Date: 1st September 2012 at 10:34pm
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Watford supremo Gianfranco Zola pulled no punches in his assessment of today’s humbling at Derby County today, admitting the reaction to the opening goal was poor.

The Hornets fell behind after 16 minutes when Richard Keogh nodded home a Jamie Ward free-kick. Jeff Hendrick added another with his head before Connor Sammon bagged his first in County colours, all before half-time.

Ward bagged one of his own and youngster Will Hughes also got in on the act from close range before Matej Vydra scored his third of the season to claim Watford’s scant consolation.

Speaking afterwords to watfordfc.com, Zola admitted the loss of Martin Taylor less than 24 hours earlier had not helped his side:

“Unfortunately it was a situation we couldn`t avoid – he was in a condition to have a bigger contract somewhere else – so it is difficult to take,’ conceded Zola.

“Martin knows that I would have wanted to keep him but he had an opportunity to have a bigger and longer contract elswhere. Therefore he decided to go – we couldn`t keep a player who wanted to go.”

The gaffer continued:

“I know it was a difficult game for many reasons but honestly I didn`t expect that. I didn`t like the reaction after we conceded the first goal – it has to be better.

“That was the disappointment for me. The goals were soft – our start was okay, nothing more, but it was okay.’

Watford have two weeks off now with the international break and will doubtless be working hard at their UCL London Colney training ground during that period of the defensive side of things!