Watford boss Gianfranco Zola says Jonathan Bond's calmness is 'unusual' for his age
Jonathan Bond’s calmness is “very unusual” for a 19 year old, according to Gianfranco Zola, and the Hornets’ head coach believes the youngster is now reaping the benefits of his patience.
Bond was at fault for Sheffield Wednesday’s goal last night but it was a solitary error during a week which has seen the youngster excel in the absence of Manuel Almunia, who has a hamstring injury.
The Academy graduate made a host of superb saves last night and during Friday’s draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers to ensure the Hornets took four points from a possible six in his first two Championship starts.
“Our keeper was great again today,” Zola said. “He is showing everyone the quality that he has. But I knew he would do well for us.
“Ok he still has a long way to go, but he has proved he can do a good job for us.
“Marco Cassetti didn’t give him a good ball for the back-pass to be honest but he got back everything later; he made three or four saves that were top class.”
Many young players would struggle to recover for the remainder of the match following such a huge set-back, especially in just their second league start.
But Bond is a very confident young player and it was only a matter of minutes before he was forced into superb saves, which helped Watford stay in the contest at half-time.
Zola said: “To be honest I saw it [Bond’s excellent character] when I saw him play in the friendlies; he was always calm and in control. It is very unusual for someone who is just 19 year olds.
“Now he is being rewarded for his patience and the work he has always done. I am happy and it is a nice story.
“Hopefully he can continue because until we have Manuel back, he will have to keep doing a good job for us.”