Spurs 2-0 Watford report - 'Hornets misfire again'

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Watford were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night, which was a very predictable outcome. But the scoreline did not tell the full story and the Hornets more than played their part in the match.

30th Apr 2018

Their finishing ultimately proved costly as they spurned a number of big opportunities to score against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Watford misfire again

Incredibly, Watford have not scored away from home since their defeat at Manchester City in January, with the run now spanning eight games in all competitions.

Javi Gracia’s side did not play badly but their weakness in attack was again apparent as they failed to convert their opportunities.

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The decision to play Andre Gray was a surprise and the striker, who has been a major disappointment this season, missed a good first-half chance to find the net.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison also failed to score from good positions in the opening 45 minutes.

Clearly Watford need to find an answer offensively next season and a new striker has to be one of their priorities. Gray showed here that he isn’t the answer and Troy Deeney is not the force of old.

With Richarlison failing to score since November and appearing to have his head turned by transfer talk, he may not be at Vicarage Road next season.

This all underlines that Watford need to improve their goal threat otherwise it could be a very difficult start to the next campaign.

Hughes offers promise

Will Hughes was one of the bright sparks for the visitors and the midfielder again showed flashes of the quality that could help him force his way into the England fold in the future.

Hughes’ creativity was evident as a superb pass set up an opportunity for Doucoure in the first half.

The 23-year-old has so much potential and it is hoped he can fulfil this next season, assuming he manages to avoid the injury problems that have impacted his game time this year.

If Hughes gets a consistent run of games, he has shown already he has the ability to unlock opposing defences and provide a creative outlet for Watford.

New goalkeeper necessary

Orestis Karnezis was at fault for Tottenham’s first goal as he spilled the ball and allowed Dele Alli to score.

It was a big mistake at a time when Watford were holding their own. Karnezis has only made a few blunders since coming in but the club still need to be looking for a long-term goalkeeper.

It seems clear Heurelho Gomes’ career at Watford is coming to an end, despite playing an outstanding role during the club’s time in the Premier League.

Karnezis does not seem to provide the defence with enough confidence and ultimately Watford need to find a keeper that can be relied upon to perform consistently in the top flight.

It may seem harsh on the Greek shot stopper but the 32-year-old does not seem quite good enough to hold down a regular place in the side.

He looks a strong back-up but his errors at Everton and against Spurs suggest he should not be Watford’s number one next season.

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