Watford held Newcastle to a 1-1 draw on Saturday as they picked up their first one-pointer of the Premier League campaign.
The Hornets went into the match having won two and lost three of their opening five games, with Xisco Munoz’s side then sharing the spoils with the Magpies this weekend.
Despite Sarr and King being directly involved in the goal for Watford, another player stole the show for the Hornets at Vicarage Road – Danny Rose.
The summer signing from Tottenham was sublime at left-back and deserves the plaudits for his all-around display throughout the 90 minutes. He was a rock at the back whilst also providing quality in the final third of the pitch to create chances for his teammates.
Defensively, Rose was solid. Per SofaScore, he won an impressive 10 of his 13 ground duels, whilst making three tackles, one interception and one block.
This shows that he was able to win the majority of his battles against Newcastle players, along with being in the correct positions required to make vital interventions – intercepting and blocking the ball. Therefore, Newcastle were unable to expose his area of the pitch, preventing them from creating a number of chances down his side, helping Ben Foster in the Watford goal.
Going forward, he also caught the eye. Per SofaScore, he had 74 touches of the ball, completed five of his six attempted long passes, had a 100% success rate with his five attempted dribbles and provided three key passes to his teammates. Although he was let down by their finishing, registering zero assists, it does show that he was able to carve open the Newcastle defence with his passing and create openings in front of goal, which could have resulted in the ball ending up in the back of the net on another day.
Munoz will surely have been left purring at the dynamo’s performance as he was able to merge both sides of the game, defensively and offensively, to piece together an excellent showing. His effort and energy from box-to-box contributed to Watford picking up a point and, hopefully, he will be able to keep up this form throughout the rest of the campaign to help the club avoid relegation back down to the Championship at the end of the year.