Gianfranco Zola says Hull City defeat is just 'part of Watford's journey'

Watford Observer: Gianfranco Zola was not too disheartened after his side's unbeaten run was ended. Picture: Holly Cant Gianfranco Zola was not too disheartened after his side's unbeaten run was ended. Picture: Holly Cant

Gianfranco Zola claimed he doesn’t see Watford’s defeat to Hull City as a step back; merely “part of the journey”.

The Hornets’ seven-match unbeaten run ended yesterday with a 2-1 defeat to fellow play-off chasers Hull.

However, Watford’s head coach Zola said: “I don’t see this defeat as a step back; it is just part of the process and the journey. You can’t expect our team to win every game.

“Sometimes you lose and you learn from it. Everybody will and then, with more energy, we go forward again.”

The Hornets were particularly poor in the first half and whilst they improved in the second period, they were only able to grab a consolation goal by Troy Deeney in injury time.

When asked whether he was more disappointed with the performance or the result, Zola replied: “I think it was a bit of both. I was probably more disappointed with the performance in the first half.

“The second half was better; our approach was better and we created chances. We were unlucky with the second goal and we maybe could have drawn the match.

“But you cannot give away 45 minutes like we did.”

So what changed at half time which made the Hornets improve so much in the second 45 minutes?

Zola explained: “Second half we took a defender off (Joel Ekstrand) and put Marco Cassetti in the middle of defence and Ikechi Anya has then given us something extra going forward. Also, when Almen Abdi came on he was very good in the middle.

“But technically we were better in the second half. That created them a lot of problems.

“They were then more worried about us going forward and that was the difference in the second half.”

One reporter suggested that either Manuel Almunia’s positioning or the location of the wall contributed to Hull’s second goal, when Robbie Brady scored a 25-yard free kick.

“It was a very good piece of skill because he curled the ball very well and I think the way we gave the free kick away was more disappointing [than the position of the wall or goalkeeper],” Zola replied.

“The quality of our pass was not good enough compared to normal and we suffered because of it big time in the first half. That was the difference.”

There were internet rumours circulating yesterday that Fernando Forestieri had been left out of the squad because he was returning to Udinese.

However, the forward was sitting in the East Stand with the rest of his team-mates who were not in the squad and Zola confirmed after the match that the Argentine was indeed injured.

He said: “Fernando had a problem with his hamstring and it would have been too risky to have him involved. Simple as that.”

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2:39pm Sun 9 Dec 12

neil-bs says...

Well, that's really put the cat amongst the pigeons!
Sleep tight.
Well, that's really put the cat amongst the pigeons! Sleep tight. neil-bs
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3:13pm Sun 9 Dec 12

AngelHornet says...

We need to look at how we can better teams playing the same formation.
We need to look at how we can better teams playing the same formation. AngelHornet
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3:26pm Sun 9 Dec 12

aussihornet says...

Was not there, but sounded like it was a performance matching Blackburn game, hence inept effort.

Shame not a draw at least as would have cemented playoff place.

Oh well
Was not there, but sounded like it was a performance matching Blackburn game, hence inept effort. Shame not a draw at least as would have cemented playoff place. Oh well aussihornet
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3:58pm Sun 9 Dec 12

OliverF1976 says...

Great article on us in the Football League Paper today. Well worth a read.
Great article on us in the Football League Paper today. Well worth a read. OliverF1976
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4:01pm Sun 9 Dec 12

stonehornet says...

We struggle when going behind at home. The team are definitely best playing counter attacking football, which works well away and when we lead at home and teams have to come out and attack. Can't afford to play that badly in 1st half and hand initiative to the opposition, although I though Hull played well and looked a good solid team. As GF says it's all part of the learning curve on how we deal with it. Hope it's not a reaction to the cup draw,with players looking not to get injured before Jan 5th.
We struggle when going behind at home. The team are definitely best playing counter attacking football, which works well away and when we lead at home and teams have to come out and attack. Can't afford to play that badly in 1st half and hand initiative to the opposition, although I though Hull played well and looked a good solid team. As GF says it's all part of the learning curve on how we deal with it. Hope it's not a reaction to the cup draw,with players looking not to get injured before Jan 5th. stonehornet
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4:10pm Sun 9 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Look guys it's a narrow defeat that's all! We have plenty of games left and we are in the best position we've been in for over 6 years!
Just hope we can bounce back against Burnley next weekend and move on!
Look guys it's a narrow defeat that's all! We have plenty of games left and we are in the best position we've been in for over 6 years! Just hope we can bounce back against Burnley next weekend and move on! DuffmanWFC
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4:16pm Sun 9 Dec 12

holtonian says...

