Watford boss Gianfranco Zola warns players against 'big mistake' of getting carried away too soon

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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is delighted with the Hornets' free-scoring form but has warned his players it would be a "big mistake" to get carried away too soon.

The Hornets go into the match against Barnsley this Saturday unbeaten in six matches and just two points outside the playoff spots.

But Zola downplayed Watford's surge up the table and insists his team still have work to do before they fulfil their potential.

He said: "There's a long way to go. I don't want to be in the playoff positions now, I would love to be in those positions at the end of this year.

"Right now the position we are in is not important, it's important that we keep progressing. The team has been getting better and better in the last few games and we just need to carry on because I don't think as a team we have reached our full potential.

"It would be a big mistake if we thought we've learned everything - it would be a big mistake - so we need to maintain our attitude and we need to keep improving."

Watford's recent form has seen them score 14 goals in four matches and Zola expressed his delight that the club's attacking philosophy is starting to bear fruit.

He saod: "We have always said we are trying to be an offensive team so we want to try to score as many goals as possible - that's what we're trying to do here.

"It's not down to one or two players, the whole team is trying to be more offensive - the results are going well, we're very pleased about that and we want it to carry on."

Almen Abdi, Sergio Neuton and Prince Buaben all returned to training this week but are not yet match fit and are unlikely to feature against Barnsley.

Zola said: "Abdi is still training on his own so I don't think he will be available for this weekend. Buaben and Neuton are back in training with everybody else but I'm not sure they're going to be match-fit for the game."

Saturday will also come too soon for Ikechi Anya and Jonathan Bond while John Eustace, Nyron Nosworthy and Lloyd Doyley remain sidelined.

Kick off at Vicarage Road is at 3pm.

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3:20pm Fri 30 Nov 12

tonyevans22 says...

6-1 is a score I will be looking for against this lot,although they wiped Birminghams backside 6-0 at theirs.They ain't a bad side but can't see anything but a huge win for us.We don't want play offs,we are 8 points off the top and that's where we are heading.
6-1 is a score I will be looking for against this lot,although they wiped Birminghams backside 6-0 at theirs.They ain't a bad side but can't see anything but a huge win for us.We don't want play offs,we are 8 points off the top and that's where we are heading. tonyevans22
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3:35pm Fri 30 Nov 12

jasonwatford says...

Calm down Tonyevans22....Norma
lly after a few big wins and at home we havn't really pulled up trees. As long as we play good football and win thats all thats matter.
Calm down Tonyevans22....Norma lly after a few big wins and at home we havn't really pulled up trees. As long as we play good football and win thats all thats matter. jasonwatford
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3:38pm Fri 30 Nov 12

tonyevans22 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Calm down Tonyevans22....Norma

lly after a few big wins and at home we havn't really pulled up trees. As long as we play good football and win thats all thats matter.
I was joking about the scoreline.. Whoooshhhh ;-)
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Calm down Tonyevans22....Norma lly after a few big wins and at home we havn't really pulled up trees. As long as we play good football and win thats all thats matter.[/p][/quote]I was joking about the scoreline.. Whoooshhhh ;-) tonyevans22
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4:00pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Ive got the Orn says...

Well said the wee man, lets keep our feet where we now keep the ball..........
Well said the wee man, lets keep our feet where we now keep the ball.......... Ive got the Orn
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4:15pm Fri 30 Nov 12

craig239 says...

Wait a minute lets get carried away, We've been down in the dumps for too long so lets go for it. The Horns are going up!!!!!!
Wait a minute lets get carried away, We've been down in the dumps for too long so lets go for it. The Horns are going up!!!!!! craig239
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4:17pm Fri 30 Nov 12

miked2006 says...

Ive got the Orn wrote:
Well said the wee man, lets keep our feet where we now keep the ball..........
In the back of the oppositions net?
[quote][p][bold]Ive got the Orn[/bold] wrote: Well said the wee man, lets keep our feet where we now keep the ball..........[/p][/quote]In the back of the oppositions net? miked2006
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4:22pm Fri 30 Nov 12

AngelHornet says...

