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Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Etienne Capoue
Former Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue made his second start for Watford

Watford are still waiting for their first Premier League victory since 2007 after they were held to a goalless draw by West Brom.

The Hornets dominated the match but could not break through a well-organised West Brom defence.

Odion Ighalo had the hosts' best chance but put a diving header wide from six yards.

West Brom could have stolen the points but Saido Berahino missed a clear headed chance five minutes from time.

New boys impress on return to Vicarage Road

Heatmap for Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya

While Watford remain unbeaten - unlike the other two promoted clubs - they will be disappointed not to have taken three points after an enterprising display.

With Jose Manuel Jurado pulling the strings in midfield and strikers Ighalo and Troy Deeney combining well, Quique Sanchez Flores' side created a number of chances.

Jurado curled a free kick inches wide and Ighalo saw a shot tipped over by Boaz Myhill after latching on to Deeney's knock-down.

Full-backs Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya were a constant attacking outlet and it was a typical Nyom surge that led to another good chance for Ighalo, who nodded Almen Abdi's cross wide.

The heatmap shows just how far up the pitch both Watford full-backs Nyom and Anya got but the Hornets were not able to capitalise in front of goal.

Baggies blunted again

Business still to be done - Pulis

Although West Brom's point lifts them off the bottom of the table, it was another disappointing display after their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the opening match.

Tony Pulis made three changes from that game, and gave a debut off the bench to £12m record signing Salomon Rondon, but it failed to revitalise the Baggies, who did not muster a single a shot on target.

They did have an excellent late chance but Berahino could not direct his header on target after Rickie Lambert headed Chris Brunt's cross back across goal.

Man of the match

Jose Manuel Jurado gets away from Craig Dawson
Jose Manuel Jurado stood out for his intelligence and guile in possession. The Spaniard created several chances, often drifting into wide areas, and also posed a threat from dead-ball situations

Manager quotes

Watford tried everything - Flores

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We talked about Watford starting at a high pace and we looked like it was a surprise [to us]. But we restricted them to few chances. The changes made a bit of a difference. This is their cup final in a lot of respects. It was a wonderful atmosphere."

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: "I am happy with the performance of the team. We tried to find space to attack and created chances. The players feel good and are full of confidence. They are competitive in the matches.

"Most important is that the fans are happy. We are working like a club, like a family."

The stats you need to know

  • West Brom extended their unbeaten run against Watford in the league to 15 matches (W8 D7)
  • The Baggies have mustered just two shots on target from their opening two matches
  • West Brom failed to score in consecutive Premier League games under Tony Pulis for only the second time
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games
  • This was the first top-flight meeting between these sides since December 1985

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 2NyomBooked at 90mins
  • 5Prödl
  • 15Cathcart
  • 21Anya
  • 29Capoue
  • 8Behrami
  • 19LayunSubstituted forAbdiat 55'minutes
  • 24Ighalo
  • 7JuradoSubstituted forBerghuisat 84'minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 4Angella
  • 10Vydra
  • 13Gilmartin
  • 20Berghuis
  • 22Abdi
  • 23Watson
  • 25Holebas

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 3OlssonBooked at 31mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 7Morrison
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forRondónat 62'minutes
  • 17LambertBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMcCleanat 69'minutes
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forMcManamanat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Chester
  • 6Lescott
  • 10Anichebe
  • 14McClean
  • 19McManaman
  • 33Rondón
  • 38Rose
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
20,011

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Booking

    Nyom (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nyom (Watford).

  5. Post update

    James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman replaces Saido Berahino.

  7. Post update

    Odion Ighalo (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nyom.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

  12. Post update

    Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford).

  15. Post update

    James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Steven Berghuis replaces Jurado.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

  18. Post update

    Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth McAuley with a headed pass following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nyom.