The Hornets continued to bore everyone to tears on the road but this time they came out victorious as they nicked a 1-0 win against Birmingham. A Troy Deeney Penalty late on separated the sides as Birmingham went down to 10 men in the same action. Here is how I rated the Hornets individually.
Ben Foster – 6/10
Another game where Foster wasn’t overly tested, it must be hard to concentrate and watch the players in front of him because it certainly isn’t easy for the fans. His distribution continues to be wasteful to say the least as he kicked and threw the ball out of play needlessly. When Gary Gardner had a late chance to equalise from a free kick he scrambled across to make an important save.
Jeremy Ngakia – 5.5/10
The full back was one of the standout performers against Rotherham in midweek but has equally been a bit flat in recent weeks and this was a blunt display from Ngakia. His starting position seemed quite deep and it meant he wasn’t able to maraude forwards, not helped by having no natural winger in front of him. He’s not playing to his capabilities as he often went long and fairly aimless, his defensive prowess has also looked more vulnerable recently as he was passed a couple of times but stayed relatively solid on the whole.
William Troost-Ekong – 6/10
A clean sheet will be pleasing for the centre half who missed the target when distributing from the back. He was pretty dependable with his defensive duties although he wasn’t overly commanding, he gave away an avoidable corner in the second half when under pressure.
Ben Wilmot – 5.5/10
Was all over the place in the first half as he looked uncomfortable being in possession of the ball and looked unsteady defensively. To his credit he was much improved in the second half, keeping it simple and clearing well on a number of occasions.
Kik0 Femenia – 6/10
Kiko has been a step above often to this point but was guilty of joining in a low quality first half clash, giving the ball away too easily. He looked much more assured in the second half, offering on the overlap on occasions and while he didn’t have a standout moment he was pretty dependable at left back.
Domingos Quina – 5.5/10
A very forgettable game from Quina although you can only have great sympathy for the young midfielder as he continues to get put in different positions that don’t play to his strengths. He failed to be a creative force of any description but wasn’t particularly poor with both sides of the game.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 6/10
The defensive midfielder showed some particularly neat moments in the first half which were few and far between from both sides. He was generally pretty busy and offered a bit of intensity in protecting the back four without really being an imposing force in the game.
James Garner – 5/10
A highly enthusiastic match from the Manchester United loan player but unfortunately without a great deal of quality. Couldn’t get a hold of the game throughout the game, giving the ball away carelessly and making poor decisions. He did make a good burst into the box in the second half where he was perhaps unfortunate not to win a penalty. His set pieces weren’t good enough again.
Ken Sema – 5.5/10
Couldn’t get into the game at all, on the couple of occasions he did try to square up his man the delivery which has been so good so far this season wasn’t up to standard. As reliable as any player in terms of looking after the ball and battled hard in the game.
Tom Cleverley – 5/10
An ineffective first half and you almost forgot he was there in the second 45. Cleverley’s early season form seems to have evaporated and his lack of reliability using the ball is not helping the Hornets. Made a particularly poor through ball in the second half when Watford had a rare chance to really hurt the Blues.
Troy Deeney – 5.5/10
In some ways you can feel sorry for Deeney as anyone leading the line in such a blunt side at the moment will have a tough task. That being said Perica’s introduction to the game highlights the glaring shortcomings of the Watford skipper. He didn’t really give the visitors anything in the first half before he missed a guilt edge chance he simply had to bury in the context of the match. Played through 1 v 1, he had the keeper to beat as his chipped effort was embarrassingly tame. Despite this he did play an inviting through ball where Perica made the penalty, which he as ever emphatically dispatched.
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