One game at a time!
We musn't underestimate Barnsley, but we must also make sure we punish them when the opportunities arrive tomorrow.
One game at a time! We musn't underestimate Barnsley, but we must also make sure we punish them when the opportunities arrive tomorrow. AngelHornet
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4:33pm Fri 30 Nov 12

tonyevans22 says...

craig239 wrote:
Wait a minute lets get carried away, We've been down in the dumps for too long so lets go for it. The Horns are going up!!!!!!
Yehhhhhh....The Horns are going up but let's be boring and take 1 game at a time rather than play 2 games on the same day..Not's let underestimate any team and think about what will happen on here if we dare lose a game,it will be all gloom and Doom again.
[quote][p][bold]craig239[/bold] wrote: Wait a minute lets get carried away, We've been down in the dumps for too long so lets go for it. The Horns are going up!!!!!![/p][/quote]Yehhhhhh....The Horns are going up but let's be boring and take 1 game at a time rather than play 2 games on the same day..Not's let underestimate any team and think about what will happen on here if we dare lose a game,it will be all gloom and Doom again. tonyevans22
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4:34pm Fri 30 Nov 12

tonyevans22 says...

Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!!
Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!! tonyevans22
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5:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

stevyweavy says...

Need to get at least 10 points more than anyone else just in case Bassini provides us with a 10 point penalty. So keep the wins and big scorelines coming in guys. Thank god Pozzo family decided we were worth it even with all of Bassini's dodgy dealings.
Need to get at least 10 points more than anyone else just in case Bassini provides us with a 10 point penalty. So keep the wins and big scorelines coming in guys. Thank god Pozzo family decided we were worth it even with all of Bassini's dodgy dealings. stevyweavy
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5:44pm Fri 30 Nov 12

stevyweavy says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!!
Yes, two Beckham like balls to Geijo and Deeney and a peach of goal against Sheffield not at all bad. Hated him last year but he is definitely doing a job when called upon to do so this season.
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!![/p][/quote]Yes, two Beckham like balls to Geijo and Deeney and a peach of goal against Sheffield not at all bad. Hated him last year but he is definitely doing a job when called upon to do so this season. stevyweavy
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5:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

Almunia
Hall
Ekstrand
Hoban
Dickinson
Murray
Hogg
Yeates
Chalobah
Deeney
Geijo

Subs :
Bonhom
Pudil
Battochio
Vydra
Thompson
Beleck
Cassetti

FF foot injury

#curveball
Almunia Hall Ekstrand Hoban Dickinson Murray Hogg Yeates Chalobah Deeney Geijo Subs : Bonhom Pudil Battochio Vydra Thompson Beleck Cassetti FF foot injury #curveball Holly68
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5:49pm Fri 30 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yep Yeates has improved alot recently maybe Zola is having a quiet word in his ear?
Really hope we keep this run going, we could do with a good score line as we are at home! Me recons 2-0 to us!
Who plays upfront? Geijo and Forestieri or Deeney and Vydra? Decisions decisions?
Yep Yeates has improved alot recently maybe Zola is having a quiet word in his ear? Really hope we keep this run going, we could do with a good score line as we are at home! Me recons 2-0 to us! Who plays upfront? Geijo and Forestieri or Deeney and Vydra? Decisions decisions? DuffmanWFC
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5:51pm Fri 30 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

No way Dicko gets in the starting line up Holly68!
He isn't good enough to lace Pudil's boots!
No way Dicko gets in the starting line up Holly68! He isn't good enough to lace Pudil's boots! DuffmanWFC
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5:52pm Fri 30 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Ps he isn't good enough for League 2 Pompey!
Ps he isn't good enough for League 2 Pompey! DuffmanWFC
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6:31pm Fri 30 Nov 12

MINTYHORNET says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
Ps he isn't good enough for League 2 Pompey!
Pompey are in league one but i do agree he is awful .
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Ps he isn't good enough for League 2 Pompey![/p][/quote]Pompey are in league one but i do agree he is awful . MINTYHORNET
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6:36pm Fri 30 Nov 12

SAHornet says...

Yeates must be improving.... everyone's spelling his name right these days :-)

Enjoy the game everyone. I'll be listening in all afternoon from 10,000kms away but with you all in spirit. Ahhh, bless

PS: If you see that useless lump of bankrupt lard, f*c* him up for me please
Yeates must be improving.... everyone's spelling his name right these days :-) Enjoy the game everyone. I'll be listening in all afternoon from 10,000kms away but with you all in spirit. Ahhh, bless PS: If you see that useless lump of bankrupt lard, f*c* him up for me please SAHornet
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6:36pm Fri 30 Nov 12

cliff46 says...

