Gianfranco Zola: Watford's identity can't be sacrificed at the expense of defensive stability

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Gianfranco Zola believes the class of 2013/14 can become as good as last season’s side which reached the play-off final but stressed the importance of retaining the club’s identity as an attractive side to watch.

The Hornets exceeded expectations during the previous campaign when they twice missed out on promotion to the Premier League by the narrowest of margins.

The performances last time around meant the Golden Boys were one of the favourites to reach the top flight this season but the club are currently 12th in the Championship, 14 points off the top two and six points away from the play-off places.

However, speaking at Monday night’s fans’ forum, Zola said: “We have some important players missing from last season but I believe we have some good players here who are probably not expressing their potential completely.

“I think we can be as good as last year. It may be in another way. We have evolved a bit and we are finding the balance. Whether we become as good as last year will depend on how we react to moments like this.

“Don’t believe that last year everything was right and this year is bad.

“Around this time last year we were going through a difficult situation. Before the Huddersfield game (on September 29 when Watford were 20th after seven league games) I remember sitting on the bench and it was very hot. But there was a togetherness and to be honest it is something I am seeing now. It was pushing the team in the right direction and I think we are going in the right direction now. I have seen a reaction. I am confident we are going the right way.”

One of Watford’s main problems is the number of goals they concede, having shipped 27 in 19 league games – more than all of the teams in the top 15 of the Championship.

Zola recognises their leaky defence needs fixing but states it won’t be at the expense of the passing style which arguably made them the Championship’s entertainers during the 2012/13 campaign.

He said: “It is about what we want to be. When we came here, we declared to everyone that we wanted to be an attacking team and we wanted to be a team that tries to play it’s own football and try to be that type of team.

“I know I can train and prepare the team a different way but then we would lose our identity.

“That doesn’t mean that we have to concede so many goals and I know that we need to do better and as far as I am concerned, we are working every day – especially recently – to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“But again, we have to understand that if you want to play a certain type of football then sometimes you have to concede at the other end. If we want to score 85 goals then you can’t pretend you will only concede ten. I am working the best I can and with all my knowledge to make sure we don’t concede as many but I have to respect the balance.

“I can’t guarantee that if we try to not let the opposition score then we will be the same team. It is about finding the balance.

“I was under the impression that while we of course want the results and to get to the Premier League, we also wanted to do it in a certain style and by having a certain identity. I believe that you [the fans] are very proud of supporting a team like Watford and you want to be identified as a team that everyone speaks well about. I believe last year that was the case.

“We have to believe in that, keep on our way and I’m sure we will improve. I know what is going on and I know what we need to do but we have to stick together and keep our identity.”

Watford have just five points less at this stage of the season compared to last, when they were eighth in the table after 19 games.

There has certainly been an increase in expectation among Hornets supporters this season – as you would expect – and Zola says the team must handle that additional pressure.

He explained: “When things go so well, the expectation rises – not only from supporters but the media and ourselves. That is something that we have to cope with.

“This season is not finished, it is still on and there is still a lot to play for and the situation will depend on how well we can handle these situations.

“Everyone has to focus on what we have to do and where we need to go.”

He continued: “The situation has been addressed and in the last two games (two away draws at Burnley and Leeds United) there has been total desire from the players to change things around because they care about what they do and they care about the squad. They have shown on the pitch what they are trying to do.

“We also changed the system and tried to make it different. We want to maintain the identity but try to play a different way which the opposition does not expect.

“The teams do their home work when they come to here [Vicarage Road] and it is not easy for Watford and it wouldn’t be easy for anybody. We are aware of that and we are giving all we can give so stay with us because this is not my club, it is our club so I would appreciate it if you [the fans] really stick with us and give us your full support.”

n The reports of corruption in football make Zola feel “sick” and Watford’s head coach believes everyone has a responsibility to “kill off those things”.

Ex-Premier League striker DJ Campbell was one of six people questioned by police in connection with allegations of fixing aspects of football matches. All have since been bailed.

On corruption in football, Zola said: “It makes me sick. If you love this game then you don’t want to see these things but it happens everywhere – it happened in Italy, in this country and other countries.

