Watford ended a run of 10 league games without a win by beating Millwall in new Hornets manager Beppe Sannino's first home game in charge of the club.

The hosts went ahead when Millwall defender Danny Shittu was sent off for a foul on Troy Deeney, who picked himself up to score the penalty.

A Fernando Forestieri strike and an Ikechi Anya effort put Watford 3-0 up.

Sannino soars

Prior to this game, Watford had not won any of their last 10 matches in the Championship - a run in which they had lost their last five home games and not scored in any of their last four at Vicarage Road.

A Steve Morison handball allowed Lewis McGugan to then add a fourth with a penalty to round off a comfortable win.

Sannino recently replaced Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as Watford boss, and the win on his Vicarage Road bow will have come as a relief for his side after a run of five successive home defeats.

Watford's poor form had also seen them not score in their previous four home outings but that barren spell ended after 10 minutes, when Deeney scored his 11th goal of the season after converting a spot-kick following Shittu's challenge.

The Hornets made the most of their numerical advantage, soon doubling their lead when Sean Murray found Anya, who played in a first-time cross which Forestieri stabbed in.

Just after the break, Anya turned goalscorer in impressive style when he cut in from the left and sent a powerful strike into the top corner.

The game was more of a damage limitation exercise for Millwall, who only avoided conceding a fifth when Forestieri's strike hit the post.

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino:

"I'm very happy for my players, for the supporters, a thought goes to [former manager] Gianfranco Zola as well and we wait for the next game which, for sure, will be a tougher game [against QPR].

"We had the chance to play 11 versus 10. Normally with this type of game, if you don't play with your head you can have trouble.

"My players were fantastic because they were waiting for the right moment to go deep and to score. I would like to enjoy this moment but also to forget very quickly this win because soon we have to play again."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 21 Anya (Bellerín - 85' )
  • 06 Ekstrand Booked
  • 04 Angella
  • 12 Doyley
  • 29 Thorne (Iriney - 69' )
  • 16 Murray
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri Booked
  • 10 McGugan (Battocchio - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Bellerín
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 20 Fabbrini
  • 23 Iriney
  • 28 Smith
  • 30 Bond
  • 33 Nosworthy

Millwall

  • 01 Forde
  • 25 Hoyte
  • 12 Lowry Booked
  • 26 Abdou
  • 03 Shittu Dismissed
  • 16 Beevers
  • 17 Moussi (Robinson - 13' )
  • 06 Trotter (Smith - 61' )
  • 09 Morison
  • 08 Easter (Chaplow - 55' Booked )
  • 11 Woolford

Substitutes

  • 02 Dunne
  • 05 Robinson
  • 18 Chaplow
  • 21 Smith
  • 27 McDonald
  • 28 Malone
  • 43 Bywater
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 15,471

Match Stats

Shots

19 4

On target

7 2

Corners

2 7

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 4, Millwall 0.

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Watford 4, Millwall 0.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

90:00 +2:21

Richard Chaplow (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:40

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Cassetti.

89:14

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

88:32

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

87:54

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

87:51

Attempt saved. Justin Hoyte (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

87:00

Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Cristian Battocchio is caught offside.

86:12

Offside, Millwall. Steve Morison tries a through ball, but Justin Hoyte is caught offside.

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Héctor Bellerín replaces Ikechi Anya.

83:59

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Iriney.

83:50

Attempt blocked. Iriney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:47

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

81:21

Attempt blocked. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison.

79:10

Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

78:15 Booking

Booking Shane Lowry (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:06

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:06

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

76:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Cristian Battocchio replaces Lewis McGugan.

75:25

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

75:25

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:09

Lewis McGugan (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Sean Murray.

74:31

Foul by Iriney (Watford).

74:31

Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:17

Offside, Watford. Sean Murray tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

69:41 Booking

Booking Joel Ekstrand (Watford) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

69:32

Hand ball by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

68:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Iriney replaces George Thorne.

65:27

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:55 Booking

Booking Richard Chaplow (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:45

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:45

Foul by Richard Chaplow (Millwall).

63:34

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:51

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:51

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

62:09

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

61:27

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Nadjim Abdou.

60:45

Offside, Millwall. Justin Hoyte tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Jack Smith replaces Liam Trotter.

59:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 4, Millwall 0. Lewis McGugan (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

59:09

Penalty conceded by Steve Morison (Millwall) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

57:41

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

57:36

Lewis McGugan (Watford) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by George Thorne.

55:22

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

54:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Richard Chaplow replaces Jermaine Easter.

54:27

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Martyn Woolford is caught offside.

53:49

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

53:24

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

52:58

Foul by George Thorne (Watford).

52:58

Jermaine Easter (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:19

Offside, Watford. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

50:56

George Thorne (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:56

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

50:12

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

47:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 3, Millwall 0. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by George Thorne.

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 2, Millwall 0.

45:00 +3:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 2, Millwall 0.

45:00 +0:02 Booking

Booking Fernando Forestieri (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:52

Delay in match Fernando Forestieri (Watford) because of an injury.

43:40

Delay in match Liam Trotter (Millwall) because of an injury.

43:13

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

43:13

Liam Trotter (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:09

Offside, Watford. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

38:42

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

37:54

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

37:54

Jermaine Easter (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:41

Foul by Ikechi Anya (Watford).

35:41

Justin Hoyte (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:51

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by George Thorne.

32:38

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

32:38

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:41

Attempt missed. Marco Cassetti (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross following a set piece situation.

28:10

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:10

Foul by Shane Lowry (Millwall).

26:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 2, Millwall 0. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

23:02

Offside, Watford. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

20:06

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

17:51

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

16:38

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:38

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Millwall).

14:52

Offside, Watford. Marco Cassetti tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

13:07

Offside, Watford. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

12:19

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martyn Woolford with a cross.

12:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Millwall. Paul Robinson replaces Guy Moussi.

11:25

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

11:06

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

11:02

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Justin Hoyte with a cross.

9:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 1, Millwall 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

8:32 Dismissal

Dismissal Danny Shittu (Millwall) is shown the red card.

8:21

Penalty Watford. Troy Deeney draws a foul in the penalty area.

8:21

Penalty conceded by Danny Shittu (Millwall) after a foul in the penalty area.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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