Watford 1 Leeds United 0: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road. Do you agree with this choices?

Marco Silvestri

No way through for Lewis Cook.
 PIC: Bruce Rollinson

No way through for Lewis Cook. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Scott Wootton will take the blame for the own goal but Silvestri’s dithering as a cross flew through his box did nothing to help him. 5/10

Scott Wootton

A nightmare of a blunder and a moment which merely drew more attention to the fact that Wootton at right-back isn’t ideal. 4/10

Giuseppe Bellusci

Much better than his last appearance at Vicarage Road. Coped well in the face of Deeney who had his moments but played well below his best. 7/10

Sol Bamba

Not a selection which Evans wanted to make but Bamba had his strongest game in a while and was guilty of only the occasional slip. 7/10

Charlie Taylor

Excellent at both ends of the field. Dealt with plenty of Watford pressure and carried United’s threat on the left wing. 8/10

Liam Bridcutt

Determined enough but the own goal burst the balloon and all United’s effort before then was wasted. Faded after that. 7/10

Toumani Diagouraga

Dominant in parts but the possession and territory Leeds created came to nothing time and again. It’s a glaring problem. 6/10

Stuart Dallas

Had the odd shot but a central midfield role doesn’t seem to suit him. Looked tired when he came off. 5/10

Lewis Cook

Ran himself ragged and broke up Watford’s play repeatedly but couldn’t find that touch of class in the moments when space presented itself. 6/10

Souleymane Doukara

Gave Watford a bit of trouble and saw the odd chance but in general the hosts kept him at arm’s length. 6/10

Mirco Antenucci

Games are starting to pass him by a bit. It wasn’t that Antenucci looked wholly peripheral but his influence wasn’t strong enough. 5/10

Substitutes:

Alex Mowatt (for Dallas, 61) - A player who last season might have come on and turned the tie. Didn’t see enough of the ball to do that. 5/10

Lee Erwin (for Antenucci, 83) - It has to be said that without Chris Wood, Erwin looks more like a centre-forward than anyone else. 5/10

Jordan Botaka (for Diagouraga, 86) - In the squad because of an injury to Carayol. Did next to nothing in his short time on the field. 5/10

Subs (not used): Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Tom Adeyemi, Luke Murphy.

Watford:

Costel Pantilimon - 7

Juan Carlos Paredes - 6

Miguel Britos - 7

Craig Cathcart - 7

Jose Holebas - 7

Etienne Capoue - 8

Mario Suárez - 6

Ben Watson - 7

Almen Abdi - 6

Troy Deeney - 7

Nordin Amrabat - 6

Substitutes:

Odion Ighalo (for Amrabat, 67) - 6

Adlene Guedioura (for Abdi, 77) - 6

Ikechi Anya (for Capoue, 90) - 5

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) - A pretty decent performance from him. The major decisions were spot on. 7/10

Attendance: 18,336

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