GIANFRANCO ZOLA believes his young squad has come on leaps and bounds this campaign, but still thinks there is room for improvement as Watford strive for npower Championship success.
Speaking to the Watford Weekend Show
on Hornets Player
, the Hornets' boss says the team has evolved since the opening day win at Selhurst Park.
“It was a great start for us - the last goal from Matej was something special,” he remembered.
“It was really encouraging, and since then the team has always progressed, always improved, which is what you look for, especially with a young team. Now I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of this team - we haven’t seen everything.”
The Eagles quickly put their opening-day disappointment behind them, and go into the game at Vicarage Road a solitary point behind Watford in the npower Championship table, having not lost at home since that Watford reverse.
Zola, however, doesn’t think League standings will affect his team’s preparations and expects the players to home in on the task at hand.
“We need to make sure all our focus, our concentration, is on the performance. That’s what we can affect. That’s what we’re good at. The result is going to be a consequence of that.
“Sometimes you can be unlucky; but if you keep creating chances and defending well, then you’re more likely to win the game - and that’s what I’m expecting tomorrow."
Zola believes the hard-fought victory over Bolton last time out was a real test of his side’s credentials and puts them in a good position to come out on top against Ian Holloway’s Palace side.
“Bolton was an exam for us, I knew that it was going to be tough. Bolton are an excellent team, they don’t deserve to be in the position that they are.
“I knew that the way they play would make it very difficult for us. But we managed to win the game, which could have been a draw, a win or a defeat. It was that tight. It’s important that we won a game like that, it gives us confidence for the future, starting with Crystal Palace.”
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Most Hornets' match offers end the day before the game, but the Bolton and Palace deals have proved so popular that we're happy to extend them into matchday - particularly as it's a Friday night fixture and there have been IT issues to contend with at Vicarage Road this week.
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