We are bound to suffer a few losses, i think Gianranco and the side have done brilliantly. Just a pointer to remember both goals scored saturday are both from loaned players, respectively, one from Man Utd and the other a blackcat. So clearly the old pals act exists for Mr Bruce. So clearly it is a huge bonus when you have an ex star as manager, i doubt if there is any bigger star than Zola in soccer management just now. I am sure in time we will acquire some great signings but for now its great to have the squad we have albeit a cull expected in January.
We are bound to suffer a few losses, i think Gianranco and the side have done brilliantly. Just a pointer to remember both goals scored saturday are both from loaned players, respectively, one from Man Utd and the other a blackcat. So clearly the old pals act exists for Mr Bruce. So clearly it is a huge bonus when you have an ex star as manager, i doubt if there is any bigger star than Zola in soccer management just now. I am sure in time we will acquire some great signings but for now its great to have the squad we have albeit a cull expected in January. holtonian
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5:26pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC.

You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality ....

My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday ....

Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine
Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine Holly68
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5:30pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

In fact, on the subject of Xmas wishes, Buckley, Graham and Trotter = PROMOTION
In fact, on the subject of Xmas wishes, Buckley, Graham and Trotter = PROMOTION Holly68
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7:21pm Sun 9 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Holly68 I'd love to see the above signings but I just can't see it happening!
Not sure if we need Buckley as we have Forestieri, and can't see us getting Graham as it would cost £5M and I bet he is on over £25K a week and West Ham and Norwich are looking at him!
Trotter would cost the same as Graham due to age and he is playing for a side that have play off ambitions!
Holly68 I'd love to see the above signings but I just can't see it happening! Not sure if we need Buckley as we have Forestieri, and can't see us getting Graham as it would cost £5M and I bet he is on over £25K a week and West Ham and Norwich are looking at him! Trotter would cost the same as Graham due to age and he is playing for a side that have play off ambitions! DuffmanWFC
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7:29pm Sun 9 Dec 12

JohnnyBarnes says...

If there's a harder league in the world to put a run together for more than seven or eight games, I'd be very surprised. A loss was inevitable sooner or later... and I'd far rather lose to a better or more established team (as opposed to having a nightmare against a poor one) because the lads'll learn more about where they need to be and what they need to do to get out of this league - which they will eventually.

The leadership and experience we'll gain when Eustace and Abdi come back on a regular basis will only improve what is an already talented and confident side.

and please can we stop slating Yeates and Hogg - I read it on here every week, regardless of performance or result. Battocchio, Bia, Geijo, Murray, Forestieri et al are all clearly very talented, but Yeates and Hogg aren't picking themselves, and are hardly likely to turn around when the teamsheet's read out and say 'well, thanks Franco... but I really think that fella over there in the tracksuit would be a better option!' Zola continues to acknowledge that they've tried very hard to adapt to the new system and accept the new players - and I actually think they've done alright! If the others prove to him further down the line that they're hard working and talented enough to be in the eleven every week, I'm sure it'll happen eventually... but lets accept that everyone in the side is giving everything they can and get behind the lot of them.

PS. big respect to Dyche, but I hope we give his lot a hiding on Saturday.
If there's a harder league in the world to put a run together for more than seven or eight games, I'd be very surprised. A loss was inevitable sooner or later... and I'd far rather lose to a better or more established team (as opposed to having a nightmare against a poor one) because the lads'll learn more about where they need to be and what they need to do to get out of this league - which they will eventually. The leadership and experience we'll gain when Eustace and Abdi come back on a regular basis will only improve what is an already talented and confident side. and please can we stop slating Yeates and Hogg - I read it on here every week, regardless of performance or result. Battocchio, Bia, Geijo, Murray, Forestieri et al are all clearly very talented, but Yeates and Hogg aren't picking themselves, and are hardly likely to turn around when the teamsheet's read out and say 'well, thanks Franco... but I really think that fella over there in the tracksuit would be a better option!' Zola continues to acknowledge that they've tried very hard to adapt to the new system and accept the new players - and I actually think they've done alright! If the others prove to him further down the line that they're hard working and talented enough to be in the eleven every week, I'm sure it'll happen eventually... but lets accept that everyone in the side is giving everything they can and get behind the lot of them. PS. big respect to Dyche, but I hope we give his lot a hiding on Saturday. JohnnyBarnes
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7:31pm Sun 9 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

What would make me happy this Transfer Window would be the permanent signings of Abdi, Forestieri, Geijo, Pudil and Ekstrand!
Also I would love to see the permenant departures of Iwulumo, Garner, Forsyth, Dickinson, Beleck, Anya and Jenkins!
Maybe there might be a few million in the Pozzo pot for a striker?
What would make me happy this Transfer Window would be the permanent signings of Abdi, Forestieri, Geijo, Pudil and Ekstrand! Also I would love to see the permenant departures of Iwulumo, Garner, Forsyth, Dickinson, Beleck, Anya and Jenkins! Maybe there might be a few million in the Pozzo pot for a striker? DuffmanWFC
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8:32pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Holly68 wrote:
Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC.

