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COLNEY CHAT: "All About Balance"

Posted: Thu 15 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Gianfranco Zola insists his side must "respect the Championship" at all times as they prepare for Wolves...

NEVER was a hackneyed cliche like "not getting carried away with last week's result" more apt than for the Hornets as they look to capitalize on the feel-good factor of the 6-1 win at Leeds United last weekend.

But for Hornets' Head Coach Gianfranco Zola, getting it right in the npower Championship runs deeper than just a couple of results.

"You must be very respectful towards this division, in my opinion the level has increased greatly over recent years," he contended, speaking to Hornets Player's Watford Weekend show, online tomorrow morning.

"People might have one idea about the League, but quickly you learn to accept that there are many different styles and ways of operating at work - and this is part of why everyone does beat everyone else.

"I've always heard that about this division and it's certainly true this season, which is why we must continue to focus on the consistency of our own work."

Zola is aware Watford must back up the Leeds performance, turning the energy into action effectively.

"Wolves will be a tough proposition, because they haven't won for a little while they will want to get that out of the way.

"Their manager (Stale Solbakken) will be wanting to make that good impression as soon as possible. He is new to this level, as I am, so there are challenges to face and learning to be done all the time."

Asked about team selection, and it's a less open Zola - understandably.

"I was asked before about playing (Fernando) Forestieri and (Matej) Vydra together and yes, it could happen," he smiled.

"We must, though, have balance at all times and we've been working hard to not only find that but also find momentum and teamwork, whoever plays together.

"All the players deserve some game time - there's nothing worse than not working towards something with your training.

"But the group must realize that this club, Watford, is much more important than any one individual. It has to be this way - this is right for Watford."

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