Play-off Final: Player Ratings

We’ve got a long-form review of events at Wembley on Monday here, but if you fancy a quick run-down of how we saw things then look no further,we’ve got the pagella right here…


Manuel ALMUNIA 8

Couldn’t have done any more than he did. Caught every catchable high ball and made a number of important stops. Almost got to the penalty.

Lloyd DOYLEY 8

Watford’s man of the match. Held the defence together with last-ditch defending and decisive tackles. Kept his head when all around him were losing theirs.


Nowhere near his best. Let Wilbraham get a few too many free-knockdowns. Was caught too far upfield on several occasions. Last ten minutes suggest he’ll never be a striker


Gave away the penalty with a needless prod that belied his years of experience. Was turned inside out by Zaha and was extremely careless in his defensive partnership with Pudil. Sloppy going forward.

Ikechi ANYA (off 86) 6

Didn’t take advantage of his clear outpacing of Moxey. Didn’t connect with the few crosses he did get in. Wasn’t proactive enough in attack.

Almen ABDI 5

Let the game pass him by. Very poor set pieces. Couldn’t get into his groove past the half-way line.

Jonathan HOGG 5

A few miskicks into touch summed up his afternoon. Couldn’t get near enough to Zaha to rough him up, was out-muscled by Jedinak in midfield.

Nathaniel CHALOBAH (off 74) 4

Dire. He’ll be back at Wembley before long, and put in far greater performances. Misplaced every pass, was too soft in the tackle. Caught in possession in dangerous areas far too often.

Daniel PUDIL 4

Maybe should have had a penalty when upended by Gabbidon. Didn’t cope with Zaha’s movement at all – shades of Man City away. So occupied with the winger that he couldn’t get forward at all, limiting Watford’s output.


Not at the races. Couldn’t get the ball down, never got a sniff in the penalty area. One of those days. Movement off the ball was not up to par.

Matej VYDRA (off 46) 5

Came into game apparently carrying an injury. Picked up another one. Only got one sight at goal, well blocked by Delaney.


Alex GEIJO (on 46) 7

Intelligent runs and positive movement. Opened up Palace defence and dragged the team forward. Not a striker who can score goals on his own, which is what he was forced to try and do.

Cristian BATTOCCHIO (on 74) 6

Definite improvement on Chalobah. Good change of phase midfielder, but was not given the ball enough. Scrapped and gave everything for the cause. The future of the Watford midfield.

Fernando FORESTIERI (on 86) 7

Turned the tide with his movement and energy. Should have been introduced earlier. Had Watford’s best chance of the match – a 120th minute strike that was headed off the line.


Crystal Palace

Julian SPERONI 6

Joel WARD 7


Damien DELANEY 8

Dean MOXEY 5


Kagisho DIKGACOI (off 17) 6

Owen GARVAN (off 84) 6

Wilfried ZAHA 9


Jonathan WILLIAMS (off 66) 5 


Stuart O’KEEFE (on 17) 7

Kevin PHILLIPS (on 66) 7

Andre MORTIZ (on 84) 6

One comment

  1. I totally agree with every word & score on the Watford side (with the possible exception of Hogg who I felt was not quite as poor as you suggest.) I have less interest in the Palace ratings today than I did yesterday!

    Keep up the good work.

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