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REACTION: “Came Back Stronger”

Posted: Sat 02 Feb 2013

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Spot-kick sparked Hornets into action believes Head Coach

ALTHOUGH Gianfranco Zola wasn’t necessarily convinced Bolton Wanderers should have been awarded a penalty during the first-half at Vicarage Road, he did feel it served a purpose as his men came back stronger against the visitors.

Former Hornet Marvin Sordell converted from the spot and respectfully refused to celebrate in front of The Rookery after Daniel Pudil was adjudged to have brought down Sam Ricketts as the players came together in the area. 

Speaking after the 2-1 win at Vicarage Road, Zola was in philosophical mood about the penalty. 

“Maybe it served its purpose because we came back stronger,” he explained on the Watford Weekend Show.

“It was one of those games where you needed a lot of character as well as some quality. 

“Coming back from 1-0 down was very good, it was a game in which we showed a lot of maturity and we had to keep pushing until the end.

“The result gives me a lot of pleasure. The players believe in what we’re doing and they believe until the end. The results come and that’s the best satisfaction you can have.”

Although the Hornets weren’t at their free-flowing best, the hosts needed a different set of qualities to stand up against a Bolton side who asked plenty of questions of the ‘Orns. 

Matej Vydra grabbed his 19th strike of the campaign to draw the scores level while the Czech then turned provider as he set-up Almen Abdi for his seventh Watford goal. 

“You can rely on him,” Zola joked, when asked about Vydra’s sharpness in-front of goal.  

“He is doing something fantastic, his work-rate for the team is immense and he deserves a lot of appreciation.”

The Head Coach was also quick to praise Cristian Battocchio, who along with Abdi and Nathaniel Chalobah, put in an accomplished midfield display. 

“Battocchio was incredible,” Zola added. “He is playing with quality but with quantity as well. It is very positive for the team.” 

Bolton throw on strikers during the final stages of the game as the Hornets had to dig in to hold on for the three points to stay in fourth place. 

“We handled that well because we didn’t allow them to put in many balls into the box,” commented Zola after The Whites made full use of their attacking options late-on.