How many chances does it take the Watford Hornets to score a goal? Over the last 4 weeks the Golden Boys have taken 41 shots, just eight have been on target. At the KP Stadium, Watford didn’t put a shot on target. Against Liverpool and Newcastle, we had but one shot on target. One goal and a single point over that run and supporters know, December is here. It’s like taking a page out Marco Silva’s squad last season, one that I faulted him, not the players. This season is different under Javi Gracia but recently, results are looking like that of last season
“Today I think it was different. We dominated the possession, I think we had 62 per cent, but it wasn’t enough to finish the action. We created chances but we didn’t shoot on target. We need to be demanding, we need to improve these situations because as you can see in these last games we are losing points, we are losing options to get better results because we are not efficient enough,” said Gracia in a post game interview.
The problem hasn’t been in the defense or the midfield. For the most part Watford’s game plan has been excellent, the personnel filling out the starting XI have been productive. Until we get to the final third of the pitch. Gracia brought in Gerard Deulofeu and Issac Success, pairing them together, when it appeared nothing positive was coming from Troy Deeney and Andre Gray. Now, there is very little production from any forward or attacking midfielder. The play of Roberto Pereyra has been inconsistent to say the least. Will Hughes, continues to play OOP on the right flank but the heat map doesn’t show him coming inside as quite as much as expected.
“When you score goals you feel more confident and maybe you finish better. But when you don’t score maybe, sometimes, you lose the confidence. But we did it in the past and I’m sure we’ll do it better in the future,” said Gracia. Goals are what we need to turn the trend, as Jamie Vardy, on a break away was tripped up by Ben Foster and awarded a penalty. Vardy converted to give the Foxes a 1-0. Going into the game, Watford was win less at the KP Stadium since earning promotion in 2015.
Much like previous games, Watford dominated the statistics, looked more lively on, as supporters were anticipating a break through. Unfortunately, in the 23′, Marc Albrighton found James Maddison at the top of the 18-yard box, as he took two touches and masterfully put away a volley to double Leicester’s lead.
So, the slide down the Premier League table continues as we enter the most demanding part of the season, the festive period. Watford are still on 20 points, but have dropped to 10th in the table with just two wins over their last 10 games, that saw them as high as third to start the season. Next up, a Tuesday visit from Man City.