Leicester 4-1 Watford: Player rating

5

FA Cup winners Leicester secured their place in the fourth round when they beat Watford 4-1 at King Power Stadium.

The hosts went on when Francisco Sierralta fouled Marc Albrighton, allowing Youri Tielemans to convert from the penalty spot.

The Hornets were pretty sloppy in the first half and soon fell 2-0 when the Foxes made an excellent second. Some great build-up games ended with Ademola Lookman playing in James Maddison, who lifted the ball over Daniel Bachmann with ease.

However, the two-goal advantage was quickly put down when Joao Pedro kept his composure to replicate Maddison’s blow with a similar finish in the far corner.

Leicester made it 3-1 in the second half when Harvey Barnes broke free and finished with the help of Lookman’s pass. The offside flag originally went up but a VAR intervention saw that the goal was given.

The light went out at King Power Stadium in the middle of the second half and it was Watford who seemed to adapt better when the match started again when Dan Gosling hit the crossbar.

However, there was no comeback as Leicester rounded off the victory in style – Albrighton rattled in on the return.

Leicester will find out about their opponents in the next round when the fourth round is drawn on Sunday, while Watford’s attention for the rest of the season will be entirely on securing the survival of the Premier League.

Albrighton came on the results list / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Danny Ward (GK) – 6/10 – Good save with your feet to keep away from Hernandez. Other than that, was not tested.

Marc Albrighton (RB) – 8/10 – Got his team a penalty with a tumble in the box. Found Lookman in the run-up to the second goal.

Jannik Vestargaard (CB) – 7/10 – Made a torment of himself in Watford’s box. Got an important deflection to divert Gosling’s effort on the crossbar.

Hamza Choudhury (CB) – 7/10 – Played in an unknown role due to Leicester’s squad availability problems. The distribution was excellent at the back.

Vontae Daley-Campbell (LB) – 5/10 – Looked nervous on the debut and got down Ngakia wide for a warning before he hacked down Hernandez and luckily avoided a second yellow. Interrupted at half time.

Tielemans premiered / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Lewis Brunt (CM) – 7/10 – First start for Leicester. Switched over left back when Daley-Campbell was pulled back. Did a number of clearances and was not shy in tackling.

Youri Tielemans (CM) – 8/10 – He made no mistake from the spot and squeezed his shot into the bottom corner. Drove the show in midfield.

James Maddison (AM) – 8/10 – Great finish that put 2-0 for Leicester and continued their excellent run of goal form. Pull the threads behind the front three and keep Watford guessing with their passing.

Lookman had a great afternoon / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Harvey Barnes (RW) – 8/10 – Did well to get behind Watford’s defense on a few occasions. Broke loose and converted well for Leicester’s third. Played a role in his side’s fourth.

Ayoze Perez (ST) – 6/10 – Not as effective as the rest of the forwards and came off in the second half.

Ademola Lookman (LW) – 8/10 – Nice pass put Maddison in goal for Leicester’s second. Got another assist with a well-balanced ball for Barnes. An excellent excursion.

Wanya Marcal-Madivadua (CM) – 6/10

Kasey McAteer (NB) – 6/10 – Did well in the build-up to Albrighton’s strike.

Will Alves (ST) – 6/10 – Showed a little confidence at the debut with a little showboating.

Watford were bad defensively / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Daniel Bachmann (GK) – 5/10 – Could not get close to the goals and did not make many saves.

Jeremy Ngakia (RB) – 6/10 – Got into good areas on the wide front and gave Daley-Campbell lots of trouble. One of Watford’s best performers.

Craig Cathcart (CB) – 4/10 – Quite poorly positioned when Leicester ran through the middle of Watford’s defense for their goals. Did not lead at the back and did not pick up runners who passed him.

Francisco Sierralta (CB) – 4/10 – Pulled back Albrighton for a slightly soft penalty. Put in a pretty bad bet for Barnes strike, stuck his arm in an appeal for offside.

James Morris (LB) – 6/10 – Looked great on his Watford debut without being too efficient.

Sissoko takes on Tielemans / Michael Regan / GettyImages

Tom Cleverley (CM) – 5/10 – Leicester’s midfield largely ran over Cleverley, who was ruled out in the second half.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 5/10 – It fussed in its own unique way in midfield, but could not help Watford get a platform in the game.

Ozan Tufan (AM) – 3/10 – Chased shadows all over the pitch and does not appear to be of the quality that Watford need.

Pedro comforted Watford / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Joao Pedro (RW) – 7/10 – Brought Watford back into the match with a well-taken attack on the course of the game. Looked like a threat all the time until his change.

Ashley Fletcher (ST) – 6/10 – Took the assist for Pedro’s blow. Did well on spots but could not score.

Cucho Hernandez (LW) – 6/10 – Played a nice role in Pedro’s goal with a hooked pass into Fletcher. Got pretty bright all the time.

Ken Sema (LW) – 5/10

Juraj Kucka (CM) – 5/10

Dan Gosling (AM) – 6/10 – Hit the bar with a deflected shot from the center of the box.

Shaqai Forde (ST) – 5/10

Kamil Conteh (CM) – 5/10

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