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Vicarage Road (ATT 14,531) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Watford Watford vs Barnsley Barnsley

Watford 3

C Battocchio (5)
T Deeney (16)
A Merkel (74)

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Sky Bet Championship: Watford breeze past struggling Barnsley in 3-0 win

Last Updated: 15/03/14 6:08pm

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Troy Deeney: Scored Watford's second goal

Troy Deeney: Scored Watford's second goal

Watford brushed aside the tame challenge of relegation-threatened Barnsley to breeze to a 3-0 win - their fifth consecutive home league victory without conceding a goal.

Goals from Cristian Battocchio and Troy Deeney put the Hornets firmly in command inside the opening 20 minutes and they largely eased through the rest of the contest before substitute Alexander Merkel added a third with 16 minutes remaining.

Beppe Sannino's men came into the game on the back of five successive home wins in all competitions and it did not take them long to be on course for a sixth.

A good ball out to Daniel Pudil on the left flank set the fifth-minute attack again and although the Czech's cross was behind Deeney and Ikechi Anya, the ball fell for Battocchio 20 yards out and he had the time to take a touch before hitting a sweetly-struck half-volley past Luke Steele to make it 1-0.

Davide Faraoni was twice denied by the Tykes keeper, the first an instinctive reaction stop, before the Hornets doubled their advantage in the 16th minute.

Again the left side of the penalty area proved a productive route for the hosts as they built nicely and although Lewis McGugan mis-hit a shot, the ball broke nicely for top scorer Deeney to fire in his 17th of the campaign.

Having established a firm early grip on the contest, the Hornets were comfortable for the remainder of the first half without seriously threatening to extend their lead, although they still sought to push forward when the opportunities presented themselves.

Watford maintained their ascendancy after the break and Tykes boss Danny Wilson decided he had seen enough just before the hour-mark and made a double substitution.

But within moments of Chris O'Grady and Reuben Noble-Lazarus entering the fray, Watford spurned a fine opportunity to add a third as the unmarked Daniel Tozser headed an Anya cross from the left down and wide of the target.

The 65th minute of the match saw Watford pass the ten-hour mark since they last conceded a goal at Vicarage Road and nine minutes later they added a third.

Stand-in striker Anya was the creator this time with some fine close skill on the left side of the penalty area before he pulled the ball back to substitute Merkel, who made no mistake from the edge of the six-yard area to net his first goal for the Hornets.

Barnsley almost scored a scarcely-deserved consolation with four minutes remaining when Nick Proschwitz got on the end of a ball forward and lobbed it goalwards with an outstretched right leg, only to see it rebound off the crossbar before it was cleared behind. From the resultant corner, Jean-Yves M'Voto sent a header wide.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
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16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23