“It is our responsibility to protect the game and make it the way we want. We have a responsibility to kill off those things to make it better.

“In sport it is the worst thing that can happen and I can only be hard on that. I believe the majority of the players and professionals feel the same. Unfortunately you do get bad people and we need to make sure we protect it [football] because that is the way we love it.”

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12:20pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bigthunder says...

sorry but struggle with these comments , we fans never said we want to score 85 goals etc , very simple really yes we like very much the pretty football and possession but it is no good having 70 odd % of it and still lose 3 nil at home to the likes of the then bottom team Yeovil

No good having to score 2-3 goals a game just to get a point or more , the defensive set up is not working this is down to formation , tactics organisation and coaching , things needed to change ,

I will stick with you Gianfranco as you ask but we need to see signs of big improvements particularly at the back and at home , looking with interest in the team set up and tactics used tomorrow against the 6ft plus players of Sheff Weds who will be aware of our weakness at set pieces and crossess into the box , can we defend them , hope so , Fitz for me tomorrow plus Angella and as much physical pressance as we can muster , win the battles then win the game with the undoubted quality this squad does have



potential to be faced with a 5th straight defeat at home tomorrow unless we can score a few because we cannot very often keep them out
sorry but struggle with these comments , we fans never said we want to score 85 goals etc , very simple really yes we like very much the pretty football and possession but it is no good having 70 odd % of it and still lose 3 nil at home to the likes of the then bottom team Yeovil No good having to score 2-3 goals a game just to get a point or more , the defensive set up is not working this is down to formation , tactics organisation and coaching , things needed to change , I will stick with you Gianfranco as you ask but we need to see signs of big improvements particularly at the back and at home , looking with interest in the team set up and tactics used tomorrow against the 6ft plus players of Sheff Weds who will be aware of our weakness at set pieces and crossess into the box , can we defend them , hope so , Fitz for me tomorrow plus Angella and as much physical pressance as we can muster , win the battles then win the game with the undoubted quality this squad does have potential to be faced with a 5th straight defeat at home tomorrow unless we can score a few because we cannot very often keep them out bigthunder

12:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

Reading between the lines it sounds like Nani's saying it's the style that's wrong and Zola's saying it's the players Nani gave him. You can't tell the Manager what style to play, and we haven't got the players to play a physical, direct game anyway. I suspect the working relationship between Nani and Zola is breaking down and one will go at the end of the season. I know which one I'd let go.
Reading between the lines it sounds like Nani's saying it's the style that's wrong and Zola's saying it's the players Nani gave him. You can't tell the Manager what style to play, and we haven't got the players to play a physical, direct game anyway. I suspect the working relationship between Nani and Zola is breaking down and one will go at the end of the season. I know which one I'd let go. Harry's Bar

12:56pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Nordin's Hooter says...

What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ?? Nordin's Hooter

2:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

demerit says...

Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
[quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football. demerit

2:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bristol hornet says...

bigthunder wrote:
sorry but struggle with these comments , we fans never said we want to score 85 goals etc , very simple really yes we like very much the pretty football and possession but it is no good having 70 odd % of it and still lose 3 nil at home to the likes of the then bottom team Yeovil

No good having to score 2-3 goals a game just to get a point or more , the defensive set up is not working this is down to formation , tactics organisation and coaching , things needed to change ,

I will stick with you Gianfranco as you ask but we need to see signs of big improvements particularly at the back and at home , looking with interest in the team set up and tactics used tomorrow against the 6ft plus players of Sheff Weds who will be aware of our weakness at set pieces and crossess into the box , can we defend them , hope so , Fitz for me tomorrow plus Angella and as much physical pressance as we can muster , win the battles then win the game with the undoubted quality this squad does have



