Filed: Wednesday, 23rd September 2009
By: Staff Writer
Gianfranco Zola reflects on a Carling Cup exit at Bolton ...
It was a long night and also a disappointing night. It was an unexpected defeat. I didnít expect that, to be honest, because the way things were going on the pitch, I was waiting for the second goal to come at any moment. It was very disappointing.
[Finishing not good enough?] Well, that was one of the reasons we lost. When you build up so many opportunities, you need to obviously do better. That was it, really. When you play teams like them, you can expect in the last minute that a corner-kick can always produce something. That was a problem.
On the other hand, we defended corner-kicks and free-kicks so well the whole evening, so I wasnít expecting that. There are moments in the game when you have to raise your attention a little more and deal with those situations better.
We wanted to stay in and progress in the competition, but unfortunately that wasnít the case. Never mind. We are going to make up for it in the next game.
Itís not a great moment for us, obviously, but weíre playing good football and that is encouraging, so we just need to improve a few things. At least we are producing some good football.
We came here to play our game and it was evident in the way we played. I donít remember a game where we created so many opportunities. That was it, really. We just need to be a little bit more precise and we will do better.
We came here to play an open game and itís been an open game, itís as simple as that.
Diamanti has done well. He is dangerous and, of course, he helps the team. Itís just a moment when things arenít going our way, but if we keep a good attitude and try to raise our attention a bit more, weíll turn it round.
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07:11AM 26th Sep 2009
''I went up to Bolton on Tuseday night and to say we played good football is not accurate in my opinion. Green and the back four were just putting each other in trouble all the time by mucking around at the back, Zola comments on we had lots of chances but didn't take them - then why have Cole on the bench, we didn't have another game until Monday so it could'nt be for rest?
I mean as others say, the Carling Cup is our best chance of winning anything so you play your best team. CB Holdings needs to sell now to Sullivan and then we can get some stability at the club and that makes for a good atmosphere.
As for asking for Zola's head, come on.''
03:58PM 24th Sep 2009
''It can't be any worse? Are you having a laugh mate? It could be a million times worse, we have had a hard start to the season including teams like Liverpool. We have points on the board and we are playing some really good football.
You want an example of worse? PORTSMOUTH! Bad football and very bad results. Get a grip son!''
by Sam H
09:53AM 24th Sep 2009
''Are you kidding Chelmer? A couple of poor results...you are unbelievable! Spurs fan in disguise?
When Curbs was in charge, we wanted good football more than anything. Results were important, yes, but with Curbs it was dire. Now we've got good football, are in a run of a few poor results (not performances) and you're calling for his head?
Give me a break sunshine.''
04:49AM 24th Sep 2009
''I wouldn't call losing to Bolton good or great football. You need to wake up Zola!''
01:39AM 24th Sep 2009
''Last season we were all praising the man and a month into the season your baying for blood - fickle dude, very fickle. You don't become as good a footballer as Zola unless you do have guts, he will get through this as will the team and will a lot quicker without the fickleness of some supporters.
Curbs went cause he didn't play the West Ham way, Zola does and it will take time to settle the team in, so just chill and calm down and support your team.''
by john kay
10:19PM 23rd Sep 2009
''We have two chances of winning anything each season, that's in the cups - and now one's gone.
I can't beleive Zola picked that team for the Bolton game. A young inexperienced defender, Spector and Cole only as a sub. Surely Cole and Hines need playing time together to form a partnership especially as neither are scoring?''
08:18PM 23rd Sep 2009
''Zola hasn't got a clue and he has got to drop this Mr Nice Guy act and rip into some of those overpaid so-called top stars. They are not top stars, they are kids and overpaid Championship players and as West Ham fans we need to see past his positive attitude since the start that is all we have had.
Get rid and let Clarkie have a go on his own, it can't be any worse can it?''