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REACTION: “Needs Attention & Maturity”

Posted: Sat 24 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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First half performance pleases Zola but loss of possession eventually proves costly for Hornets

THE way the Hornets gave the ball away “cheaply” in the second half of today’s game with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road is an area that needs to be looked at according to Head Coach Gianfranco Zola. 

Whether it proves to be a point gained or two points dropped will depend on one’s outlook and how the campaign unfolds, but there is always a sense of regret when a side loses a two-goal lead. 

Speaking after the 2-2 draw in the north west where the visitors were backed by 555 supporters, Zola said: “We have to play for 90 plus minutes, not 45 minutes. 

“I knew the game wasn’t finished, I was expecting something more in the second half – Blackpool came back stronger and I believe we lost too many balls in the midfield; they didn’t work as well as we normally do.

“Towards the end a little bit more attention would have been better because for the second goal we lost the ball cheaply in attack. I saw Ince running in behind, that needs more attention and maturity above all, if we had that it may have given us more points.”

Blackpool were forced to comeback after a storming start from the Golden Boys saw Ikechi Anya and Troy Deeney hand Zola’s men a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the first-half. 

Anya’s pace, alongside the movement and pace of Matej Vydra, made the visitors a real threat on the counter attack. 

“We played good football,” explained Zola on the Hornets’ first-half display. 

“Our midfielders and strikers were good and we broke well and scored two goals, plus had a few other chances.

“A lot of good things happened, but there’s some other areas we need to address and improve upon.”

Watford didn’t use the ball as well after the break and that saw the momentum swing in Pool’s favour as Michael Appleton’s substitutes paid off, eventually sub Isaiah Osbourne ensured a share of the points with an injury-time equaliser. 

“It wasn’t as good as it normally is,” said the Italian on the Hornets’ passing game. 

“During the later stages of the first half we were not controlling the game as well as were in the beginning, but our defence was dealing with their attacks well. 

“There were moments in the game where we should have had more personality and kept the ball for a bit longer than we did.”

The Head Coach did, however, have praise for full debutant Cristian Battocchio and late substitute Sean Murray, but says the midfield is an area he’ll look to improve upon. 

The Hornets are still unbeaten in November as the team start preparing for Tuesday’s trip to face Sheffield Wednesday.