Zola Exclusive: Matej Vydra could be Watford 'X Factor'

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Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has admitted that striker Matej Vydra could hold the key for the Hornets in their Npower Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace on Monday.

Zola's team take on the Eagles at Wembley having overcome Leicester in a dramatic semi-final.

Matej Vydra scored two goals in the second leg of that tie, and Zola has backed his Czech striker to shine once again. 

"Yes, Matej Vydra could be the X factor, although the whole team have been brilliant throughout the season and not just one player," he told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview.

Vydra has been in exceptional form this term, netting 22 goals for the Vicarage Road outfit and earning himself the Championship Player of the Year award at the Football League Awards.

That said, the striker had been out of form before his vital brace against the Foxes last weekend. Troy Deeney scored the decisive goal after Manuel Almunia saved an Anthony Knockaert penalty at the other end, and Zola has finally got over the drama of the day. 

"The trip to Wembley is not far away now. It took me a while to recover from the crazy semi-final but now I have and I'm ready to go for the final," he said.

Like Vydra, Deeney has been in great form this season. The front-man fired 20 goals, including that all important winner against Leicester, and Zola feels his team will all have to be on form if they're to get the win.

He added: "There have been many players who have performed well this season. It's been a fantastic team effort, and I think it's the team that will be the key once again against Crystal Palace."

The Championship play-off final has previously been billed as the richest game in the world and Zola is hoping his men can produce a performance worthy of the occasion to take the huge prize on offer.

"We are very happy to be there and we will be doing our best to win it. It's a fantastic opportunity and we'll be going all out to make the most of it," he concluded.

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