Watford boss Gianfranco Zola admits Blackburn Rovers defeat was 'painful'
6:12pm Saturday 27th October 2012 in Latest Sport
Gianfranco Zola admitted today’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers was painful because his team once again “threw away points that we should be adding to the table”.
Watford lost to an injury-time goal for the second game in a row after Jordan Rhodes struck the winner this afternoon in the second minute of additional time.
Zola said: “It is getting frustrating and what can I say, we looked comfortable on the pitch and whilst we know the value of Blackburn, they were not really causing us any problems, we were comfortable.
“Probably in this game we didn’t pose a threat like other times but it was the third game in a week.
“Maybe five minutes [of injury time] was too much and that is another consideration but the fact is we came away with no point and that is really painful because we are throwing away points that we should be adding to the table.”
Neither side created many clear-cut opportunities and Watford lacked a real attacking threat at Ewood Park – something Zola accepted when he spoke to the media after the contest.
He said: “We were probably too concerned with the defending and sometimes the strikers help defend a lot and sometimes we were in our box and the strikers were 60 or 70 metres away from the opposition box and we were maybe not fresh enough to do it in the same way as other games.
“You can’t forget we were playing against a team who were relegated from the Premier League and man-to-man are probably one of the best in the league. And we were missing four players who would normally be in the line-up.
“All considering, I was pleased with the way the players performed, they gave everything and as a team we performed well. There are a lot of things to work on but there were also positives.”