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How the Watford players fared at Swansea

Heurelho Gomes 8

A busy afternoon for the goalkeeper, who was peppered with shots from varying angles and distances but managed to secure a second clean sheet of the season – the first time in Premier League history Watford have kept back-to-back clean sheets away from home in the Premier League. Was assertive in his area, catching more often than punching. Had a couple of nervous moments when closed down by Swansea’s attackers. A point-blank save from a Mike van der Hoorn effort was his highlight. Will be grateful Gylfi Sigurdsson, his old teammate at Spurs, picked him out from close-range when the goal beckoned.

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Sebastien Prodl 7

Had to deal with plenty of balls in the box, and dealt with most of them comfortably. Headed away the majority of long balls and one acrobatic block prevented a potential goal scoring opportunity for the home side. He’s the pick of the centre-halves right now and seems really suited to play in a back three.

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Younes Kaboul 6

Even more of an asset in clearing balls into the box than Prodl: he headed away two in quick succession at the start of the second half when Swansea were pressing hard. Is a liability on the ball though, conceding possession cheaply and putting his side under unnecessary pressure in their own half.

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Miguel Britos 6.5

Struggled with the pace of Modou Barrow but doubled up with Jose Holebas in the second half in an attempt to deal with the flying winger. Impressive in the air but let too many crosses into the box.

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Juan Camilo Zuniga 6

Impressive going forward but soft at the back. Didn’t put in nearly enough tackles and let numerous deliveries into the box go past him unchallenged. Should be stronger in the tackle for a player Mario Suarez called ‘The Animal’. Looked short of fitness.

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Jose Holebas 7.5

Used the full length of the left flank, getting forward to support Watford’s attack but never neglected his defensive duties. Played Ighalo in more than once with incisive balls forward but should have been quicker to deliver crosses into the box.

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Valon Behrami 6

Less assured than usual, often chasing shadows and losing his man. Got forward more as the game wore on and could have won a penalty when he was tripped after surging into the box.

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Etienne Capoue 4.5

Doesn’t seem to enjoy playing at the Liberty Stadium. This performance fell far below the high standards he has set for himself so far this season. Anonymous in midfield for long spells and looked stroppy as he strolled and sauntered around the pitch. A first-half free kick sailed comfortably over the bar and had another shot blocked. Played a long spell of the match on a yellow card after receiving a booking for effectively picking up Routledge. Was hooked for Adlene Guedioura as Walter Mazzarri sought to shore things up.

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Roberto Pereyra 5.5

Ineffective and anonymous for the majority of the afternoon, extending his recent dip. Played a few neat balls and put one dangerous cross into the box, but struggled to get on the ball and have any real impact on the game. In his defence, the ball sailed over his head more often than it was played to his feet.

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Troy Deeney 6

Was a presence up front and did his best to hold up the ball when Watford resorted to hitting it long, but failed to really get involved. Linked up well with Ighalo, with the partnership at times looking reminiscent of early last season.

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Odion Ighalo 7.5

Many people suggested that Ighalo just needed to be dropped for his game to improve, and it seemed to do the trick. The forward looked livelier than in recent weeks and one passage of play, during which he produced a series of step overs, a scoop turn and a cut back before shooting, was reminiscent of his best form last season. Still needs to hit the target more, as only one of his four efforts troubled Lucasz Fabianski.

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Substitutes

Nordin Amrabat 7.5

Made an instant impact off the bench, covering more ground than Zuniga and providing a genuine attacking threat. Used his pace to get in down the right on one occasion but was cynically tugged back. Also managed to outpace the Swansea defence to get on the end of an Ighalo pass near the end, only to see his shot go over the bar.

Adlene Guedioura

Replaced the underperforming Capoue near the end, probably because of the midfielder treading a fine line on a yellow card. Had little to do but tested Fabianski with one long range effort in injury time.