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Watford 4-0 Luton Town: Hornets hand out heavy defeat to rivals Hatters in Beds-Herts derby

Watford 4-0 Luton Town: Hornets hammer bitter rivals as Keinan Davis, William Troost-Ekong, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr all score… and Gabriel Osho is sent off to compound Hatters’ misery

  • Keinan Davis’ audacious finish gave Watford early lead over rivals Luton town
  • William Troost-Ekong doubled the lead just before half-time from close range
  • Joao Pedro made it three in the 56th minute after a defensive error from Luton
  • Ismaila Sarr netted Watford’s fourth goal of the game in the 79th minute
  • Gabriel Osho’s red card meant that Luton had to finish the game with ten men
  • The win puts Watford just one point behind Luton in the Championship table 

Slaven Bilic is warming to the hottest of hot seats in football management with Watford’s latest boss securing a deserved M1 Derby victory their fans won’t forget in a hurry.

Luton Town were supposed to be the in-form side coming into this clash of Championship rivals. And yet, Nathan Jones’s visitors were positively pummelled at Vicarage Road, their frustrations evident as Gabriel Osho picked up a petulant late red card.

A fun statistic doing the rounds shows the number of Watford managers per Prime Minister. David Cameron: nine. Theresa May: three. Boris Johnson: ten. Liz Truss: two, Bilic being the latest.

 Keinan Davis was able to improvise his finish to give Watford the lead in the fifth minute 

The goal was Davis' fourth goal in six starts since joining the Hornets on loan from Aston Villa

The goal was Davis’ fourth goal in six starts since joining the Hornets on loan from Aston Villa

If Bilic does not want to fall foul of Watford’s trigger-happy owner Gino Pozzo, he knows wins are a must. Managers don’t last long here without showing some consistency.

Bilic’s Watford had lost three of his five games in charge prior to this. But this 4-0 triumph lifts them to midtable in the Championship. From here they will look to muscle in on the Premier League promotion race with Bilic insisting hard work is a non-negotiable.

‘There are no free lunches in this league,’ Bilic said. ‘Make no mistake we’re going to lose games but it cannot be without us giving it everything. We gave everything.’

William Troost-Ekong scored the hosts second from close range just before half time

William Troost-Ekong scored the hosts second from close range just before half time

The goal was the defender's first of the season and put Slaven Bilic's side in control

The goal was the defender’s first of the season and put Slaven Bilic’s side in control

MATCH FACTS

Watford (4-2-3-1): Bachmann 8; Gosling 7, Troost-Ekong 7.5, Cathcart 7, Kamara 7; Choudhury 7 (Gaspar 75, 6), Kayembe 7; Sema 7.5, Pedro 8.5 (Asprilla 85), Sarr 7.5 (Kalu 85); Davis 8 (Bayo 69, 6)

Subs (not used): Okoye, Pollock, Morris

Scorers: Davis (3), Troost-Ekong (45), Pedro (57), Sarr (79)

Booked: Davis, Troost-Ekong, Sema

Manager: Slaven Bilic 8

Luton (3-4-1-2): Horvath 4; Lockyer 4.5, Bradley 3 (Osho 45, 2), Bell 4; Bree 4, Freeman 4 (Cornick 57, 5), Clark 4, Doughty 4; Campbell 4 (Watson 88); Morris 4 (Jerome 77), Adebayo 4

Subs (not used): Isted, Potts, Berry

Booked: Bradley, Doughty, Campbell, Cornick

Sent off: Osho (83)

Manager: Nathan Jones 4

Referee: Bobby Madley 6

Attendance: 19,282

Jones said a sickness bug has been working its way through Luton’s squad and added: ‘Congratulations to Watford and apology to the fans. We’ve got to take it on the chin, albeit this is the worst place to take it on the chin. We’ve been on a wonderful run (seven games unbeaten). But today hurts because of who it is and the manner. We’ll bounce back.’

Keinan Davis showed super improvisation to score Watford’s opening goal inside three minutes.

Hassane Kamara’s cross was slightly behind Davis, who did his best impression of a scorpion. He hooked his leg back and the ball goalward to beat Ethan Horvath for 1-0.

Luton responded to conceding with Allan Campbell’s shot narrowly going past the post and Luke Freeman’s header being caught by Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.

As we entered first-half stoppage time, Joao Pedro’s corner was taken short and then played to the back post. There, Davis was waiting to head the ball back across the six-yard box for William Troost-Ekong to tap in the easiest goal the 29-year-old centre back will ever score.

Luton should have made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when their corner flew across the gaping goal, but Osho didn’t connect properly and his shot went wide.

 Just as Luton were growing into the game, their goalkeeper shot himself in the foot. Horvath tried to play out from the back but only passed to Watford’s Pedro, who accepted the gift to make it 3-0 in the 57th minute.

Attacker Joao Pedro made it three for the hosts as he finished emphatically past Horvath

Attacker Joao Pedro made it three for the hosts as he finished emphatically past Horvath

Ismaila Sarr put Luton to the sword as he scored Watford's fourth goal of the game

Ismaila Sarr put Luton to the sword as he scored Watford’s fourth goal of the game 

The body language of Luton’s players showed they were beaten men, but it got worse.

In the 79th minute, Watford won the ball high up the pitch. Ismaila Sarr cut inside on to his right foot and scored beyond Horvath to make it 4-0.

Worse still, Osho was shown a straight red card in the 83rd minute for lunging into Ken Sema. It was a needless act of frustration, capping an awful day for anyone associated with Luton.

It got even worse for Luton as they were reduced to ten men after Gabriel Osho was sent off

It got even worse for Luton as they were reduced to ten men after Gabriel Osho was sent off



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