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Watford 3-0 Coventry City: Ismaila Sarr scores on his first Watford start

Daryl Janmaat scored his first goal since netting against Chelsea in February 2018
Daryl Janmaat scored his first goal since netting against Chelsea in February 2018

Club record signing Ismaila Sarr marked his first Watford start with a goal to help the Premier League's bottom club overcome League One Coventry in the Carabao Cup second round.

Senegal winger Sarr, who joined the Hornets for a reported fee of more than £25m from Ligue 1 club Rennes, slotted home after Isaac Success' pass.

Daryl Janmaat's first goal since February 2018 doubled the lead, the Dutchman beating Ben Wilson with an arrowed finish.

Venezuelan forward Adalberto Penaranda sealed victory with his first Hornets goal, a spectacular effort from outside the penalty area.

Coventry, who are fifth in the third tier, went close through Callum O'Hare's shot when the tie was goalless.

The Sky Blues were backed by around 3,500 travelling fans at Vicarage Road but they could not replicate their league form which has brought them three wins and two draws from the first five games.

While Coventry are left to reflect on a first defeat of the campaign, Watford's first win of the season eases the pressure on Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who made 11 changes to the side that started the 3-1 defeat to West Ham last Saturday.

His side have failed to register a point in the league but last season's FA Cup finalists produced a professional performance to end a seven-match losing run in all competitions.

Watford boss Javi Gracia: "It is important to have a game like tonight, to compete well and feel a good connection. Now we prepare for a new challenge."

Coventry City boss Mark Robins: "Watford were really good. They freshened it up and made 11 changes from the weekend. We had bodies that probably could have done with a freshen up.

"We tried, we plugged away, but with a little more belief and bravery we could have given them a few more problems."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 6Mariappa
  • 27Kabasele
  • 36Foulquier
  • 23SarrSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 72'minutes
  • 20Quina
  • 14Chalobah
  • 22Success
  • 37PereyraSubstituted forPeñarandaat 64'minutes
  • 10Welbeck

Substitutes

  • 5Prödl
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 8Cleverley
  • 17Peñaranda
  • 21Femenía
  • 24Dele-Bashiru
  • 35Bachmann

Coventry

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Wilson
  • 23DaboBooked at 75mins
  • 4Rose
  • 15Hyam
  • 3MasonSubstituted forMcCallumat 46'minutes
  • 38EcclesSubstituted forShipleyat 64'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 17O'Hare
  • 33KastaneerSubstituted forGoddenat 61'minutes
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 1Marosi
  • 5McFadzean
  • 10Jobello
  • 24Godden
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 26Shipley
  • 31McCallum
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
12,257

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 3, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 3, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Domingos Quina (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Shipley with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Domingos Quina.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Watford).

  8. Post update

    Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adalberto Peñaranda.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adalberto Peñaranda (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Booking

    Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isaac Success with a through ball.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Tom Dele-Bashiru replaces Ismaila Sarr.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 3, Coventry City 0. Adalberto Peñaranda (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Christian Kabasele with a headed pass.

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