Watford suffered an away day defeat yet again at Turf Moor following a 1-0 loss after Marvin Zeeglaar was sent off in the first half. Referee Lee Probert once again made it his task to punish the Hornets with the man in the middle wasting no time in handing Burnley the advantage where possible. Despite Marco Silva’s side well up against it I rate how the players fared on a snowy afternoon in Burnley.
Heurelho Gomes – 8/10
The Brazilian who has been in fine form played well again here. A smart stop from the hosts first half free kick was important and he made sure the visitors were always in the match with some sensible decision making.
Daryl Janmaat – 6/10
Quite a quiet game for the Dutchman who came in for a rare appearance following the absence of Femenia. His marauding play down the right side was inevitably limited after the red card but while he failed to add any significant value to the match he also did little wrong.
Christian Kabasele – 6/10
This wasn’t Kabasele’s most enforcing game with the powerful centre back giving away an array of cheap free kicks. I felt his distribution wasn’t to its usual high standards with the Belgium International slack from the back, often going long. However he still held his own with Chris Wood getting little change out of the Watford defender.
Adrian Mariappa – 6/10
Like the rest of the back-line, Mariappa was solid but unspectacular. He had a few worrying moments when he sliced clear and did struggle with the physicality of the game at times. That being said there were also a few good interceptions which means Watford’s surprise package of the season continues not to disgrace himself by any means.
Marvin Zeegelaar – 5/10
First of all Zeegelaar was idiotic to give Lee Probert the option to send him off with his poor challenge that made the sides task greater. For me though he doesn’t look well accomplished at left back and his positioning and intensity from a deeper position is a worry. In similar vain there wasn’t much up for discussion before the big talking point.
Andre Carrillo – 6/10
The summer signing has been inconsistent so naturally he put in a steady performance at Turf Moor. He had the opportunity to strike inside the box in the second half but was hesitant summing up his performance. Didn’t offer anything significant put kept it tidy throughout.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6/10
Very much below his usual high standards which usually involves a 8/10 performance. A little bit loose in the pass but it’s more telling of just how good Doucoure has been as this was one of his weakest displays. He got from box to box efficiently but the final touches were off today.
Tom Cleverley – 6/10
A busy performance but no more. Guilty of giving away some poor balls, we need a bit more from our midfield particularly when it was 11 a side.
Roberto Pereyra – 5/10
Anonymous, offered very little and can have no complaints about being the man hauled off after the sending off.
Richarlison – 5/10
Another who fell short of high standards set. A very presentable opportunity wasted early on can seem to dictate what Richarlison we might get. This one was short on confidence and that usually results in slow witted play, handing over possession and not being the key threat that he has been quite often this season.
Troy Deeney – 5/10
This is probably harsh on Troy because while he still did little wrong, he did very little as a whole. After going down to 10 the Hornets needed some attacking inspiration and you just never feel we’re going to get it from Deeney, the Burnley back line would have felt comfortable.
Jose Holebas – 5/10
Andre Gray – N/A
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