Watford recorded their first away win in 5 games as they came out victorous at the London Stadium, beating West Ham 2-0. Both sides had enough chances to win the game but goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu sealed the three points for the Hornets. Here’s how I rated the Watford players today.
Ben Foster – 8/10
One of Watford’s star players this season again produced the goods between the sticks when called upon. His second half save from a deflected effort was absolutely crucial in keeping a clean sheet. He also saved smartly from Antonio in the first half as another highlight. You can tell Foster gives confidence to his defenders even when the side faced spells of danger particularly in the second half, he was a composed figure, kicking well and making the correct decisions throughout.
Kiko Femenia – 6/10
The Spaniard has been a bit out of sorts this season and he had another hit and miss performance today. Largely he can be satisfied to have overall had the upper hand on the lazy Felipe Anderson but he was at fault for losing possession what seemed more than any other player. His stamina was crucial though in a high energy game and gave Watford a good outlet on the right hand side.
Craig Cathcart – 9/10
Immense. His defensive partner is a shaky one at present but there is no phasing the Northern International when it comes to composure. He might not be capable of spraying passes out from the back but he once again more than made up for it with his reading of the game, crucial interceptions and ability in the air. He even covered sensibly for an injured Holebas in the second half, taking command of the action. Didn’t put a foot wrong.
Christian Kabasele – 6/10
As previously mentioned, Kabasele looks a fragile figure at the moment. It didn’t exactly help when he gave away a cheap clearance which nearly set West Ham free in the first half. Previous games have clearly dented his enthusiasm in the challenge and you just hoped the ball wouldn’t go near him at times. That is though harsh of his capabilities as he still didn’t have a poor game at all. He did take up some decent positions to intercept crosses throughout the match and was less rash when exposed on the flank late on. A clean sheet that hopefully builds confidence.
Jose Holebas – 8/10
Another man that did not shy away from his responsibilites. Made some highly assertive tackles on Antonio in the first half in particular. His performance was so sensible we can let him off for some more shocking set piece deliveries. An all round defensive display heading clear a few times and using his experience to mean no one got any spare change out of the former Roma player.
Ken Sema – 6/10
A tired Sema was taken off towards the end of the game and he certainly got through a lot of work. His work rate was excellent, highlighted when he covered for Femenia in comfortably seeing out Felipe Anderson in the first half. He did take on a lot of opportunites in good areas but failed to make a killer decision really on any occassion. Unfortunately he was part of a lot of the breakdowns with attacks but he still put in another solid display, in similar fashion to what we’ve already seen in recent weeks.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7/10
Doucoure got off to a pretty poor start again. He’s been more wasteful in possession this season after his outstanding campaign last term and he was guilty of playing some poor passes early on. He did though recover to have a good game with his partner Etienne Capoue in the middle. His athleticism was really summed up in two moments, once missing a golden chance to kill the game when he made a lungbursting run with about 15 minutes to go and then he made a absolutely decisive intervention, reacting quickly to deny Hernandez an almost certain goal in the second half after he had missed that big chance. That has to sum up his importance overall.
Etienne Capoue – 7.5/10
A few fans were questioning the absence of Domingos Quina after his fine perfomance last week but Watford’s player of the season so far stepped in again following suspension to calmly quash that decision from Javi Gracia. Capoue was simply the glue that held everything together again, there were no party tricks which we’ve seen before when the Frenchman can frustrate. Capoue protected his back four superbly well, his mark is a bit of an injustice in that he made everything he did look simple, which predominantly it was.
Roberto Pereyra – 7.5/10
The Argentinian is one to normally shy away from away day displays but his magic was on show in glimpses on occassions. I thought this performance summed up his season. He was a bit frustrating with his decision making on occassions but delivered in moments that mattered. He won the penalty for the all important first goal and created the second with some beautiful link play with Deulofeu.
Gerard Deulofeu – 8/10
The former Everton player can be incredibly frustrating to watch but I really enjoyed his performance. He’s caused all kinds of problems getting into some dangerous areas against the opposition in recent weeks but been disappointing with the final product. He played a couple of incisive passes in the first half that could’ve invited more than they got. He relieved the pressure for his team, no more so than by wrapping the game up following a fine move. Encouraging.
Troy Deeney – 7/10
We come to expect penalties are where Deeney scores from but he had a long time to wait before he put Watford in front which can’t be underestimated. He certainly did a solid job of holding the ball up overall. That being said you can’t forget that he missed a sitter in the second half which you simply have to score in the context of the match. When slipped through in the first half he also never looked like scoring but for now, it doesn’t matter if Watford are picking up the points.
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