Championship: Zola calm about Hornets prospects

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Gianfranco Zola is adamant there is no pressure on his Watford side after they drew 0-0 with leaders Cardiff, which left the Hornets three points behind Hull, who occupy the final automatic promotion berth.

The Hornets draw means they trail Hull, who defeated Middlesbrough earlier on Saturday, by three points with six matches remaining.

Yet Zola is not worrying.

He said said: “I don’t consider it two points dropped. It is a good point against the top of the league team. I believe we tried everything we could to win the game. The reason why we didn’t win is because they are a tough team to beat and it’s no coincidence they are in the position they are.

“I’m not complaining, we tried everything we could and probably in the second half we created the opportunities to win the game. I believe with one, their goalkeeper was outstanding and another one maybe we were a little bit unlucky.”

This was Watford’s third home game in a row without a win but Zola added: “I don’t have concerns. Of course we want to win all the games but I am delighted we are still in a position to play games like this. We have no pressure. The pressure is on others.”

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson had a rebuke for his players after their 2-2 draw at Huddersfield that left the visitors still inside the bottom three, albeit just one point behind 19th-placed Wolves.

Ferguson said: “We let our standards slip today and the players know what I think.”

Blackpool manager Paul Ince criticised referee Craig Pawson for sending off midfielder Isaiah Osbourne while the Seasiders were leading through Ludovic Sylvestre’s strike. Lewis McGugan snatched an equaliser.

Ince said: “We were robbed... totally robbed. It was a poor decision from the referee.”