A low key affair at the AMEX saw a turgid game end 0-0 between Brighton and Watford. A virtually un-eventful first 45 minutes didn’t spark the Hornets into action in the second half and were slightly second best as the game went on with Brighton missing a few chances. The result moves Gracia’s side into 8th for now while Brighton stay 13th. Here is how I rated the Watford players performances.
Ben Foster – 10/10
Watford’s player of the season so far was the man who gained Watford a point today. He made a few outstanding saves particularly in the second half including flinging himself to deny a top scorner strike, improvising to kick away a header which was finding the bottom corner and denying Andone when through on goal. Foster also bailed out his defence when they were being bombarded with set pieces throughout. Man of the match.
Daryl Janmaat – 5/10
This wasn’t Daryl’s kind of game, it was one that required a lot of defensive perseverance and he was limited in being able to get forwards which is his strength. He did whip in a good couple of crosses but defensively was caught a bit out of position and Locadia took him towards his own goal putting the visitors in danger. In possession he was very much hit and miss.
Adrian Mariappa – 5.5/10
I thought despite the clean sheet that Mariappa looked vulnerable, it was a huge concern seeing him up against the giants Brighton possessed in Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Generally speaking he did fairly well and stuck to his task not allowing Glenn Murray too many chances.
Craig Cathcart – 8/10
Cathcart took ownership of the defence and was the most assured man in the backline despite a daunting task in marking Brighton’s physical presence. He sweeped up well for his teammates countless times, was the best player when dealing with aerial duels and made sure the Hornets didn’t go under when put under pressure.
Jose Holebas – 6/10
The full back seems to have added a bit of quality to his defensive displays this season. This was summed up when he matched an onrushing Solly March down the line where he was patient, matched him for pace and fizzled out an attack smartly. He did get caught in behind a couple of times and was again guilty of a lack of genuine quality when in possession. A solid an effiicent display but nothing more.
Will Hughes – 4/10
First and foremost playing Hughes on the right is limited and does not work. No more so today when he put in a really disappointing performance where he was guilty of losing the ball and not dragging the Hornets up the pitch far too often. The right side looked exposed particularly in the first half with Hughes not always helping Janmaat and it was a day where Brighton were not worried by any work on the flanks by Watford. When the rest of the side aren’t moving the ball around with a rhythm then Hughes suffers as a result.
Tom Cleverley – 6/10
A workman like performance from a workman like player. But that was really it, there was not a single moment of precision from Cleverley during the game and that a lot of the time meant Watford were going to really cut through Brighton. He did his defensive work very well and screened the back four nicely with Capoue. Certainly a tactical point for Gracia to take away from the game if they want to be more creative in the middle of the park.
Etienne Capoue – 6.5/10
This summed up everything positive about Capoue’s drastic improvements under Gracia. When the ball sat for him to strike about 35 yards out he chose a more sensible pass. The Capoue of this season is a consistent and sensible one and that’s exactly what he was again today. Again like his partner nothing came off in terms of creative play but he was the man getting ball moving from side to side. His physical stature certainly aided the team defensively.
Ken Sema – 3/10
Sema has had a few solid games for the club since signing but this wasn’t one to helps get any critics off his back. He was guilty of losing the ball so many times and Montoya probably won’t have a more comfortable game all season. I think on other occassions Sema has been a scapegoat for fans to question his ability at this level but I can’t make any excuses for today, he looked way off it.
Gerard Deulofeu – 5/10
A frustrating outing as Deulofeu wasn’t found and utilised to the effective way he’s been found this season. While his flat performance wasn’t completely down to his own doing he didn’t ever look like being the spark that Watford craved throughout the match and again frustrated with his decisions on the ball.
Troy Deeney – 5/10
Again Troy’s service was exceptionally limited. He got bossed in the air by Dunk and Duffy though which was the only disappointment. No chances were presented his way and he’ll be upset that his teammates meant he had a quiet afternoon.
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