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Zola: 'I didn't want to lose Taylor'

Zola: 'I didn't want to lose Taylor'

Watford supremo Gianfranco Zola pulled no punches in his assessment of today's humbling at Derby County today, admitting the reaction to the opening goal was poor.

The Hornets fell behind after 16 minutes when Richard Keogh nodded home a Jamie Ward free-kick. Jeff Hendrick added another with his head before Connor Sammon bagged his first in County colours, all before half-time.

Ward bagged one of his own and youngster Will Hughes also got in on the act from close range before Matej Vydra scored his third of the season to claim Watford's scant consolation.

Speaking afterwords to, Zola admitted the loss of Martin Taylor less than 24 hours earlier had not helped his side:

"Unfortunately it was a situation we couldn`t avoid - he was in a condition to have a bigger contract somewhere else - so it is difficult to take,' conceded Zola.

"Martin knows that I would have wanted to keep him but he had an opportunity to have a bigger and longer contract elswhere. Therefore he decided to go - we couldn`t keep a player who wanted to go."

The gaffer continued:

"I know it was a difficult game for many reasons but honestly I didn`t expect that. I didn`t like the reaction after we conceded the first goal - it has to be better.

"That was the disappointment for me. The goals were soft - our start was okay, nothing more, but it was okay.'

Watford have two weeks off now with the international break and will doubtless be working hard at their UCL London Colney training ground during that period of the defensive side of things!

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday September 1 2012
Time: 10:33PM


Zola's choice of players for this match was to blame.. Let's get real GZ.. No Watford fan in the stadium as happy to see Dicko at CB.. Not with one just on loan & one very experienced player in Cass sitting on the bench... Out of 40 odd players why Dicko CB??
02/09/2012 09:00:00
Watford 1881 - At no point in his interview did Zola blame anyone for the defeat. He said lsoing Taylor was a blow. Considering he was comfortably our best centre half that comes as no surprise. It shows to me the Pozzo's/Nani are in control of transfers not Zola. Considering how much GZ wanted Taylor to say they could have offered Taylor the deal he wanted if they had any respect for Zola's view of players in/out
02/09/2012 13:12:00
I understand not starting any of the new loanees from Udinese at CB as they are not even pre-season fit as Italian teams have only just gone back but what of the young lad from Chelsea or even Fitz Hall. They can't all be unfit? No disrespect to Dicko but as a CB he makes a great LB and as a LB he makes a great sub.
02/09/2012 13:38:00
Haha, I like that Dr! Zola blamed himself to be fair, on SSN he said something along the lines of 'I underestimated their strength at set plays.'
02/09/2012 17:00:00
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