How the Watford players rated against Leicester City

Heurelho Gomes 7

It was certainly a relief to see the Brazilian named in the starting 11 at 2 o’clock. But in fairness it probably wouldn’t have been an issue if Pantilimon had played – Gomes didn’t have a single shot to save, which was credit to the defenders in front of him. Could do nothing about Mahrez’s penalty, had a few crosses to catch but on the whole a very quiet afternoon for Watford’s No 1.

Miguel Britos 7

Given the man of the match award, which was a surprise considering he gave the penalty away and was quite lackadaisical in possession. A vast improvement on his Anfield horror show, although that isn’t saying much. To Britos’ credit, he stepped up in the last 20 minutes along with his defensive cohorts to hold firm with wave after wave of Leicester attacks coming at them.

Sebastian Prodl 7.5

Watford welcomed back the towering Austrian, and he was as imperious as he’s been all season. Won everything in the air and, along with Younes Kaboul, perfectly isolated Jamie Vardy, making him a passenger in this game. The only blemish on his almost perfect game was being caught out of position when Vardy received the ball before winning the penalty. However, he can claim an assist for the crossfield pass that found Roberto Pereyra for the second goal.

Younes Kaboul 7.5

Comfortably his best performance in a Watford shirt. Along with Prodl, marshalled Vardy excellently, yet the highlight of his game was the perfectly-timed clearance in the first half when Riyad Mahrez was lurking at the far post ready to make it 2-2. Showed he is always a threat from corners, towering over Leicester captain Wes Morgan to head one effort just wide.

Juan Camilo Zuniga 7

The most surprising part of the game was that he lasted 90 minutes, a testament to how he’s improved his fitness levels considering he was seriously flagging after an hour against Swansea. Dealt with the threat of the tricky Mahrez brilliantly, making one excellent tackle on inside the box when the Algerian was slipped in. Was lucky the referee didn’t see his off the floor tackle on Marc Albrighton when he was already on a yellow.

Daryl Janmaat 7

A huge improvement on his calamitous defensive showing at Anfield but it was his attacking play that caught the eye. You feel if Walter Mazzarri persists with playing Janmaat and Nordin Amrabat on the same side they will cause defences a lot of problems. The Dutchman was always an option for Watford as he hogged the touchline and stretched the play. Had half a chance to score for the second successive match but hit his shot just over the bar. Should have registered his second Watford assist but, somehow, from his lovely floated cross, Roberto Pereyra missed from six yards.

Valon Behrami 6.5

A much-improved display from Behrami following his atrocious performance at Anfield. Marshalled the midfield very well and did the unseen dirty work with minimal fuss. Was involved in one comical moment when he got entangled in a wrestling match with Leicester sub Demarai Gray, but showed his experience to walk away from the situation.

Etienne Capoue 7.5

A timely goal scoring return for Capoue, his first goal in more than two months after scoring four in his first five. Executed a lovely volley after just 32 seconds to set Watford on their way but didn’t offer much of an attacking threat thereafter as Watford looked to see out the win. Did his fair share of defending after going missing at Anfield.

Roberto Pereyra 8.5

Now that is what you pay £13.5m for. A wonderful performance by the Argentine playmaker. It was his run and cross that led to Watford’s first goal, while you had to delve deep into the box of superlatives to describe his second goal. It was out of the very top drawer. He embarrassed Danny Simpson with a delightful second-half nutmeg but missed a golden opportunity to put Watford 3-1 ahead. A class act.

Nordin Amrabat 8

Definitely vying with Prodl for the title of most improved player. Hard to think that there was a doubt whether he’d make the cut for the Premier League squad at one point. He’s one of the first names on the teamsheet. He had the beating of Christian Fuchs to the extent that Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri hooked the full-back before he was sent off. However, the Moroccan should have registered his first goal for the club but made a complete hash of it when Troy Deeney squared it to him with only the keeper to beat.

Troy Deeney 7.5

His search for his 100th Watford goal continues but he did register his ninth Premier League assist when his deft header set up Capoue for the opener. Was very limited in terms of goal scoring chances as he had to play the role of target man, engaging in a physical battle with Leicester captain Wes Morgan. Should have had two assists in this game but Amrabat fluffed his lines when Deeney sent him clear.


Adlene Guedioura

Brought on with a few minutes left to shore up Watford’s midfield.

Stefano Okaka

His first appearance in a Watford shirt since tearing his hamstring against West Ham on September 10th. Good to see him back. Certainly warmed up more often and more enthusiastically than the unused Odion Ighalo.

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