Watford had to strike late to seal three points against Leicester City on Sunday after Troy Deeney’s early opener was cancelled out by a Jamie Vardy equaliser.

However, super sub Andre Gray came off the bench and scored an injury time winner to make sure Brendan Rodgers’ return to Vicarage Road was an unhappy one.

Here’s how we rated their individual performances.

Ben Foster – 7

While Foster may not have had the busiest of afternoons, he did the little things very well and could not have done much more to prevent Vardy from scoring.

However, he recovered well after a nasty looking collision with the Foxes’ forward, after he raced bravely off his line to compete for the errant ball.

Daryl Janmaat – 7

In the absence of Kiko Femenia, Janmaat has staked a claim for the starting right back position.

Against Leicester he got forward well and looked threatening on the break, while remaining solid defensively.

Craig Cathcart – 7

Watford did a good job of limiting chances for their visitors and happily threw themselves in front of the ball when they needed to.

Cathcart had the measure of Vardy for the most part and after he was replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho, the Foxes struggled to find a way through the Watford back line.

Adrian Mariappa – 7

Mariappa had a good game alongside Craig Cathcart and in the first half mopped up everything Leicester had to throw at Watford.

He read training ground moves as if they had been written down for him and stopped any major attacking threat from building up.

He could’ve earned himself a higher mark had he not lost Vardy so easily for the goal, but his all round game was impressive.

Jose Holebas – 6

After missing two games through suspension, few would have been surprised to see Holebas return after Adam Masina’s difficult game against Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Early on Holebas gave a glimpse of what Watford had missed in his absence, with a teasing cross almost setting up Mariappa for an early goal.

However, he faded somewhat in the second half and did nothing particularly noteworthy. Not a bad performance, but also nothing special.

Will Hughes – 7

Hughes is not naturally a right winger, but has dealt with being deployed there with great aplomb.

He is not a typical wide man but always looks to have at least an idea up his sleeve. His work rate off the ball was, as ever, admirable, while his battling on it was a constant thorn in Leicester’s side.

Hughes may not play attractive football, but Watford would almost certainly be worse without him in the team.

Etienne Capoue – 8

The midfield partnership between Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure ought to be a source of great joy for Watford fans and today the two players showed glimpses of what they can produce together.

Capoue was especially bright in the first half, with his penchant for driving forward and playing the ball out wide on full display. His tackling was as robust as ever and Leicester struggled to produce too much through the centre.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7

While Capoue was the brighter of the two in the centre of midfield, Doucoure’s performance wasn’t a great deal worse.

He could receive some criticism for the way he allowed Youri Tielemens time to pick out Vardy for the equaliser, but so too could Capoue.

All in all, both had decent games.

Roberto Pereyra – 5

In recent games Pereyra has struggled to replicate the kind of form that saw him help Watford get off to such a good start in the league.

He seems to be going through a spell of low confidence at the moment and regularly makes questionable decisions.

Against Leicester, attacks regularly broke down with the ball at his feet, while he was once again reluctant to pitch in with the defending.

Gerard Deulofeu – 6

Expectation seems to be hanging heavily around Deulofeu’s neck following his hat-trick against Cardiff.

He started the game brightly and delivered a perfect free-kick for the first goal.

However, he struggled to build on that early contribution and throughout the rest of the game he was kept fairly quiet.

He looked annoyed to have been substituted when he was, but nothing seemed to be falling for him at the time and Javi Gracia was ultimately proved right to make the change.

Troy Deeney – 9

Despite scoring early on and setting up the winning goal, what was most pleasing about Deeney’s display was the way he adapted to a game in which referee Jonathan Moss wasn’t allowing even the most delicate of challenges to go unpunished.

Other strikers of Deeney’s ilk would have struggled under such conditions, but the Hornets’ skipper did not allow himself to get frustrated and ended up playing some lovely football.

His work rate was admirable and he was regularly seen helping out in midfield and dictating play from deep.

His goal was very well taken, while his assist for Andre Gray’s winner had the home fans purring.



The relationship between Deeney and Gray seems to be so positive that it’s surely only a matter of time before Gracia tries it again from the start of a game.

Before this match, the head coach said he has a difficult decision to make up front thanks to Gray’s recent performances as well as Deeney’s goals and Deulofeu’s hat-trick in Wales.

However, the consistency of Gray will surely have him nearing a place in the starting 11.

He took his goal well and looked a handful from the moment he joined the game.

Tom Cleverley – N/A

Was brought on too late to make much of an impact.