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Gianfranco Zola reflects on Watford's first month of the season
Gianfranco Zola believes it will take time for his team to find consistency this season but insists Watford are on track after the first month of the campaign.
Zola’s side have lost only one of their opening seven games in all competitions which sees them sitting seventh in the Championship table and through to the third round of the League Cup.
The Hornets have struggled however to maintain fluency in games and Zola admits his side are yet to play at their best for a full 90 minutes.
“It is fair to say that we haven’t been able to perform well for a whole match but at this stage of the season it is impossible to be perfect for 90 minutes,” Zola said.
“We play a physically demanding game and therefore it takes time for us to get it how we want.
“But we are where we wanted to be with the plan and we know we are not perfect yet – we are sticking to what we set out at the start of the season and we have work to do.”
Watford’s only defeat of the campaign so far came on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Blackpool.
The Hornets were excellent in the first half but paid the penalty for squandering chances and a below-par display in the second period.
“The last game was a bit of a disappointment, not in terms of the performance but in terms of the result because it was really harsh that we lost that game,” the Hornets’ head coach said.
“After the first 45 minutes nobody would have been surprised if we were two or three goals ahead. We weren’t able to do that though, and in the end we lost the game to a very good piece of skill.
“So it was disappointing not to get the draw because we had good chances to score.”
Zola added: “I think overall though we have been okay. We started very well with two very good wins [against Birmingham City and Bournemouth] and followed that up with two good draws against Reading and Nottingham Forest, who are very good teams.”
One player who Watford relied on last season to provide penetration was Matej Vydra and Zola admits that without the Czech striker’s pace, the Hornets are having to adjust.
"We are missing a bit of his pace but that is why we need to find a way to get the best out of the team," Zola said.
"We are not as quick on the counter attack as last year but we can produce results in another way and that is what we are working on."
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