potential to be faced with a 5th straight defeat at home tomorrow unless we can score a few because we cannot very often keep them out
Bit harsh there matey, but I certainly agree with you we need Fitz back tomorrow alongside Angella to combat the six foot giants from Sheffield.
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: sorry but struggle with these comments , we fans never said we want to score 85 goals etc , very simple really yes we like very much the pretty football and possession but it is no good having 70 odd % of it and still lose 3 nil at home to the likes of the then bottom team Yeovil No good having to score 2-3 goals a game just to get a point or more , the defensive set up is not working this is down to formation , tactics organisation and coaching , things needed to change , I will stick with you Gianfranco as you ask but we need to see signs of big improvements particularly at the back and at home , looking with interest in the team set up and tactics used tomorrow against the 6ft plus players of Sheff Weds who will be aware of our weakness at set pieces and crossess into the box , can we defend them , hope so , Fitz for me tomorrow plus Angella and as much physical pressance as we can muster , win the battles then win the game with the undoubted quality this squad does have potential to be faced with a 5th straight defeat at home tomorrow unless we can score a few because we cannot very often keep them out[/p][/quote]Bit harsh there matey, but I certainly agree with you we need Fitz back tomorrow alongside Angella to combat the six foot giants from Sheffield. bristol hornet

2:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

soulfulhornet says...

Although I agree that the formation may be wrong in certain games - I believe intelligent player/ manager should be able to adapt to a variety circumstances and set ups, this is not the main problem. And yes we do get caught on the counter usually when a couple of goals down e.g Leicester, Yeovil. But the main two reasons for dropping points recently have been:

1) poor set piece organisation e.g Boro's 2nd and Yeovil's first.
2) individual errors e.g Almunia v Bolton and Leicester's 1st, Angella v Boro, Pudil v. Yeovil 2nd plus 2 v. Derby!

The second goal at Boro summed it up for me, combining both 1) & 2). Boro no threat, Angella tries to be too clever loses the ball and give away a corner. At the corner we leave the tallest man on the pitch unmarked 6 yards out in front of goal with no Watford player within 3/4 yards of him!!!!

Solving both these and therefore reducing goals conceded requires action by the coaches and players that will not necessarily impact our attacking verve. Actually it might improve it as confidence returns once we stop leaking stupid goals.

Associated with 1) above, is the poor set piece organisation in the opposition's box. v Yeovil, how can we have 15-16 corners and not score from any or look like doing so, and they score from their first?

None of this is rocket science and I expect GFZ to resolve these issues starting Saturday hopefully.
Although I agree that the formation may be wrong in certain games - I believe intelligent player/ manager should be able to adapt to a variety circumstances and set ups, this is not the main problem. And yes we do get caught on the counter usually when a couple of goals down e.g Leicester, Yeovil. But the main two reasons for dropping points recently have been: 1) poor set piece organisation e.g Boro's 2nd and Yeovil's first. 2) individual errors e.g Almunia v Bolton and Leicester's 1st, Angella v Boro, Pudil v. Yeovil 2nd plus 2 v. Derby! The second goal at Boro summed it up for me, combining both 1) & 2). Boro no threat, Angella tries to be too clever loses the ball and give away a corner. At the corner we leave the tallest man on the pitch unmarked 6 yards out in front of goal with no Watford player within 3/4 yards of him!!!! Solving both these and therefore reducing goals conceded requires action by the coaches and players that will not necessarily impact our attacking verve. Actually it might improve it as confidence returns once we stop leaking stupid goals. Associated with 1) above, is the poor set piece organisation in the opposition's box. v Yeovil, how can we have 15-16 corners and not score from any or look like doing so, and they score from their first? None of this is rocket science and I expect GFZ to resolve these issues starting Saturday hopefully. soulfulhornet

4:06pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us.

I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us. I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone. Bush Hornet

4:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

JohnnyHornet says...

demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly. JohnnyHornet

4:43pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

JohnnyHornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly.
'The attractive football has been our downfall this season.'

Oh please.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly.[/p][/quote]'The attractive football has been our downfall this season.' Oh please. Bush Hornet

4:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

JohnnyHornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly.
correct. No-one wants hoofball but no-one wants tippy tappy football with no end product (other than a breakaway goal for our opponents). Last years football Nov-Feb was perfect.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]I must admit, The attractive footy has been our downfall in that most of the break away goals we have conceded have come from some form of breakdown in the attractive footy going wrong, for me there's not enough emphasise in getting the ball in to the final 3rd this season as a result of not having the players that can break quickly.[/p][/quote]correct. No-one wants hoofball but no-one wants tippy tappy football with no end product (other than a breakaway goal for our opponents). Last years football Nov-Feb was perfect. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

4:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

demerit says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us.

