Watford FC showed no mercy to struggling Fulham at Vicarage Road, as they sent them back down to the Championship with ease.
The Hornets were at their buzzing best as they put four past Fulham ‘keeper, Sergio Rico, to go eighth in the league table on April 2.
It took just 23 minutes for Doucoure to open the scoring as he fired a fierce strike from outside the box into back of the net with his weaker foot.
There was a hint of hope for Fulham as they snatched an equaliser just 10 minutes later, as former Liverpool Forward Ryan Babel took the ball around Ben Foster and cleverly slotted home from a tight angle.
Fulham finished the half looking arguably the stronger team, but Gracia was brave in his tactics and made a double change at the break, swapping Gerard Deulofeu for Andre Gray and Roberto Pereyra for Daryl Jaanmat.
It was all one way in the early second half and a stunning strike from Will Hughes in the 63rd minute was an inevitable reward for the Hornets. Hughes capitalised on a desperate Fulham clearance by smashing a steaming volley from outside the box into the back of the net. A Rico touch onto the crossbar still wasn’t enough to keep the bullet out.
Fulham looked to bounce back once more several minutes later when a looping Mitrovic header threatened Foster’s goal, but the veteran tipped it away.
Watford all-but confirmed the win in the 69th minute with some familiar link up play between Gray and Captain Deeney. Gray skipped down the left and found Deeney unmarked in the box, who expertly slotted the ball past Rico.
Gray’s impact in the second half continued as he was provider yet again for the fourth goal. Causing problems for Fulham on the left once more, he played a sweeping ball to Femenia, who lashed it across the Rico to put Fulham out of their misery.
Fulham’s brief stay in the Premier League is now over with five games still to go.
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