Heurelho Gomes 6
The Brazilian will feel he could have done better, much better for the first Bournemouth goal, but there wasn’t much he could do about the deflected second. Was powerless to prevent any of the Cherries’ shots that struck the woodwork, but looked comfortable under the high ball. Only Lukasz Fabianski has punched the ball more than the Brazilian this season.
Camilo Zuniga 6
Never going to make the same impact he did two weeks earlier against Man United, especially as he was stationed at right-back and not right-wing, but the Colombian will have been disappointed not to get into the game more. Struggled to deal with Junior Stanislas throughout, and looked like he still needs to get more minutes into his 30-year-old legs. Jack Wilshere caught him napping at the far post late on and really should have scored.
Younes Kaboul 6
Came back in to the side for the injured Cathcart, and made a good fist of things in his first start since West Ham away. Unlucky to deflect the ball past Gomes for Bournemouth’s second, although Kieron Dyer on Goals on Sunday felt Kaboul shouldn’t have turned his back on the shot. Needs more games to find his feet in the middle of the reconfigured Hornets’ defence.
Sebastian Prodl 6
Arguably Watford’s best player in their last two games but this was a middling performance from the big Austrian who, for spells, was given the run around by Callum Wilson. However, his job was made harder after being unfairly booked early on for a questionable handball, and he was walking a disciplinary tightrope thereafter. Always looked a threat in the opposition box, though.
Jose Holebas 6
Restricted to a more defensive role than he has been used to this season, on the left side of a back four. He did his job with little fuss but, as with Zuniga, the Greek international will have been disappointed not to threaten more on the overlap. Provided the cross that lead to Success’ equaliser, but it was his miscontrol on the halfway line that allowed King the opportunity to bag the Cherries’ second. The cross for the first goal also came down his side.
Nordin Amrabat 8
An excellent performance from the wide man, who is starting to show why there was such an uproar at Malaga when he left for Hertfordshire. Direct running combined with pinpoint crossing made him a handful for Charlie Daniels throughout, and he set up the captain’s goal with an excellent muscular run along the touchline. Slung over another cross later on that led to Artur Boruc saving low down. As his manager pointed out afterwards, he should have scored himself in the first half after getting two bites of the cherry. You feel the goal is coming but in the meantime, Watford really do have strength in depth down the right flank.
Etienne Capoue 6
It was always going to be tough for Capoue to maintain the standard he set in the opening five games of the season, but we imagine the Frenchman will be slipping out of a few fantasy teams next week. He looked slightly more restrained going forward than in those first few games, and struggled to exert his undoubted talent on the game. Subbed for Adlene Guedioura, presumably to bring a bit of intensity into the middle of the park and maybe a long-lasting result of something that happened in the warm-up that saw him go down in a heap.
Valon Behrami 6
The Swiss international did his best to mop things up but Bournemouth regularly managed to bypass him with their neat midfield interplay. Began to break up the game more regularly in the second period, but it was an average performance and he could easily have been replaced by Ben Watson.
Roberto Pereyra 5
Pereyra has shown against Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United that he is one of the most talented men ever to play for the club. However, as at Turf Moor on Monday night, the Argentine struggled again to assert himself on the action here, picking up another needless booking in the process. Played a part in the first equaliser and got to the byline to scoop up the ball up for Deeney to impede the keeper when heading the ball in. Capable of more, much more and likely to show it if he is played more centrally.
Odion Ighalo 4
Another underwhelming performance from last season’s top scorer that won’t have done anything to stop the questions being asked about his position in the starting XI. Had his best chance within minutes of the opening, which he dragged wide, and was hauled off for Isaac Success in the second half when inspiration was needed. It would be a surprise if he wasn’t on the bench at the Riverside in a fortnight.
Troy Deeney 7
A solid performance from the skipper who continues to be the driving force of this Watford side. Took his goal well, and was unlucky not to get a second when Boruc made an excellent save from a far-post header. Thought he had bagged another when the ball trickled over the line late on, only for a foul to be given for the centre forward’s challenge on the Cherries’ keeper. His 100th club goal will not be too far away.
Isaac Success 9
Is there anything not to like about this wrecking ball? Another all-action cameo from the Nigerian, who cranked up the pressure on his manager to give him a first league start of the season against Middlesbrough in a fortnight. Leaped spectacularly to score with a perfectly-timed header, and almost scored one of the goals of the season when he skipped past two defenders, only to fire his shot down the middle. Always dangerous, always exciting; this boy surely deserves a start.
Only had ten minutes to try and make an impact, and struggled to do so. Won a typically big tackle in front of the dugout which drew appreciative cheers from those sat in the Elton John stand.