Crystal Palace Vs Watford: Player Ratings
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on February 21, 2016
Heurelho Gomes has been man of the match often recently, however today many of his colleagues outplayed him. Although he didn’t play bad, I didn’t think he was good enough for man of the match. Gomes was blameless today as he often commanded his 18 yard box, especially in the remaining minutes of the game. He wasn’t often needed in the first half. So when Emmanuel Adebayor, the experienced striker who Watford decided opted out of signing in January, scored a soft looping header in the 45th minute just before the break it was very disappointing. He was forced to make a good save from a long-distance shot from former hornet Jordan Mutch later in the game.
Watford and the Pozzo Family will have to look into getting a new right-back as Nyom’s confidence has been on the floor since his only good performance at Everton on the opening day of the Premier League on August 8th. Nyom was fine in the first half, no problems faced him. That quickly changed however when Alan Pardrew, like in the reverse fixture, decided to swap the wingers in the second half so Wilfred Zaha would be facing Nyom. Wilfred Zaha caused Nyom some real havoc at Vicarage Road and it was the same at Selhurst Park. He suddenly became alert in the game and Nyom really struggled, he simply couldn’t keep up. Behrami had to double up with Nyom; this worked however Wilfred Zaha still caused problems. Nyom miskicked a cross from the left, he then stupidly decided to make a surging run into danger in the last minute. This left a gap that Behrami had to make up for. His performances aren’t getting any better. This is a serious concern that must be addressed in the summer.
This game suited him perfectly. The big Austrian dealt with lots and lots of long balls during the game comfortably. That was until a lack of concentration where he left Ake to deal with a cross aimed for Adebayor when it should have been himself marking him as Sebastien Proedl had kept him quiet until that point. He dealt with problems that came his way in the second half fairly comfortably.
Cathcart was partly at fault for the Crystal Palace’s goal as he decided not to take the situation in his hands and left it for Ake who was never going to win the header. Almost faultless performance from Craig. He often made one stand out mistake a game; however after his mistake vs Tottenham Hotspurs was punished he has learnt. He often goes unnoticed for the work he puts in.
One of Ake’s quieter games today. In the 14th minute he took the ball past the Crystal Palace full-back with one touch from an inch perfect pass from Etienne Capoue. He took a shot at goal which was blocked and went out for a corner; Watford however got a penalty from the resulting corner. Ake was affective when he had to deal with Zaha in the first half. He was outjumped by Adebayor for the header and was quiet after that moment onwards.
Etienne Capoue was back to his best today. His brilliant game started when he played an inch perfect pass to Ake on the wing. He was very skilful today; another nutmeg to add to the collection, Capoue often dropped his shoulder to gain space in tight situations. The French midfielder did more linking up attacks than any other game. Wasn’t key defensively compared to other games, however he worked very hard as usual, this is why he was rightly subbed off for Mario Suarez.
Valon Behrami had his best performance in a Watford shirt at Selhurst Park. Couldn’t have asked more from him. He was key for Watford getting the three points. He did what his job excellently. Behrami was very hard working, he gave 110 percent. Won the ball so many times during the 90 minutes. He was more influential in the second half as he had the awareness to double up on Zaha with Nyom as he struggled to deal with him in the second half. He dealt with the tricky winger very well and an example of his braveness was in the last minute when a throw from the Crystal Palace goalkeeper had too much power on it and Behrami knew that Souare couldn’t reach the ball, Behrami didn’t back out of the challenge. Souare made a dangerous, two footed challenge on the Swiss international in the remaining minutes of the game to earn himself a red card.
Another consistent performance from Watson. He put in some decent crosses from set-pieces as usual. Watson has been one of the most underrated players in the premier league this season. He got stuck into challenges and often came away with the ball. He’s a key part of Watford’s midfield and this new formation lets Capoue, Behrami and Watson play together. The midfield looks very strong now. Very positive signs for the hornets.
Watford’s record transfer signing didn’t impress on his first start in the premier league. He gave away needless fouls and didn’t link up the play as much as Jurado did against Chelsea on Wednesday night. He had a brilliant chance when, after a scramble in the box, the ball fell to Amrabat but his shot was straight at Hennessy. In the 62nd minute he was replaced by Almen Abdi after a game he would probably want to forget.
Odion Ighalo has been the star man for Watford this year, unfortunately today didn’t go as planned. Ighalo didn’t make many mistakes as such, however he wasn’t involved in the game much. Didn’t get much of the ball, created little and the longer the game went on the more frustrated he got. Today simply wasn’t his day, this is not something to be concerned about if you are a Watford fan. It just shows that he is human!
The Watford fans that decided to travel to South London got their money’s worth as a brace from the captain Troy Deeney earned Watford their first win against Crystal Palace since the opening day of the Championship in 2012. Deeney was a real leader and fought to the very end. He won a penalty in the 15th minute after Mile Jedinak brought down Troy Deeney in the box; however the penalty was a harsh decision in the eyes of Alan Pardrew. Deeney kept professional as youand slotted the penalty to the left of Hennessy. Troy won headers, passed the ball well and even defended well. All round great performance and when the ball came to him in the 82nd minute at the back post, he controlled it brilliantly and showed great composure to hammer it home.