I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.
I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works...

It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.

And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us. I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.[/p][/quote]I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works... It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win. And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship. demerit

5:35pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

demerit wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us.

I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.
I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works...

It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.

And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.
Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was



A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.'

You are like the man who once said
' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it).

You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose.

People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us. I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.[/p][/quote]I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works... It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win. And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.[/p][/quote]Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.' You are like the man who once said ' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it). You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose. People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of. Bush Hornet

5:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

endean2 says...

I cannot quite understand the comment by Zola referring to us addressing the
defensive problems in the last two games.
Anybody that saw the "defense" in action 2nd half at LEEDS must be
scratching their heads , we were a car crash to put it kindly.

Get in a proper defense coach sap as the existing team have little idea,or
we have the wrong players, one or the other.
I cannot quite understand the comment by Zola referring to us addressing the defensive problems in the last two games. Anybody that saw the "defense" in action 2nd half at LEEDS must be scratching their heads , we were a car crash to put it kindly. Get in a proper defense coach sap as the existing team have little idea,or we have the wrong players, one or the other. endean2

9:08am Sat 14 Dec 13

demerit says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us.

I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.
I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works...

It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.

And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.
Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was



A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.'

You are like the man who once said
' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it).

You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose.

People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of.
I think we should just beg to differ on this one. Meanwhile, I hope we win today - and for you, I hope it's pretty....
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us. I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.[/p][/quote]I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works... It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win. And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.[/p][/quote]Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.' You are like the man who once said ' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it). You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose. People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of.[/p][/quote]I think we should just beg to differ on this one. Meanwhile, I hope we win today - and for you, I hope it's pretty.... demerit

10:38am Sat 14 Dec 13

Bush Hornet says...

demerit wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.
Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us.

I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.
I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works...

It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.

And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.
Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was



A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.'

You are like the man who once said
' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it).

You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose.

People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of.
I think we should just beg to differ on this one. Meanwhile, I hope we win today - and for you, I hope it's pretty....
Thank you demerit. And may all your Christmas pressies be attractively wrapped even if they are a bit functional ;-)
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]3 pts every time. B*gg*r the attractive football.[/p][/quote]Clicking thumbs down is not enough for this comment demerit. You're saying you want hoofball if it gives the points. We've moved on from that and should be proud of the type of reputation GFZ is trying to establish for us. I hate physical, hoofing football. Quality players don't sign for clubs that play that way. Get behind Zola and stop fantasising about Pulis, he's gone.[/p][/quote]I haven't a clue where you're coming from here. I will explain how it works... It is a results driven game. We need a good attack and good defence so to score as many goals as possible and concede as few as possible. We must maximise the amount of points we get. That way, we go up the league. I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win. And, you seem to think that the only alternative to side to side going nowhere tippy tappy football is hoof ball. It isn't. And nor would it work in the Championship.[/p][/quote]Mate you can do away with the patronising. Your comment was A cheap sentiment which you repeat with the words ' I couldn't care less how we win , as long as we win.' You are like the man who once said ' it's a bit like getting the bird in the taxi and knowing she's coming home with you even if she ain't the nicest looking bird.' (An Ian Holloway post match interview a few years ago if you don't recognize it). You said before you want Zola out. As I said Pulis is gone, but there's still hope for you with Holloway I suppose. People, thumb me down as much as you like if you think I'm getting lairy but the fact is that Zola doesn't just aim for attractive 'tippy tappy' football. It is stupidly unfair to say that. He likes attractive, exciting, attacking, winning football. And that is what I'm looking forward to more of.[/p][/quote]I think we should just beg to differ on this one. Meanwhile, I hope we win today - and for you, I hope it's pretty....[/p][/quote]Thank you demerit. And may all your Christmas pressies be attractively wrapped even if they are a bit functional ;-) Bush Hornet

12:12pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Hornankey says...

Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
Both!
[quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]Both! Hornankey

12:13pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Hornankey says...

Nordin's Hooter wrote:
What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??
Both!
[quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: What do the supporters want attractive football or another 3 pts towards promotion, I guess the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, if that's possible ??[/p][/quote]Both! Hornankey

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