I was happily reading the above contributions and then Holly68 went and spoilt it all by including Dickinson!!
Zola has done a very good job with Yeates but has no chance of achieving the same with Dickinson. I acknowledge that he always gives 100% but in his case sadly that isn't enough in this good footballing team.
I was happily reading the above contributions and then Holly68 went and spoilt it all by including Dickinson!! Zola has done a very good job with Yeates but has no chance of achieving the same with Dickinson. I acknowledge that he always gives 100% but in his case sadly that isn't enough in this good footballing team. cliff46
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7:07pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

cliff46 wrote:
I was happily reading the above contributions and then Holly68 went and spoilt it all by including Dickinson!!
Zola has done a very good job with Yeates but has no chance of achieving the same with Dickinson. I acknowledge that he always gives 100% but in his case sadly that isn't enough in this good footballing team.
GFZ just might throw in a curve ball .... #dontbesurprised
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: I was happily reading the above contributions and then Holly68 went and spoilt it all by including Dickinson!! Zola has done a very good job with Yeates but has no chance of achieving the same with Dickinson. I acknowledge that he always gives 100% but in his case sadly that isn't enough in this good footballing team.[/p][/quote]GFZ just might throw in a curve ball .... #dontbesurprised Holly68
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7:35pm Fri 30 Nov 12

WessexLad says...

Much as we all like to speculate, Holly, if you do have an inside track, best not to share it on a public web site! If Dicko really is playing, it's because the Gorgon has seen something in him that we haven't - shooting and crossing as a wing back, perhaps?

Red Lion tomorrow? I'm the chap doing the Telegraph crossword.
Much as we all like to speculate, Holly, if you do have an inside track, best not to share it on a public web site! If Dicko really is playing, it's because the Gorgon has seen something in him that we haven't - shooting and crossing as a wing back, perhaps? Red Lion tomorrow? I'm the chap doing the Telegraph crossword. WessexLad
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7:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

WessexLad wrote:
Much as we all like to speculate, Holly, if you do have an inside track, best not to share it on a public web site! If Dicko really is playing, it's because the Gorgon has seen something in him that we haven't - shooting and crossing as a wing back, perhaps?

Red Lion tomorrow? I'm the chap doing the Telegraph crossword.
No inside track, pure guesswork and curveball
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Much as we all like to speculate, Holly, if you do have an inside track, best not to share it on a public web site! If Dicko really is playing, it's because the Gorgon has seen something in him that we haven't - shooting and crossing as a wing back, perhaps? Red Lion tomorrow? I'm the chap doing the Telegraph crossword.[/p][/quote]No inside track, pure guesswork and curveball Holly68
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7:43pm Fri 30 Nov 12

tonyevans22 says...

stevyweavy wrote:
tonyevans22 wrote:
Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!!
Yes, two Beckham like balls to Geijo and Deeney and a peach of goal against Sheffield not at all bad. Hated him last year but he is definitely doing a job when called upon to do so this season.
Yep,he has played miles better with Zola's system,he was never a bad player but you know how fickle our fans are,always need to have ago and need someone to aim stuff at.They don't see the good stuff half the time,and have not seen many praising him,just gone silent on the Yeates out rubbish.Some players are never excepted here no matter what they do for the team,you watch,1 bad game and all will start on him again.we should be 100% behind all the boys in yellow,it's a team game..COYH.
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: Ohhh and Yeates out please,obviously just not good enough his 3 assists and 2 goals lately!!![/p][/quote]Yes, two Beckham like balls to Geijo and Deeney and a peach of goal against Sheffield not at all bad. Hated him last year but he is definitely doing a job when called upon to do so this season.[/p][/quote]Yep,he has played miles better with Zola's system,he was never a bad player but you know how fickle our fans are,always need to have ago and need someone to aim stuff at.They don't see the good stuff half the time,and have not seen many praising him,just gone silent on the Yeates out rubbish.Some players are never excepted here no matter what they do for the team,you watch,1 bad game and all will start on him again.we should be 100% behind all the boys in yellow,it's a team game..COYH. tonyevans22
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7:46pm Fri 30 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

And I always thought that Birmingam were well supported, anyone watching sky sports tonight would think it was a reserve match with the amount of empty seats.
And I always thought that Birmingam were well supported, anyone watching sky sports tonight would think it was a reserve match with the amount of empty seats. D.unstable
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8:22pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Smilingburkinshaw says...

