FOR ZOLA

Le­ices­ter a slen­der lead in first leg

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS -

shot weakly at Kasper Sch­me­ichel af­ter burst­ing clear, while Alex Geijo headed over – the Hor­nets’ light­weight strike­force rarely threat­ened a Le­ices­ter back line mar­shalled su­perbly by Foxes player of the year Wes Mor­gan.

The re­turn of Troy Deeney, sat in the Sky stu­dio as he served a one-match sus­pen­sion for his red card in the fi­nal match against Leeds, should add some much needed mus­cle in the sec­ond-leg.

He is likely to re­place Vy­dra, whose sec­ond-half miss af­ter a clever dummy from Geijo bore all the hall­marks of a man with nine score­less games on his mind.“Matej is im­por­tant, and I told him that be­fore the match,” said de­flated Wat­ford boss Gian­franco Zola. “Not just be­cause he has scored 20 goals, but be­cause his con­tri­bu­tion has been fan­tas­tic.

“Yes, he’s not scor­ing but I have a lot of faith in him. As soon as he gets over this he will again get a lot of goals for us.

“Tonight, we didn’t take our chances. That has been one of our main qual­i­ties and un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t there. But I can’t be too hard on my play­ers be­cause they played well and de­served more.

“It was very un­for­tu­nate be­cause I didn’t see Le­ices­ter scor­ing I thought we con­trolled the game and I don’t think any­one can say we de­served to lose. But this is the re­al­ity. Teams can pu­n­ish you with one chance and Le­ices­ter did.”

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