Written by David Robinson
Watford disgraced themselves against an embarrassingly poor Sunderland side which saw the Hornets lose 1-0. A Patrick Van Aanholt strike in the second half separated the two sides in what was a highlight of just how poor the Premier League actually is. Played in a friendly match like atmosphere, the away side put in a friendly like performance with a friendly like attitude.
Mazzarri’s men comfortably had the better of the first 45 with the Golden Boys probing the Sunderland goal. A lack of incisiveness in front of goal and with the final pass meant the two sides would go in level. This of course would have been frustrating for the Watford fans who would’ve been alarmed that the interval could quite comfortably change things. While being the better team, there still seemed to be a lack of real determination to make the most of being on top. On the other hand, the first period indicated just how poor David Moyes’s side are and with that, a decent level of performance in the second 45 would’ve been enough to secure the three points.
But not only did the visitors sink to the Black Cats level, they got worse and put in a gutless, abject display that frighteningly has already occurred this season. Once more a clean sheet was evaporated when a cross came in which Kabesele looked to have dealt with but it fell to Van Aanholt, the left back for Sunderland, who applied the finish.
If that wasn’t bad enough after seeing the side go behind, the response was even worse. The Stadium of Light was hardly making it a tricky occasion for the visitors but Watford were simply out fought yet again by an opposition who lacked any real ability at all. The goal gave the hosts a boost and therefore it was up to Mazzarri to get a response and too ultimately find the answer.
There was no urgency and the players deceived the fans in my opinion. There was no real desire or intention in their movement with or without the ball. They simply did the minimum of looking like they were interested but it is simply not good enough. Isaac Success was the only bright spark in the side and even he was not effective over the course of his cameo appearance but at least he did give the Sunderland back line something to think about. Attitude aside problems remain in the middle of the park where any link play is non existent and too slow with too bigger gaps being left between the middle and the forward line. An area that needs addressing.
Of course Watford fans know Odion Ighalo is not good enough now, he didn’t do a bad job but the club cannot carry him any longer. Deeney is the player to take something from this game, he was once again uninspiring and ineffective. You don’t really know what he brings to the side at present and his 100th goal for the club never looks like coming. The inconsistencies this season mean it is easy to be rash when reacting to a game but this is not a reaction to a defeat to a poor Sunderland side, this is a reaction to the consistencies in which Watford have been so inconsistent. The same faults are there and the most worrying factor of all is the attitude of the players.
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