Second-bottom Barnsley were thrashed by Watford to suffer a sixth defeat in eight Championship games.

A Troy Deeney shot gave the visitors the lead before Jason Scotland won possession and fired in to equalise.

Davide Faraoni's volley put Watford back in front before a Fernando Forestieri strike and a long-range Sean Murray extended the Hornets' advantage.

An end to the Barnsley blues

Watford last won a game at Barnsley back in December 2000

Ikechi Anya beat Luke Steele after a long solo run to round off the win and which sees Watford climb to fifth.

With 19 goals, Watford are the Championship's top-scorers so far this season, while the 22 goals conceded by Barnsley is more than any other team.

Lewis McGugan was one of the visiting side's most impressive performers and he set the ball rolling by playing through Deeney, who scored his sixth goal of the season with the Tykes appealing for offside.

Scotland's determination led to Barnsley's leveller but the home side were struggling to contain Watford's attacking threat.

A deflected McGugan cross allowed Faraoni to put the Hornets back in front before Anya's cut-back set up Forestieri to fire into the roof of the net.

Watford keeper Manuel Almunia produced an impressive save to keep out a close-range Martin Cranie header but Barnsley soon went further behind.

Murray's left-footed drive found the bottom left-hand corner before Anya's eye-catching effort.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft said:

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft

"We've been below our standards and against a Watford team you can't even get away with 10% off. But today some players were 30 or 40% off the standards they've set. They've let the group down; they've certainly let the fans down, definitely.

"I want to design a football team that wins games. It's something I'm obsessed with and, at the minute, we're not doing that.

"There's surgery needed and we're going to make that surgery and see where that takes us."

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola said:

Post-match: Watford boss Zola

"We know that we haven't been perfect out there. We know that there are some things that need to be done better but in general we go home with a big smile on our face.

"The game went exactly where we wanted it to be.

"We know they were pushing, they were looking to get it back, to come back into the game and we knew that they were going to leave space behind. We just waited, they had their chances too, and then on the counter we took the opportunities and did very well."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Ramage
  • 04 Kennedy (O'Brien - 46' )
  • 06 Cranie
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 08 Dawson (Noble-Lazarus - 46' )
  • 11 Perkins
  • 21 Mellis (McCourt - 58' )
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 09 Scotland
  • 10 O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 22 Mvoto
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 19 Cywka
  • 42 McCourt
  • 13 Dagnall
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 32 Rose

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 04 Angella
  • 12 Doyley Booked (Belkalem - 64' )
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 10 McGugan (Battocchio - 75' )
  • 16 Murray
  • 19 Faraoni (Ekstrand - 80' )
  • 21 Anya
  • 23 Iriney
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 05 Belkalem
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 18 Pudil
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 15 Acuna
  • 20 Fabbrini
Ref: Clark
Att: 9,850

Match Stats

Shots

17 17

On target

5 9

Corners

5 4

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:56

Jason Scotland takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

90:00 +2:27

Joel Ekstrand makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:40

The ball is delivered by Jim O'Brien.

90:00 +0:22

Martin Cranie restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:06

Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Sean Murray results in a free kick.

89:54

Short corner worked by Sean Murray.

89:23

Troy Deeney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Wiseman gets a block in.

88:17

Reuben Noble-Lazarus makes a clearance.

86:58

Fernando Forestieri has an effort at goal. Luke Steele safely holds on.

84:10

Centre by Jim O'Brien.

83:44

Free kick taken by Peter Ramage.

83:33

Foul by Fernando Forestieri on Martin Cranie, free kick awarded.

83:20

Strike comes in from Fernando Forestieri from the free kick. Martin Cranie gets a block in.

82:34

Fernando Forestieri fouled by Peter Ramage, the ref awards a free kick.

81:42

Joel Ekstrand restarts play with the free kick.

81:17

Unfair challenge on Joel Ekstrand by Reuben Noble-Lazarus results in a free kick.

