Date: 3rd February 2013 at 12:09am
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Gianfranco Zola praised his side’s efforts as they returned to winning ways at the expense of Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Former Hornet Marvin Sordell had his new side ahead from the spot on his first return to Vicarage Road before Matej Vydra equalised four minutes later.

Almen Abdi got the Hornet’s winner 20 minutes from time, a result which widens the gap between Watford in third and Derby County in 7th to 11 points.

Speaking afterwards to The Watford Observer, Zola said:

“It was a game where we had to work hard because they were good and we did that. Three games in a week is always hard for us as well. I was pleased and proud of the performance.”

The Italian also singled out goal-scorer Vydra and all-action midfielder Cristian Battocchio for individual plaudits:

“Matej showed why so many teams are interested in him. It was another performance of quality, quantity and character. He was absolutely fantastic today,’ enthused Zola.

“Cristian Battocchio and a few others were fantastic as well.’

Watford are back at the Vic’ next Friday as they take on Crystal Palace who sit a point and a place below them in the npower Championship table.