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Reaction: Derby County 1 Blues 0

Posted: Tue 27 Dec 2016
Author: bcfc.com

Read Gianfranco Zola's thoughts after Blues fell to defeat at the Pride Park Stadium.

Gianfranco Zola on the penalty... Today was even more painful as it came from a penalty. It wasn’t a penalty, I thought it was soft and the referee was also in a bad position. It happens all the time in this league and every league and normally these penalties aren’t given. I feel for the players, because I thought they played a good game. They stood up for most of the game and they didn’t look like threatening us. To be fair we didn’t look threatening and it was a game where the draw was a fair result. 


Gianfranco Zola on whether Blues' attacking in the final third lacked decisiveness... It’s fair to say that. We were very good with balanced defending and some of the passing has been good today. We were solid and stood up to Derby. I thought in the last 20, 25 metres we are not where we want to be yet. In the first-half we had moments when we moved the ball so well up the pitch and got players in good positions. That’s the time we need to take more initiative and go for goal. We have to be more effective to make all the work that they do at the back much better. Lukas (Jutkiewicz) works for the team, but sometimes Jacques (Maghoma) and Greg (Stewart) were far away as they were helping defensively. We will work on that. 


Gianfranco Zola on his first two fixtures... To be honest in the last two games we've played two of the best teams in the league and I didn’t see much of a difference. Of course these teams have that extra quality where they punish you and that’s the extra quality we need to get in order to play games like this and win. We’ve had two very difficult fixtures and we knew that it was going to be difficult, but honestly seeing the performances of the players I’m happy. 


Gianfranco Zola on January...  I think we can improve and there will be more improvement as we work. At the moment we are not very active (transfers) and we’re active in seeing and working with what we have.


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