Watford claimed an emphatic second league win of the campaign, after beating newly promoted Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.
Last year’s play-off finalists marched to the top of the table after smashing six goals past the visitors to claim all three points, building on their away victory at Birmingham last weekend.
Without having the majority of the ball, Gianfranco Zola’s side were able to capitalise on their chances, with summer signings Lewis McGugan and Gabriele Angella getting on the score sheet after joining the hornets, from Nottingham Forest and Udinese respectively.
Both teams went in level at half time, after Lewis Grabban grabbed an equaliser for the away side. But, the little Italian’s words at half time must have paid dividends, as he watched his players score three goals in 13 minutes half way through the second half.
Then two strikes late on gave top scorer Troy Deeney his hat-trick and sealed the win in the process, leaving Watford clear at the top of the Championship on goal difference from Blackpool and Nottingham Forest.
As for Bournemouth, Eddie Howe’s team will rue their missed chances especially considering the amount of possession they claimed away from home, and will hope to recover before they entertain visitors Wigan next weekend following their Community Shield contest.
A visit to Reading and the Madejski Stadium comes next for league leaders Watford, looking to achieve all three points against Nigel Adkins’ side. Finally, on a personal note for Troy Deeney he will strive to top up his goal tally, after starting the season with a two goal-a-game average.
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