Gianfranco Zola believes Watford's draw at Burnley was 'a very good point'

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Gianfranco Zola felt Watford’s draw at Burnley this afternoon “was a very good point for us”.

The Hornets took the lead through Nathaniel Chalobah but were pegged back before half-time when Almen Abdi was penalised for a foul in the area and Charlie Austin converted the resultant penalty. Burnley had the better of the play thereafter but both sides had opportunities to win the game, with the visitors going closest through Troy Deeney and a Joel Ekstrand shot which hit the crossbar.

Asked whether he was pleased with a point, Zola responded: “There was moments when I wasn’t and others when I was so at the end of the day I think it’s a very good point for us because it’s not going to be an easy for anyone to get points here. Burnley are a tough team to play against.”

The Italian, who confirmed Chalobah was replaced at the break because of a dead leg, admitted he wasn’t “very pleased” with the decision for the penalty that was awarded after Abdi was adjudged to have fouled Dean Marney but added: “I need to see it again but it was unclear and some of the decisions were.”

Turning to his side’s performance, the head coach said: “We created chances, not as many as we normally do but, yes, the passing wasn’t fluent. It was two games in which we certainly didn’t play our best football [following last week’s 2-1 defeat at home to Hull City] and that needs to be addressed during the week but I’m not concerned. It is such a long Championship that you cannot pretend to play all the games with the pedal down and you need to accept that, so I’m not worried too much about that.”

There were a number of times when the visitors were forced into last-ditch challenges, with Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand arguably the stand-out performers for the Hornets, and Zola remarked: “I know my defenders can defend well. Sometimes today they got in too many times in situations where we were one versus one at the back, something that we normally, with a defence of three, shouldn’t have. But we are not perfect, we know that. We need to keep working and improving what we need to improve.”

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7:28pm Sat 15 Dec 12

CARDIFFHORN says...

Very honest appraisal and he acknowledges that we can improve. FF coming back is pivotal.
Very honest appraisal and he acknowledges that we can improve. FF coming back is pivotal. CARDIFFHORN

8:00pm Sat 15 Dec 12

DuffmanWFC says...

A good point today at a tough place to go! Keeps us in touch with the other sides in the play-offs.
There is still more to come from our side and we still have the likes of Eustace, Bauban, Munji Bai and Forestieri to return to the side!
A good point today at a tough place to go! Keeps us in touch with the other sides in the play-offs. There is still more to come from our side and we still have the likes of Eustace, Bauban, Munji Bai and Forestieri to return to the side! DuffmanWFC

8:01pm Sat 15 Dec 12

AngelHornet says...

As is a settled central midfield
As is a settled central midfield AngelHornet

7:44am Sun 16 Dec 12

Hornet Cornet says...

got a spot on my nose this morning folks
got a spot on my nose this morning folks Hornet Cornet

7:57am Sun 16 Dec 12

SAHornet says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
got a spot on my nose this morning folks
Whose arse has it been up?
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: got a spot on my nose this morning folks[/p][/quote]Whose arse has it been up? SAHornet

8:43am Sun 16 Dec 12

mkhornet says...

A good point even though we didn't perform too well. Looking forward to seeing Eustace back in the team. Challobah needs a rest, he's done very well but has looked tired in the last few games. He's only 17 and needs a break.
A good point even though we didn't perform too well. Looking forward to seeing Eustace back in the team. Challobah needs a rest, he's done very well but has looked tired in the last few games. He's only 17 and needs a break. mkhornet

9:06am Sun 16 Dec 12

Oldhorn says...

One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith. Oldhorn

9:27am Sun 16 Dec 12

midas says...

Oldhorn wrote:
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly"
.
Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-)
[quote][p][bold]Oldhorn[/bold] wrote: One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly" . Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-) midas

9:27am Sun 16 Dec 12

midas says...

