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PREVIEW: “Using Squad’s Potential”

Posted: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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There will be chances for all who deserve it according to Head Coach Gianfranco Zola

GIANFRANCO ZOLA says he’s trying to make the most of the numbers he has available to him this season as he looks ahead to this evening’s game with Sheffield Wednesday. 

The Italian has often opted to rotate certain players within his squad so far this season and he explains that with the options he has available to him, he plans to make the most of his players. 

“I know I have a big squad and I am trying to use the potential of the squad,” he said. 

“Because of the games we have, I try to use as many of the players as I can.”

Zola says the Hornets have to respect tonight’s opposition and he knows they’ll be tricky opponents, despite their current position in the League. 

“They aren’t going through a good moment, but we need to pay respect to them and we’ll need a good performance if their bad run is to continue.

“They will be aggressive; it will be down to us to bring the game to them so we can perform at our best. 

“It certainly is hard [near the bottom of the league] because the confidence levels aren’t always great, but in those situations you fight for your life so therefore we have to be good if we are to create more problems and insecurities for them.”

TEAM NEWS:

“Lloyd [Doyley] is not ready yet,” stated Zola yesterday on the long-serving defender as he receives treatment on his calf injury. 

Neuton and Prince Buaben have both returned to full training but it is too early for the pair to be in contention for a place. 

Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) and John Eustace (back) are both ruled out again, while Ikechi Anya will have to sit out the visit to Hillsborough after he picked up a hamstring injury in his goalscoring performance on Saturday. 

Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond is a doubt with a groin injury suffered in the warm-up at the weekend, while Almen Abdi is not yet ready to return after his shoulder injury. 

Finally, midfielder Jonathan Hogg is available for selection after serving his one-match ban against Blackpool.