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Zola impressed with match-winner Deeney

30 September 2012

Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola was full of praise for Troy Deeney, who helped his side to a 3-2 victory at Huddersfield in his first start since being released from prison.

The 24-year-old had served 77 days of a 10-month sentence for affray imposed in June but he was welcomed back into the fold by Zola and rewarded his boss with a late penalty winner.

Deeney kept his cool to ensure Watford's first win in a month after a dramatic end to the game, to the delight of Zola.

"For me he was outstanding for what he has done. He did not have much fuel left in the tank towards the end but he never gave up," said the Italian.

Zola was also impressed with the performance of Italian Under-21 striker Fernando Forestieri and insisted he did not dive for the penalty.

"Fernando is very quick and always gets there one second in front of the opposition and all you can do is take him down," said Zola. "He is very good. You don't play in Serie A when you are 17 if you are no good.

"What he needs to be is more practical and effective. He had a great chance in the first half but didn't covert it. He is a player who can make a big difference."

Town boss Simon Grayson had no qualms with the penalty decision.

"I would have been disappointed not to have got the penalty if it had happened the other way," he said.

"Danny Ward put his foot in and the lad has gone over his thigh. I don't think it was a blatant penalty but I have no complaints."

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