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Watford 3-0 Barnsley

Watford goalscorer Troy Deeney

Barnsley slumped to the foot of the Championship as Watford breezed to a fifth-straight home league win.

The Hornets were in command within 16 minutes after Cristian Battocchio scored, then Troy Deeney netted his 17th goal of the season.

And the Vicarage Road faithful were sent home happy when Alexander Merkel added a third 16 minutes from time.

A poor Barnsley side rarely threatened and they are now three points from safety, while Watford are 11th.

Watford still have an outside chance of making the play-offs, sitting nine points behind sixth-placed Nottingham Forest with a game in hand and 11 matches remaining.

Only five minutes were on the clock when Daniel Pudil's cross was converted superbly from 20 yards by Battocchio.

Davide Faraoni nearly increased the lead on two occasions before Deeney latched onto a mis-hit Lewis McGugan effort and fired home.

Barnsley rarely looked like breaking a sequence that now extends to over 10 hours without conceding a goal at home for Watford.

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Post-match: Barnsley boss Wilson

And Merkel finished the job off with his first for the Vicarage Road club with a neat finish to beat Luke Steele from six yards.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"There have been a lot of very candid words spoken. The season is far from over but if they are going to start believing what people are writing about us it will be.

"We've got to have a little cocoon around us and make sure we don't take it to heart and really believe we can stay up."

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Post-match: Watford coach Chamberlain

Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino on bouncing back from midweek defeat at Doncaster:

"Barnsley were facing a very angry team today.

"I'm pleased about the performance and we were able to give some cheer to the crowd, but I am demanding guy and we can improve."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 18PudilBooked at 36minsSubstituted forO'Nienat 88'minutes
  • 4Angella
  • 27Cassetti
  • 12DoyleySubstituted forNeillat 84'minutes
  • 28Tözsér
  • 10McGuganSubstituted forMerkelat 64'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 21Anya
  • 7Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 8Merkel
  • 29Neill
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban
  • 32O'Nien

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 12Hunt
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8DawsonBooked at 28mins
  • 22Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 14LawrenceSubstituted forO'Gradyat 60'minutes
  • 15FrimpongSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 60'minutes
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 21MellisBooked at 55mins
  • 16Jennings

Substitutes

  • 10O'Grady
  • 11Woods
  • 19Cywka
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 31Turner
  • 32Rose
  • 42McCourt
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
14,531

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 3, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 3, Barnsley 0.

Offside, Watford. Ikechi Anya tries a through ball, but Luke O'Nien is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Luke O'Nien replaces Daniel Pudil.

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacob Mellis with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Attempt blocked. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alexander Merkel (Watford).

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Merkel (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Lucas Neill replaces Lloyd Doyley.

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Barnsley 0. Alexander Merkel (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Merkel (Watford).

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Lewis McGugan.

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

Hand ball by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Emmanuel Frimpong.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Chris O'Grady replaces Liam Lawrence.

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Marco Davide Faraoni is caught offside.

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Booking

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Derby36189960431763
4QPR35189843281563
5Wigan341771045311458
6Nottm Forest361415755411457
7Reading3615111056411556
8Brighton351511939281156
9Ipswich361312114642451
10Blackburn351310124344-149
11Watford3512121152411148
12Bournemouth351210134451-746
13Middlesbrough361015114438645
14Leeds35128154851-344
15Huddersfield36128164750-344
16Sheff Wed351012134342142
17Bolton36913144652-640
18Blackpool36911163152-2138
19Birmingham36910174351-837
20Doncaster36910173254-2237
21Millwall36711183262-3032
22Charlton32611152441-1729
23Yeovil3578203052-2229
24Barnsley35611183162-3129
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