How badly did the Watford players perform against Burnley?

Heurelho Gomes 6


Couldn’t do much about the two goals and did his best to prevent a third, parrying a stinging drive from Steven Defour.

Craig Cathcart 5


Slightly unfortunate to be hooked at half-time as it could have been any one of nine others. Got in a timely header at the near post in the early onslaught, denying Sam Vokes.

Sebastian Prodl 6


Was one of the few to be excused criticism tonight. Made a towering header from a Matt Lowton cross in the first half and made an equally crucial interception in the second, this time with his feet to slide in and deny George Boyd.

Miguel Britos 4


All at sea. Was culpable for the second goal, jittery in possession and not the defensive rock we are used to seeing. Was horribly indecisive during one moment in the second half when Boyd robbed him when he had no right to do so.

Nordin Amrabat 4


High on energy but low on quality and positional sense. Huffed and puffed but never looked like blowing the house down. You can see why Janmaat is the No 1 choice at right wing-back.

Valon Behrami 3


The midfield enforcer let his team down badly when he bottled a 50-50 challenge with Matt Lowton in the second half. It was a moment that summed up the difference between the two sides. Watford have come to expect more from someone who sets the tone in midfield.

Etienne Capoue 5


Never came close to adding to his haul of four goals as he was forced to do a job on the left of the midfield three, somewhere we know he doesn’t like playing. In fairness, he did his fair share of defending, winning one second half header in his own box.

Roberto Pereyra 4


Lucky not to be sent off, really. Booked for dissent and then should have seen a second yellow for a trip on Jeff Hendrick. Was brought off soon after to ensure a bad night did not become a terrible one. You knew it was not going to be his night when he failed to cushion a volley back to Jose Holebas from a throw, something he’d usually do 99 times out of a hundred.

Jose Holebas 4


Another who walked a disciplinary tightrope after a first-half booking. Was at fault for the first goal, conceded a cheap free-kick from which Burnley almost scored a second and was grateful to Behrami for mopping up an undercooked backpass to Heurelho Gomes.

Troy Deeney 5


Worked hard to shut people down but then he had to do plenty of running as his strike partner did precious little. By his high standards, Deeney will feel he should have hit the target with a second-half header. Did get one effort on target, early in the second half, but Tom Heaton was equal to it.

Odion Ighalo 1


Did Watford really turn down £38m for him? Needs to stop posting videos on Instagram, forget about the Ighalo baseball caps he’s manufacturing and get back to putting in the hard yards that underpinned his success last year. He was a waste of space here and how he stayed on was one of the night’s many mysteries.


Juan Zuniga 4

Another to be spoken to by the referee, albeit through Valon Behrami who was acting as a translator. Failed to repeat his Man United heroics.

Isaac Success 7

Has to start the next game ahead of Ighalo. Charged around with menace, getting to the left-hand byline and flashing an effort across the face of goal.

Kenedy 6

Looked bright when he came on for the final ten minutes. Showed bravery by wanting to get on the ball when his team were on the back foot.