Dec 7 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
CALVIN ZOLA is discovering the kind of football he learned to play as a striker with League One clubs such as Tranmere and Crewe may be a little too robust for the Scottish Premier League.
The 28-year-old says he has been forced to adapt his style of play at Aberdeen following a summer move from Burton Albion.
Admitting he’s used to a more physical style of play south of the border, the Congo-born forward says he felt annoyed by the number of fouls being given against him in his early months in Scotland.
And after picking up two bookings, he says is learning to change in a bid to avoid problems with referees in the future.
Zola said: “My game has always been the same, at my age you don’t change very much. I’ve never had any problems at all with the way I play. This is a new league for me and I’ve been penalised at times when I’ve barely been doing anything at all.
“It makes you change a little bit, which is not always easy because you have been doing the same thing for years.
“I can appreciate it is a different league but it is something I’ve needed to adapt. You do get frustrated sometimes but you have to get on with it and deal with it.”
Zola has scored three times in 17 matches since his summer move to Aberdeen and he believes there’s room for improvement in 2014.
He spent four seasons with Tranmere between 2004 and 2008, scoring 18 goals in 108 games.