Last Updated: Fri, 10 May 2013 09:30
Gianfranco Zola felt Watford paid the price for poor finishing as Leicester edged the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final
David Nugent netted eight minutes from time to give the Foxes a 1-0 lead to protect in Sunday lunchtime's second leg at Vicarage Road.
Both sides created chances prior to Nugent's header.
Leicester's best openings came during the first half while Watford's Ikechi Anya and Matej Vydra spurned one-on-one opportunities either side of the break.
"I think we were punished for not being clinical enough," said Hornets boss Zola, whose team were easily the highest away scorers in the division during the regular season with 44 goals.
"In other games we have created less chances and still won. I couldn't see Leicester scoring, I thought we had control of the game.
"But this is the reality and the Championship is like this, teams can punish you with very little opportunities. When you have good players like they have, this happens.
"It is a shame because scoring and taking chances has been one of our main qualities.
"But it is okay. I can't be too hard on my players because they played a good game and they deserved more.
"I don't think anyone can say we deserved to lose. It is hard on us, I think a draw was probably fair.
"Leicester also had chances in the first half but they were matched by our ones."
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