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Gianfranco Zola admits Watford players are underperforming after Leicester City defeat
3:34pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Latest Sport
Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola admitted a number of his players are currently underperforming after watching his side lose 3-0 to promotion-rivals Leicester City.
The Hornets have won just once in their last five matches and are struggling to find the form which resulted in the Hertfordshire side narrowly missing out on automatic promotion last season.
Responding to a question where the journalist mentioned ‘a slice of bad luck’ – in reference to Chris Wood’s opening goal - Zola replied: “There was no bad luck- that is for sure.
“Of course in the second half we shouldd have scored and if we did then it might have been a different story; that is a maybe.
“The fact is we gave away 30 minutes in the first half, which is a crucial moment of the game and especially against an in-form side like Leicester; you cannot concede that which was disappointing.
“What [also] disappoints me is how poor we were with the ball in the first 30 minutes; there was no imagination, no movement, no cohesion and that disappointed me very much.
“I saw a reaction as the team created chances but again it was too late against a team like Leicester. You cannot afford to do that.”
When asked if there was a reason for the slow start, Zola replied: “That will be something I will work on in the week. I would want to see it again.
“I would certainly expect the standard of our performances to be higher. You cannot get away with it against a team like Leicester.
“I need better performances from everyone. I cannot say this person or that person; many of them are underperforming – especially with the ball which is something we work on every day.”
Leicester took the lead in the tenth minute after Manuel Almunia’s first-time clearance rebounded off the face of striker Wood and into the back of the net.
Zola said: “I wouldn’t dare say anything to Manu because he has been fantastic for us in many ways and at many times.
“He has been unfortunate. Maybe he could have kicked it differently and Ikechi Anya maybe should have passed in a better position but I cannot put too much [of the defeat] on that.”
Watford continue to look frail defensively which is something Zola has talked about in the past.
He has stressed the problem doesn’t just lie with the back three but the whole team.
Zola said: “Of course we could blame the defence for conceding a lot of the goals but many of the goals we score are due to everybody participating on the ball but if you are poor with the ball, like today, then it is harder to score.
“I will not blame the defence or the midfield or the attack for conceding the goals; I blame the whole team and right now we need to play more as a team because the opposition are more prepared.”
Read a report of today's match here.
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