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

period.

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

team.

“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

one.

“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

Nurnberg.