Saturday 1 October 2016

Agony for Berahino

Watford 0 West Brom 0

Andy Sims

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Watford’s Etienne Capoue in action at Vicarage Road yesterday
West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Watford’s Etienne Capoue in action at Vicarage Road yesterday

Saido Berahino could not hide his disappointment after missing the chance to secure a first win of the season for West Brom.

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The Baggies had to settle for a point at newly-promoted Watford after striker Berahino, who is continually being linked with a move to Tottenham this month, headed wide with the goal at his mercy. With 10 minutes remaining Chris Brunt crossed into the area, Gareth McAuley headed back across goal but Berahino, at the far post, failed to hit the target.

"You could see his disappointment afterwards, the boy was disappointed so that shows he thought he should have scored," said Baggies boss Tony Pulis.

Up until then Watford had been by far the more enterprising team, although for all their style there was very little substance as time and again, following some neat build-up play, the final ball or finish was lacking.

Watford's display was probably best summed up by Jose Manuel Jurado, who left two West Brom defenders for dead with some superb footwork, only to then curl his shot high into the stands

"Watford didn't surprise me, but they surprised the players I think," added Pulis. "In the first half we were definitely on back foot, they moved the ball quickly and caused us problems. At half-time I told the players they had to push up the pitch, and in the end we probably missed the best chance of the game."

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