CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Watford capitalise on home comforts yet again after beating Stoke in five-goal thriller… but Derby’s woes continue with winless run extending to six games after defeat by QPR
- Watford beat Stoke at Vicarage Road in a thriller which had produced five goals
- Vladimir Ivic’s side have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at their home ground
- Goals from Tom Cleverley, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr downed the Potters
As the nation prepares to wish away a month of being stuck in the house, Watford will be wishing they could be at home more often.
Vladimir Ivic’s Hornets side now have 13 points from a possible 15 at Vicarage Road. The last time they started a season in such hot form, they were promoted.
But they had to fight hard to beat Stoke 3-2.
Watford’s fine home fortunes continued after the Hornets downed Stoke in a five-goal thriller
Steven Fletcher put the Potters ahead on two minutes after a well-worked corner routine. Tom Cleverley levelled and Joao Pedro put Watford ahead from the spot on 61 minutes, but Nick Powell equalised for the visitors.
Then Ismaila Sarr, a summer target of Liverpool, proved his worth to win it with a tidy finish in stoppage time.
Also finding home comforts – at last – is Chris Hughton, who got his first City Ground win since taking the job at Nottingham Forest, as Lyle Taylor’s 96th-minute penalty snatched a 2-1 win against Coventry.
Ismaila Sarr proved his worth with a tidy finish in stoppage time to wrap up Watford’s 3-2 win
Derby’s winless run has extended to six games after Macauley Bonne’s late winner for QPR
Wycombe were bottom after Sheffield Wednesday had a 12-point deduction reduced to six yesterday. But that didn’t last long as they beat Birmingham 2-1 – their second straight win.
Derby are now six without a victory after Macauley Bonne’s late winner for QPR.
Luton won 1-0 via a James Collins goal at Rotherham.