Sheffield Wednesday: Zola backs Owls to stay up

Nyron Nosworthy handles but no penalty was given
Nyron Nosworthy handles but no penalty was given
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GIANFRANCO Zola believes that the Owls can win their scrap to stay in the Championship.

His Watford team’s 2-1 victory against Wednesday was achieved only after Dave Jones’ side were denied a goal or a penalty in a controversial 24th minute incident when they were winning 1-0.

Zola told The Star: “I said to the team before the game that this (Wednesday) is a good team.

“In the six previous games they won three, drew two and lost one; that tells you a lot about their form.

“They are solid, they are dangerous; if they keep playing like they did against us, they won’t have a problem, in my opinion.”

Zola declined to comment on the incident where a Lewis Buxton header hit ex=Blades defender Nyron Nosworthy on the arm and, according to Wednesday’s video analysis, then crossed the line - with Jones claiming that the Owls should have been awarded a goal or a penalty.

“From my position it was difficult to see; I don’t want to comment,” said Zola. “I understand he might have complaints about it. Sometimes it happens to us, situations like that.”

Jones has admitted that from his position he could not tell at the time whether the ball had crossed the line:

“What I could see was the handball,” he said. “You’re not telling me if I can see it from 60 yards away, the referee can’t see it from 10.

“The ball was over the line. We have seen the video. If he’s not going to give that, he has to give the penalty.

“We were magnificent, against a very good side. As Franco said, they probably haven’t had a team go there and cause so many problems for them.”

Wednesday await the outcome of a scan on a foot injury that forced Giles Coke to go off in the first half.