Watford passed their first test after the international break as they aim to close in on promotion with the final run of games. An early own goal from Tom Lees separated Watford and Sheffield Wednesday as a below par Hornets performance still resulted in 3 all important points. Here is how I rated the players individually.
Daniel Bachmann – 7.5/10
A well measured performance from the goalkeeper, his decision making was calculated and composed which helped secure the clean sheet. Bachmann is particularly cautious when coming for deliveries into his box which can sometimes test his defenders more than necessary but when he did come calling today he was effective. His distribution continues to hit the target more than not and his handling is secure but only faced one shot on target in the match so little to do on the shot stopping side of the game.
Kiko Femenia – 5/10
A poor display for the Spaniard’s standards. I felt Kiko lacked consistency with both his decision making and execution. I think his positioning was a bit suspect, particularly when Josh Windass was slipped in between him and Troost-Ekong in the first half where he was caught napping. There was a lack of link up play with Sarr which is often Watford’s greatest threat and while he stuck to his task well, the added quality was lacking.
William Troost-Ekong – 7.5/10
I think Troost-Ekong has been shaky in recent weeks but this was a typically domineering performance that we were accustomed to at the start of the season. He led the back line with authority and stole the ball when it was there to be stolen. His play coming out from the back was as convincing as it has been all season and while Sheffield Wednesday didn’t throw the kitchen sink at the hosts, the Nigerian was pretty much error free in the game.
Francisco Sierralta – 6/10
The Chilean has reigned supreme since his introduction to the team but this was a game where he played second fiddle to his partner. He picked up a yellow card for a foul around 30 minutes and was guilty of a couple more during the match. His glanced header from a cross only found Jordan Rhodes in the second half which was a huge chance for the guests. Perhaps harsh on the defender who has played at such high standards but he was nothing more decent at Vicarage Road this afternoon.
Adam Masina – 7.5/10
This was the left backs most convincing display on the ball to date. His passing and use of the ball has been questionable up to this point this campaign but he was constructive at full back and his switch of play was constant and accurate. His spreading of possession was a factor resulting in the only goal of the game and while the Hornets weren’t flowing Masina did his part in trying to get teammates into good areas of the pitch. He stood up to every challenge set his way defensively and made a couple of interventions when Sheffield Wednesday looked to run at him.
Ismaila Sarr – 7/10
Watford’s star man struggled to get into the game and importantly behind the Sheffield Wednesday defence. When he did get the ball he used it well and he picked up some nice positions on the pitch throughout the game. When he did receive the ball high up the pitch he sent in a nice cross which Tom Lees could only steer into his own net. His enthusiasm and pace got the better of the Borner on 70 minutes before he was fouled which should’ve resulted in a second yellow for Owls defender.
Nathaniel Chalobah – 6/10
A player that perhaps replicated Watford’s performance, some nice touches but a lack of real impetus meant Watford never had firm control of the midfield and was generally pretty quiet in the middle of the park. Despite not being in the thick of the action, Chalobah still put in a steady performance as captain.
Will Hughes – 6/10
Like Kiko Femenia, Hughes not only gives you confidence every time on the ball but you expect real added quality from him. While he was unable to add any flair to the midfield his work was thorough and simple. He kept the ball moving from deep and did his job as the defensive midfield with complete security in possession. His defensive work was solid.
Philip Zinckernagel – 6.5/10
The player most likely to create an opening for the Hornets although his substitution was probably a result of fatigue for the January signing. Again struggled to constantly pick up the ball so a low key outing but won the Hornets a free kick on the edge of Wednesday’s box through good footwork and presented Success with a chance inside the area. Still sometimes a bit light in the challenge but a bright spark nonetheless.
Joao Pedro – 5/10
Pedro has been utlilised across all of the front three positions in recent matches which is testament to his ability but he had an off day where he was ineffective before hobbling off with an injury which could be a concern. He often tried to cut in from the left but not a lot clicked for him and he didn’t really make a difference for Watford in the final third.
Isaac Success – 5/10
A player that Watford should not be gambling on getting up to speed at this point. Success is no doubt not fully up to full fitness but his input is unconvincing and pretty toothless in front of goal. He had a couple of presentable chances in the first half which he failed to capitalize on. His all round work was okay but he’s not constant with his hold up play. Was substituted on 60 minutes.
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