Watford recorded their fourth straight victory in the Championship as they ran out 3-2 winners at Ewood Park. Goals from Sema, Pedro and Sarr were enough for the visitors after their two goal cushion was halved twice by the home side. Here is how I rated the players individually.
Daniel Bachmann – 7/10
The Austrian stopper couldn’t do much to prevent the two goals that went into his net but he was reliable with his evenings work. Again not being overly worked on the shot stopping front, you ask yourself the question what are the differences we are seeing between Bachmann and Foster and the clear difference is distribution. He continues to clear his lines with accuracy and you feel he is contributing to the side playing better football from the back. He stood solid when tested by Armstrong at his near post in the second half and his handling was secure.
Kiko Femenia – 8/10
Another complete performance from the right back, he made an awkward pitch look like a carpet and it’s testament to his control and composure on the ball that he went about his business in accomplished fashion. He continues to work in tandem with Sarr and it is no surprise that the majority of Watford’s good play was down the right hand side once more. Defensively he was well concentrated and gave his winger little reward.
William Troost-Ekong – 5/10
A shaky night for the Nigerian who really couldn’t put a pass together it felt like. Undoubtedly difficult conditions to work on which must be considered but Ekong’s wayward distribution prevented the Hornets from flowing when they were trying to get a rhythm in the game. Perhaps more importantly he was out-maneuvered on a couple of occasions, failing to sweep up the danger with Armstrong causing him problems.
Francisco Sierralta – 7/10
Watford’s most in form defender, Sierralta felt like a big miss after being rested against Derby and he was a calming presence where you felt comfortable watching his performance. He covered well for his teammates, imposes himself in the air and seems in control with the ball at his feet.
Adam Masina – 5/10
With Watford in complete control just before the break, the game took a bit of a twist as Masina’s careless play on the ball by his own box resulted in a goal for Blackburn. This type of incident has been waiting on the left back who can be a bit slow on the ball and he wasn’t error free for the rest of the night making some poor decisions. Despite this he is handy aerially and still put in some decent passages of play.
Will Hughes – 9/10
Outstanding, again like Femenia he made a poor pitch look like a carpet and particularly in the middle of the field this is even more impressive. Hughes seemed to have complete control of the midfield, he found his teammates in good areas, he made the right decisions when to drive with the ball and he is calculated with his defensive work. He played a superb pass to create a good opening for Sarr in the first half which only demonstrated his class and that he is in that position to make a real difference for the side, not just be safe which is what we’ve seen from Watford’s midfield previously. The difference maker.
Dan Gosling – 6/10
A first start for the former Bournemouth man, he did a solid job in the first half where he was busy and combative whilst not always being the most accurate in possession. He contributed to what a was a midfield that had the better of the opponents but his energy levels went very quickly in the second half and his substitution seemed inevitable as you could tell mistakes were appearing due to fatigue.
Tom Cleverley – 7.5/10
A change to 4-3-3 has revitalised Cleverley and his relentless energy continues to make its mark for the Hornets. The skipper was everywhere once more, his pressing is second to none although he naturally will give away fouls with this approach. In possession though he had a very solid game despite a couple of errors and he is taking up good positions to feed the front 3.
Ismaila Sarr – 7/10
The electric link up between Sarr and Femenia continued particularly in the first half where he continues to give full backs problems. He probably should’ve done better with an earlier chance with time in the box as the ‘keeper saved his shot before later firing in a rebound to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Sarr’s confidence makes him a different player and he took care of the ball well on the whole however he made some tired and indecisive decisions which could’ve proved costly if Watford were to have thrown away their lead.
Ken Sema – 6/10
Another quiet night for Sema who is lacking the same impetus to his wing play as earlier in the season, perhaps lacking a few ideas and general energy from a testing schedule but he scored a vital third goal having worked a yard from his opponent before sliding the ball into the bottom corner inside the box. Worked tirelessly down his left flank despite not a lot coming off for him.
Joao Pedro – 8.5/10
Three successive goals in three games, it’s clear that Pedro is Watford’s star striker and he is bringing more than just his goals. His confidence in the game was only elevated when a hesitant keeper was chipped from just inside the box as it looped into the net. His confidence probably got the better of him, trying an audacious overhead kick and very long range effort when there were better choices to be made but Pedro’s swagger can only be a good thing for the team, having lead the line expertly for a 19 year old. His movement and link up play was effective and his shot which was saved resulted in the second goal as well as being involved in the build up to the third.
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