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Star man Troy Deeney

Odion Ighalo was equally pro­lific in front of goal, but Deeney was the undis­puted hero of an ex­cel­lent cam­paign. Aside from his goals, his work-rate and at­ti­tude were ex­em­plary and he be­came a totem among the fans.

What went right

Wat­ford were eighth in the Premier League on Feb 13, and pro­gress­ing serenely in the FA Cup, spark­ing talk of a Euro­pean ad­ven­ture. That form was based on the clin­i­cal form of Deeney and Ighalo, and a well-or­gan­ised, hard-work­ing de­fence that al­lowed more cre­ative tal­ents to flour­ish.

What went wrong?

Ev­ery­one ap­peared to take their eye off the ball. Ighalo stopped scor­ing and the de­fence be­gan to creak. If Quique Sánchez Flores was try­ing to keep his play­ers fresh for the FA Cup semi­fi­nal, it back­fired: an aw­ful per­for­mance saw them beaten by Crys­tal Palace.

Lame duck Steven Berghuis

Ar­rived for al­most £5 mil­lion last sum­mer but barely caused a ripple at Vicarage Road, fail­ing to make a Premier League start. Now be­ing linked with a move to Feyeno­ord.

What’s the ver­dict on Quique Sanchez Flores?

Wat­ford’s own­ers, the Pozzo fam­ily, were alarmed by the club’s spring­time slide. That con­trib­uted to the de­ci­sion to part com­pany with Flores last Fri­day.

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