Alot has been said about the atmosphere inside the Vic this season, well in fact for many many seasons now. I think we really need to show the Pozzos, Duxbury, Zola and the team how massively grateful we are for saving us. Espicially after what has come out yesterday/today. I think a good idea to get the team going and showing our support would be to dig out all the old flags (Watford, Italian, Czech, whatever) scarves, handwritten signs, flares, ticker tape, toilet roll, blow up dolls, balloons etc etc and turn every home game into a play off final type atmosphere!! This might even get us all going enough to actually sing a few songs!!! I don't think I have a big enough audience to make my plan work on here but I saw an article on the Watford forum where some kid had emailed Scott and got a response, he loves hearing fans ideas (very refreshing) what he could do is put the plan up on the official site and ask everyone to dig out all their old gear and get the Vic pumping! Not for one game, every game!!!!!!!!
Alot has been said about the atmosphere inside the Vic this season, well in fact for many many seasons now. I think we really need to show the Pozzos, Duxbury, Zola and the team how massively grateful we are for saving us. Espicially after what has come out yesterday/today. I think a good idea to get the team going and showing our support would be to dig out all the old flags (Watford, Italian, Czech, whatever) scarves, handwritten signs, flares, ticker tape, toilet roll, blow up dolls, balloons etc etc and turn every home game into a play off final type atmosphere!! This might even get us all going enough to actually sing a few songs!!! I don't think I have a big enough audience to make my plan work on here but I saw an article on the Watford forum where some kid had emailed Scott and got a response, he loves hearing fans ideas (very refreshing) what he could do is put the plan up on the official site and ask everyone to dig out all their old gear and get the Vic pumping! Not for one game, every game!!!!!!!! Smilingburkinshaw
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8:53pm Fri 30 Nov 12

buckler says...

Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc!
Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc! buckler
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9:39pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Paul Gadd says...

Come on Fonz, give us a break!
Haven't been so excited with WFC since the Aidy team that zoomed up the table in 2005/6!

Any original horn that has managed to keep his place with so much quality competition deserves respect, so well done Hogg, Yeates, LD & TD etc
Come on Fonz, give us a break! Haven't been so excited with WFC since the Aidy team that zoomed up the table in 2005/6! Any original horn that has managed to keep his place with so much quality competition deserves respect, so well done Hogg, Yeates, LD & TD etc Paul Gadd
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9:40pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Holly68 says...

buckler wrote:
Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc!
You feeling threatened LOL !

Now you've got your iPad back coming to reclaim the streets
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc![/p][/quote]You feeling threatened LOL ! Now you've got your iPad back coming to reclaim the streets Holly68
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9:59pm Fri 30 Nov 12

buckler says...

Holly68 wrote:
buckler wrote:
Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc!
You feeling threatened LOL !

Now you've got your iPad back coming to reclaim the streets
You welcome ! Too much boring back slapping on here now! Like a row not a man hug!
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Does Holly69 need to be plastered over every single story concerning Wfc![/p][/quote]You feeling threatened LOL ! Now you've got your iPad back coming to reclaim the streets[/p][/quote]You welcome ! Too much boring back slapping on here now! Like a row not a man hug! buckler
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7:09am Sat 1 Dec 12

Hornet Cornet says...

where did vOr ever get to?
where did vOr ever get to? Hornet Cornet
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10:59am Sat 1 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

3 months ago we got spanked at Deeby away, see how far we've come !!
3 months ago we got spanked at Deeby away, see how far we've come !! Holly68
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11:00am Sat 1 Dec 12

Watfordwes says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
where did vOr ever get to?
And colin
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: where did vOr ever get to?[/p][/quote]And colin Watfordwes
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11:52am Sat 1 Dec 12

joners in spain says...

love the banter guys, keep it up very entertaining.

i'm with you S A HORNET will be tuning into. the h. player on the costers

good luck to the boys this afternoon, whoever plays

wife not happy has to go out shopping on her own now on saturday afternoons now
love the banter guys, keep it up very entertaining. i'm with you S A HORNET will be tuning into. the h. player on the costers good luck to the boys this afternoon, whoever plays wife not happy has to go out shopping on her own now on saturday afternoons now joners in spain
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3:12pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Hornet Cornet says...

Watfordwes wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
where did vOr ever get to?
And colin
Colin, forgotten all about him. we need to introduce some more numpties to spruce things up a bit.
[quote][p][bold]Watfordwes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: where did vOr ever get to?[/p][/quote]And colin[/p][/quote]Colin, forgotten all about him. we need to introduce some more numpties to spruce things up a bit. Hornet Cornet
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