Watford responded from their defeat to Swansea in the Championship with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Goals in the second half from Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro secured the victory for the Hornets as they move up a place into 5th. Here is how I rated the players.
Daniel Bachmann – 6/10
There’s no doubting there might have been some nerves as the Austrian made his league debut for the club. He got through the test in routine fashion as Huddersfield put in a blunt performance going forwards but as a result it was always going to be about concentration for the ‘keeper. His work was cleanly done, taking a shot safely from range in the second half and he took charge of a couple of balls with his kicking largely secure.
Kiko Femenia – 8/10
The full back has to be Watford’s best player this season to this point and he was again up there with the pick of the lot as his comfort in possession continues to impress. He was unable to add any attacking impetuous in the opening 45 minutes but came to life when he burst passed a defender and played an inviting low ball which Joao Pedro capatilised on which really gave the hosts some breathing space. Defensively his interceptions were outstanding today, continuously reading where the ball was being played.
William Troost-Ekong – 8/10
A commanding and disciplined performance from the Nigerian. I like that he isn’t a rash defender and is happy to step off the attacker if that’s what he feels is the right decision, he ushered out his man a few times when dragged away from his central spot and was more than happy to try and build attacks. Although his distribution isn’t always convincing he takes on responsibility and kept Watford rock solid at the heart of the defence.
Francisco Sierralta – 8/10
While Huddersfield’s attacks weren’t constant, you couldn’t have asked for much more from both centre backs. The Chilean’s introduction to the team has been a successful one so far and he was resolute from minute 1, dominating his duels and looking a composed figure at the back.
Adam Masina – 6/10
It’s certainly a bonus to have the only left back fit and available. He put in a solid display but was also unspectacular with his efforts. I thought his decision making with the ball was pretty ineffective and went long a bit too much which was not really what the team needed. Defensively he was caught out a couple of times but overall he stood firm.
Ismaila Sarr – 7/10
He got kicked from pillar to post and while Sarr may have been untidy throughout the game he was a handful for the opposition. He seems to fine spurts of confidence and when he does play with that freedom he is too much for the opposition, he found this in the second half once the team looked comfortable. He wasn’t overly involved in the game in the first half but his work was tireless going both ways.
Tom Cleverley – 7/10
Despite more than enough possession, the home side were desperate for something to spark their performance into life and it came through some typically tenacious work from Cleverley. He hassled the defender forcing him to play to the goalkeeper, he then followed through and got his rewards, capatilising on some slow reactions from the Huddersfield goalkeeper. This really boosted what was a workman like performance but without a great deal of guile. If Chalobah’s role is to break up play and try and find passes from deep then Cleverley needs to be more of a creative force and his use of the ball isn’t always progressive enough. But he was still secure with the ball to make it an okay display with a crucial moment in the match.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 8/10
I’m really pleased with Chalobah’s performance. Both himself and Cleverley as a 2 looked a concern before a ball was kicked but this was his best performance this season. He cruised around the pitch and I thought his passing had more meaning to it than it’s had in previous months. He really excelled at winning the ball back for his side, being bright and strong without the ball.
Ken Sema – 6/10
Another game on the wing where Sema wasn’t blessed with plenty of opportunity to run at his full back so a quiet but decent performance. His use of the ball felt a bit scrappy on occasions which reflected the nature of the first half. Defensively he is always reliable helping out his full back but no stand out moment from Sema today.
Joao Pedro – 7/10
The teenager will be delighted to come in with a goal after making a rare start in recent weeks after being absent. He has made a habit of poaching the odd goal this season and he scored a simple finish from a Femenia cross where he does find himself in good areas in the box. I do think his movement off the ball is not always that effective, as he seems to get on the ball but doesn’t hurt the opposition enough. He was quite loose on the ball but showed some nice touches in equal measure.
Troy Deeney – 5.5/10
The Skipper was full of energy and pressed from the front but I can’t assess him on his ability to lead the team. His threat was minimal and his link up play was okay but nothing more. When he did have a chance albeit from a different angle it was tame and comfortable for the goalkeeper. The whole team put in a very hard shift so no player was poor but this is a striker that doesn’t look like scoring unless from the penalty spot.
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