Player Ratings: Watford 1-0 Newcastle United

Jacob Culshaw analyses each Watford players’ contribution during the 1-0 win over Newcastle United in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Vicarage Road, giving each one a rating out of 10.

Heurelho Gomes

Gomes was calm and collected when called into action and kept Watford in the game with a number of crucial saves. 8/10

Allan Nyom

Nyom had a relatively quiet afternoon at Vicarage Road and was guilty of letting Newcastle wing-back Kevin Mbabu cut inside to shoot on a couple of occasions. Average performance. 6

Sebastian Prödl

An accomplished performance from Prödl who replaced Britos in Quique Sanchez Flores’ starting line-up. He won a lot of headers and didn’t really give Newcastle a sniff at goal in the second period. 7.5

Craig Cathcart

It seems as though Cathcart has lacked composure since his mistake during the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham. The Northern Ireland international has been solid all season, rightfully earning himself the title ‘Mr Reliable’, however he’s looked more and more nervous at the back in recent games. Twice in the first half he gifted the Magpies possession and perhaps better opposition would have punished his mistakes. I think Cathcart could do with a break. 6

Jose Holebas

After deputising for the banned Nathan Ake over the Christmas period, Holebas looked knackered throughout this on. Like Cathcart, could do with a break although he hasn’t done much to cement a place in the Chelsea loanee’s absence. 6

Steven Berghuis

A dismal performance from the summer signing who appeared, on the face of it, to lack any sort of fight to earn his place in this Watford team. Was more interested by the criticism hold of him from other teammates believe getting on with the job and marking his man. In fairness the game was not set up for Berghuis: awful weather and an awful pitch but he’s not going to get many more chances to prove himself this season. 5

Ben Watson

Every week Watson turns in a solid performance and this one was no exception. He got the hornets out of trouble on several occasions, mopping up some mistakes from his defensive team-mates on a number of occasions. Watson asserts him self as one of the most experienced players in the team and I wouldn’t of thought I’d be saying that when he joined the club. 7.5

Adlene Guedioura

Guedioura was certainly trying to prove a point to Flores by putting in a good shift: chasing down every lost cause in the midfield and working well with Watson in the middle of the park. He covered lots of ground throughout the game and putting in some hard challenges which I feel we lack at times. 7.5

José Manuel Jurado

Much like Berghuis, the game wasn’t really set up for flair players such as Jurado; it was a game to get the job done considering the conditions. He was guilty of trying to do too much at times. 5.5

Troy Deeney

A top performance from the captain who hasn’t started many games without his strike partner Odion Ighalo alongside him in recent months. Deeney was the difference between two teams who both lacked creativity and his well-taken  goal ultimately proved to be the winner. Used his size and strength to bully Newcastle defender Jamal Lascelles in the second half. 8

Obbi Oulare

A decent debut game for the young Belgian who put himself about every opportunity. Oulare won a couple of headers and did his best to bring others into play. Sometimes lacks touch but that will come given time to acclimatise to his new surroundings. 6


Ikechi Anya

Anya was a breath of fresh air after coming on and was willing to run at the defenders which Berghuis and Jurado certainly lacked. 7

Almen Abdi

Abdi solidified the side after coming on and ran up and down the flanks tirelessly. Looked to help out his team-mates at every opportunity. 6.5

Odion Ighalo

Ighalo came on with 15 minutes to go and held up the ball nicely, helping Watford secure a passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup. 6.5

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