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Watford 2 - Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 26.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

City started the game well and everything looked like a new and great performance from a team that made the most of their last game v. Manchester United

Claude Puel had made a number of changes from the Manchester United game, why, to try to play a team that in a way would be the perfect one v. Watford. TCF understands Puel thinking, and hopefully he will continue to plan despite not getting what he was after.

Things started brightly and Marc Albrighton played up to the best level of his performance. His pass through to Jamie Vardy should have set City on track to a great away win, but Vardy never managed to get the ball behind Gomez in the Watford goal.

But in the 37th minute Riyad Mahrez was clever with a fantastic cross from Marc Albrighton. The header from Mahrez is perfectly plased and City are suddenly in the lead, fantastic.
 

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City defenders needs a reaility check at times and to see Watford getting back in the game with a goal from former City loanee Molla Wague, was heartbreaking and like taking candy from children. To consede in the last minute of the first half was a blow.

As so many times before the goal came from a set piece, and this must be addressed once and for all. With big defenders like Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire in the team this should never happen, and to concede a goal like this is bad, really bad.

City came out in the 2nd half trying to make things better, and put pressure on Watford, but it was never enough to score a goal, instead Watford are the once taking the lead in the 65th minute after a terrible mistake from Kasper Schmeichel.
 

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Schmeichel could easilly have boxed the ball to a corner, instead he just makes it pass, and the shot is deflected via Kasper Schmeichel. The goal stands as an own goal, and one of very few mistakes from the Danish international, but a crucial one.

Substitutions and a number of chances in the late stages of the game results in nothing and again three points are lost, mostly because defensive errors are done, and that must be corrected in the next games.

Playing away to Watford isn't easy, and hopefully Puel will be able to address the problems. His team selection and rotation policy is of course good in a long term perspective, giving more players a chance, but if this is not giving a short term results, it's a problem.

Positives:
Scoring a fantastic goal, Mahrez header is a perfect finish for a brilliant pass from Marc Albrighton
Rotation in a way that makes sence, hopefully this is part of a plan
54 % ball possession, City are on a route to something exciting, but all players are not 100 % in this type of play

Negatives:
Vardy missed chance, could have really given City a perfect start
Defensive errors from defenders and goalkeeper that really cost City the win today
Getting three yellow cards, Andy King, Alexandar Dragovic, Harry Maguire
Not able to convert ball posession into goals, which is the idea

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 6, Dragovic 6, Maguire 7, Morgan 6, Ndidi 6, King 6, Okazaki 6, Vardy 7, Mahrez 7, Albrighton 8
Subs: Slimani, Ulloa, Gray

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 46 % / 54 %
Corners: 8 / 8
Shots on target: 2 / 4
Shots wide: 5 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 13
Offsides: 4 / 6

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