After a great pre-season which finished undefeated for Watford, they have followed it up with a 2-0 win over Brighton to start the 2018/19 Premier League campaign thanks to the brilliance of Roberto Pereyra. Javi Gracia could not have asked for more from his players as the performance and result were just what he needed.
This result and performance would’ve been a surprise to even the most optimistic Watford fans after the club failed to sign a striker on deadline day. However, 4-4-2, showed to have the potential to get the best out of our club captain and record signing. Although neither did managed to get on the score sheet they did both look very lively and did manage to link up together quite well.
However, the real star of the show was Roberto Pereyra, who scored two beautiful goals to cap off a very impressive afternoon for the hornets. The first, a first time volley from an outswinging corner, from Jose Holebas, which flew into the top left hand corner. The second, again assisted by Holebas, as he drove into the box from the left hand side, and swept the ball into the bottom right hand corner. A brace from the Argentine who was linked with a move away from Vicarage Road capped off a brilliant afternoon for the hornets.
Brighton were extremely poor throughout the 90 minutes, and they will need to improve if they hope to survive their second season in the Premier League. Although they do have new signings still to come into the team which will give the fans some encouragement, Chris Hughton and the Brighton fans will be hoping for more next time out against Manchester United.
Next up Watford will face Burnley at Turf Moore against their old manager Sean Dyche. Javi Gracia and his players will be hoping to continue this momentum, however they will be well aware that this will be a completely different challenge from Brighton.
By Rufus Brooks