Oldhorn wrote:
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly"
.
Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-)
[quote][p][bold]Oldhorn[/bold] wrote: One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly" . Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-) midas

9:36am Sun 16 Dec 12

jasonwatford says...

unable to go due to works xmas party... so sorry oldhorn but some of us do have other lives too. But will be at forest home brighton away and man city away...cant do bristol away on boxing day as have family coming down hope thats ok with you.
unable to go due to works xmas party... so sorry oldhorn but some of us do have other lives too. But will be at forest home brighton away and man city away...cant do bristol away on boxing day as have family coming down hope thats ok with you. jasonwatford

11:34am Sun 16 Dec 12

mk6 hornet says...

Oldhorn wrote:
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
I agree our away support is pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Oldhorn[/bold] wrote: One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]I agree our away support is pathetic. mk6 hornet

11:37am Sun 16 Dec 12

mk6 hornet says...

Oldhorn wrote:
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
I agree our away support is pathetic we should be getting a few more away but we not the only club whos away support has dipped in recent times/
[quote][p][bold]Oldhorn[/bold] wrote: One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]I agree our away support is pathetic we should be getting a few more away but we not the only club whos away support has dipped in recent times/ mk6 hornet

2:05pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Boosey says...

If anyone feels we should have more supporters at away games maybe you can pay for those who cannot afford to go but would love to join in with the great atmosphere that you keep harping on about. The cup game tickets are from £15, how many would go if they were £30? Just look at the home support, a lot of people simply do not have the money.
If anyone feels we should have more supporters at away games maybe you can pay for those who cannot afford to go but would love to join in with the great atmosphere that you keep harping on about. The cup game tickets are from £15, how many would go if they were £30? Just look at the home support, a lot of people simply do not have the money. Boosey

2:09pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Guy Bov says...

mkhornet wrote:
A good point even though we didn't perform too well. Looking forward to seeing Eustace back in the team. Challobah needs a rest, he's done very well but has looked tired in the last few games. He's only 17 and needs a break.
Agreed Chalobah needs a break. Disappointed Battochio didn't come on and would have preferred Bia to Anya on the bench.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: A good point even though we didn't perform too well. Looking forward to seeing Eustace back in the team. Challobah needs a rest, he's done very well but has looked tired in the last few games. He's only 17 and needs a break.[/p][/quote]Agreed Chalobah needs a break. Disappointed Battochio didn't come on and would have preferred Bia to Anya on the bench. Guy Bov

2:27pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Boosey says...

That's 355 more supporters than Udinese's support away to Sampdoria!
That's 355 more supporters than Udinese's support away to Sampdoria! Boosey

2:40pm Sun 16 Dec 12

SAHornet says...

midas wrote:
Oldhorn wrote:
One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things.
1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense.
2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me.
3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch.
4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you.
5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh.
6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.
5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly"
.
Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-)
Thanks for joining in midas. Good to hear from opposition fans if they are constructive. Your manager is ok with nearly all of us.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldhorn[/bold] wrote: One good thing about these games is that I have a 4 hour drive back to reflect and think about things. 1. I know were are not a very well supported team, but as one of 356 who was there, I wonder where the other 5,644 plastic fans were...and don't give me any of that "Christmas Shopping" nonsense. 2. Taking a point when not playing very well is fine by me. 3. The one glaring thing we were missing yesterday was a leader on the pitch. 4. 7th coming up to the Christmas frenzy? That'll do nicely thank you. 5. Beer in Burnley. Tetleys or Boddingtons..from a fizz dispenser. Sigh. 6. The Horns are going up.....but not this year. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]5. Next year go to The Bridge Bier Huis, they always have half a dozen cask conditioned ales and its "away fan friendly" . Enjoyed the game yesterday, IMO you were better on the attack than in defence. No. 9 looked good and your goalkeeper was outstanding:-)[/p][/quote]Thanks for joining in midas. Good to hear from opposition fans if they are constructive. Your manager is ok with nearly all of us. SAHornet

5:46pm Mon 17 Dec 12

akureyri says...

Any game costs a lot for me so I only visit when there is an important game, when Heiðar came back for example. Playing against the champions in their expensive stadium seemed a good option.
Any game costs a lot for me so I only visit when there is an important game, when Heiðar came back for example. Playing against the champions in their expensive stadium seemed a good option. akureyri

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