Player Ratings: Watford v Southampton

Jacob Culshaw analyses each Watford players’ contribution during the 0-0 draw with Southampton at Vicarage Road on Sunday, giving each one a rating out of 10.

Heurelho Gomes: Gomes didn’t have too many difficult saves to make, but looked assured when he was called into action. The most notable of which saw the Brazilian deny Graziano Pellé at his near post in what was a comfortable afternoon. He will be important player for Watford this season. 7

Allan Nyom: Another energetic display from the full-back, who looked very tidy defensively, more so than he did against West Brom in fact. Nyom showed good composure and was rarely caught out of position, while also supporting Jurado by making several attacking runs down the right-hand side. 7.5

Sebastian Prödl: The imposing Austrian turned in another solid performance at the back, reducing arguably one of the best aerial players in the league (Pellé) to scraps. 6.5

Craig Cathcart: Cathcart and Prödl have looked extremely comfortable in their first three Premier League games together and hopefully this will continue throughout the season. He’s quickly becoming Watford’s ‘Mr Dependable’ but will have Uruguay international Miguel BrIitos nipping at his heels from now on. I find it hard to believe that the former Blackpool man won’t hold down a regular spot, however. 7

Jose Holebas: Holebas didn’t feature against West Brom, so was making his home debut against Southampton. The Greece international clearly likes going forward and saw a sweetly-struck effort that looked to be heading for the bottom corner blocked by his team-mate Troy Deeney.  He was substituted at half-time by the new signing Alessandro Diamanti, which saw Ikechi Anya pushed to the left-back position. 6

Etienne Capoue: Capoue showed great desire and determination throughout Sunday’s game. His athleticism is commendable and, alongside Behrami, he broke up play well before attempting to kick-start the transition from defence to attack. The Frenchman spurned the best chance of the game on 68 minutes when Deeney’s flick on from a Diamanti corner made its way to him at the back post, but he could not keep his effort down when it looked harder to put over than score! 6.5

Valon Behrami: Behrami was a rock in the middle of the park. The Switzerland international never shied away from a challenge and worked hard throughout, which has seen him emerge as a bit of a fan favourite since joining the Hornets in the summer. 7.5

Ikechi Anya: The Scotland international gave, in my opinion, one of his best performances in a Watford shirt. He has noticeably raised his game a level last season and was a real menace down the flanks, committing defenders and running at them with pace. Anya also showed his versatility by playing two different positions. 8.5 (MotM)

Odion Ighalo: Ighalo was very ineffective against Southampton and seeming failed to understand the role he was playing; not knowing whether he was supposed to be ahead of Deeney or behind him. Missed a golden first-half chance at the far post which he (like Capoue) won’t want to see again. 5.5

Jose Manuel Jurado: A bit of a let-down, compared to his last home game for the Hornets. The previous week the Spaniard was running at the full-backs with pace and commitment, on Sunday less so. Although he linked up well with Nyom, Jurado didn’t look natural playing out wide and always looked to go on his right foot which became predictable. For me, it was a disappointing performance. 6

Troy Deeney: A tough afternoon for Watford’s captain. Deeney had half chances blocked Jose Fonté, and didn’t really have a sniff at goal. He was extremely isolated and surely would have benefitted from the introduction of Vydra who could have run in behind the Saints’ defence. 6.5


Alessandro Diamanti: Looked to get involved, at every opportunity on the left and delivered some inviting balls into the box. He looked out of match fitness, so he couldn’t have survived more than 45 minutes and it became increasingly apparent as the game went on. 6

Ben Watson: It was written in the stars when a ball came to him on the edge of the 18 yard box and it sat up on the half volley; unfortunately he skied it into Row Z. Didn’t really have time to make an impact in what was an uninspiring substitution by Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores. 5