You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality ....

My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday ....

Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine
Trotter? As in Del....
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine[/p][/quote]Trotter? As in Del.... Travelling Hornet
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8:44pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Holly68 says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
What would make me happy this Transfer Window would be the permanent signings of Abdi, Forestieri, Geijo, Pudil and Ekstrand!
Also I would love to see the permenant departures of Iwulumo, Garner, Forsyth, Dickinson, Beleck, Anya and Jenkins!
Maybe there might be a few million in the Pozzo pot for a striker?
Di Natale now Udin out of Europe ? Now that would cause a stir LOL

Trotter from Bermondsey not Peckham LOL

And throw in Falcao for good measure, his brother Mark used to play for us years ago LOL
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: What would make me happy this Transfer Window would be the permanent signings of Abdi, Forestieri, Geijo, Pudil and Ekstrand! Also I would love to see the permenant departures of Iwulumo, Garner, Forsyth, Dickinson, Beleck, Anya and Jenkins! Maybe there might be a few million in the Pozzo pot for a striker?[/p][/quote]Di Natale now Udin out of Europe ? Now that would cause a stir LOL Trotter from Bermondsey not Peckham LOL And throw in Falcao for good measure, his brother Mark used to play for us years ago LOL Holly68
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10:38pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Holly68 wrote:
Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC.

You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality ....

My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday ....

Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine
Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season.
We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion.
But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's .
We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent .
Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio .
[quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine[/p][/quote]Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season. We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion. But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's . We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent . Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio . Travelling Hornet
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4:33pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Goldenboy1960 says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
Holly68 wrote:
Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC.

You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality ....

My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday ....

Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine
Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season.
We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion.
But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's .
We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent .
Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio .
While we're in the land of make believe why not Balotelli & Buffon. Let's really be Italian
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine[/p][/quote]Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season. We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion. But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's . We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent . Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio .[/p][/quote]While we're in the land of make believe why not Balotelli & Buffon. Let's really be Italian Goldenboy1960
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5:03pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
Travelling Hornet wrote:
Holly68 wrote: Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine
Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season. We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion. But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's . We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent . Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio .
While we're in the land of make believe why not Balotelli & Buffon. Let's really be Italian
Now lets be sensible!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Holly68[/bold] wrote: Sensible comments from the manager, I too was not too disappointed as we lost to the better team, they played "our" system very well and caught us on break, west have faired better had yesterday been at the KC. You learn more from defeat, we are 6th and ahead of schedule, feet on the ground, we have strength in depth, I hope Geijo, FF, Abdi, Battochio and MBia get a start next Saturday, pace and quality .... My wish for Xmas/January is I hope we can bring in a "Trotter esque" central midfielder, big, strong and experienced, a natural leader for those moments like yesterday .... Also Possibly Sheva a run out LOL, that would increase our viewing figures in the Ukraine[/p][/quote]Would love to see Di Natale play for us, but I think Udinese will need him to finish as high in their league and qualify for Europe next season. We've got enough firepower already in the squad to win promotion. But what we need is another experienced ball playing midfielder, an old head for games like yesterday's . We can't expect Chalobah at his age to be consistent . Eustace could offer that but we've got to be looking for an ex international who's been there and done it all, Zambrottas name has been banded about, he'll do a great job with Abdi and Chalobah or Battocchio .[/p][/quote]While we're in the land of make believe why not Balotelli & Buffon. Let's really be Italian[/p][/quote]Now lets be sensible! Travelling Hornet
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7:24pm Wed 12 Dec 12

big_doris says...

it's wierd this year, you read a report that says we were 'particularly poor in the first half', and you accpet it, but the first half quality on saturday was light years ahead of last season, any season really. even when we're poor, we're not bad at all.
it's wierd this year, you read a report that says we were 'particularly poor in the first half', and you accpet it, but the first half quality on saturday was light years ahead of last season, any season really. even when we're poor, we're not bad at all. big_doris
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