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Watford 4-0 Millwall

Watford striker Troy Deeney

Watford ended a run of 10 league games without a win by beating Millwall in new Hornets manager Beppe Sannino's first home game in charge of the club.

The hosts went ahead when Millwall defender Danny Shittu was sent off for a foul on Troy Deeney, who picked himself up to score the penalty.

A Fernando Forestieri strike and an Ikechi Anya effort put Watford 3-0 up.

A Steve Morison handball allowed Lewis McGugan to then add a fourth with a penalty to round off a comfortable win.

Sannino recently replaced Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as Watford boss, and the win on his Vicarage Road bow will have come as a relief for his side after a run of five successive home defeats.

Watford's poor form had also seen them not score in their previous four home outings but that barren spell ended after 10 minutes, when Deeney scored his 11th goal of the season after converting a spot-kick following Shittu's challenge.

The Hornets made the most of their numerical advantage, soon doubling their lead when Sean Murray found Anya, who played in a first-time cross which Forestieri stabbed in.

Just after the break, Anya turned goalscorer in impressive style when he cut in from the left and sent a powerful strike into the top corner.

The game was more of a damage limitation exercise for Millwall, who only avoided conceding a fifth when Forestieri's strike hit the post.

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino:

"I'm very happy for my players, for the supporters, a thought goes to [former manager] Gianfranco Zola as well and we wait for the next game which, for sure, will be a tougher game [against QPR].

"We had the chance to play 11 versus 10. Normally with this type of game, if you don't play with your head you can have trouble.

"My players were fantastic because they were waiting for the right moment to go deep and to score. I would like to enjoy this moment but also to forget very quickly this win because soon we have to play again."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Almunia
  • 27Cassetti
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forBellerínat 85'minutes
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 70mins
  • 4Angella
  • 12Doyley
  • 29ThorneSubstituted forSantos Da Silvaat 69'minutes
  • 16Murray
  • 9Deeney
  • 11ForestieriBooked at 45mins
  • 10McGuganSubstituted forBattocchioat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 7Battocchio
  • 20Fabbrini
  • 23Santos Da Silva
  • 28Smith
  • 30Bond
  • 33Nosworthy

Millwall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Forde
  • 25Hoyte
  • 12LowryBooked at 79mins
  • 26Abdou
  • 3ShittuBooked at 9mins
  • 16Beevers
  • 17MoussiSubstituted forRobinsonat 13'minutes
  • 6TrotterSubstituted forSmithat 61'minutes
  • 9Morison
  • 8EasterSubstituted forChaplowat 55'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 5Robinson
  • 18Chaplow
  • 21Smith
  • 27McDonald
  • 28Malone
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
15,471

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 4, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 4, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

  4. Post update

    Richard Chaplow (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Cassetti.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Justin Hoyte (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Cristian Battocchio is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Steve Morison tries a through ball, but Justin Hoyte is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Héctor Bellerín replaces Ikechi Anya.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Iriney.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Iriney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

  18. Booking

    Shane Lowry (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).