Watford 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Match info: Championship at Vicarage Road Stadium

Date: 17/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: G Scott Att: 13,588

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Nathaniel Chalobah 35
Troy Deeney 68



Bakary Sako 54

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 18:28 GMT

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.

Gianfranco Zola is pleased with Watford's team spirit
Gianfranco Zola is pleased with Watford's team spirit

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.

Watford's success means they have taken 10 points out of 12 in an unbeaten November, and Zola said: "The consistency of the results is certainly improving and that is such an important thing in terms of confidence. We just need to carry on and we want to extend this little run longer."

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.

"If you see the kind of tackles and things going on in the Championship, I think it is a very, very small body contact and I think it's a very harsh decision."

Dealing with the dismissal proved a tactical challenge for Solbakken.

He said: "We wanted to come in at half-time only 1-0 behind and then we went through some different formations.

"We started with 3-4-2 and then got a goal, went back and played 4-4-1 and 4-3-2 and I think we had to change a little bit to make sure we were higher up the pitch than we were in the first half.

"To be fair to the guys, they created some good chances in the second half."

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