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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.

Danny Wilson

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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."

Watford coach Alec Chamberlain

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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

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3525553580
2Burnley36201332873
3Derby3618991763
4QPR3518981563
5Wigan34177101458
6Nottm Forest36141571457
7Reading361511101556
8Brighton35151191156
9Ipswich36131211451
10Blackburn35131012-149
11Watford351212111148
12Bournemouth35121013-746
13Middlesbrough36101511645
14Leeds3512815-344
15Huddersfield3612816-344
16Sheff Wed35101213142
17Bolton3691314-640
18Blackpool3691116-2138
19Birmingham3691017-837
20Doncaster3691017-2237
21Millwall3671118-3032
22Charlton3261115-1729
23Yeovil357820-2229
24Barnsley3561118-3129
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