Fortress Vicarage Road crumbled as Watford let a 1-0 lead slip as QPR came out 2-1 winners. A Troy Deeney penalty in the second half counted for nothing as Albert Adomah scored a last minute winner to leave the Hornets empty handed. Here is how I rated the Hornets individually.
Daniel Bachmann – 6.5/10
Despite plenty of QPR possession Bachmann only had a few stops to make in the game, his handling was clean and expertly taken when doing so. His kicking is a bit suspect on the odd occasion but overall I thought it was well calculated.
Marc Navarro – 5.5/10
A tentative performance and certainly not one that gives you a great deal of belief if the Spaniard was to slot in to the team in the future. He started particularly poorly looking indecisive on the ball and from a positional sense. Some of his play was pretty aimless and his defensive work lacks intensity but he did enough to manage the basics fairly soundly.
William Troost-Ekong – 7/10
Definitely didn’t deserve to be on the losing side, he was in complete control but unfortunately one cross got the better of him which Charlie Austin found the net from. It feels incredibly harsh to downplay what was overall a very accomplished performance, making countless clearances aided by some brilliant positioning. With the game getting more chaotic as the game went on, I don’t think he could’ve done much to cover for the late winner.
Francisco Sierrelta – 7.5/10
Again a comforting display from the Chilean, he was powerless in Watford’s defeat. He also made several interceptions throughout the match whilst remaining a calming influence at the back. No fault attached for both of the goals.
Jeremy Ngakia – 5.5/10
Clearly not comfortable on his weaker side, Ngakia had a few hairy moments particularly when a cross-field pass nearly resulted as a suicidal ball. For what was an inconsistent night in dealing with the pressure QPR faced I felt like he always tried to take on responsibility regardless and did improve in areas showing some neat touches. His attacking impetus really was limited by being out of position which is not really his fault.
Ismaila Sarr – 7.5/10
An industrious performance, Sarr was a rare threat for the opposition who ultimately made the difference in attack, getting to the ball before the defender and winning another penalty for the hosts. Off the ball he is offering himself to his teammates much better than he was earlier in the season and as a result he is proving a menace by getting into some good positions. His general play on the ball was pretty steady, it’s a shame he wasn’t provided with more service.
Tom Cleverley – 6.5/10
His defensive work is nothing short of outstanding. Another player that didn’t deserve to be on the losing side for his relentless work between both boxes. Cleverley was very unfortunate to have a fine strike cleared off the line in the second half. In the first half he made a neat burst into the box before his cross was cleared for a corner as he tried to get his teammates going. His qualities you feel would be highlighted more if he was partnered by a midfielder who would compliment his game.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 5/10
Linked with a deadline day move to Leicester, this was the chance for Chalobah to show the Sky Sports camera’s what he could do but sadly he put in a typically unimpressive performance. A few neat touches and link up play is all too easily erased by moments of complacency, sloppiness and just poor quality. Defensively he got overrun and this was evident when he got turned too easily which allowed a cross for the equaliser. His passing just isn’t reliable enough for the level required and his passing range was again found wanting on Monday night.
Will Hughes – 5.5/10
I’m sure every Watford fan would agree that this has to be the last time we see Will Hughes on the left hand side. Not through any particularly poor play of his but this just strangles the life of what is easily one of Watford’s best players. He again couldn’t get into the game enough to stamp his influence on the match. Because he was coming inside he left Ngakia a bit isolated at times as well.
Joao Pedro – 4.5/10
A completely ineffective game from the Brazillian, he didn’t see the ball too often but when he did his decision making was poor and nothing seemed to connect with his teammates. He never showed some quality or intelligence to get himself into the game and this resulted in him being substituted for Andre Gray, which is probably one of the worst insults you could receive.
Troy Deeney – 6.5/10
Another game where we talk about Deeney’s influence largely being down to his penalty taking and really you can’t take that ability away from him as he ruthlessly put Watford ahead from the spot. Despite this he never looks like scoring from open play. His hold up play wasn’t flowing although he did cushion a nice header in the second half for Andre Gray which surprisingly didn’t end in a goal.
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