exciting but unless it's your lucky day they are half chances and rarely score.
It is a game of patience, not every advance will get through but when it does there should be a bona-fide chance on the end of it. A higher volume of pot shots that have little chance of beating the keeper may look more exciting but unless it's your lucky day they are half chances and rarely score. Bringe
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12:32pm Wed 7 Nov 12

jalvin says...

I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans...
I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane.
Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.
I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic. jalvin
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12:46pm Wed 7 Nov 12

holtonian says...

Good sides often appear to over-pass. It can be frustrating i must admit, i for one firmly believe this style of play is the only way to move forward. Quality teams keep the ball its that simple.We are in a great position just now, all Gianfranco needs fair time to find a player or two to give us the additional cutting edge that is missing.When fit John Eustace will pull the strings in midfield in a holding position.As we all know 3-5-2 means the back 3 are banking on there midfield dominating the game. Ask any player and they will tell you the hardest place to be is wing back, it is energy sapping and often un- rewarding, but will give the team width and this creates openings and time for inside players to play. There are a few question marks but in general we have got players to fit the bill.Just time is required to fine tune etc etc.
Good sides often appear to over-pass. It can be frustrating i must admit, i for one firmly believe this style of play is the only way to move forward. Quality teams keep the ball its that simple.We are in a great position just now, all Gianfranco needs fair time to find a player or two to give us the additional cutting edge that is missing.When fit John Eustace will pull the strings in midfield in a holding position.As we all know 3-5-2 means the back 3 are banking on there midfield dominating the game. Ask any player and they will tell you the hardest place to be is wing back, it is energy sapping and often un- rewarding, but will give the team width and this creates openings and time for inside players to play. There are a few question marks but in general we have got players to fit the bill.Just time is required to fine tune etc etc. holtonian
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12:51pm Wed 7 Nov 12

holtonian says...

jalvin wrote:
I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans...
I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane.
Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.
Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year.
[quote][p][bold]jalvin[/bold] wrote: I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.[/p][/quote]Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year. holtonian
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1:55pm Wed 7 Nov 12

1982WFC says...

holtonian wrote:
jalvin wrote: I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.
Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year.
I honestly do not know what some fans expect. The booing is outragous & some of the comments I hear during a game are laughable.
As for the atmosphere, apart from a few pockets in the rookery you cannot get anything going at all, personally I love both Home & away (no neighbours jokes ok) fans creating an atmosphere, it makes for a better game. Not having a pop at anyone in particular but I wish we could make more noise
[quote][p][bold]holtonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jalvin[/bold] wrote: I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.[/p][/quote]Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year.[/p][/quote]I honestly do not know what some fans expect. The booing is outragous & some of the comments I hear during a game are laughable. As for the atmosphere, apart from a few pockets in the rookery you cannot get anything going at all, personally I love both Home & away (no neighbours jokes ok) fans creating an atmosphere, it makes for a better game. Not having a pop at anyone in particular but I wish we could make more noise 1982WFC
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2:00pm Wed 7 Nov 12

The Rover says...

1982WFC wrote:
holtonian wrote:
jalvin wrote: I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.
Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year.
I honestly do not know what some fans expect. The booing is outragous & some of the comments I hear during a game are laughable.
As for the atmosphere, apart from a few pockets in the rookery you cannot get anything going at all, personally I love both Home & away (no neighbours jokes ok) fans creating an atmosphere, it makes for a better game. Not having a pop at anyone in particular but I wish we could make more noise
I was in the Vic end and did not hear any booing, just lots of positive comments, although the minutes silence before the game seemed to continue for another 90 minutes with the odd exception.

On a positive note, the Coffee and Hotdogs have improved since last season!
[quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holtonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jalvin[/bold] wrote: I think last night shows how far we've come as a team already, there was a genuine expectation to beat the divisions in form side, yeah I'll agree it was a tad frustrating at times when we stopped going forward and passed sideways or backwards, but what frustrated me the most were our poxy fans... I can not believe people started booing last night, there we're people moaning at our players and shouting abuse (now i know that's nothing new) and god forbid if you tried to get a song going, people would look at you as if you were insane. Sometimes the team needs a lift from the fans, and if all they hear is a synchronized "tut" coming from the stands followed by silence then why would they bother, it must be very depressing at times, no wonder we perform better away from the vic.[/p][/quote]Fans that boo are not supporters i do not want to post my feelings on that type of stupidity.Nice post.Our side is by far the best for many a year.[/p][/quote]I honestly do not know what some fans expect. The booing is outragous & some of the comments I hear during a game are laughable. As for the atmosphere, apart from a few pockets in the rookery you cannot get anything going at all, personally I love both Home & away (no neighbours jokes ok) fans creating an atmosphere, it makes for a better game. Not having a pop at anyone in particular but I wish we could make more noise[/p][/quote]I was in the Vic end and did not hear any booing, just lots of positive comments, although the minutes silence before the game seemed to continue for another 90 minutes with the odd exception. On a positive note, the Coffee and Hotdogs have improved since last season! The Rover
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3:33pm Wed 7 Nov 12

abbotshornet says...

