Jacob Culshaw analyses each Watford players’ contribution during the 1-1 draw with Everton at Vicarage Road, giving each one a rating out of 10.
If I’d been given a pound for every time I’d heard the words ‘Gomes kept Watford in the game with a number of crucial saves’ this season, I’d be considerably better off. On numerous occasions throughout the 2015-16 campaign the Brazilian has been called upon and ultimately delivered.
Gomes’ heroic season continued against Everton as he prevented Gerard Deulofeu and then Ross Barkley from finding the top corner in the first half. He then went full stretch to stop a low deflected Aaron Lennon effort and despite the fact he could only parry it away, the Watford goalkeeper managed to react faster to claw away the loose ball on the follow up. His Everton Counterpart Joel Robles was superb but Gomes was even better. 8.5 Forza Watford! MOTM
Juan Carlos Paredes
Quique Sanchez Flores opted to replace Allan Nyom with Paredes in the starting line-up and definitely gave the horns a more attacking outlet going forward and I feel that the Ecuador international gives the right-hand flank a greater degree of pace. Paredes’ crossing lacked a bit of craft but he had a solid game. 7
An unusually average performance from Britos who has arguably been the Hornets’ best centre half this season. He was certainly at fault for the Toffees goal as his loose touch allowed James McCarthy in on goal – a chance which was tidily finished by the Republic of Ireland international. His costly error certainly shadowed over his performance but his aerial duels were superb especially against the ever present Romelu Lukaku. 6
The Northern Ireland international has been solid all season, rightfully earning himself the title ‘Mr Reliable’, however he’s looked a bit nervous on occasions at the back in recent times. Fortunately, this one wasn’t one of those games. He stood tight to Lukaku and from the outset didn’t allow him to bully him or get in behind.
Cathcart kept the ball out of Gomes’ box when needed and crucial block on the line to stop a Lukaku shot was a pivotal moment. He had a better game than his partner at the back, Britos, but both been great this season. 7.5
After airing his frustrations on Instagram about the selection of QSF, Holebas rightfully was given his chance. Holebas looked superb throughout this one notably scoring the goal on the cusp of half-time which sent the rookery into pandemonium, his wicked left stood over a couple of free-kicks but nothing availed from it. He look really comfortable with the ball and in my opinion was the best-outfield player on the pitch for us. 8
A uninspiring 45 minutes from the Swiss midfielder who was forced to spend most of his time on the right-hand side as cover for Paredes, who looked to get forward at every opportunity. Didn’t opt to cross and looked to go inside on several occasions. 6
It looked written in the stars when the ‘Ginger Gerrard’ saw a shot deflected off of John Stones and it appeared destined for the top corner, but Everton goalkeeper Robles matched the speculative effort. Watson mopped up some mistakes from his defensive team-mates on a number of occasions and last but not least, it appears that he’s learnt to take a corner (apart from the one which went for a goal-kick). 6.5
Watford boss Flores clearly likes Capoue as a player and today he played him in his favoured central midfield position which, as you might expect, led to a complete contrast on recent performances that have seen him portray a square peg in a round hole. The midfielder tirelessly got forward to support front men Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo which was a pleasure to see who by some has been brandished ‘lazy’. 8
José Manuel Jurado
Jurado was at the forefront of the key attacks in the early stages, proving a threat whenever he cut inside from the left-hand side, beating Everton’s midfield press with ease. Like Ben Watson had sweetly struck shot saved by Robles around the post which surprisingly was with his weaker left foot. Decent game overall but was replaced by Nordin Amrabat on the hour mark. 6.5
A good performance from the captain who is certainly fulfilling the role of provider to his strike partner, Ighalo, with his outside-of-the-boot pass the pick of the lot in this one. Deeney was regularly dropping into midfield to prevent the Everton attacks and has been doing this more so recently to shore up the midfield. Used his size and strength to lay the ball off on several occasions but unfortunately nothing came of it. 7
This was arguably one of Ighalo’s worst performances of the season and as the game wore on became increasingly isolated by the pair of England defenders he was up against. He got in behind the defence but the predictable ‘Iggy Chop’ isn’t having the quite the same effect as it had earlier in the season and the Nigeria international struggled to beat his man once squared up to him. I put this one down to tiredness and would be in favour of giving him a break at West Brom next week, allowing Flores to shuffle the pack. 6
Guedioura was certainly trying to prove a point to Flores by putting in a good shift once again. A fan favourite, the midfielder immediately lifted the crowd’s spirit creating a decent chance early on. His run from inside his own half deserved a goal. He covered lots of ground throughout the game and definitely deserves another chance to show what he can do next time out. 7
Amrabat failed to really get a grip of the pace when coming on at the hour mark. Stayed really tight to the touchline which provided us with all important with but found it hard to stamp his authority on the game. 5.5
Came on around the 83 minute mark and didn’t really have time to make a mark on the game. N/A