ZOLA HAILS NAT WONDER STRIKE
ance,” added Zola.“There have been a lot of emotions to go through – and it was a great game.
“I have a lot of faith in these players; and they showed me once again why I have that faith with the way the responded to the many challenges they faced against a very good team.
“This is us, this is our season sometimes. It’s the story of our season a little bit, isn’t it? It’s exciting not to be certain what is happening next – although it would be great to know that we are going to be successful.”
The hosts, themselves harbouring hopes of promotion through the playoffs before kick-off, were undone by Watford in a devastating two-minute spell before half-time.
An unmarked Joel Ekstrand knocked down Almen Abdi’s corner and Deeney pounced for his 19th goal of the season.
England U21 international Chalobah then struck before Leicester substitute Kane halved the deficit on the hour mark from Paul Konchesky’s deflected cross.
The Foxes were buoyant, Kane tested Manuel Almunia’s palms shortly afterwards, but their hopes of a top-six berth suffered a blow.
“I think it’s been another frustrating game for us, and unfortunately I think conceding two goals in quick succession before halftime had a pretty visible effect on the players mentally,” said Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.
“It knocked us for six really. Up until that point we’d been very much in the ascendancy, but that’s been the story of the last two or three months for us.
“The fans have stuck behind the players, been very positive, but unfortunately we weren’t able to deliver again. It’s a shame because we’ve made some real progress, but unfortunately the results haven’t done enough to get us where we want to be.
“The bottom line is we’re looking at the game and we’ve unfortunately not done enough to win. It’s not a case of looking for excuses or trying to hide behind what the Championship.”
CAN’T TOUCH ME: Nathaniel Chalobah celebrates his strike for Watford
HAVE THAT: Troy Deeney scores for Watford