"Good sides often appear to over pass", not so good sides also appear to over pass as well.
I think good sides score goals, and good sides don't let in loads of goals either.
As a Hornet fan for many years I still think the best football I have seen us play was during GT's first spell, the current Watford team is still work in progress, we have some good players (mainly on loan) and have played some good football, this is very early doors, I would rather we had the ball than the other side have it, but it is nice to see that possession leading to something, preferably a shot on target! Patience is needed by everyone, come and support and cheer on the team and who knows where we might end up.
COYH
"Good sides often appear to over pass", not so good sides also appear to over pass as well. I think good sides score goals, and good sides don't let in loads of goals either. As a Hornet fan for many years I still think the best football I have seen us play was during GT's first spell, the current Watford team is still work in progress, we have some good players (mainly on loan) and have played some good football, this is very early doors, I would rather we had the ball than the other side have it, but it is nice to see that possession leading to something, preferably a shot on target! Patience is needed by everyone, come and support and cheer on the team and who knows where we might end up. COYH abbotshornet
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3:55pm Wed 7 Nov 12

WatfordTalk says...

Before last night, that Millwall side had scored 15 goals in their last 5 games. They never looked like scoring against our defense with our (imo) most important defender out. On another day, Fernando would've scored his 1-on-1 and Pudil's lob would've looped in.

I agree we could do with a bit more cutting edge in the final 3rd but if we have as much possession as we did last night and defend like we did, then results will come thick and fast. We're only going to improve from now so I don't see why we can't make it into the top six by the end of the season. And then who knows!
Before last night, that Millwall side had scored 15 goals in their last 5 games. They never looked like scoring against our defense with our (imo) most important defender out. On another day, Fernando would've scored his 1-on-1 and Pudil's lob would've looped in. I agree we could do with a bit more cutting edge in the final 3rd but if we have as much possession as we did last night and defend like we did, then results will come thick and fast. We're only going to improve from now so I don't see why we can't make it into the top six by the end of the season. And then who knows! WatfordTalk
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6:20pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Boosey says...

Unfortunately missed the game due to work commitments. I was sure we would score a few and by all accounts should have.
And a message for the boo boys, get a life!
Unfortunately missed the game due to work commitments. I was sure we would score a few and by all accounts should have. And a message for the boo boys, get a life! Boosey
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7:29pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Gloryhornets57 says...

Someone behind me last night actually shouted "get off Chalobah, you're useless". We should be fortunate that we're watching a future England star at the Vic. Ridiculous comment!

I think we need to speed up some of the play through midfield and we'll be flying.
Someone behind me last night actually shouted "get off Chalobah, you're useless". We should be fortunate that we're watching a future England star at the Vic. Ridiculous comment! I think we need to speed up some of the play through midfield and we'll be flying. Gloryhornets57
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8:17pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Paul Gadd says...

We have played a lot of teams in and around the playoffs and are still mid table- amazing with all the changes that have happened.
If we can put a run together- who knows?
Remember the Aidy rocket ride to the Prem 05/06?
We have played a lot of teams in and around the playoffs and are still mid table- amazing with all the changes that have happened. If we can put a run together- who knows? Remember the Aidy rocket ride to the Prem 05/06? Paul Gadd
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10:19pm Wed 7 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Watford's unimpressive Championship campaign continued with a drab 0-0 draw against Millwall at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

That's it I'm deleting Sky Sports Website from my favourites.....ar5eh
oles.

Why is it that certain journalists want to portray us in this light?
Watford's unimpressive Championship campaign continued with a drab 0-0 draw against Millwall at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night. That's it I'm deleting Sky Sports Website from my favourites.....ar5eh oles. Why is it that certain journalists want to portray us in this light? D.unstable
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8:42am Thu 8 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

D.unstable wrote:
Watford's unimpressive Championship campaign continued with a drab 0-0 draw against Millwall at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

That's it I'm deleting Sky Sports Website from my favourites.....ar5eh

oles.

Why is it that certain journalists want to portray us in this light?
I agree pal , we all like to read complimentary stuff about our side.

I suppose when you just look at the results it's understandable but they don't (as we well know) tell the whole story .

I say let people underestimate us.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Watford's unimpressive Championship campaign continued with a drab 0-0 draw against Millwall at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night. That's it I'm deleting Sky Sports Website from my favourites.....ar5eh oles. Why is it that certain journalists want to portray us in this light?[/p][/quote]I agree pal , we all like to read complimentary stuff about our side. I suppose when you just look at the results it's understandable but they don't (as we well know) tell the whole story . I say let people underestimate us. Travelling Hornet
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1:27pm Thu 8 Nov 12

1TrueHornet says...

Can't understand people having a pop at Chalobah, think for a 17 year old he shows real class, and he's only going to get better.
Also agree with some on here though, think we look like a good team, play good football, the cutting edge will come with time as well! Was very impressed with Ekstrand at CB too, and Hoban showed again why he's being raved about.
Lets hope for 3 points at Leeds and get behind the boys!!!
Can't understand people having a pop at Chalobah, think for a 17 year old he shows real class, and he's only going to get better. Also agree with some on here though, think we look like a good team, play good football, the cutting edge will come with time as well! Was very impressed with Ekstrand at CB too, and Hoban showed again why he's being raved about. Lets hope for 3 points at Leeds and get behind the boys!!! 1TrueHornet
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