Written by David Robinson
Watford picked up a point against Bournemouth having gone behind twice at Vicarage Road. In what was a fairly even game, the Hornets can certainly be pleased with their efforts when considering the visitors had the better of the chances and they faced a determined Mike Dean, who made life a lot tougher for Mazzarri’s side. I give my ratings for the Watford players from this game.
Heurelho Gomes – 6/10
The woodwork was tested more than the Brazilian goalkeeper but he once again had to pick the all out of his net a couple of times. He might have done better with the first goal but it wasn’t a shot he simply had to save so little criticism should be directed his way. He was a calm presence and is aerially secure which can’t always be said for fellow Premier League ‘keepers.
Camillo Zuniga – 6/10
He looked uncomfortable throughout but despite this he did a decent job. I thought he recycled possession well in the first half and Jordon Ibe was ineffective which he can take some plaudits for. It was worrying that there wasn’t a clear telepathy between himself and Amrabat but that is perhaps to be expected. His uncertainty resulted in a reluctance to overlap Amrabat but this in turn allowed the Moroccan more space to attack his man, a performance that would leave fans uncomfortable if he was first choice but is certainly an option for Mazzarri.
Sebastian Prodl – 5.5/10
Prodl’s game wasn’t helped when he somehow got booked early on when he got pushed by Wilson only to make a handball when he fell to the floor. That was the last thing he needed against his pacy opponent and he delt with Wilson in a hit and miss fashion, the big centre back lost him and that resulted in the first goal. He swept up well on a couple of occasions but it was an uneasy watch.
Younes Kaboul – 6.5/10
It’s been a really poor defensive start to the season but Kaboul looks like he has the potential to bring some real command to the back line. He played with maturity and a confidence in his own physicality which in fairness is monstrous. That array of physical qualities allow him to be effective in a number of ways, he was the best defender for the side and didn’t do much wrong. Showed an eye for a pass as well.
Jose Holebas – 5.5/10
A switch to left back for the Greek international but it didn’t stop him bombing forwards constantly. He was error prone and it was worrying to see him to vacate his position so easily leaving the away side with space to exploit. He lost possession which lead to a fortunate Bournemouth goal. It wasn’t all bad though, he still linked up well and did his fair share of defending but it wasn’t a complete performance by any means.
Valon Behrami – 7.5/10
The defensive midfielder did his job, his pressing is superb and didn’t allow the Hornets to get completely overrun when at times it looked like that would be the case. His passing becomes sloppy on occasions but his job isn’t a flashy one, covering his full backs and making life tough is and that he did well.
Etienne Capoue – 5.5/10
A fairly anonymous game from the Frenchman really, he didn’t offer much in terms of creativity which was disappointing, he did contribute towards the basics though in a box-to-box fashion and that was about it, Mazzarri will be wanting more.
Roberto Pereyra – 5.5/10
His game was probably summed up when he made a nice burst and turn up the pitch in which he then passed a horrible switch of play straight to Bournemouth in a bad position. He didn’t get into good enough positions, something he has done excellently so far this season, I very much felt that hindered his game. Was constantly able to set Amrabat free in a similar fashion in the first half but nothing too stand out from the Argentinian.
Nordin Amrabat – 7.5/10
The Moroccan made a fine assist when he used his strength to turn Charlie Daniels and to set up Deeney for the first goal. Amrabat had the beating of his man and was sensible with his decision making, his crosses were a threat which is rarely the case from a Watford side. This game demonstrated he is much more effective as a winger than a wing-back, some of his awareness defensively can be poor but he does put in a shift. While he can be equally frustrating, he has shown he can be prove to be a useful asset to this club.
Odion Ighalo – 5.5/10
It wasn’t a bad display from the Nigerian who went into the game under pressure from fans after poor form for a sustained time. Again he was hit and miss with his efforts, his snatched shot inside a couple of minutes was a sign that it’s just not happening for him. His hold up play was decent at times but when you looked at his overall threat he doesn’t look like scoring, not something you want from what is meant to be the main goal scorer. He could do with being dropped for his own good in my opinion.
Troy Deeney – 7.5/10
Vintage Deeney, he hassled all game, he won plenty of headers and he caused uncertainty for the Bournemouth back line. His goal was very neat, his shots are usually just all power but he used the pace of Amrabat’s cut back to glide it perfectly into the net. He was a determined figure and this type of display will take Watford a long way when he’s in this mood.
Isaac Success – 7.5/10
His rating is only a 7.5 due to the length of his game time. He destroyed Adam Smith from the moment he set foot onto the pitch with his pace, power and unpredictability. He looked lethal driving at the opposition and always looked likely to make something happen, scored a fantastic header for the equaliser and drove a powerful strike at goal after starting a nice move. We need to see an awful lot more Success.
Guedioura – in his short spell he brought some combativeness but he did his usual dallying on the ball and didn’t give the desired lift to look for the winner.
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