Watford continued their away day troubles as they produced another 0-0 this time at the City Ground. A truly dreadful affair meant the Hornets failed to take their opportunity at topping the Championship table. Here is how I rated them individually.
Ben Foster – 6/10
Largely a spectator, his concentration was always likely to be tested as it felt like mine was having to watch what was a dismal match. His kicking continues to miss the mark but anything routine was dealt with.
Jeremy Ngakia – 4/10
A really poor day at the office. Ngakia looked well off the pace throughout and as the minutes ticked by he looked less and less positive both on and off the ball. Forest did create openings down his side and he was beaten far too easily on more than one occasion. He has put in some really mature performances so far this campaign but he was guilty of poor decisions and poor passes, although he wasn’t the only one.
Christian Kabasele – 8/10
Commanding, aggressive and man of the match. Kabasele looked like he was alert which was severely lacking throughout both teams. He marshalled Lyle Taylor effectively and took charge of countless situations, most notably switching on from an in-swinging free kick which put off a Forest player from applying the finish where his teammates fell asleep. His passing followed in similar vein, trying to be brave and cut between the lines, he missed one which was cut out but a real positive from tonight’s display.
Craig Cathcart – 7/10
Relatively unphased throughout, another typically steady performance from Cathcart. Like Kabasele he won his fair share of duels and when he was left exposed he remained composed and help to reduce the danger coming from the red shirts.
Kiko Femenia – 7.5/10
A cut above any player on the pitch technically and that could be said a number of times this season. The left back worked his was out of tight situations smartly and secured the ball for his team cutely with great control. He was lacking when it came to chances to put balls in the box although he rarely had players available to hit. Defensively he did a resolute job giving little change from Anthony Knockaert which is the most pleasing part to see from the Spaniard.
Ismaila Sarr – 4.5/10
Ordinary and that’s simply not good enough to be saying that in any Championship match for Ismaila Sarr. As before the same problems keep occurring, a player with tremendous speed making it count to zero effect, not getting into any dangerous positions and not having the confidence in his ability to take his man on. A solid first half outing but an ineffective second.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 3.5/10
There were some neat passes and interceptions in the first half which can easily get overshadowed by a few mistakes when playing in central midfield but unfortunately these mistakes are frequent, careless and they are not outweighed by any real source of creativity. Chalobah simply should’ve walked in the last 10 minutes as he made a clear foul already on a yellow following a terribly timed tackle initially. His 5th yellow card of the season means he will miss the match against Cardiff and sadly his excellent performance against Preston was a blip.
James Garner – 3.5/10
Watford couldn’t get flowing and it’s no surprise when your two players who are meant to hold it together are so poor. Garner’s concentration was wavering and he seemed to give the ball away countlessly. It wasn’t a particularly disciplined performance as Watford’s midfield looked a mess at times.
Domingos Quina – 5.5/10
Fairly bright and started the game pretty well but seemed to get more involved in the two teams cancelling each other as the game wore on. Put in a wonderful left footed cross which forced an error from the Forest goalkeeper which created as much danger as there was all match. There wasn’t really a lot else of note that really hurt the opponents albeit he was more reliable on the ball than most of his teammates.
Troy Deeney – 6/10
A deeply frustrating game for the Captain who did pretty well considering the lack of service he was provided with. A few neat touches look to get a yellow shirt in a promising position and he held the ball up pretty well on the whole. Tried to take the responsibility on his own with a couple of shots from distance which were blocked. He needs more going on around him.
Joao Pedro – 3.5/10
Tries to get into the thick of the action when the play is slow which is positive but when Joao did receive the ball he was largely wasteful and he created more problems for his side than the opposition tonight. He seems to continue to occupy relatively ineffective positions on the field and when he isn’t being ultra smart on the ball he’s pretty pointless because he doesn’t get himself in the box either. A night to forget but one you’d hope he can continue to learn from.
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