Watford were unable to capatalise on 10 man Brentford as they drew 1-1 at Vicarage Road. After going ahead through another Deeney penalty, the Hornets were pegged back as Ivan Toney equalised from the spot himself despite the Bees playing with 10. Here is how I rated the players individually.
Ben Foster – 6.5/10
Despite some troubling moments in front of goal throughout the game Watford’s shot stopper wasn’t overly tested himself. His kicking was much more secure and his handling was firm, he cleared his lines well from a punch in the first half which was positive.
Jeremy Ngakia – 6/10
Found it difficult to find some incisive passes when there was such a lack of options in front of him. Despite this it was a solid but relatively unspectacular showing from the full back who did try and get in advanced areas when possible and showed glimpses of promise. Stuck to his defensive duties fairly well.
William Troost-Ekong – 6.5/10
The Nigerian International defender was always going to have to be on high alert when facing Ivan Toney, one of the best forwards in the Championship. He was largely assured but not without a couple of problems. He was unable to cut out a cross where Toney had to just find the corner to open the scoring. Again with a lack of options going forward he was caught napping in possession as Brentford bared down on goal and should’ve found the net as a result. Other than this though he still won plenty of duels and looks to be the most stable member of the Watford back line.
Christian Kabasele – 5/10
Following some fine form, you felt like it was only a matter of time before Kabasele went and did something stupid and it’s a shame because his highly raised arm which led to the Brentford penalty was completely avoidable and ruined what was a fine performance up to that point. He made a couple of key interventions in the first half, reducing the threat twice when Brentford looked destined to score. He has looked as dependable as he ever has done in a Watford shirt in recent weeks so it’s a shame he had to spoil it and he wasn’t overly convincing after his decisive mistake.
Kiko Femenia – 6/10
A neat and tidy display at left back but without any moments of real quality going forwards. Defensively looked pretty focused but his link up play with Sema didn’t seem to click into action.
Ismaila Sarr – 6/10
Worryingly this was a slight improvement in performance from Sarr who at this point is a complete mystery as to why he is not delivering like we know he can. Despite this he had added to a number of goals where he has made a key contribution, again racing clear when put through on goal and being fouled in the box. It’s not hard to work out that when you put Sarr in space he is unplayable. Unfortunately this doesn’t come repeatedly throughout the game as his play in possession was ineffective overall and his final delivery wasn’t at a high enough standard. His defensive help for Ngakia was particularly useful in the first half.
Tom Cleverley – 4/10
The former England international midfielder is not in a good run at the minute and he was part of a midfield that were second best throughout. He struggled to deal with his opponent Da Silva as he was bypassed through the heart of midfield a couple of times and again can’t seem to link up with teammates with any real consistency. He did play a couple of good balls though to his credit. Cleverley’s advanced role at the start of the season was a lot more clear what he was bringing to the team but now in a deeper position he doesn’t seem to offer a great deal other than his usual high work ethic.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 4.5/10
How Chalobah finds himself on the pitch with Etienne Capoue on the bench is a crime. Simply not good enough on the ball but that has been a reoccurring theme throughout the campaign so far. Simply can’t provide any tempo from deep and doesn’t understand his role should be to just keep it as simple as he can at the minute. His ball winning in midfield was a positive as he did this effectively on a few occasions which helped break up attacks.
James Garner – 4/10
A lot to like about Garner’s tireless work rate and appetite to keep trying when things aren’t coming off but things aren’t coming off full stop lately. The quality in possession just is loose and there’s no real progression for the team in his passing. This lack of care really contributed to a stifled team display as the club continue to suffer in midfield which needs addressing.
Ken Sema – 6/10
Operating higher up the pitch as a left winger, Sema seems to struggle when presented with chances to run at his full back. This was particularly the case in the first half before he did really well to beat his man and create a couple of openings in the second half. You’d have to say it’s more down to the lack of positive play from the team that he is having a quiet spell in a Watford shirt.
Troy Deeney – 7/10
Did all he could in the first half when isolated by himself up top. He looked a nuisance to the Brentford back line but his lack of support meant his work lead to nothing. Still managed to fire his penalty straight down the middle but despite a better team effort in the second half Deeney’s threat was reduced.
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