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WatfordWatford4BlackpoolBlackpool0
Watford

Watford thumped Blackpool to extend the Seasiders' winless run to 16 league matches.

The hosts went ahead when Mathias Ranegie headed home Daniel Pudil's corner.

Troy Deeney doubled their lead after exchanging passes with Pudil before Ranegie finished Cristian Battocchio's pass to make it 3-0 at the break.

Visiting striker Ricardo Fuller forced a save from Manuel Almunia before Deeney curled home a fourth.

The Tangerines, under the caretaker stewardship of Barry Ferguson, have not won since a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 30 November.

They kept the hosts out for just 15 minutes before Ranegie, who joined for an undisclosed fee from Udinese in January, was left unmarked to power home from Pudil's corner.

Former Walsall striker Deeney netted his 50th goal for the Hornets via a slight deflection before Ranegie quickly made it three with the Blackpool defence in complete disarray.

Fuller forced a save out of Almunia in the second half before Deeney curled in from the edge of the area to complete the scoring.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino:

"I'm happy for Ranegie and also for Troy for the kind of goals they scored. They were very nice goals.

"In the box it is very important to have physical qualities, but sometimes we need more agility in other games.

"But don't only watch how tall a player is, but what is in their heart. For English football you need a bit heart and I hope Ranegie will have this. Today he scored two goals, but I'm not focused on their goals, I'm focused on their work.

"I am very happy about Troy today. The fourth goal was really nice. I hope that he will have the opportunity to score these goals in a stadium wherever he will land, maybe this will be with Watford, maybe not."

Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson:

"We simply were not good enough. We got beaten by a better team.

"What's been said in the dressing room will stay inside those four walls but you can pretty much guess what has been said.

"The players have let themselves down. There are five contracted players for next season here. The rest are out of contract. If they want to get themselves a club they certainly haven't done themselves any justice today.

"The quality of the goals we conceded is a major worry. All I can do is put together training sessions and work on things like corner kicks and free-kicks and go from there."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 21Anya
  • 18PudilSubstituted forFaraoniat 75'minutes
  • 27Cassetti
  • 4AngellaSubstituted forBelkalemat 78'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 12Doyley
  • 16MurraySubstituted forMerkelat 82'minutes
  • 28Tözsér
  • 13Ranegie
  • 9Deeney
  • 7Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 8Merkel
  • 19Faraoni
  • 20Park
  • 29Neill
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 40Foley
  • 14Halliday
  • 4Perkins
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 15HarounSubstituted forBashamat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 31Martínez Cervera
  • 19Fuller
  • 24KeoghSubstituted forBishopat 45'minutes
  • 33DobbieSubstituted forGoodwillieat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 12Bishop
  • 17Basham
  • 18Osbourne
  • 20Cathcart
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 39Grandin
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
14,586

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 4, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 4, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

  9. Post update

    Alexander Merkel (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Sean Murray.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Perkins.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Gary Mackenzie is caught offside.

  16. Booking

    Essaïd Belkalem (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).

  18. Post update

    Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross.

  20. Post update

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

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