Zola will keep rotating
GIANFRANCO Zola was left having to explain his squad rotation system after Watford’s surprising 2-0 defeat at Bristol City – but vowed his side would bounce back against Bolton.
The Hornets boss swapped six players who had featured in the weekend’s impressive victory over Nottingham Forest, prompting an angry reaction from the club’s fans who felt they had missed a big chance to move second in the Championship table.
But Zola stood by his decision, and the Chelsea legend insists the team will benefit in the club’s promotion chase in the longer term.
“I have to look at the longer picture,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of games to play, and I am convinced the team that I selected was good enough to win the match – and most of the players would get in other teams in this division.
“I would do the same thing again. I did not think the problem lay with the changes.
“As the manager of this club, I have a duty to look after more than just 11 players. The defeat will not change our plans. I’m confident we will be ready to go on Saturday.”