Watford ran riot in the end after a stunning comeback at Goodison Park, winning 5-2 after trailing 2-1 in the second half. A hat-trick from Josh King and goals from Kucka and Dennis made it a spectacular afternoon on Merseyside. Here is how I rated the Hornets players.
Ben Foster – 5.5/10
Foster could’ve done with a nice peaceful game following the attention his Youtube channel has given him recently but this was anything but and despite a host of shots he wasn’t overly worked on the shot stopping front. His kicking couldn’t get any worse from last week and thankfully it was a lot more assured, unfortunately though he was caught in the wrong area for Richarlison’s goal where the cross was so inviting it made it an easy finish once he had rushed out but his defence really did let him down there. A couple of solid stops and okay aerially but perhaps time for Bachmann to return in between the sticks.
Jeremy Ngakia – 6/10
Became exposed on the right hand side in the first half with a lack of defensive support which is what enabled the left side to be the source of the opening goal. His work though was confident as he battled hard with Anthony Gordon, doing just about enough when crosses were flying in and was steady in possession in the opening 45 minutes. A bit careless in the second half and not quite as assured but certainly didn’t let the team down and with another steady showing should be ready to keep his place in the next match.
William Troost-Ekong – 6/10
Watford need someone to take charge at the back and despite being given the captain’s armband recently Troost-Ekong needs to do more particularly with the injuries in this position, he didn’t cover himself in glory for the opening goal having being squared up before the cross came in. That being said he didn’t do a great deal wrong and was fine in possession of the ball.
Craig Cathcart – 5/10
Unfortunately despite being a fantastic servant for the club, Cathcart looks a bit out of his depth as this stage of his career and it is hurting the Hornets who are yet to see a clean sheet this season. Tom Davies got there before him for the first goal and he was nowhere to be seen when Richarlison had the freedom of the middle of the box for the second. This is not to say he had a terrible 90 minutes but the lack of ruthlessness throughout the duration and a slowness in relation to the tempo of the game is making it hard for Watford to keep the ball out of their own net.
Adam Masina – 6.5/10
A fantastic delivery for the equaliser from a free kick, Masina started the game in assured fashion which was good to see after his terrible performance last Saturday. His passing in the opening 45 was sound and although Andros Townsend caused him problems he was not a weak link in the Watford side today. He did become a bit sloppy in the second half but his late burst on the overlap which was ignored summed up his physical application to the team which was of great use.
Moussa Sissoko – 7.5/10
The best midfielder on the park in my view and invaluable to this Watford team you feel as the games progress. His understanding of the game and how to help his teammates were what made Sissoko stand out, more so because it is what Watford have clearly lacked so far this campaign. His defensive work was strong and went under the radar on multiple occasions. The captain on the day and a fitting performance.
Juraj Kucka – 6/10
The Slovakian international came up with a crucial equaliser to provide the platform for the visitors to take all 3 points. His performances have been a real concern after his stunning debut and whilst there was some improvement, he was skipped past a few times and still doesn’t look certain in control of the ball. He did offer himself a bit more in the middle of the park and the three in midfield seemed to help him out but his rating relies heavily on his contribution from heading home the leveler to make it 2-2.
Ozan Tufan – 6.5/10
The hope will be that Tufan gets fitter and fitter in time as from what we’ve briefly seen he can give Watford some spark and comfort in midfield that they are crying out for. The positions he took up on the pitch were smart and his general use of the ball was good but he also contributed with a high work rate which is great to see as he’s looked short of energy previously. I thought his presence on the pitch seemed to open up avenues for other players and made a difference to a previously faltering midfield even if it wasn’t a particularly noteworthy performance.
Ismaila Sarr – 5.5/10
I certainly couldn’t have been the only one to raise concerns when Watford’s star man was taken off having needed to find a response to Everton taking a second half lead. However Ranieri will no doubt take the plaudits as it worked spectacularly. It was a frustrating afternoon for Sarr who got Digne booked in the first half and never really seized the opportunity to take advantage of this. He did however do really well to create a golden chance for King when the score was 1-1, there just wasn’t enough of this and he took up some ineffective positions whilst vacating the right side when Watford lost the ball on the turnover which made life hard for Ngakia.
Josh King – 10/10
Forget the goals, this was a strikers performance of real class and danger. Now add the goals and it really doesn’t get much better from a Watford striker. The link up play and close control has been on display so far this season but without the rewards it deserved but they finally came and came in the form of a hat-trick. All three goals were bright and taken expertly but this was a truly irresistible man of the match performance which had it all.
Cucho Hernandez – 6/10
Really got off to a good start against Seamus Coleman and looked a lot more sharp than against Liverpool. During spells he showed some brilliant control and found teammates in promising areas. Was desperately looking to get a sight of goal whenever possible but he put in a really good shift for his team albeit there were times where it wasn’t completely sticking.
Nkoulou – 6
Pedro – 8
Dennis – 9
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