Gladbach get upward momentum
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola was left to rue missed
opportunities after seeing his side held 1-1 at Wolves.
The high-flying Hornets looked set for a fourth win in a row
after Almen Abdi’s superb free-kick had secured a first-half lead,
and created several chances to make the game safe in the second
However, roared on by the Molineux crowd, Dean Saunders’
Wanderers finally produced an equaliser at the death when Bakary
Sako pounced on hesitant to defending.
Zola said afterwards: “I was already thinking the game was won
and the late goal was a shock for me as it was for the whole
“I think the difference wasn’t the goal we conceded but the
other goal we didn’t score. We had so many opportunities to do that
and we couldn’t quite convert them.
“It’s the price you pay in those situations. When you play away
from against a good team like they are, you can expect that sooner
or late they are going to score a goal – even if it’s a fortunate
“No complaints, though. It’s sad to concede so late in the game
but we take a lot of positives from the game.”
Despite the defeat, Watford still sit in the second automatic
promotion spot in the Championship, and the Italian added on the
possibility of Premier League football next term: “We know that the
competition is tough but we’ll have a proper go.”
Luuk de Jong’s goal midway through the first half was enough for
Lucien Favre’s side to take all three points from the Waldstadion
with a performance reminiscent of their best from last season.
The Foals relied on a strong and efficient counter-attacking
style to snatch all three points and to move into the frame for a
second straight season in the Europa League, while Frankfurt will
drop out of the top four this weekend if Freiburg win in