Zola refuses to blame Lastuvka after West Ham Cup elimination

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola won't criticise goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka after his gaffe gifted Watford their winner in last night's Carling Cup tie. "I can't tell him (Lastuvka) anything because he made a fantastic save before he was very unlucky," said Zola, refusing to blame his goalkeeper. "I said to the players that it doesn't have to change our positive attitude to the work we're doing. It would be too easy to think everything would be bright. "I didn't even know about this (the tribunal ruling). I don't want to have any excuses like that."

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola won't criticise goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka after his gaffe gifted Watford their winner in last night's Carling Cup tie.

"I can't tell him (Lastuvka) anything because he made a fantastic save before he was very unlucky," said Zola, refusing to blame his goalkeeper.

"I said to the players that it doesn't have to change our positive attitude to the work we're doing. It would be too easy to think everything would be bright.

"I didn't even know about this (the tribunal ruling). I don't want to have any excuses like that."

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