Football - Zola stunned by defeat

Gianfranco Zola could not believe his Watford side came away from Blackpool empty-handed after dominating long spells.

PA Sport Report

The Hornets were on top in the first half with Matt Gilks saving a Troy Deeney penalty and Italian Davide Faraoni striking the woodwork twice.

But whatever Paul Ince said at the break worked as Blackpool were much improved after the interval with the manager's son Thomas sealing the win in the 81st minute with a wonderful solo strike as he waltzed past three defenders before rifling a brilliant finish into the bottom left-hand corner.

Watford remain on the cusp of the top six despite the defeat, but stunned Italian Zola said: "I cannot believe we lost the game.

"Actually I can, it happened last season a few times. We had complete domination and then we got sloppy in the second half.

"It was like Millwall away last year, but even more so. This is the Championship, that's why people say it's such a difficult championship.

"We lost too many individual battles and that gave them energy, fuel, courage. Slowly we lost our securities. Not that they created so much, but we weren't on top the same as the first half.

"We should have had four or five but that's not enough to win a game. We have to take our chances and when we lose the momentum in the second period we have to be more solid.

"It was a superb goal from a superb player, I don't have any complaints. They scored a great goal and I was the first one to clap."

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