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How the Watford players performed against Middlesbrough

Heurelho Gomes 7

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Didn’t have a save to make, which says a lot about the toothless nature of Boro’s attack and how well those in front of the Brazilian defended. Soared highest to claim a late corner which will have delighted his under-the-pump defence.

Younes Kaboul 5

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A bag of nerves coming out of defence with the ball in what was his first return to the north-east. Got caught out several times and also fouled Gaston Ramirez in a dangerous position, conceding a free-kick. Of all the centre-halves, he’s taking the most time to adjust to three at the back.

Sebastian Prodl 7

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Played in third gear, really. Cleared first time when necessary and headed away danger with minimal fuss. He was a rock in the central position and he will rarely have an easier afternoon.

Miguel Britos 6

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Limped off late on, which will be a concern to Mazzarri who likes the balance the Uruguayan brings to the left-hand side of the defence. Kept his countryman Stuani and Ramirez quiet and made sure he wasn’t exposed one-vs-one by ensuring Jose Holebas was tucked in.

Nordin Amrabat 6

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We saw very little of the Moroccan as an attacking force as it was clear he was told to lock down the right-hand side of the team and keep close to Kaboul. He was booked for a body check and substituted soon after for Juan Zuniga.

Valon Behrami 5

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He was poor in the middle of the park and didn’t really ever get to grips with the game. He was horribly caught in possession five minutes into the second half, an error that led to a shooting chance for Adam Forshaw. Mazzarri said the midfielder was a doubt pre-match and he played like someone who wasn’t 100 per cent fit.

Roberto Pereyra 6

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A peripheral figure after again being asked to play out wide. He’s not shown up very well in the last three games after making such an impressive start against Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United. He did, however, show his game management qualities towards the end as Watford ran down the clock.

Etienne Capoue 6

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Anonymous, really. He was instructed to provide support to Deeney and be the most forward of the packed midfield but he got caught between two stools and didn’t really influence the game. Had one shooting chance in the second half but he failed to thread it through like he did against Manchester United.

Jose Holebas 7

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Deserves at least an extra mark for the quality of the strike for the goal, one which dipped and swerved on Victor Valdes. Just as impressive was his diligence in defending as Watford were hellbent on keeping a clean sheet.

Isaac Success 8

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You are out of your seat every time this lad gets the ball. He’s that sort of player you don’t mind paying to watch as he’s capable of conjuring something out of nothing. He’s got a nice step over on him, a decent dig and frightens the life out of defenders with his pace. Is he really only 20?

Troy Deeney 6

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A rare opportunity to the lead the line for Deeney who has spent the last season and a bit playing in a slightly more withdrawn role. He made his presence known with a couple of robust challenges but he was rarely seen as an attacking force as he was starved of possession and support. An afternoon when he took one for the team.