Troy Deeney scored twice for Watford as his side recorded their first away victory since October against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

Gabriele Angella opened the scoring for the away side after just five minutes, tapping home from close range.

Lewis McGugan extended the lead with a header before Deeney struck twice in the space of two second-half minutes.

On-loan striker Benik Afobe headed a consolation goal for the hosts, who had won their previous four home games.

Double drubbing

The result meant Watford won 4-1 at Hillsborough for the second successive season.

The Owls were without head coach Stuart Gray, who was attending his son's wedding.

But counterpart Giuseppe Sannino was able to inspire his side to their first win in three league games and first away win in 15 attempts.

The Hornets went ahead early on as McGugan headed down a free-kick that was initially saved by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, before defender Angella slotted home the loose ball for his seventh goal of the season.

Midfielder McGugan extended the visitors' lead after 23 minutes, heading home Daniel Pudil's cross.

The game was over soon after the interval as frontman Deeney netted his first by calmly slotting the ball past Kirkland, before tapping home a minute later after Mathias Ranegie's shot came back off the post.

Owls youngster Afobe, on loan from Arsenal, powered a header past Manuel Almunia from Liam Palmer's cross just three minutes later and American defender Oguchi Onyewu hit the crossbar with another header late on, but the visitors' lead was never threatened.

Sheffield Wednesday coach John Deehan: "We've just had a chat in the dressing room between all of us and we've had some very strong opinions.

"Football players don't like getting beaten in games and they don't like getting beaten in the manner they did today.

"The performance fell below the level we've been performing at before."

Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino: "It's a long time since Watford have won away; too many losses and too many draws. I'm very happy for our fans and our players.

"The confidence grew during the game because we were able to pass the ball and move the ball better than in the past."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 19 Mattock
  • 22 Palmer
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 18 Maguire (Nuhiu - 64' )
  • 20 Lee Booked
  • 28 Afobe (Johnson - 79' )
  • 42 Best
  • 17 Helan (Lavery - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 14 Coke
  • 25 Lavery
  • 26 Martinez
  • 32 Llera
  • 34 Nuhiu
  • 35 Oshilaja

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 21 Anya (Faraoni - 79' )
  • 18 Pudil Booked (Riera - 62' )
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 04 Angella Booked
  • 12 Doyley
  • 28 Tözsér Booked
  • 10 McGugan (Abdi - 70' )
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 09 Deeney
  • 07 Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 08 Merkel
  • 15 Riera
  • 16 Murray
  • 19 Faraoni
  • 22 Abdi
  • 30 Bond
  • 31 Hoban
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 22,057

Match Stats

Shots

19 14

On target

7 9

Corners

13 1

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Watford 4.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Watford 4.

90:00 +3:21

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Best.

90:00 +2:23

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

90:00 +1:50

Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

88:11

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

87:44

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:44

Foul by Albert Riera (Watford).

87:19

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:54

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chris Kirkland following a set piece situation.

86:20

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:20

Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

85:25

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

85:25

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

83:59

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Albert Riera.

79:39

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.

78:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Benik Afobe.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Ikechi Anya.

77:12

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

76:38

Offside, Watford. Cristian Battocchio tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

76:18

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

73:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

73:44

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

73:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Jeremy Helan.

73:02

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

72:22

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

70:42 Booking

Booking Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:24

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

70:24

Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Lewis McGugan.

68:59

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:59

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

64:48

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

64:27

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:27

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

63:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Chris Maguire.

62:20

Offside, Watford. Albert Riera tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

61:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Albert Riera replaces Daniel Pudil.

61:27

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

61:27

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:46

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

59:55

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriele Angella.

59:19

Foul by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:19

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

57:24

Hand ball by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

55:19 Booking

Booking Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:05

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:05

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

53:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Watford 4. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross following a corner.

53:22

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

50:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 4. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

50:03

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

50:03

Mathias Ranégie (Watford) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

49:55

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

48:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 3. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 2.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 2.

45:00 +0:54

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00 +0:54

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

43:52

Hand ball by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

42:09

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire following a set piece situation.

41:15 Booking

Booking Daniel Pudil (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:40

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:40

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

39:44

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:44

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

38:21

Attempt saved. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

37:53 Booking

Booking Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:31

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:31

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

37:14

Offside, Watford. Mathias Ranégie tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

33:57

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

33:57

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

33:10

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

31:40

Offside, Watford. Cristian Battocchio tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

31:19

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

30:26

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

29:45

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:45

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

29:14

Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:14

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

27:23

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

26:35

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

25:30

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

24:11

Foul by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:11

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

23:34

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

23:27

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Best.

22:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 2. Lewis McGugan (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Pudil with a cross.

21:41

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oguchi Onyewu with a headed pass.

20:59

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

20:23

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:23

Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Watford).

17:47

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

16:21

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Kieran Lee is caught offside.

16:14

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

15:49

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

14:15

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

11:36

Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:36

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

10:18

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Cristian Battocchio is caught offside.

10:11

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

10:11

Mathias Ranégie (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:25

Attempt missed. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

9:06

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

9:03

Attempt blocked. Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Loovens with a headed pass.

8:47

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

8:32

Attempt saved. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

4:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Watford 1. Gabriele Angella (Watford) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

4:49

Attempt saved. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

4:14

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

4:14

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

2:29

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Mathias Ranégie is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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