Watford FC fired four goals past Rotherham to pick up another three points in their quest for automatic promotion, and now have a three-point gap over Swansea City, who are third.
Francisco Sierralta and Dan Gosling both picked up their first goal for the Hornets in a 4-1 victory away from home against a struggling Rotherham side, with Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema also adding to their tallies.
Xisco Munoz named the same starting eleven as the side who beat Cardiff City on the weekend, and they got off to the perfect start after nine minutes when Philip Zinckernagel floated the ball across the box to find Sierralta, who attacked the ball to grab the opening goal.
15 minutes later, Watford doubled their lead after Rotherham goalkeeper Jamal Blackman initially saved Nathaniel Chalobah’s effort but could do nothing to stop Sarr’s strike from the rebound.
Sarr almost added a third goal on the 35th minute after fantastic build-up play from the Hornets, but his chipped effort went just wide.
They didn’t have to wait much longer for the third goal though, as four minutes later the ball felt to Sema on the edge of the penalty area and the Swedish international flicked the ball up and volleyed the ball beyond Blackman.
The second half started as the first ended, with relentless Watford pressure and Joao Pedro went close to adding a fourth goal when he was played through on goal but was denied by a last-ditch challenge from Richard Wood.
Rotherham were awarded a penalty on the hour mark after William Troost-Ekong brought down Michael Smith in the box, but Daniel Bachmann saved Smith’s effort from 12-yards.
On the 68th minute, Rotherham did manage to pull a goal back after Freddie Ladapo’s stunning effort left Bachmann with no chance this time.
Less than a minute later, however, Watford’s three-goal lead was restored, and it was Gosling this time who made the most of a rebound to give the visitors the perfect response.
Results elsewhere mean Watford go three points clear ahead of Swansea, who lost to Bournemouth and five points clear of Brentford, who could only manage a point away at Derby County.
The Hornets, who pick up their fourth victory in a row and eighth win in nine, are back in action on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Birmingham City to Vicarage Road.