Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and substitute Fernando Forestieri were on target as Watford eased to victory over Bolton.

Deeney lifted the ball over Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan after receiving Gabriele Angella's pass to give Beppe Sannino's team the lead.

Vydra made it 2-0 when he evaded Tim Ream's challenge and fired the ball home from 10 yards.

Then Forestieri burst clear to complete the scoring less than a minute after coming off the bench.

Watford have so far managed to resist bids for Deeney, who was named as captain for the season opener.

The 26-year-old striker scored 44 Championship goals in the past two seasons and had reportedly attracted interest from Premier League clubs such as newly promoted Burnley and Leicester City.

Deeney has been reunited with Vydra after a season apart. The two formed an effective partnership in 2012-13, scoring a combined 44 goals as the Hornets reached the Championship play-offs under Gianfranco Zola.

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made his debut for Watford, alongside fellow new arrivals Juan Carlos Paredes and Gabriel Tamas.

Watford's Almen Abdi and Bolton Wanderers' Craig Davies

Craig Davies (right) had one of Bolton's few chances during the defeat at Vicarage Road

Bolton finished 14th last season - their lowest end-of-season position for two decades but manager Dougie Freedman has not made wholesale changes to his squad.

Full-back Dean Moxey was the only debutant in the starting XI but his first significant contribution almost cost his new team a goal.

His short backpass was intercepted by Deeney, but the Watford striker's low shot went tamely wide.

It was an uncharacteristic miss but the striker atoned for his error by scoring the opening goal in the 17th minute. It was his 10th in as many games at Vicarage Road.

Freedman on Watford v Bolton

He latched on to Gabriele Angella's long pass and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to score.

The hosts doubled their advantage when Vydra skipped past Tim Ream's challenge and fired the ball beyond Lonergan from 10 yards after another long ball forward.

Paredes came close to marking his debut with a goal but his 20-yard drive crashed against the bar within two minutes of the restart.

Craig Davies blasted a volley over the bar as Bolton began to enjoy more possession, then Chung-yong Lee's long-range effort was tipped over by Gomes.

Vydra left the field to a standing ovation when replaced by Forestieri and the substitute took less than 30 seconds to make an impact, breaking free to apply a calm finish and complete a miserable afternoon for Bolton.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino:

"The performance was very good because we have to play a good game with passing short and passing long and we're building the situation which is very important.

"We hope that Troy Deeney stays with us for the rest of the season."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"Uncharacteristic lapses in concentration presented them with two opportunities and, when you're dealing with the best two strikers in the division, you can't do that.

"In the second half, I thought we gave it a right good go and created opportunities but we didn't take them."

Watford's Joe Ekstrand and Bolton Wanderers' Darren Pratley

Watford's Joe Ekstrand and Bolton's Darren Pratley battle for possession at Vicarage Road

Watford's Gianni Munari and Bolton Wanderers' Medo contest a header

Gianni Munari (right) contests a head with Medo after coming on as a substitute for his Watford debut

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Gomes
  • 04 Angella
  • 17 Tamas
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 22 Abdi
  • 14 Paredes
  • 10 McGugan (Munari - 70' )
  • 08 Tozser
  • 18 Pudil (Dyer - 83' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 20 Vydra (Forestieri - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Munari
  • 11 Forestieri
  • 12 Doyley
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 23 Dyer
  • 30 Bond
  • 31 Hoban

Bolton Wanderers

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 05 Ream
  • 04 Mills
  • 03 Moxey (Dervite - 60' )
  • 44 Kamara
  • 06 Spearing
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong
  • 18 Danns (Beckford - 68' )
  • 21 Pratley (Feeney - 45' )
  • 28 Davies

Substitutes

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 07 Feeney
  • 10 Beckford
  • 14 Dervite
  • 17 Trotter
  • 31 Wheater
  • 35 Wilkinson
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 15,546

Match Stats

Shots

18 16

On target

5 4

Corners

4 7

Fouls

9 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Watford 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

90:00 +3:46

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:23

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

89:11

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a headed pass.

87:19

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a headed pass.

86:30

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

82:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Lloyd Dyer replaces Daniel Pudil.

82:03

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

81:35

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

81:34

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

81:16

Hand ball by Almen Abdi (Watford).

79:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriele Angella.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Matej Vydra.

78:23

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

75:11

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:11

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

72:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:12

Delay in match Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) because of an injury.

71:16

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:16

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

69:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Gianni Munari replaces Lewis McGugan.

68:09

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

67:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Neil Danns.

67:25

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.

66:17

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

66:07

Attempt saved. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:43

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

65:12

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:12

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

65:01

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

64:36

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

62:54

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.

61:32

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

60:53

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

60:53

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Dorian Dervite replaces Dean Moxey because of an injury.

58:24

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

57:53

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

57:49

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

56:48

Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

54:59

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tim Ream.

54:58

Attempt blocked. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

52:02

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

52:02

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

50:41

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

49:37

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:37

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

49:05

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

49:05

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:05

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

47:57

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:28

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

45:46

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:37

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

45:29

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney replaces Darren Pratley.

45:00 +1:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

42:27

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

42:27

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:13

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

39:59

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

39:59

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

38:57

Hand ball by Troy Deeney (Watford).

36:55

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:55

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

35:57

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

35:04

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

34:26

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

34:26

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:37

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:37

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

31:14

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:14

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

29:55

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

27:03

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross following a corner.

26:35

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

26:21

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:21

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

25:57

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

25:03

Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:03

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

24:29

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

22:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

22:14

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

22:14

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:48

Gabriel Tamas (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:48

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

18:20

Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Watford).

18:20

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriele Angella.

14:08

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

11:27

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

11:27

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:41

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

6:00

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

6:00

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:36

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:36

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

4:13

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

4:13

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:58

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

3:58

Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:33

Hand ball by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

1:51

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

1:24

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

1:24

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:19

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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