GIANFRANCO ZOLA is looking to the more experienced Watford players to represent a knowledge base for the rest of the squad, as the Hornets head into the challenge of this npower Championship run-in.
The Italian believes that maintaining the focus on the job at hand is pivotal as Watford fight for promotion, and Zola is keen for those experienced players can make a big difference to the side.
“I’m expecting them to step up and help the others because it is important that we keep the focus on the job that we have to do,” he said speaking to the Watford Weekend Show on Hornets Player
“The pressure, as you call it, becomes bigger when you start thinking about it. If your attention is on what you need to do on the pitch, then that’s much better.
“We will do everything we can to make sure they are in the right frame of mind. It’s not just me who helps; we’ll all spread the message. I’m sure that the presence of those experienced players will be massive as well.”
The former West Ham United boss is well aware of the threats posed by Saturday’s opposition Birmingham City. But despite their qualities, he's confident that if Watford stick to their game plan they can leave St Andrew's with a positive result.
“They will certainly cause us problems; they have in their bag some difficult types of threat.
“Marlon King is a very good player as we know. Nicola Zigic has a good presence going forward too. We will have to deal with a few difficulties as they try to cause us problems. I think the key will be the way we deal with that.
“I think what the opposition can do to you is related and connected to what you can do to them. If you start causing them problems, and they have their own worries, then that will benefit us.
“We need to represent a threat for them, it’s important because it puts the opposition in a different mode – that’s what I’m looking for on Saturday.”
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