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DERBY WIN: Joao Pedro goal seals victory for Watford against Luton Town

 Published on: 26th September 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford have continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a derby day victory over Luton Town, thanks to a first half goal from Joao Pedro.

Ismaila Sarr returned to the first team line-up, and James Garner also made his first Championship start, as Watford picked up a vital three points against an in-form Luton side.

It was a feisty start at Vicarage Road in what was the first game between the two local rivals since 2006, but it was the visitors who had the first real chance of the game when James Collins looked certain to score, but the Hornets were saved by the crossbar. 

However, just moments later, Watford went up the other end and Ken Sema brilliantly found Joao Pedro who had the goal at his mercy and the Brazilian finished calmly to score the opening goal on his 19th birthday. 1-0

Watford went into the break ahead and had a decent chance to double their lead as James Garner whipped in a corner which met Nathaniel Chalobah’s head, but he couldn’t take the opportunity.

Garner had a chance of his own minutes later as Joao Pedro superbly set up the new signing, but he was denied by the Luton goalkeeper.

Watford controlled the majority of the latter stages of the game, with chances falling to Dele-Bashiru and Sarr, but they couldn’t add to their lead.

Vladimir Ivic brought on captain Troy Deeney and Domingos Quina in the dying embers of the game, and they managed to hold on to all three points. 

Next up for the Hornets is an away trip to Reading, who themselves have started the season brightly after a disappointing campaign last year.

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