80:36

The ball is delivered by Paddy McCourt.

79:28 Substitution

Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Joel Ekstrand coming on for Marco Faraoni.

78:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Ikechi Anya - Barnsley 1 - 5 Watford Ikechi Anya scores with a right foot finish. Barnsley 1-5 Watford.

78:32

Marco Cassetti manages to make a clearance.

78:30

Free kick crossed by Jim O'Brien.

77:51

Marco Cassetti concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris O'Grady.

77:13

Shot by Reuben Noble-Lazarus. Essaid Belkalem gets a block in.

76:51

Ikechi Anya takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a block.

76:03

David Perkins takes the free kick.

75:55

Marco Faraoni challenges Chris O'Grady unfairly and gives away a free kick.

75:17

Reuben Noble-Lazarus takes a shot. Manuel Almunia catches the ball.

75:13

Sean Murray manages to make a clearance.

75:11

Jim O'Brien crosses the ball in from the free kick.

74:56

Troy Deeney challenges Jim O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick.

74:45 Substitution

Substitution Lewis McGugan leaves the field to be replaced by Cristian Battocchio.

73:27

Shot by Lewis McGugan went harmlessly over the bar.

73:22

Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

72:49

Jim O'Brien delivers the ball.

72:49

Clearance made by Gabriele Angella.

72:45

Clearance made by Gabriele Angella.

72:37

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien.

72:11

Reuben Noble-Lazarus takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

71:26

Free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

71:15

The offside flag is raised against Fernando Forestieri.

70:41

Shot by Chris O'Grady. Manuel Almunia catches the ball.

68:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Murray - Barnsley 1 - 4 Watford Sean Murray scores with their left foot. Barnsley 1-4 Watford.

68:15

Clearance by Martin Cranie.

68:11

Gabriele Angella restarts play with the free kick.

67:35

Kelvin Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Forestieri.

66:41

Jim O'Brien produces a cross.

66:38

Marco Cassetti makes a clearance.

66:16

Free kick taken by Peter Ramage.

66:02

The offside flag is raised against Troy Deeney.

64:36

Jim O'Brien delivers the ball.

64:27

Free kick taken by David Perkins.

64:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Santos Iriney on Paddy McCourt.

63:46 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Doyley goes off and Essaid Belkalem comes on.

61:50

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wiseman.

61:38

Headed chance falls to Martin Cranie. A parry by Manuel Almunia prevents the goal.

61:17

Kelvin Etuhu gets a header at goal. Lewis McGugan gets a block in.

61:11

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien.

60:39

Chris O'Grady has an effort at goal. Blocked by Gabriele Angella.

60:04

Kelvin Etuhu makes a clearance.

60:04

Sean Murray produces a cross.

59:57

Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

59:55

Marco Cassetti produces a cross.

59:27

Jason Scotland takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in.

57:52

The ball is delivered by Jim O'Brien.

57:17 Substitution

Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Paddy McCourt coming on for Jacob Mellis.

54:58

Reuben Noble-Lazarus delivers the ball.

54:57

Clearance by Gabriele Angella.

53:59

The ball is crossed by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

52:35

Marco Cassetti manages to make a clearance.

52:34

Jim O'Brien produces a cross.

49:14

Kelvin Etuhu takes a shot. Manuel Almunia catches the ball.

49:00

Strike on goal comes in from Reuben Noble-Lazarus from the free kick. Sean Murray gets a block in.

48:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Santos Iriney on Jason Scotland.

48:16

Martin Cranie takes the free kick.

48:14

Troy Deeney is ruled offside.

47:11

Free kick taken by David Perkins.

47:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacob Mellis by Sean Murray.

46:56

A cross is delivered by Marco Faraoni.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Reuben Noble-Lazarus on for Stephen Dawson.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jim O'Brien comes on in place of Tom Kennedy.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:07

Shot by Marco Faraoni. Blocked by David Perkins.

