Gianfranco Zola believes the final result was unfair on Barnsley after he watched his Watford side climb to the sixth in the table with a 4-1 victory this afternoon.

Troy Deeney scored twice and there were goals from Mark Yeates and Matej Vydra as the Hornets ran riot at Vicarage Road in the second half.

Zola said: “It’s been a little bit of rock and roll for us today but in the end I’m delighted with the result.”

He continued: “I don’t think that the result is fair on Barnsley though because they played a good game, we probably deserved to win but not in that way.”

Zola was disappointed with his team’s display at the start of the second half.

He said: “Second half we didn’t start very well; they closed us down in our box but the second goal changed things completely. It really killed them and from that moment there was only one team on the pitch.”

On the late Barnsley goal, he added: “It happens that sometimes you make a mistake. To be honest the defence up until then, especially in the second half, played very well.

“It happened to a player who until that moment was outstanding (Joel Ekstrand). I didn’t expect that. As long as you keep the focus when it really matters, mistakes do not matter too much.”

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