Watford player ratings vs Everton: Etienne Capoue impresses on debut

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The Hornets were more than deserving of a point from their display at Goodison Park.

Heurelho Gomes 7/10 – Solid display from the goalkeeper who made a couple of decent saves to deny both Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley, although he’s still shaky on crosses.

Allan Nyom 7/10 – A good debut for the full-back, who was key to making Everton play narrow and stopping all of the homes side’s attacking threat.

Craig Cathcart 7/10 – Conceded two goals but very little could be done about either. Spent most of the game dealing with Romelu Lukaku and Everton long balls, and was solid in both aspects.

Sebastien Prodl 7/10 – The same as Cathcart, spent the game fighting with long balls and Lukaku and was solid on both counts.

Jose Holebas 7/10 – A strong debut from the full-back, who had very little to do in the first half but did struggle to contain Seamus Coleman in the second half as the Irishman grew into the game.

Etienne Capoue 8/10 – One of Watford’s star men as he constantly protected their defence and broke up Everton’s play. Nullified Ross Barkley perfectly for most of the game.

Valon Behrami 6/10 – Nondescript compared to Capoue, and could have seen red for a nasty challenge on Mirallas, which the Belgian was lucky to escape from injury free.

Jose Jurado 8/10 – Another midfielder who impressed, he was a creative force for the Hornets throughout and caused the home side plenty of trouble.

Ikechi Anya 6/10 – Didn’t do anything wrong but was hardly influential. Still, his pace was a constant threat that will cause plenty of defenders problems this season, but became anonymous as the game went on.

Miguel Layun 7/10 – A well-taken goal and a threat from out wide for the away side, but similar to Anya was less involved the more the game went on.

Troy Deeney 6/10 – Provided a constant battle for the Everton duo Phil Jagielka and John Stones to deal with, but was lucky not to see red for a two-footed challenge on Brendan Galloway in the first half.

Substitutes:

Odion Ighalo 8/10 – A lovely goal to put his side 2-1 up and looked like a Premier League striker in the time he spent on the pitch. He is likely to be a big player for the Hornets this season.

Juan Carlos Paredes 6/10 – Didn’t have much impact on the game after coming on from the bench, but didn’t do anything particularly wrong either.

Ben Watson 6/10 – Similar to Paredes, didn’t do much when he came on.

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