The Hornets fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium thanks to a late first half goal from Heung-Min Son on Sunday afternoon. This is how I rated the Watford players in their third Premier League game of the 2021/22 season.
Daniel Bachmann – 3.5/10
A miserable day for the man in the sticks. It got off to a hazardous start within the first minute as his clearance was dragged along the floor, nearly freeing Kane in the box. Unfortunately these suicidal passes from the back occurred a couple more times, creating such unnecessary pressure on a Watford defence that was doing okay to halt the Spurs attacks. He got the goal all wrong, not following the flight of the whipped cross, anticipating a flick the ball instead found its way into the net before it was too late to react. A couple of solid saves but sadly this was overshadowed by key and what proved to be costly mistakes.
Craig Cathcart – 6/10
Went off through a knock in the 51st minute, Cathcart’s time at right back does make you feel a little uneasy particularly when he gets outnumbered on the overlap which is where you can have great sympathy for him. Whilst his positioning may have allowed Spurs a bit too much space on the wings at times, he was dogged in his work and whilst you know he’s not going to give you a real threat going forwards he was in the team to defend sensibly first and foremost which he did.
William Troost-Ekong – 7/10
After a really poor outing at Brighton I thought the Nigerian did pretty well, which was helped by him not being put under too much pressure when he was on the ball. His slight touch of the ball from a cross almost certainly saved a Kane goal in the second half and generally speaking he can be pleased that he kept the England captain quiet on the whole.
Francisco Sierralta – 6.5/10
A Premier League debut for the clubs best defender of last season, it wasn’t perhaps a bombardment of attacks to test him that he might have anticipated and therefore he had a steady game without getting into too much drama. A couple of careless errors during the 90 minutes but nothing concerning and a solid start back in the side for the Chilean.
Adam Masina – 5.5/10
After being responsible for a couple of goals already this season, I felt that Masina needed to make a positive impression today if he was to continue to start at left back in games to come but I would say it is now time for Rose to get his chance after the international break. Poor set piece deliveries and again no real threat from an attacking point of view, Masina has to excel a bit more with his passing and defensive work. He looked vulnerable as the game opened up in the second half and was careless with his passing at times, although his long range switches of play can sometimes be a very effective tool for the side.
Peter Etebo – 6.5/10
A quietly positive performance and a reliable figure in front of the back four. In the first 45 minutes he used the ball nicely, dribbling out of trouble and getting the more advanced players into the positions his team needed. Got booked completely unfairly in the first half which didn’t really help matters but some nice touches shown.
Moussa Sissoko – 6/10
Straight into the thick of the action against his former team, Sissoko played with a maturity in the middle of the park and had a couple of moments which indicated he could add value to this side. He shifted the ball nicely down the right hand side which produced a rare opportunity in the second half. He did give away the ball but this was through trying to make things happen.
Juraj Kucka – 6/10
Had a few shooting opportunities but couldn’t find that moment of quality. Overall very robust and did a solid job both with and without the ball. Didn’t really get a foothold as much as he would’ve liked in the second half and like the team he faded as time went on.
Ismaila Sarr – 8/10
Got the better of Reguillon who might have had a very different day if Andre Marriner had actually shown him a yellow card that he deserved early on. It felt like all of Watford’s positivity going forwards involved Sarr one way or another. He was constantly fouled and will be disappointed his second half shot from close range was blocked so that he didn’t get the goal he deserved.
Emmanuel Dennis – 6.5/10
Imaginative and bright from kick off, Dennis got Watford into good areas in the first half, showing some lovely link up play and twisting and turning Tanganga inside out. He just couldn’t get into the game in the second half, he was willing but couldn’t make the ball stick.
Josh King – 6/10
Didn’t get a chance in the match, he looked like he could be a useful tool for the visitors physically showing nice strength and speed on occasions but wasn’t heavily involved throughout the match before he was substituted off in the 65th minute.
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