Watford 0-1 Leicester: Player ratings as Hornets suffer narrow defeat

Watford fail to score for the third time in the week, but who can hold their head up high and who needs to work hard on the training ground this week?

Watford 0-1 Leicester: Player ratings as Hornets suffer narrow defeat
Dejection for Watford after a second consecutive 1-0 defeat (photo: The Guardian)

After a positive display against Manchester United during the week, Watford will be disappointed after a relatively lacklustre showing against Leicester City on Saturday evening.

Watford's defence were depleted by the loss of Britos in the warm-up

Heurelho Gomes (8): Watford's most consistent player of late, the goalkeeper made a handful of excellent saves and could not do anything about Riyad Mahrez's fine strike.

Allan Nyom (6): Did not offer a threat going forward and struggled to get close enough to Christian Fuchs on too many occasions.

Sebastian Prodl (6): Was pulled out of position a number of times by Jamie Vardy and will be a touch disappointed at his leadership of a defence depleted by the loss of Miguel Britos In the warm-up.

Nathan Aké (7): The youngster on-loan from Chelsea showed maturity beyond his years when he stepped across from left-back to put in a strong defensive display for the Hornets. He also came close to scoring when his header clipped the top of the crossbar.

José Holebas (6): A late addition to the starting line-up, Holebas was energetic but all over the place with his positioning, although a very willing support unit when his team went on the attack.

A lack of inspiration and quality in midfield 

Nordin Amrabat (6): Looked to have the potential to cause a problem to the Leicester defence, but the spark was never lit as he spent too much time on the floor and arguing with the referee.

Ben Watson (7): Marshalled the defence brilliantly and kept the dangerous Mahrez quiet for long periods of the game, although the defensive midfielder will be disappointed with some of his distribution, particularly from set-pieces.

Etienne Capoue (5): Taken off with fatigue last weekend, Capoue looked out-of-sorts again as he made no impact offensively or defensively and was completely overrun by Danny Drinkwater in the middle of the park.

Mario Suarez (6): Had a couple of driving runs but still has not really settled into the Premier League and showed the same influence and ability he had in La Liga and Serie A.

Another bad day at the office for Ighalo

Troy Deeney (7): Once again worked hard for his team and provided an effective link between midfield and attack, though Deeney cut a frustrated figure as he rarely had a sight of goal and seems to be losing patience with his strike partner.

Odion Ighalo (5): The Nigerian is completely out-of-form and missed a handful of opportunities again, a late free header the most glaring of them all.

Almen Abdi (6), Replaced Mario Suarez on 65 minutes: The midfielder struggled to get to grips with the pace of the game and could not influence a way back into the match for the hosts.

Akechi Anya (6), replaced Allan Nyom on 82 minutes: Anya had no time to influence the game as Quique Sánchez Flores hoped he would provide a more attacking option than Nyom.

Obbi Oulare (6), replaced Etienne Capoue on 88 minutes: Oulare barely touched the ball in his five-minute cameo in the final minutes.