Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford slipped to another Premier League defeat on Saturday evening, losing 1-0 to table-toppers Leicester City, leaving the Hornets with no win in three league games, and perhaps more disconcertingly: no goals.
The strike from Riyad Mahrez was enough to give the Foxes three vital points in the title race, and Watford's inability to find the net is find the net is fast becoming a concern. An over-reliance on Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo to win games has recently proved an issue, with the pair suffering a goal drought - and it was more of the same of the same at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.
Defender Nathan Ake - who is on loan from Chelsea - had a similar thought process, expressing his concern that Watford hadn't "really created any good chances" during the game, and that it had proved costly. The 21-year-old reflected on the fact that earning "corners and other things" wasn't enough: the Hornets needed clear-cut opportunities in front of goal, and didn't manage to creat many meaningful chances.
In what was a fairly even game in terms of possession, Ake admitted that Watford "defended okay", limiting the Premier League leaders and making sure they didn't have "many chances". The defender further described the Hornets' inability to "go through" Leicester, suggesting that the away side "won the second balls" and ultimately maintained the possession to make it difficult for the hosts.
A last-minute switch
With Miguel Britos suffering an injury in the warm-up, the Watford defence was switched around a little, with Jose Holebas coming in and Ake moving to centre-back. The Ivorian suggested he had played "okay" in the role, despite not having to settle in that position for "a long time". Ake pointed towards the influence of Sebastian Prodl, suggesting it was "good to have [him] there" alongside him in defence, and ultimately believed he "adjusted well" to the change.
Despite that, the defender - and the rest of his team-mates - were left frustrated with another narrow defeat despite not doing much wrong. The only thing Flores will be concerned about is Watford's inability to create chances and score goals, and he will be hoping that changes in the coming weeks, as the Hornets look to finish the season on a high.