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FOUR IN A ROW: Watford FC continue strong form with narrow victory over Blackburn 

 Published on: 25th February 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford FC have continued their excellent recent form by beating Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at Ewood Park, thanks to goals from Joao Pedro, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema, to make if four wins in a row for the Hornets. 

The result means Watford remain in third place in the Championship, level on points with Brentford who are second, and seven points behind league leaders Norwich City. 

Head Coach Xisco Munoz made two changes from the side who beat Derby County last Friday night, bringing in Dan Gosling for his first Watford start, and Francisco Sierralta for Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart. 

Blackburn started brightly in the opening 20 minutes, with Joe Rothwell having a strike from distance, but it was Watford who had the first clear chance on goal when Sarr forced Kaminski into a save with a scuffed effort. 

On the 25th minute, Watford took the lead through Joao Pedro after he beat the Blackburn goalkeeper to the ball and lobbed the ball over him and into the net.

The goal was the Brazilian’s third goal in as many games. 

Kaminski was forced into action just eight minutes later when Sarr once again troubled the Rovers defence and managed to get a shot away from a tight angle, but Kaminski was equal to it once more. 

Just five minutes before half time though, Sarr got the goal he was threatening after Pedro forced Kaminski into a double save, but the Senegalese winger was there to tap the ball home from the rebound. 0-2 

However, it was the home side who managed to get the final goal of the first half through the on-loan Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott, to set up a competitive second half.

Just after the hour mark, Ken Sema restored the Hornets’ two-goal lead after tricky play on the edge of the penalty area gave him space to get a shot away, which trickled past Kaminski and into the bottom right corner of the net.

Sierralta almost notched a fourth goal for Watford on the 70th minute after an acrobatic effort was cleared off the line. 

Blackburn didn’t give in easily however, and on the 82nd minute, Ben Brereton got on the end of a Rovers corner and stabbed the ball beyond Daniel Bachmann to set up a tense final five minutes or so at Ewood Park. 

The Hornets did manage to hold on for all three points in the end though, and remained in third place in the table, just a point above Swansea City.

Next up is another away trip, this time down south to Bournemouth, who just sit one place below the play-off positions, where a win could go a long way to ensuring Watford are at least in the top six at the end of the season. 

Picture credit Watford FC

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