iPro Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Watford

Friday, 03 April 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Watford 0 - 1 Ipswich

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Zola salutes Battocchio strike

Watford coach Gianfranco Zola hailed Cristian Battocchio's second-half finish as "something special" as the goal helped his side to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup second round, while Cherries boss Eddie Howe was pleased despite defeat.

Last Updated: 28/08/13 at 23:18 Post Comment

Gianfranco Zola: Full of praise for his side

Gianfranco Zola: Full of praise for his side

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Hornets were under considerable pressure as Bournemouth sought to cancel out Eliot Ward's 15th-minute own goal when they were caught out on the counter-attack. Javier Acuna fed Battocchio, who beat Ryan Allsop with an exquisite chip from the edge of the area.

Zola said: "That was something special and I'm pleased Cristian has scored that goal because he's played a good game and he worked so hard and got what he deserved.

"We can enjoy this game, this victory and we also have to say thank you very much to Jonathan (Bond) because he was exceptional today. (From) a couple of opportunities he was really unbelievable."

The Hornets goalkeeper, who made at least three top-class saves, was one of 10 changes from Sunday's draw against Nottingham Forest.

Zola added: "It was a good performance, but I know I can make the changes because the squad is quite strong. Even if I make changes I still have a good side. If you see the defenders, some of them could be regulars so it's good for me that I can make changes so it will keep everyone fresh and everyone on the spot."

Watford's reward for the victory was another home tie against Norwich in the next round and Zola was delighted with the draw.

"That is a good draw for us," he said. "It's a Premier League club, it's what we wanted. We're going to have a good go at them and I'm pleased."

Despite the loss, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was pleased with his team's display on the back of the 5-1 drubbing at Huddersfield on Saturday, which came following their 6-1 loss at the hands of the Hornets in their previous away outing 18 days ago.

"The keeper's made a couple of good saves, we've wasted opportunities when we should have done better - a lot of crosses went into the box but unfortunately we couldn't find the missing touch we needed - but all in all it was a much better performance," the Cherries boss said.

"Certainly looking at tonight's game I think we've been slightly unlucky, but you do make your own luck.

"The needless goal that we conceded certainly gave us a mountain to climb. But at 1-0 we were bombarding their goal and they broke away and scored the second with a real moment of class and ultimately that class has decided the game."

He added: "Individually it was a good response to Saturday. I felt there were some really strong performers from people who needed to put a performance in and it was very pleasing to see them come through character-wise because it is a test, when you have a disappointing result, how do you respond to that.

"We created chances, we kept the ball very well at a tough ground. Even though they made changes, we made changes and it was still a very competitive game, so all in all I can't be too disappointed."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after scoring 78 seconds into his debut.

England 4-0 Lithuania: Harry Kane scores 78 seconds into debut

Harry Kane scored 78 seconds into his England debut from the bench as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Lithuania 4-0.

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company