Watford reverted to their blunt away form as they drew a blank away at Millwall. On what was a testing pitch, the Hornets didn’t do enough to make it 4 wins on the bounce. Here is how I rated the away side individually.
Daniel Bachmann – 6/10
Despite hitting the post and having a disallowed goal Bachmann was largely a spectator without anything truly of note to do in the game. His understanding with his defence seems to be working well and his kicking is reliable.
Kiko Femenia – 5.5/10
A player that’s been on a large run of games and perhaps is in need of a rest. This performance was a little bit shaky in patches, getting caught out of position a few times and not quite offering the same protection of the ball that we have seen game in game out. He still showed plenty of energy to cover an awful lot of ground in the match but it was far from his most polished display.
William Troost-Ekong – 9/10
Faultless. Both centre halves barely put a foot wrong and they would’ve been aggrieved if they had conceded because of a teammate after they dealt with Millwall’s attack convincingly. Troost-Ekong played the game with ease, meeting every challenge with conviction and sent everything back from where it came which is not easy considering Millwall are an imposing side physically.
Francisco Sierralta – 9/10
Commanding in the air and unfazed when put under any pressure. Perhaps Millwall’s forward play wasn’t relentless or with any real quality but that’s not of any fault of the Chilean who likewise didn’t put a foot wrong all night.
Adam Masina – 5.5/10
His score is lifted by the left back largely untested defensively, to which he contributed to the clean sheet doing the basics pretty well. Again though his use of the ball and decision making with it is painful and I believe he is much better than he is showing since returning to the side. He seems to lack the ability to get the play going in the same way that Femenia does, instead labouring on the ball and taking too long to make a decision which does his teammates no favours.
Ismaila Sarr – 5.5/10
More than enough endeavour from the winger but a game where he didn’t produce a moment of any top quality and was guilty of losing control of the football too often. He did get in behind on a couple of occasions which seemed promising but it didn’t lead to anything. Couldn’t get in sync with his teammates but helped out well defensively.
Tom Cleverley – 8/10
The best player on the pitch before getting substituted which is a bit of a mystery to me. In the first half he was absolutely everywhere, pinging balls over the pitch and injecting some tempo into Watford’s play which no other player could match. Defensively he was first to every ball although his needless yellow card might have been a concern going into the latter stages of the game. Didn’t quite run the game in the second half as much but wasn’t afforded the time.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 5/10
I feel somewhat kind giving a 5 as Chalobah’s first half performance was rubbish. He was careless on the ball and flippant off it, summed up when he completely switched off for Millwall’s goal at the end of the first half which was fortunately disallowed for offside. He walloped a second half strike which was hit sweetly and forced a save from the goalkeeper but this was his highlight, he improved with his play in the second half but without anything overly constructive.
Will Hughes – 5.5/10
Very frustrating to see someone like Will Hughes being played in a position which is going to nullify his qualities. Playing on the left of midfield, there was plenty of effort but unable to become a creative force in the game. It seemed difficult trying to link up with teammates and even after he was moved centrally his passing was decent enough but without really dictating the play like we would hope.
Troy Deeney – 7.5/10
A frustrating night for the captain who I thought did his role to a good level of quality. He looked full of confidence after a man of the match performance on Friday night, his play was bright and sharp but ultimately let down by his teammates who were not as industrious when it mattered in the final third. Handy physically in both boxes doing his job, we need Deeney to offer this level of support to be a threat going forwards regularly from now.
Andre Gray – 4/10
Not up to the task, the only way you can see Gray scoring is if it hits him which is exactly what happened for his only goal of the season. His understanding of the game and general level of skill continues to be a tough watch and in a game where the Hornets had most of the play, a more competent striker is more likely to be the difference.
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