How the Watford players rated against West Bromwich Albion

Heurelho Gomes 6

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A strange afternoon for Gomes. He conceded three goals yet had precious little else to do. Could do nothing about West Brom’s second and third goals, but maybe could have been stronger to come and claim the corner that West Brom scored their first from. Walter Mazzarri felt his keeper was cynically blocked, though.

Juan Zuniga 5.5

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His fourth start in a Watford shirt and probably his worst. He had very little answer to the pace and power of Matt Phillips who gave him the runaround at times. He could have done with some help from Nordin Amrabat in doubling up but he backed off Phillips far too often and let him get closer and closer to the Watford box. Was also guilty of turning his back in the awful Watford wall for West Brom’s second.

Sebastian Prodl 7

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Another solid performance from the Austrian, who got stuck into an old-school physical battle with Salomon¬†Rondon. The fact that Rondon spent most of the second half being marked by Christian Kabasele showed he was getting little change from Prodl, so he played on the Belgian. Prodl also affected the game at the other end as it was his initial flick-on that led to Watford’s goal.

Christian Kabasele 6

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Struggled with the sheer power of Rondon in what was his second start for his new club. He was also completed outmuscled by Jonny Evans for West Brom’s first. Showed good awareness in the box to prod home his first Watford goal, showing the sort of predatory instincts he used as a striker until he made the conversion to being a defender three years ago.

Jose Holebas 6

4893219A rather quiet afternoon for Holebas. Was restricted going forward from a conventional left-back role but didn’t have to do too much defensively as Chris Brunt was never going to start running at him. It was all about stopping the cross. He whipped in a couple of lovely deliveries himself that should really have been met by a Watford player. Did manage to avoid being booked for a third straight game.

Nordin Amrabat 8

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Continues to be Watford’s best attacking threat. Set his stall out early with a rasping drive that Ben Foster was forced to tip over. Had Craig Dawson on toast in the first half so it was strange to see him switched to the over side in the second. Was then inexcusably shunted to right back when Zuniga was replaced by Ighalo. You wonder if him and Allan Nyom will still be mates after this game as the pair were constantly niggling at each other.

Adlene Guedioura 5

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His first start since that 3-1 defeat at home to Arsenal back in August, and he hardly staked his claim to start against Everton next week. You’d think if Ben Watson hadn’t returned to training so late in the week, Guedioura wouldn’t have started. He gave away the foul that led to West Brom’s second, and his afternoon was summed up when, with Watford chasing a late equaliser and the box full of attackers, he hit a wild shot high and wide. Valon Behrami will be back in next week.

Etienne Capoue 5

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Capoue’s performances seem to be very similar to that of Watford’s: very hot and cold. He blew distinctly chilly here. Did nothing of note and one photo, which shows him turning his back on the ball when Jonny Evans scored Albion’s first, said it all really.

Roberto Pererya 5.5

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A frustrating afternoon for Pererya to say the least. Struggled to make his mark on the game, but did have Watford’s best chance of the game at 2-1 when he tried to round Foster only for the keeper to read his move. Although the red card seemed harsh, he hasn’t really got a leg to stand on as he did lash out. The big question was how James McClean only got a yellow. Pereyra will now miss games against Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland.

Stefano Okaka 4.5

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The less said about his first start, the better. After being a menace in his substitute appearances, he was totally out of sorts when given the nod from the off. On at least two occasions he was West Brom’s best defender when he blocked Amrabat’s goalbound shot and then took the ball off Troy Deeney’s toes with the captain ready to smash home his 100th for the club. Huge surprise that he wasn’t dragged at half time.

Troy Deeney 5.5

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Ninety-nine goals and counting still. The chance was one on a plate for Deeney but Okaka made a dog’s dinner of it. Then Craig Dawson made a brilliant second-half block after the captain caught a left-footed strike sweetly. It was a tough afternoon for the skipper who was well marshalled by the Baggies defenders. Did claim another assist but also another yellow card for his involvement in the fracas that saw Pererya sent off. He’s now just one yellow away from a ban and the way things are going, you’d fancy him to get a yellow before the 100th goal.

Substitutes

Odion Ighalo 3.5

Mazzarri said in the week Ighalo would not be sold in January but, if we’re being brutally honest, who would want him right now, particularly at the price the club would want? Ighalo’s confidence is at rock bottom and there was no sign of improvement here. It was bemusing that Mazzarri chose to bring Ighalo on and left Isaac Success kicking his heels on the bench, suggesting Success is not quite fit yet.

Jerome Sinclair

Threatening to turn into this season’s Obbi Oulare. He was finally given his Watford bow when the game was up. It could have been a sentimental substitution as Sinclair started his career with the Baggies, but then Mazzarri never gave him a run out at former club Liverpool when the match was over by the hour mark.