45:00 +1:51

Sean Murray manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:48

Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:46

Free kick crossed by Tom Kennedy.

45:00 +1:26 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:26

Lloyd Doyley is booked.

45:00 +1:12

Lloyd Doyley challenges Chris O'Grady unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:38

Clearance by Gabriele Angella.

42:26

Assist by Ikechi Anya.

42:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Forestieri - Barnsley 1 - 3 Watford Fernando Forestieri grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Barnsley 1-3 Watford.

40:31

Martin Cranie restarts play with the free kick.

40:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Troy Deeney.

38:05

David Perkins makes a clearance.

38:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lewis McGugan.

37:34

Clearance by Peter Ramage.

37:33

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney.

35:24

Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.

33:56

Tom Kennedy takes a shot. Sean Murray gets a block in.

33:49

Free kick taken by Jacob Mellis.

32:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Scotland by Gabriele Angella.

31:35

Jacob Mellis takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

31:12

Shot by Sean Murray. Luke Steele safely holds on.

31:05

Header at goal by Marco Cassetti. Luke Steele fumbles the ball.

30:59

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan.

30:31

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney.

30:30

Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

29:31

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

29:30

Marco Faraoni produces a cross.

28:53

Luke Steele takes the free kick.

28:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Forestieri.

28:00

Free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.

27:44

Unfair challenge on Troy Deeney by Martin Cranie results in a free kick.

27:07

Free kick crossed by Jacob Mellis.

26:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris O'Grady by Fernando Forestieri.

24:50

Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

24:49

The ball is crossed by Ikechi Anya.

23:57

Header by Chris O'Grady misses left.

23:55

The ball is crossed by Tom Kennedy.

22:24

Clearance by Peter Ramage.

22:03

Tom Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

21:15

Lewis McGugan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which goes over the bar.

20:37

Stephen Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Cassetti.

18:04

Shot by Chris O'Grady missed to the left of the target.

17:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Marco Faraoni - Barnsley 1 - 2 Watford Marco Faraoni scores with a right foot finish. Barnsley 1-2 Watford.

16:49

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Martin Cranie gets a block in.

13:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Scotland - Barnsley 1 - 1 Watford Jason Scotland grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Barnsley 1-1 Watford.

12:50

Gabriele Angella manages to make a clearance.

12:01

Shot by Stephen Dawson went wide right of the post.

11:26

The ball is swung over by Ikechi Anya.

10:37

Gabriele Angella takes the free kick.

10:14

Jacob Mellis is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

10:04

Gabriele Angella makes a clearance.

9:59

Corner taken by Tom Kennedy from the right by-line.

9:27

Clearance made by Ikechi Anya.

9:26

Stephen Dawson sends in a cross.

9:16

Corner taken by Tom Kennedy.

8:55

Gabriele Angella makes a clearance.

8:54

Chris O'Grady sends in a cross.

8:34

Tom Kennedy makes a clearance.

8:33

The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan.

7:37

Free kick crossed by Tom Kennedy.

7:14

Jacob Mellis fouled by Marco Faraoni, the ref awards a free kick.

6:15

Assist on the goal came from Lewis McGugan.

6:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Barnsley 0 - 1 Watford Troy Deeney scores with their right foot. Barnsley 0-1 Watford.

5:34

Marco Cassetti makes a clearance.

5:02

Header by Marco Cassetti misses right.

4:57

Corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the right by-line.

4:35

Clearance by Tom Kennedy.

3:25

Corner taken by Tom Kennedy.

3:12

Clearance made by Gabriele Angella.

3:10

Clearance made by Gabriele Angella.

3:02

Clearance by Marco Cassetti.

3:01

The ball is crossed by Jacob Mellis.

1:57

Free kick taken by Santos Iriney.

1:49

Chris O'Grady concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Cassetti.

0:25

Clearance made by Scott Wiseman.

0:22

A cross is delivered by Sean Murray.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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