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Watford manager confident of play-off final place

Zola remains confident. (©GettyImages)
Zola remains confident. (©GettyImages).

Gianfranco Zola still confident his Watford side can turnaround their play-off semi-final with Leicester after being stung by Dave Nugent's header last night.

The Hornets lost at the King Power Stadium after Anthony Knockaert's magnificent whipped free-kick found Leicester striker Nugent who headed past Manuel Almunia. This leaves Zola's side with a home match to change the 1-0 scoreline and the outcome of the tie.

Zola still remains upbeat after his team illustrated some class link-up play but couldn't find the important finish on the night. He gave his assessment of the encounter to the club's official website: “We still have 90-minutes at our ground, and we’re going to try and make the most of it. 

"It is disappointing because we didn’t expect to lose seeing how the game was being played. 

“No complaints any more though because we have to pick ourselves up straight away and go into the preparation for Sunday, because there is still a chance to come back from this result.”

The Championship player of the season Matej Vydra had a gilt-edge chance to fire his side into the lead but was left caught in-between two minds whether to lace it or finesse infront of goal, in the end he just studded it to Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel.

Watford find themselves in this situation after Hull City dramatically earned the last automatic promotion slot when Hornets struggled with their goalkeeper crisis against Leeds United on the last day.

Zola assessed: “We created a lot of chances and I didn’t see them scoring that goal. Against teams like Leicester you always have to be aware as they can score a chance from nothing like they did today. 

“Today we didn’t take our chances and that made it difficult for us. Even in the second half we had other chances.

“In other games with less opportunities we have scored, today we created enough to score and it didn’t happen. 

“The team is there, I repeat we are still in a good moment, we are going to be okay.”

Watford will host Nigel Pearson's side on Sunday in the crunch game which will see one of the sides grace the turf at Wembley in the play-off final.

The former Chelsea class-act thought his side were solid in the first tie but will evaluate what side he'll field on the weekend for the all important second leg. Zola concluded: “I’m expecting some of the players to improve their performances on Sunday. Matej [Vydra] works hard for the team and I know he’s going to score an important goal for us."

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Gianfranco Zola
Leicester City
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Championship
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