Marco Silva recorded his first away win in the Premier League as Watford came away with a 2-0 victory away at Bournemouth. Two second half goals from Richarlison and Capoue got the three points in what was an impressive display from the visitors. Here are my individual verdicts from the match.
Heurelho Gomes – 7/10
Difficult to remember the Brazilian being troubled during the match but he made some sensible decisions, distributed well and made sure his defence took an all important clean sheet back to Vicarage Road.
Kiko Femenia – 6.5/10
The Spaniard’s opponent in Jordan Ibe was very poor and Femenia can take partial credit in that. I thought we looked vulnerable though down the right side in the first half. Amrabat and Femenia didn’t look in tandem and that allowed Bournemouth to shift the defence apart, he was however neat and tidy in possession, stuck to his task relatively well and can certainly build on this performance.
Sebastian Prodl – 8/10
If Marco Silva needed an indication as to why Prodl was our player of the season last campaign then this was it. We look much more assured with the Austrian in the back line, he got into the right positions and without much fuss cleared well. He used his experience on occasions to see out the danger, should be a no brainer to start him if the likes of Kaboul and Britos are the alternatives.
Miguel Britos – 6/10
Britos had a worrying opening 45 and made some poor decisions, he very much looked the weak link and I’d like to think his opening two starts are purely because of the injuries at centre half. However the Uruguayan was resolute in the second half making some good interceptions which is what we’ve seen from Britos before, when he doesn’t have to think he can defend.
Jose Holebas – 7/10
Again one on one the left back was rarely troubled and put in a very steady performance. I thought his positional sense was very good and choose to work the left hand side sensibly making some smart decisions to set Richarlison free. Another player that used his experience to great effect in what was a intelligent away performance.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 6.5/10
The 22 year old showed plenty of classy touches to show what the fuss is about but largely disappointed when it came to being constructive. He misplaced passes as much as playing some really nice balls, then when he was set clear after winning the ball in the second half he couldn’t apply the finish as well as squandering quite a few long range efforts. However his pressing was very good so room for improvement I feel from the talented midfielder but plenty of good signs.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 8/10
Another great showing from Doucoure in what has become a typical performance in recent months. Rarely lost possession, kept the flow ticking and was part of a midfield that ultimately won its battle.
Nordin Amrabat – 6/10
I thought Amrabat stepped up to some degree today. He definitely pegged back the Bournemouth defence at times and was much more precise with his delivery putting in some decent passes and crosses. A lack of quality showed on certain occasions and defensively was a bit muddled with Femenia but on the whole he gave the side something today which hasn’t been the case too many times in recent months.
Tom Cleverley – 7/10
I was particularly impressed with Cleverley’s high press and energy which really unsettled the Cherries. He was very well disciplined but helped give the side some fluidity which was often a problem away from home last season. Certainly not perfect on the ball misplacing a few poor passes but on the whole this was an encouraging performance from the former Everton man.
Richarlison – 8/10
Wow! The 20 year old put in a pretty brilliant performance with all things considered. He put in a really mature and gifted outing where he terrorised Adam Smith all day. He offered trickery, defensive discipline and scored the opening goal where his movement which was smart all day got him in the right position to fire home on the rebound. Very impressive and a great sign going forwards but very early days nonetheless.
Andre Gray – 6/10
Gray had a poor first half being loose in possession and then missing his big moment as the first half came to a close when he fired over from close range. His movement and off the ball play gave Watford another dimension which provided the openings on the break. In the second half he did hold the ball up better and stretch Bournemouth and that was how he setup the first goal, crossing for Richarlison who made a dart in the box.
Etienne Capoue – 7/10
What a goal from Capoue who looked to be a forgotten man with his apparent incident with Marco Silva. He took his goal beautifully and showed that he has an abundance of ability but we also saw his alternate side slicing a clearance which nearly led to a big Bournemouth chance in his short side spell on the pitch.
Watford fans, do you agree with these ratings? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by dom fellowes