UK time is: 08:43:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Zola: 'We deserve to be there'

Hornet's Head Coach Gianfranco Zola was as dignified as ever following Watford's 3-1 win over Leicester City to book their play-off final place.

Despite losing his footing during the celebrations that followed Troy Deeney's decisive 98th minute winner over the Foxes, Zola, a gentleman as ever, was quick to offer his condolences to Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.

'Obviously [that has] never happened to me. But it's great. That is [what] football is all about. To be honest, I feel for my colleague Nigel [Pearson]. He's a great guy, a great manager and he's got all my respect,' Zola told Sky Sports.

'His team has played very well and I think it was very unfortunate but if I had to say, I would probably say we deserved something today and we're going through and we're going to try and make sure we'll win the next game as well.'

Watford had looked out of the contest deep into stoppage time when Anthony Knockaert took a tumble under the slightest of contact from Marco Cassetti to earn his side a last-ditch penalty kick.

The Frenchman was denied however by Manuel Almunia's superb double save and Watford broke with devastating effect, Ikechi Anya picking out substitute Fernando Forestieri, who in turn hung up a superb cross for fellow sub Jonathan Hogg to knock into the path of the on-rushing Deeney.

Deeney capped a season, which he started behind bars, by bundling home with aplomb to send Vicarage Road into pandemonium and the Golden Boys to Wembley for the first time in 14 years.

Zola was less than impressed with penalty award, however: 'I felt bad. In the last two months we haven't had a penalty in our favour. It was meant to be, it was meant to be like this. We'll take it and we're going to be much stronger after this game, that is fore sure.'

The Italian had words of praise for his two strikers, with Vydra scoring his first goals since the win over Derby County - 15 games ago.

'He [Deeney]was great. What about Matej Vydra? I think he was outstanding along with him and they've been our top of the diamonds. Our two of our best players this season and today they've made a big difference.'

'It [Wembley] will be unbelievable and I'm sure it will be a fantastic achievement for all of us. We've been working very hard and suffering; I think we deserve to be there,' stated Zola.

Watford will find out who they will face at Wembley on Monday May 27 tomorrow as Brighton & Hove Albion host Crystal Palace at the AmEx Stadium.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 12 2013

Time: 5:32PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Stats: Millwall v Watford (Saturday April 12 2014)

Millwall v Watford starting XIs (Saturday April 12 2014)

Preview: Millwall v Watford (Saturday April 12 2014)

Stats: Watford v Leeds Utd (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Preview: Watford v Leeds United (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Opposing View: Leeds United (Monday April 7 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. KDCallanan 6
2. ANDY710 3

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Millwall 2 - 2 Watford
Watford 3 - 0 Leeds Utd
Watford 1 - 1 Burnley
Sheff Wed 1 - 4 Watford
Watford 3 - 3 Blackburn
Wigan 2 - 1 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 42 15 15 12 3 60
11. Forest 42 14 17 11 4 59
12. Middlesbrough 42 14 16 12 10 58
13. Watford 41 14 15 12 16 57
14. Bolton 42 13 15 14 -2 54
15. Sheff Wed 42 12 14 16 0 50
16. Leeds Utd 42 14 8 20 -9 50

Breaking League News

Howe: Young players will get their opportunity
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 08:15:00
Pugh: It ticks all the boxes
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 08:01:00
Kermorgant: Grabban can target 25 goals
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 07:50:00
Meet The Ref: Sheffield Wednesday at home
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 07:40:00
LUFC On This Day - April 17th
Leeds Utd : 17/04/2014 07:22:00
The 12th Man - They Did Us Proud
Wigan : 17/04/2014 07:00:00
PWU Latics Podcast - Farewell To The FA Cup
Wigan : 17/04/2014 06:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should Stuart Attwell have refereed the Burnley game?
Suggested By:  Editor
Yes 34%
No 66%