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ANY­ONE else no­tice a pat­tern in Wat­ford’s per­for­mances this sea­son? Gian­franco Zola cer­tainly has.

Zola, af­ter beat­ing Birm­ing­ham 1-0: “We had the bet­ter of it in the first half and should have taken more chances. In the sec­ond­half they came back strongly, we dropped a lit­tle phys­i­cally and let them dom­i­nate.”

Zola, af­ter a 3-1 win at Bris­tol Rovers: “The first half was very good but in the sec­ond half we let them gain too much ground, we dropped off them too much and the way we kept the ball wasn’t as good as in the first half.”

Zola, af­ter five sec­ond-half goals saw the Hor­nets thrash Bournemouth 6-1: “In the first half we al­lowed them to play too much and it was trou­ble. In the sec­ond half we changed gears be­cause in the first half we were play­ing un­der rhythm.”

Zola, af­ter three sec­ond-half goals sal­vaged a 3-3 draw at Read­ing: “Can we chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion? If we play like we did in the sec­ond half yes, if we play like we did in the first half then it will be a strug­gle.”

Wat­ford’s part-timers are still sec­ond in the league – if they ever bother to play well for both halves, some­body is go­ing to kop it!

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