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Zola hails happy Hornets

18 November 2012

Gianfranco Zola insisted his Watford side were good value for a 2-1 win over 10-man Wolves as they inflicted a fourth straight away defeat on their visitors.

Goals from Nathaniel Chalobah and Troy Deeney earned the Hornets back-to-back victories in the npower Championship for the first time this season, following on from last weekend's 6-1 rout at Leeds.

The visitors never stopped battling and had equalised when Bakary Sako caught out Manuel Almunia with a free-kick from 40 yards, but Watford claimed the points thanks to Deeney's 68th-minute winner.

Manager Zola said: "It was good. Although they were playing with 10 men, we created a lot of chances and we had good opportunities.

"It is fair to say they put a lot of pressure on, especially in the last 10 minutes, but we certainly played a good game and there were spells in the game when we played very good football. Nobody can say it wasn't a deserved win."

Wolves lost defender Christophe Berra to a red card in the 25th minute and were up against it from that point on. Berra saw red for a tug on Deeney and was adjudged to have denied the Watford man a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Asked for his view, Zola said: "I thought that he [Deeney] was fouled but when the referee let our striker take a shot I thought the action was gone, so I was quite surprised to see a red card."

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken was unimpressed with the decision and said: "I think I agree with everyone who say it's a very harsh one.

"They thought a little bit about first coming to the ball and then the Watford player comes through one-against-one and he shoots and Carl [Ikeme] saves and everybody thinks it's over.

"There's no appeals from anyone, from a Watford player or even the dugout, and I think he [the referee] just created a problem for himself after that but that's his decision."

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