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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola says their previous win over Sheffield Wednesday will have no impact on tonight's game
2:41pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in Latest Sport
Gianfranco Zola insisted Watford's comfortable victory over Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season will have no influence on tonight's contest.
"The past has gone now and we have to make sure we maintain a good level of performance and keep winning games," Zola said.
Watford beat Wednesday 4-1 at the end of November but the Hornets are set to welcome a very different team at Vicarage Road.
The Owls had lost their previous four matches prior to the November defeat but before Saturday's 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest, Wednesday were unbeaten in eight league matches.
Dave Jones' men also have a good recent record on the road; they have won four of their last six away matches, drawing the other two, and their last defeat away from Hillsborough came on December 2 against league-leaders Cardiff City.
Watford conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night and dropped out of the automatic places following Hull City's emphatic win the following day.
When asked if dropping out of the top two provided additional motivation, Zola replied: "I believe we need to keep seeking good performances all the time; try to get better and better and then the results should follow."
He continued: "Were the players down after Friday? No. Disappointed? Yes because we should have won the game.
"We played a good game and should have won but we didn't. We did everything we had to do, it was only the finishes that weren't as good as they should have been."
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