Zola sympathises with Bournemouth

Watford (5/1 to win the Championship) boss Gianfranco Zola admitted he was delighted with his side’s second-half performance but insisted that the margin of the scoreline was harsh on Bournemouth.

The two sides went into the interval at Vicarage Road all square at 1-1, with Zola’s men struggling to break down the newly promoted visitors.

However, in the second-half, the Hornets ran riot as Troy Deeney scored a hat-trick to help Zola’s men pick up two wins from two in the Championship.

Gabriele Angella opened the scoring for the hosts but Lewis Grabban brought the score back level. Angella then claimed his second of the day eight minutes after the restart, and new signing Lewis McGugan scored his first goal for the club.

Deeney became the first Watford man to score a hat-trick in 10 years when he rounded off a fine win with an injury-time penalty.

Zola’s men face Reading (8/1 to win the Championship) next week and the former West Ham boss insisted Bournemouth didn’t deserve to be beaten so heavily.

He said: “It’s against a team that probably didn’t deserve to lose 6-1 because especially in the first half they played well and they played in the right way. In the second half, my team really put a good performance in, and it was just what they needed because otherwise it was going to be difficult.

“The first thing that was wrong was many of my players were surprised at how good they were with the ball, they never kicked the ball away and they made it difficult. And after we scored the goal, we dropped back and we allowed them to play too much and it was trouble because they kept moving the ball well in midfield, they got control of the midfield and they caused problems.

“In the second half we changed gears to be honest because in the first half we were playing under rhythm and we pushed a little bit higher up the pitch and that made it more difficult for them.”

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