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Reaction: Preston North End 2 Blues 1

Posted: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Author: bcfc.com

Read Gianfranco Zola's thoughts after Blues were defeated at Deepdale.

Gianfranco Zola on whether his side were unlucky in the second-half...
"I don’t want to talk about luck anymore. I’m fed up because we keep losing games like this. We are not unlucky, at the moment we are very poor. It’s as simple as that. I’m the first responsible and the results have not been good. We can do better than this and we need to stop talking because we need to just go there and be more careful. We had control of the game totally in the second-half and we were just waiting to score, but they came once and scored. It’s disappointing to be honest."

Gianfranco Zola on Blues' first-half performance...
"We said it last week, we talked, we addressed, we said and at the moment the players can’t give their best because they feel the situation. I will always be here for them but we need to mature a little bit, because we need to be more prepared and tougher to beat. They are very edgy of course, the confidence is not there and the result is we start like that. The second-half was very good, again very good, and there was just one team waiting to concede. But they came down and they scored. Sorry I’m very frustrated."

Gianfranco Zola on the second-half system change to 3-5-2...
"I thought it helped and it was good. I was planning to do that and it was in my thoughts for a while. After the first-half it was necessary and I think it worked quite well. The team in general was more comfortable, more balanced so certainly that’s a good start. But now is the moment we really stop talking and just act a little better than we are at the moment."

Gianfranco Zola on selecting Krystian Bielik for his Blues debut...
"It was because they had a big player up front and I was afraid of crosses into the box and long balls. He has the size and in the week I saw his qualities as well. The game also showed that. Him, Jonathan (Grounds) and Josh (Dacres-Cogley) all did well."

Gianfranco Zola on Craig Gardner’s red card...
"I think the second foul was a little bit of frustration and he shouldn’t have done that. It’s OK, he’s a player whose got a lot of passion and so I can understand that."

Gianfranco Zola on his overall thoughts...
"I’m disappointed because we don’t work for that and to see a team that plays football the way they play in the second-half is really frustrating. It’s very difficult for me to be here (post-match interview) and I do it because I’m professional and need to talk. But I shouldn’t talk really, we don’t need to say more, just act better."

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