Watford 0-3 Leeds: Player ratings


Watford fell to a 3-0 Premier League defeat at home to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, deepening the relegation woes of the hosts while easing those of the labouring visitors.

A rigid 4-1-4-1 off the ball from Watford clogged midfield, producing a bitty opening 20 minutes between two of the division’s bottom five in the Yorkshire sunshine.

Leeds‘ top scorer Raphinha lit up the match with a rare glimmer of genuine quality in the 21st minute. Although, the Brazilian’s wickedly whipped finish from the edge of the box was teed up by Watford’s repeated inability to clear the ball.

To offer a vague gauge of the pinball first half these sides subjected Vicarage Road to; the Premier League average pass accuracy this season is 79%, the passes from Watford and Leeds found their intended target 63% and 67% of the time respectively.

While the overall quality of the contest barely budged, the team in the ascendency swapped following the interval. With their survival hopes dampened by Everton’s earlier win, Watford wrestled possession and territory off the visitors who seemed content to strike on the counter.


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