Watford thumped Blackpool to extend the Seasiders' winless run to 16 league matches.

The hosts went ahead when Mathias Ranegie headed home Daniel Pudil's corner.

Troy Deeney doubled their lead after exchanging passes with Pudil before Ranegie finished Cristian Battocchio's pass to make it 3-0 at the break.

Visiting striker Ricardo Fuller forced a save from Manuel Almunia before Deeney curled home a fourth.

Seasiders slump

When Blackpool last won a league match they were fourth in the Championship table. At the time they were 19 points clear of the bottom three, they are now just eight points above the relegation zone.

The Tangerines, under the caretaker stewardship of Barry Ferguson, have not won since a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 30 November.

Watford coach Alec Chamberlain on Blackpool win

They kept the hosts out for just 15 minutes before Ranegie, who joined for an undisclosed fee from Udinese in January, was left unmarked to power home from Pudil's corner.

Former Walsall striker Deeney netted his 50th goal for the Hornets via a slight deflection before Ranegie quickly made it three with the Blackpool defence in complete disarray.

Fuller forced a save out of Almunia in the second half before Deeney curled in from the edge of the area to complete the scoring.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino:

"I'm happy for Ranegie and also for Troy for the kind of goals they scored. They were very nice goals.

"In the box it is very important to have physical qualities, but sometimes we need more agility in other games.

"But don't only watch how tall a player is, but what is in their heart. For English football you need a bit heart and I hope Ranegie will have this. Today he scored two goals, but I'm not focused on their goals, I'm focused on their work.

"I am very happy about Troy today. The fourth goal was really nice. I hope that he will have the opportunity to score these goals in a stadium wherever he will land, maybe this will be with Watford, maybe not."

Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson:

"We simply were not good enough. We got beaten by a better team.

"What's been said in the dressing room will stay inside those four walls but you can pretty much guess what has been said.

"The players have let themselves down. There are five contracted players for next season here. The rest are out of contract. If they want to get themselves a club they certainly haven't done themselves any justice today.

"The quality of the goals we conceded is a major worry. All I can do is put together training sessions and work on things like corner kicks and free-kicks and go from there."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 21 Anya
  • 18 Pudil (Faraoni - 75' )
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 04 Angella (Belkalem - 78' Booked )
  • 12 Doyley
  • 16 Murray (Merkel - 82' )
  • 28 Tözsér
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 09 Deeney
  • 07 Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 05 Belkalem
  • 08 Merkel
  • 19 Faraoni
  • 20 Park Chu-young
  • 29 Neill
  • 30 Bond
  • 31 Hoban

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 40 Foley
  • 14 Halliday
  • 04 Perkins
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 15 Haroun (Basham - 45' Booked )
  • 31 Martínez
  • 19 Fuller
  • 24 Keogh (Bishop - 45' )
  • 33 Dobbie (Goodwillie - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 12 Bishop
  • 17 Basham
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 39 Grandin
Ref: James Linington
Att: 14,586

Match Stats

Shots

15 12

On target

7 2

Corners

8 4

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 4, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +3:29 Full time

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

90:00 +2:26

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

89:51

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

88:51

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

87:55

Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:55

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

86:46

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

84:48

Alexander Merkel (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:48

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

82:18

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

82:18

Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Sean Murray.

81:14

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Perkins.

79:53

Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Gary Mackenzie is caught offside.

79:32 Booking

Booking Essaïd Belkalem (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:26

Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).

79:26

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:59

Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross.

78:18

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:18

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

77:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Essaïd Belkalem replaces Gabriele Angella.

75:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. David Goodwillie replaces Stephen Dobbie.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Daniel Pudil.

73:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 4, Blackpool 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

71:29

Offside, Watford. Ikechi Anya tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

70:58

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

70:58

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:35

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a through ball.

65:20

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross following a corner.

64:58

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

63:53

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller with a headed pass.

61:57

Hand ball by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

60:28

Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross following a corner.

59:59

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

59:30

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

59:30

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:40

Attempt saved. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

58:14

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kevin Foley.

56:30

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Andrew Halliday.

56:28

Attempt blocked. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

55:22

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

54:48

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

52:49

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross following a corner.

52:28

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

50:49

Attempt saved. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a headed pass.

48:37

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

48:37

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:45 Booking

Booking Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:26

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:26

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 3, Blackpool 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Basham replaces Faris Haroun.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Neal Bishop replaces Andrew Keogh.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 3, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +2:27

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

45:00 +1:34

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

45:00 +1:34

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:47

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

44:27

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:27

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

42:18

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

42:18

Kevin Foley (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 3, Blackpool 0. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio with a through ball.

34:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 2, Blackpool 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

32:53

Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Gilks tries a through ball, but Faris Haroun is caught offside.

32:31

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

32:31

Faris Haroun (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:18

Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left.

29:42

Mathias Ranégie (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:42

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

28:16

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kevin Foley.

25:37

Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:37

Foul by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).

24:15

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

23:25

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

23:25

Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).

21:55

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Perkins.

21:15

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

20:20

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:20

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

16:35

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

14:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 1, Blackpool 0. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

13:34

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ángel.

12:12

Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

11:07

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Doyley.

8:23

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

8:23

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:52

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie with a headed pass.

7:01

Attempt blocked. Faris Haroun (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

5:10

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

1:55

Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:55

Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

1:13

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

1:13

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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