WATFORD Head Coach Gianfranco Zola believes his side needs to expect teams to make life difficult for them in the npower Championship, and react to it, as he looks ahead to the match against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow afternoon.
THE Golden Boys fell to a resolute Bristol City side midweek, as the Robins adopted a defensive style of play to counter Watford’s attacking threat at Ashton Gate.
“This is the sort of thing we might find as we grow as a team in terms of quality and confidence,” he said.
“People are noticing that and may change their game-plans, and we might find more teams like Bristol City who defend deep and make it difficult. We have to find a solution. But we will learn from it and hopefully get a reaction against Bolton”.
“I welcome games like this; only through difficult games can my players can improve. It is important that we realise that we still have a young team with a lot of players, and they need challenges. Bristol City was a challenge.”
The Italian says the Bolton game is vital for Watford’s promotion push, and expects a difficult game against the Trotters at Vicarage Road, arguing that Dougie Freedman’s side’s league position doesn’t reflect the quality amongst their ranks.
“Bolton are certainly a team that you wouldn’t expect to be where they are, you would expect them to be higher up the league with the players that they have.
“They are a good team, and therefore we need to perform at our best level because they will be a challenge for us.”
“This is a crucial moment for us. We have been doing very well in the recent period, but we still look for improvements. We will be focused, and take each game as it comes. We need to treat every game as if it’s a final to reach our goal.”
Kids For A Quid vs Bolton - available on matchday tomorrow, as well as before the day
Tickets are still available for the match against Bolton at Vicarage Road, and Under-16 match tickets will cost just £1 (when bought with a full-paying adult) anywhere inside Vicarage Road for the game against the Trotters - including on matchday, in a change to other previous offers.
Tickets can be purchased via the Tcket Office on matchday. Supporters can also purchase over the phone on 0844 856 1881, at The Hornets Shop in person, or online by clicking HERE. Please see our step-by-step guide for buying for this offer online, below.
Please notethat where adults require more than one U16 ticket, you will need to phone the Ticket Office direct on the phone number above.
Step-By-Step Buying Guide for £1 U16 Offer:
- Navigate to ticketing home page. Click HERE to access.
- Click "Welcome. Log in." in the top right hand corner and use your Fan ID and password to log in.
- Click "Find Tickets" for game you would like to buy for.
- When the Interactive Seating Map of Vicarage Road is shown on screen please click "Group Event Packages" tab on the right hand side above the stadium lay out.
- Choose how many packages you would like to purchase for each stand. One package includes one Adult and one Under-16 ticket.
- Add these to your basket and proceed to checkout as you would if booking tickets normally.