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Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola reflects on Blackpool defeat
Gianfranco Zola admitted memories of some defeats last season were rekindled after watching his Watford side suffer their first loss of the campaign at Blackpool this afternoon.
The Hornets would have been at least two or three goals ahead on another day at half-time after bossing the opening period but missed a penalty, hit the woodwork twice and spurned some other good chances.
The visitors’ performance level dropped significantly after the break as Blackpool offered more of a threat and went top of the table after Thomas Ince netted a fine individual winning goal.
“Honestly, I cannot believe it,” Zola remarked on the result afterwards. “Actually I believe it because it happened last year a few times where we had total domination like we had today in the first half and then we ended up getting sloppy and losing something and losing the game.
“The first one that comes to my mind is Millwall away last year but today I think it was more than that but this is the Championship and that is why everyone keeps saying it is such a difficult league.”
Asked what went wrong after the break, the Hornets’ head coach responded: “I think we lost too many individual battles and that gave them energy and slowly, slowly we lost our securities. Not that they created so much but you saw that we were not on top of them as much as we were in the first half.”
The Hornets could have scored several in the first-half but Zola said ruefully: “That is not enough to win the game, unfortunately. Certainly we have to take our chances when they come and in the second half when you lose the momentum like we have, we have the experience and need to be a bit more solid.
“But I don’t want to be too hard against my team because they don’t deserve that. In terms of quality and creating chances, I thought the first half was one of the best if not the best we’ve played so far. But we have to realise it’s not enough. If we want to win the Championship or we want to be in the top six we have to be better than that because at the moment it’s not enough.”
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