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ZOLA: "Millwall Tough To Beat"

Posted: Tue 06 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Head Coach more pleased with Watford's second-half display but accepts draw a justified result...

THERE were few complaints from either dugout post-match after a stalemate between Watford managers past and present, Gianfranco Zola and Kenny Jackett.

The Hornets' Head Coach felt his team didn't quite do enough to seriously threaten the Lions' now eight-match unbeaten run, and indeed the high spots were few and far between on a chilly evening at Vicarage Road.

"I have to give credit to Millwall tonight because I thought they were very well organized and kept their shape to stop us playing through them," argued Zola.

"We had the better chances, although we didn't create as many good situations as I would have hoped for during this game.

"I must say we were not as good as I expect from us in possession - especially in the first half when we did not play with a good tempo.

"Our passing wasn't accurate in many moments and this was a pity, because I felt there were opportunities to create chances if we had moved the ball quicker and with better quality."

Despite the odd misgiving over the performance, the Hornets' boss was generally upbeat about the last four days.

"Tonight yes, we will look and say we could have done more to get three points. But we have been the entertainers so far - hardly a draw at all. 

"So if the win is not there, then let's make sure we take at least one point. In this respect, I must say I thought we defended very well."

Full debutant Joel Ekstrand slotted in alongside Lloyd Doyley and Tommie Hoban in the Watford back three, after Fitz Hall was ruled out with a thigh strain.

"Joel did fine; for me, he started a little slowly but got better and better and better as the game wore on," explained Zola.

"We have been defending with good shape and in a good way for a number of games now. Sometimes when a late goal goes in against you, it is too easy to say we didn't defend well.

"Tonight is good for us, a clean sheet. Okay we couldn't get through at the other end so, like I say, to make sure we get one point and not zero points is an important thing.

"I hope the fans aren't too disappointed. The players tried their best to win the game, but sometimes you must say that your opponent did well to stop you.

"This division reminds us all the time that there is not one match in the Championship that is like another. All the teams give different challenges and we are all still learning ourselves."

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