Watford recorded a big win in front of their home fans with a 1-0 win over rock bottom Sunderland who surely now look all but relegated. A Miguel Britos header separated the two sides as the Hornets controlled the majority of the match but had to endure the uncertainty of a one goal lead when they failed to put away the killer second. Here are the player ratings I’ve given the Watford players.
Heurelho Gomes – 7/10
Little to do as a whole, he coped with everything well. If you’re to be picky he has his moments when he puts his defence in trouble being too slow playing from the back but commanded his box well and largely kicked accurately.
Craig Cathcart 8/10
Started at right back, you can rely on this man to give it all he’s got with sensible decision making. He was more than happy to link play further forwards as well. When moved to the middle he rarely put a foot wrong and squared an intelligent header across goal for the winner.
Younes Kaboul 7/10
In his brief spell before being substituted through injury, Kaboul played well, as he tends to do in a back four. Aerially a monster but even with this change he’s not one to be flash from the back as proven once more.
Miguel Britos – 8/10
I’m pleased for the Uruguayan, he’s rightly got a bit of grief for his lack of quality at times this season, no more so than from myself but this was highlight of the campaign so far. A big climb at the back post secured the winner, he also made some excellent tackles and was strong in the air, you get the mistakes playing from the back, that’s just part of Britos’s game.
Jose Holebas – 7/10
Some shaky moments in the first half which resulted in the usual arms being thrown up in anger but he got better as the game went on, linked up well generally down the left and was a hard task to beat one versus one, better from the Greek man.
Nordin Amrabat – 6/10
Was refreshing to see Amrabat back in the lineup after a while, it didn’t take him long to show what we’ve missed. His positivity stretched the back line and some wonderful touches put Oviedo on the back foot. However the final product was lacking and he kept drifting inside too much, his game is all about pinning the full back and going on the outside of the defence, it was disappointing we didn’t see enough of that today although that was partly due to a lack of service.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 8/10
Big fan of his bravery to get things ticking from deep when his position will be under scrutiny. He opened pockets in the Sunderland midfield and because he joined the attacks it was giving the opposition something to think about which is something you don’t get with Behrami. When he got into the final third his final ball let him down, he wasn’t the only one.
Etienne Capoue – 6/10
There was a bit of grit about Capoue’s game which was good to see, maybe insignificant but he was one of the few who stayed at the end looking very pleased with the result. A bit hit and miss with his passes, he can give a lot more with the ability he possesses but you’d take this attitude until the end of the season.
Tom Cleverley – 6.5/10
Plenty of good work from Cleverley, he does a great job defensively so it’s not hard to see why he’s a crowd favourite, pretty steady in possession, even when he lost the ball for a counter in the first half he ran half the pitch to prevent a cross. Solid.
M’baye Niang – 6/10
Niang is a hard player to judge, he’s eye catching at times. His solo run in the first half had the Vicarage Road crowd dazzled let alone the Sunderland defence. He chopped inside to outside from the left with success quite a few times but flatters to deceive too much and looks lethargic in spells, the ability is very much there, that’s why more needs to be shown, not just in patches. After Niang suggested he’s willing to ‘drop down’ to further his career he needs to prove his worth at Vicarage Road first and foremost and has to provide more if those are his aspirations.
Stefano Okaka 7/10
Yet to have a poor game in front of the home fans, the Italian this time had a tough task of playing up top as a lone striker. His strength and hold up play was very neat at times, he’s got more to his game though and he caused problems with limited service and no genuine chances for the big man, looks a promising option.
Daryl Janmaat 7/10
Some good overlapping prowess as usual from Janmaat, his delivery was solid and did his duties well defensively which is sometimes the area of concern.
Isaac Success – 6/10
Finally more than just 10 minutes as a substitute. I still think because of that there’s a bit of tension in his game which could explain some clumsy mistakes. He has the beating of his man though nearly every time he comes up against a right back. He did have some joy albeit with limited opportunities but blew his big moment when racing clear to be denied by Pickford. We need to see more from the start…
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