Nick Pope 7

Relatively untroubled but a solid display, with one fine save from Doucoure in the first half and a confident late claim.

Phil Bardsley 8

Really laying down a challenge to Lowton. Another committed display, defensively sound and an option going forward.

James Tarkowski 7

Great feet at one point in the first half and never unduly troubled by the physicality of Deeney.

Kevin Long 7

Early sliding tackle will have settled him into the game. Refused to be bullied by Deeney.

Stephen Ward 7

Enjoyed plenty of space down the left and found similar link-up with Arfield as he’d enjoyed with Brady.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 8 (Man of the Match)

A man at the very top of his game at the moment. Could have scored his second goal for the club but for two brilliant Gomes saves, but provided a fifth assist of the season and showed his confidence with a wonderful piece of skill in the first-half.

Jack Cork 7

Captain for the day in the absence of Heaton and Mee and led the team well. As solid as ever in midfield.

Steven Defour 7

Crucial clearance from Janmaat in the second half as he threatened to get into a promising position.

Scott Arfield 8

Took his goal brilliantly after a shaky start and really grew into the game after that moment.

Jeff Hendrick 7

Lovely dummy to allow Gudmundsson’s cross to reach Arfield for the goal. Withdrawn early in the second half.

Chris Wood 6

Twice tested Gomes in the first half but not as influential after the break.


Ashley Barnes for Hendrick (60)
Ashley Westwood for Defour (90)

Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Charlie Taylor, Fredrik Ulvestad, Sam Vokes, Nahki Wells

Watford: Heurelho Gomes, Daryl Janmaat, Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Marvin Zeegelaar, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Cleverley, Roberto Pereyra (Jose Holebnas 44), Richarlison, Andre Carillo (Andre Gray 79), Troy Deeney

Subs not used: Orestis Karnezis, Sebastian Prodl, Etienne Capoue, Ben Watson, Isaac Success