Vy­dra tops Zola’s shop­ping list

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jake Warner

WITH the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow just days away Watford boss Gian­franco Zola has vowed to tie down the best of his on-loan tal­ent per­ma­nently – in­clud­ing the striker who helped down Brighton, Matej Vy­dra.

The Czech Repub­lic in­ter­na­tional, who is with the Hor­nets for the sea­son on a tem­po­rary ba­sis from Udi­nese, scored two goals in two sec­ond-half min­utes to take his sea­son tally to 12.

Also on the score­sheet for the in-form Vicarage Road out­fit was Troy Deeney – his eighth goal in nine games coming be­fore David Lopez’ penalty for the Seagulls.

But de­spite see­ing his troops ex­tend their im­pres­sive record to just one de­feat in 11 league games, it was the thought of se­cur­ing the ser­vices of some of his 14 loan stars per­ma­nently that had Zola purring.

“Matej Vy­dra was ex­cel­lent, he was out­stand­ing, but the whole team did very well,” said the former Chelsea and Italy star.

“There are a lot of loan play­ers but we are look­ing to sign them, they are not just here for a short amount of time, we want to keep them per­ma­nently, the ones that are good enough for us, so that’s what we’re go­ing to try to do.

“What we can achieve I don’t know, it is a long and tough Cham­pi­onship but we are there, we de­serve to be there and we are go­ing to keep work­ing hard to make sure we stay there.

“The first 15 min­utes (Brighton) were really coming at us and caus­ing us prob­lems be­cause they are a good team, but then we found our rhythm, we found our pass­ing and in the end you could see it was a de­served vic­tory.

“We worked very hard, in this Cham­pi­onship or in any league you have to earn your right to play the foot­ball.”

Deeney opened the scor­ing by bury­ing the ball into the bot­tom right cor­ner af­ter latch- ing onto a through ball from Vy­dra on 54 min­utes.

Their lead lasted ten min­utes un­til Manuel Al­mu­nia fum­bled and al­lowed Kazenga LuaLua to steal the ball and he was brought down in the area by Tom­mie Hoban – Lopez con­vert­ing the penalty.

But Vy­dra scored twice in the space of two min­utes to crush a spir­ited dis­play from the Seagulls.

The Hor­nets top scorer re­stored the lead on 68 min­utes when his long-range shot was de­flected in and his sec­ond came when he was one-on-one with the keeper.

And it left Zola’s old Chelsea team­mate Gus Poyet at a loss to ex­plain his Brighton side’s loss of form – with­out a win in four.

“I think we started well, we were the bet­ter team, es­pe­cially with (An­drea) Or­landi run­ning through but as soon as we lost a bit of po­si­tion­ing the game be­came equal and a bit too open,” said Poyet. “I don’t like games that are at­tack for at­tack, chance for chance.

“They had a cou­ple and we had a cou­ple and we tried to ad­dress that at half-time to try to win the game and it was to­tally the op­po­site, there was three mis­takes in the same ac­tion to al­low them to score the first one. Af­ter that, I think Watford was the bet­ter team.

“When you are on top you need to score, be­cause es­pe­cially with the way Gian­franco’s team play, they are go­ing to have the ball.”

NET-BOUND: Matej Vy­dra’s shot is head­ing past To­masz Kuszczak to put Watford 2-1 up

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