Watford defender discusses what it's like playing against Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher after Middlesbrough win

Watford centre-back Ben Wilmot says his side knew what to expect from Middlesbrough’s strikers ahead of their 1-0 win over the Teessiders.

Sunday, 13th September 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th September 2020, 4:59 pm

The 20-year-old defender was making his first league start for the Hornets during Friday’s win, when he lined up in a back three alongside Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele.

Wilmot, who impressed in the Championship during a loan spell at Swansea last season, spoke to the press after the game, and was asked by the Mail about Boro frontmen Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher.

“They are both awkward, different characters yet very similar,” Wilmot replied. “They are both strong and quick and like the ball in behind or to their feet.

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Watford defender Ben Wilmot.

“That’s difficult but we knew exactly what was coming and it came.

“We prepared well for it and I thought on the whole we dealt with it pretty well.

“There were no problems really for our back three.”

Boro’s 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road marked Neil Warnock’s tenth competitive game in charge of the Teessiders, and was only the second game where they have failed to score under his management.

Many felt the visitors deserve at least a point as they went toe-to-toe with a side who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Warnock’s men wrestled hold of momentum in the second half and looked particularly dangerous on the right, with Anfernee Dijksteel and Djed Spence combining well in the second half.

Yet Watford keeper Ben Foster wasn’t overly stretched and would have been disappointed if he was beaten by one of Boro’s four shots at goal.

Wliot felt it was a good test for his side, who were playing their first league match under new head coach Vladimir Ivic.

"It was difficult, but I think we needed it as a team," said Wilmot.

"There's a few lads who aren't aware of what the Championship's like, so it was a good test, but I think the way we played in the end was enough for what we got. I think we warranted the win in the end and everyone's happy and pleased with that.

"Everything was about just the three points tonight; I think the performances will come.”

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