Saturday 10 December 2016

Watford v Leicester - Story of the Match

Published 19/11/2016 | 17:16

Watford's Roberto Pereyra (right) celebrates
Watford's Roberto Pereyra (right) celebrates

Two goals in the first 13 minutes powered Watford to a 2-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester.

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Etienne Capoue netted after 33 seconds and Roberto Pereyra doubled the advantage after 13 minutes.

Jamie Vardy was felled for a penalty converted by Riyad Mahrez two minutes later, but Leicester slipped to a sixth loss from 12 games this season.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Saw Harry the Hornet without his head on at half-time and I'm not sure what to believe in any more" - Journalist Amitai Winehouse sees things he cannot unsee.

https://twitter.com/awinehouse1/status/800019545729761281

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

With the match little more than 30 seconds old, Watford were in front. Troy Deeney, a summer target for Leicester, had the presence of mind to flick on Pereyra's cross and Capoue fired the ball in.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Leicester's travelling supporters - all bar a brave few on a cold afternoon - wore matching blue and white woolly hats. They sang about being champions, Vardy and other things. But they spent too much time focusing on referee Neil Swarbrick. He was not the reason for the Foxes failure here.

STAR MAN

Pereyra. Vardy, Mahrez and Nordin Amrabat showed glimpses of quality, but it was the Argentinian winger whose intervention proved decisive. He constantly troubled Leicester's full-backs, too.

RATINGS

Watford

Heurelho Gomes: 6 (out of 10)

Miguel Britos: 5

Sebastian Prodl: 6

Younes Kaboul: 6

Daryl Janmaat: 6

Etienne Capoue: 7

Valon Behrami: 6

Camilo Zuniga: 6

Nordin Arambat: 6

Troy Deeney: 7

Roberto Pereyra: 7

Substitutes

Adlene Guedioura (for Amrabat): 5

Stefano Okaka (for Deeney): 5

Leicester

Ron-Robert Zieler: 7

Danny Simpson: 5

Christian Fuchs: 4

Wes Morgan: 5

Robert Huth: 5

Danny Drinkwater: 6

Daniel Amartey: 6

Riyad Mahrez: 7

Jamie Vardy: 7

Shinji Okazaki: 5

Marc Albrighton: 6

Substitutes

Jeffrey Schlupp (for Fuchs): 5

Demarai Gray (for Okazaki): 4

Ahmed Musa (for Albrighton): 4

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Watford v Stoke, Premier League, Sunday, November 27

Leicester v Club Brugge, Champions League, Tuesday, November 22

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