Date: 30th January 2013 at 10:33am
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Gianfranco Zola is adamant that he does not regret the six changes he made to his starting XI last night as his Watford side lost 2-0 at Bristol City.

The Hornet’s Head Coach rested Lloyd Doyley, Marco Cassetti, Nathaniel Chalobah, Cristian Battocchio, Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney, bringing in Fitz Hall, Sean Murray, John Eustace, Jonathan Hogg, Fernando Forestieri and Alex Geijo.

In the end, a poor performance from the Golden Boys and a well-executed gameplan from Bristol City handed Sean O’Driscoll’s side victory courtesy of goals from Greg Cunningham and Paul Anderson.

Speaking afterwards to The Watford Observer, Zola talked about the impact of the changes:

‘I don`t look at the short picture. We have a lot of games to play and this is a team; it is not just about the first XI,’ stated Zola.

The Italian continued: ‘I don`t regret it and I don`t think it is the reason we didn`t win the game. I would do it again to be honest.’

Zola also highlighted the fact that Watford will have had three games in seven days by the weekend – Forest last Saturday, Bristol City on Tuesday and Bolton on Saturday – a factor in his decision to rotate the enormous squad.

Watford return to the Vic’ this Saturday to host Dougie Freedman’s Bolton.