Watford were a complete contrast from their other home game of the season as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Wolves at Vicarage Road. Francisco Sierralta headed in his own net in the second half where it seemed a matter of time before the visitors found the opener before they doubled the lead to wrap up the win. Here is how I rated the home players.
Daniel Bachmann – 7.5/10
Some important saves kept Wolves at bay until the 74th minute, notably denying Semedo when through on goal as the first half came to a close. A few tentative moments where he lacked conviction after a rough couple of weeks between the sticks but little he could do with the goals and some smart and secure handling should hopefully give him something to build off.
Jeremy Ngakia – 6/10
It was looking like it could be a truly miserable day for Ngakia on his first league start this season with him chasing Adama Traore’s heels in the opening stages. I think Traore’s switch to the right at half time helped his cause but he got to grips with his task defensively as the game went on. A few dodgy moments mixed with some promising play going beyond Sarr.
William Troost-Ekong – 6.5/10
Did his job well as captain. Defended steadily throughout the game not getting drawn into making rash challenges and did fine trying to get the ball out from the back.
Francisco Sierralta – 5/10
Unfortunately whilst the Chilean defender had an okay display, his own goal heading the ball into his own net was a very costly error. His aerial presence was felt as it was no surprise to see him rise above others to clear from balls into the box, I would’ve liked to have seen him show a bit more aggression when getting into his opponents as I felt the hosts needed to get around Wolves more as he found Raul Jimenez to be a slippery customer.
Danny Rose – 6/10
Like his fellow full back, started poorly and was getting exposed down his flank before improving, making some crunching challenges and interventions. Looked a constantly frustrated figure, he was a bit hit and miss in possession of the ball but you feel he can add something in the final third unlike Masina.
Peter Etebo – 6/10
Some neat turns but it was a game where Etobo couldn’t get his teammates into better areas, unable to progress to the ball like his club needed. Just far too quiet in the midfield, an area where Watford lost the battle.
Juraj Kucka – 4.5/10
Offered very little, a shell of a performance compared to his home debut and ultimately too careless in possession. Couldn’t seem to get near Neves or Moutinho.
Moussa Sissoko – 6/10
Some really impressive bursts through midfield which added value and a particularly good first half where he linked up nicely with the likes of Sarr on the right. Not formidable when always hitting a yellow shirt but that’s not what Sissoko is. He needs the right balance around him.
Ismaila Sarr – 6/10
A frustrated figure in the end, lacked options in the box where it mattered in the second half. Looked a threat in the first half where his balls in the box were close to finding the opening goal through unselfish and smart play. Constantly fouled as usual, but no key moment in the end from Watford’s key man.
Josh King – 5.5/10
Watford’s play did not make it a nice task for a lone striker so it was no surprise he was very annoyed to be subbed so early on in the second half. His movement and hold up play despite not being heavily involved was neat albeit not perfect.
Emmanuel Dennis – 4/10
Frustrating from start to finish, Watford’s player of the month has shown he’s got the ability but today was a day where nothing came off and at times it was very careless. Poor decision making but did battle hard tracking back when on the left. Constantly switching between the flank and playing up top was not a good idea.
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