Watford have yet again gifted their opponents three points as the Hornets were left empty handed despite taking the lead against Burnley at Vicarage Road. Another controlled performance counted for nothing as the club continue to undo all their hard work with their inability to clear from set pieces. I rate how each of the Golden Boys got on in this encounter.
Orestis Karnezis – 4/10
A couple of really poor moments from the Greek keeper went unpunished as he made a howler at the start of the second half which Burnley failed to capitalise on. A fumble and an unconvincing slap in the second half meant it was a poor outing from Karnezis although ultimately it was those in front of them that threw away the game.
Daryl Janmaat – 7/10
I don’t think it’d be unfair to suggest Janmaat has been calamatous at times at the back this season but he raised his game last week and followed it up with another productive display. Despite his opposite man N’Koudou posing little threat in terms of ability, Janmaat can be satisfied that he kept his winger quiet throughout. The combination with Kiko Femenia has been really neat and they interchanged consistently providing a problem for Burnley’s left side.
Sebastian Prodl – 6/10
I’ve never seen a centre half as tall as Prodl be less imposing. Gracia needs a dominant centre half to intercept everything in the air particularly against the likes of Burnley who play direct. His form just hasn’t been good enough, he was by no means bad today but we need more.
Adrian Mariappa – 6/10
With Mariappa’s lack of height you always felt Burnley may have looked to seize on this potential weakness. He had a mixed game in terms of aerial success. As ever a fully determined display and once again far from a negative afternoon but at times it’s evident the acadamy graduate has punched above his weight this campaign.
Jose Holebas – 6/10
The full back is not the most popular individual at the best of times let alone after his moment of madness last week. He didn’t make himself too popular with the Burnley fans either after he was incredibly flagged offside despite never getting involved with the play and continously made his feelings known to the linesman in front of the travelling supporters. Despite poor set piece delivery this was a more dependable showing having probably said he had the better of Aaron Lennon.
Kiko Femenia – 8/10
Spanish elegance, Femenia has been a joy to watch this season and excelled once again as a winger. He finds space all the time, has tight control and is both positive but calculated with his play. He connected well with Janmaat and offers defensive protection to his full back. You could argue he didn’t quite get the killer pass or cross in to make life more comfortable for Watford but for me a cracking player who is a worthy shout for man of the match.
Etienne Capoue – 7/10
I’ve really liked this Etienne Capoue since Javi Gracia has arrived. We haven’t seen the showboating as much and are instead seeing a far more simplistic midfielder who is just executing the basics well and that is more than enough for me. Unforced errors were quite rare and he is keeping moves going, I thought he probably won his battle on the pitch as well.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 5/10
Doucoure has done plenty of talking off the pitch but isn’t matching it on the pitch. His performance never got going and was everything he hasn’t been this season. He was indecisive and made hard work of finding his teammates far too often. This is surely a result of the hype surrounding Watford’s star man, what is for certain is he won’t get his big move if he continues to play like he did today.
Roberto Pereyra – 7/10
Pereyra has come to life in recent weeks and pleasingly put in another good display. He seemed to be on the receiving end of most chances and would’ve been very disappointed had he not come away with a goal which he found in the second half. He might have felt he should have scored on a couple more occassions but he is making himself more of a threat. I liked the positions he took up today often finding pockets inside the left channel. More importantly he is being more incisive with the ball at his feet.
Will Hughes – 8/10
Another start for Will Hughes and probably another man of the match performance. He is proving to be too difficult for the opposition to get a hold of as he continues to get in between the lines and open the play up causing all kinds of problems. Showed plenty of confidence to get out of tight situations and is also doing more than his fair share defensively, great to watch.
Troy Deeney – 4/10
Deeney offered nothing. The captain did not lead the line well and the Burnley centre backs dealt with him with ease. There seemed to be no movement and with the big stature of his oppositon he had to be smart with the way he went about his business as it was unlikely he was ever going to bully them, instead he seemed to always be offside and you feel with a different option the Hornets could’ve put Burnley to bed.
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