It’s not been the best week for Watford goalkeepers.
Rene Gilmartin got told he faces six months out with a dislocated knee cap; keeper-turned-club-video editor Jonathan North conceded six for Wealdstone against Colchester today and, most significantly, Heurelho Gomes gift-wrapped Leicester City all three points with two critical goalkeeping errors.
Gomes has barely put a foot wrong since he joined in the summer of 2014 but he inexplicably allowed N’Golo Kante’s half-hearted shot through his grasp in a manner reminiscent of Massimo Taibi for Manchester United in 1999. Just to compound things he then conceded a penalty for a rash challenge on Jamie Vardy to allow the red-hot striker the chance to ram home a Premier League goal for a ninth successive match.
Gomes had a stormer in the game before the last international break. He headed off to sunnier climes straight after the game at the Vitality Stadium. He will want to head as far away as possible after this howler. Goalkeeping coach Paolo De Toffol will have some job on his hands to restore his confidence.
The Hornets were very much in the game up until Kante’s opener, hitting the woodwork and testing Kasper Schmeichel regularly. The first goal was always going to prove crucial and Leicester got it. Buoyed by their opener, Leicester went for the jugular. Vardy showed his electrifying pace, running at the Watford defence and forcing a great last-ditch tackle from Miguel Britos when Gomes looked beaten. He was not to be denied soon after, seizing the chance to become the Englishman who has scored in the most successive Premier League games.
Arriving in the Premier League via a similarly unconventional route, Troy Deeney was equally clinical from the spot 15 minutes from time after Juan Carlos Paredes, of all people, had poked the ball past Christian Fuchs and was taken down by the big defender. Deeney sent the keeper the wrong way for his second of the season and it was game on.
The Hornets continued to press the home side but they couldn’t forge any real clear-cut chances, lacking the penetration and pace that the home side boasted in abundance. How they could have done with a genuine striker on the bench, like Obbi Oulare or even Emmanuel Adebayor.
Just one of those today, Would've been a draw without Gomes errors but we'll let him off. We do struggle when we go behind though #watfordfc
— Adam Drury (@Adam_Drury1) November 7, 2015
Watford: Gomes, Nyom(Diamanti 75), Cathcart, Britos, Ake; Watson, Capoue(Paredes 70); Anya, Abdi, Deeney, Ighalo. Subs: Prodl, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas, Arlauskis
Leicester: Schmeichel, Fuchs, Morgan, Huth, Simpson; Drinkwater, Kante; Albrighton (Dyer 72), Mahrez, Schlupp(Okazaki 45), Vardy. Unused subs: King, Ulloa, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inler.
Attendance: 32,029 (3,299 away fan)