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AUDIO: Gianfranco Zola believes display against Norwich City was one of the best
1:17pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Latest Sport
Gianfranco Zola believes last night's performance against Norwich City may have been one of the best since he joined the club more than a year ago.
The Hornets were poor in possession at times in the first half but completely dominated the Premier League side in the second period until Norwich scored with their first shot of the half on 77 minutes.
When asked if it was the best he had seen his team play, Zola replied: "I think so. I think from the second half until the end was one of the best performances. In terms of maturity as well, considering that we had a lot of young players on the pitch, especially in midfield, it was good so it is encouraging. We’re going in the right direction and we just need to get that attention as high as possible in the crucial moments of the game."
Watford's dominance in the second period ended after the initial Norwich goal and the home team were under pressure for most of the final quarter of an hour of normal time.
Zola explained: "Towards the end of the game we were getting tired, of course. Their goal lifted the cushion that we had and we went a little bit under pressure because of that because we still need to grow up in terms of maturity and controlling games and that was the thing.
"But we don’t worry because until the goal they didn’t have many chances to be honest, apart from some crosses. Maybe the last cross they put in shouldn’t have been allowed to be put in with such quality, that’s the only thing I can complain about."
Norwich's equaliser came in the fifth minute of injury time and Zola added: "I was [surprised there were five minutes added on] and I said to the fourth official that I thought it was too much. Again, they decide and we have to accept it."
Zola made eight changes last night and five of those who started were under 22 years old - as was Connor Smith who played most of the match due to Josh McEachran's injury.
Watford's head coach said: "It is [encouraging] and I will make sure the players know that, as well as they have to know their faults. As a manager I can only be delighted by the performance today."
Listen to most of Zola's press conference below.
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