Dominant Watford held by West Brom

Watford were left to rue their missed chances in a 0-0 draw against West Brom at Vicarage Road on Saturday, where the Hornets were on top throughout but unable to find a goal.%u200B

  • Watford 0 West Brom 0
  • Hornets dominate without finding a goal
  • Salomon Rondon makes his West Brom debut
  • West Brom fail to register a shot on target
  • Olsson, Lambert and Nyom see yellow

Match Summary

Despite playing out their second stalemate of the young season, Watford looked impressive once again and kept West Brom quiet for most of the game.

Odion Ighalo, Jose Manuel Jurado and Troy Deeney all had good opportunities to score before the break.

The Baggies had a chance to win it late on, but Saido Berahino scuffed his effort and the two sides had to settle for the goalless draw.

Full Report

Watford set the pace for the game early on with a strong start in front of the Vicarage Road support, and starting pushing for an opening goal in the early stages, with Ighalo, Jurado and Deeney all looking threatening.

The Hornets continued to claim the upper hand without finding a goal as the half-hour mark came and went. Baggies defender Jonas Olsson saw yellow as he needed a foul to stop Odion Ighalo, with Jurado curling the resulting free-kick just wide of Boaz Myhill's post.

As half-time approached Ighalo saw his shot tipped over the bar by Myhill after he had latched onto Deeney's cushioned header, the last effort of a first half in which the Hornets overwhelmed the opposition but had nothing to show for it as the whistle went on a goalless first period.

The second half progressed much like the first, with Watford picking up where they left off: applying relentless pressure on the West Brom goal. Almen Abdi came on for Miguel Layun soon after the break.

The hour mark saw the introduction of West Brom's record signing: Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan striker almost got off to a perfect start just a minute into his debut when he cut inside past his marker and unleashed a shot at goal. It was over the bar, but the best effort the Baggies had been able to muster all day.

After holding out all game, West Brom had a golden opportunity to steal the points as the match ticked into the final 10 minutes. Rickie Lambert nodded Chris Brunt's corner back across goal towards Berahino, but the young striker fluffed his lines and sent the ball wide.

As the final whistle blew without a goal scored, the Hornets will be hitting themselves for failing to convert their numerous opportunities into that elusive goal that would have won all three points, while the Baggies emerged with a point having been unable to hit the target.