After a promising start to the season, Watford followed up their impressive home win over Brighton with a 3-1 victory away at Burnley. A very difficult place to go, which is a very difficult place to pick up points, but Watford managed it thanks to goals from Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Will Hughes.
Just like last time out, Gracia utilised the 4-4-2 to bring the best out of his strike force. So many fans cried out for this last season and now its finally happened. To the delight of the fans, this time out both strikers managed to get onto the scoresheet, both scoring fantastic goals. The first was a delicious finish from Andre Gray who side footed Deeneys driven cross into the bottom right hand corner. The second was a result of a eye of the needle pass from Doucoure which found Deeney who then found the back of the net. The third was a result of a mistake from Matt Lowton, who’s ball was intercepted by Hughes who drove to the edge of the opposition box and smashed it past Joe Hart into the back of the net.
Burnely looked as though they lacked ideas throughout the 90 minutes to try and break Watford down. They looked slow on the ball, tired and mentally drained from their mid-week Europa League clash. With Sean Dyche having to demand much more from his squad due to Europa League fixtures, Burnley fans will be hoping that he can turn things around quickly.
When players such as Chalobah and Deulofeu return to first team action, Javi Gracia will have a selection headache due to how well players like Capoue and Hughes while filling in. Although this is an issue, its a problem that all managers want, and it will be interesting to see how Javi Gracia works all his players into the team, and when all players are fit, what his best 11 will be.
Next time out Watford will be facing Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road. Watford will be looking to continue this fine start to the season with another positive result against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
By Rufus Brooks