Watford FC pulled off a solid 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers at home last night thanks to goals from Joao Pedro and Tom Cleverley, before an own goal in the second half saw the Hornets cruise to victory.
Ben Foster was called into action after Rovers were awarded a penalty in the second half, and the former England international dived to his left to deny Adam Armstrong from mounting a comeback.
Blackburn had the first chance of the game after Armstrong’s initial effort had to be stopped from Foster, and he rushed out at the second chance to gather Ben Brereton’s follow-up.
The Hornets looked dangerous with their pacey forwards, and in the 13th minute, James Garner set Kiko Femenia away on the right hand side, and his cut back from the by-line found Pedro in acres of space and the Brazilian’s finish found the bottom corner.
Garner was among the action once again just five minutes later, and his ball forward found Ismaila Sarr this time who’s effort was tipped away by Thomas Kaminski, but captain Cleverley was there to head the ball into an empty net to double the Hornets’ lead.
Rovers responded after 28 minutes after Christian Kabasele’s headed clearance fell straight to the path of Brereton, whose volley deceived Foster and found the bottom left corner beyond his reach.
Just a few minutes after the second half started, the Hornets added a third after a delightful cross from Ken Sema was inadvertently guided home by Rovers’ defender Darragh Lenihan.
Blackburn had the chance to set up a nervy final 20 minutes for the Hornets when Lewis Holtby was tripped by Craig Cathcart which led to the referee pointing to the spot.
Armstrong stepped up for the penalty and hit the ball to his right, but it was at a good height for Foster, who managed to parry the ball out to keep Watford’s lead at two goals.
Watford almost added a fourth in the 77th minute when Garner won the ball back in Blackburn’s half and drove into the penalty area, he teed up Sarr who really should have scored from around five yards out but it was well saved by Kaminski.
The Hornets are now sitting pretty in third place in the Championship table, just three points behind league leaders Reading.
Vladimir Ivic’s men are back at Vicarage Road on Saturday for a 12:30 kick-off against AFC Bournemouth, who were also relegated from the Premier League last season and have started the season off positively.
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