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Cristian Battocchio's goal example of what Gianfranco Zola wants to achieve at Watford

First published in Watford FC News
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by , Sports Editor

Gianfranco Zola claimed Watford's superb fourth goal on Saturday was an example of what they are trying to achieve at the club.

The Hornets made more than ten passes in the build-up to Cristian Battocchio's goal, which rounded off an emphatic 4-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Play started in Watford's own half and involved five different players, as their slick passing and movement delighted the Vicarage Road crowd.

Zola said: "I think that [the fourth goal] is exactly what we want to do; building up an understanding and connection between the players. Knowing that if one player has the ball then the others are not out of it and everyone is involved.

"Even players that are not in close range of the ball, they know the ball is going to get there and that is exactly what happened in the fourth goal. A lot of players were involved, there was a lot of good movement, understanding and in the end a perfect finish. I was delighted."

Battocchio made his third start of the season at the weekend following his reintroduction into the side the previous week at Middlesbrough.

The Argentine-born midfielder impressed in both matches and is currently keeping club captain John Eustace out of the side following his injury.

Zola said: "We were just talking about Cristian because when he came here, he was nowhere near what he is now. But he stayed out [the team], he was in the stand more than once, but never complained and kept working and now he is getting back all those sacrifices due to the patience he showed in the first half of the season."

Another player who has found first team football hard to find this season is Craig Forsyth but he came back into the starting XI on Saturday due to Daniel Pudil's late withdrawal because of his son's illness.

Zola praised Forsyth's performance, saying: "I clapped everybody at the end of the game, but I clapped Craig more than the others. I selected him for the game at the last minute because we had a problem with Pudil. He came on and he did his job very well. He proved he can do a good job for this club."

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