With their last win coming from the reverse fixture to today’s game, the Hornets would have recognised the importance of ending their current losing run. This recognition, however, was not enough for Marco Silva’s men as Leicester fans walked out of the King Power knowing that another three points were in the bag.
The Golden Boys managed to keep a clean sheet for all of thirty-nine minutes before Foxes striker Jamie Vardy converted from the spot after being taken down by Watford defender Molla Wague. Like his teammates, Wague, who was later subbed in the second half, struggled to cope with Vardy, who as well as scoring, hit the post and forced some good saves from second keeper Orestis Karnezis. Although undeniably brilliant today, it was not Jamie Vardy who claimed the man of the match award. That went to the second scorer for the Foxes, Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian midfielder today made sure that the fate of a sealed victory was not in the hands of the video assistant referee. Following a good ball in from Leicester substitute Adrien Silva, Marhez showed some great sportsmanship, staying on his feet after a challenge made by Christian Kabasele and finishing with his preferred left foot from a tight angle.
Positives from Watford were hard to come by today and can only be taken from a Troy Deeney offside goal and a combination made by their two Englishmen when a through-ball from Deeney to record signing Andre Gray was ultimately blocked by Harry Maguire. Watford now have only one win from their last eleven league games and judging by their performance today and upcoming fixtures, could go a few more without seeing a victory. Leicester on the other hand finish the day in 7th and level on points with eighth-placed Burnley.
Picture Courtesy of Watford FC & Alan Cozzi