Watford won the clash of the Championship's two Italian-owned clubs as they overcame nine-man Leeds United.

Fernando Forestieri gave the Hornets an early lead before Gabriel Tamas's own goal put Leeds level.

The Hornets striker won a second-half penalty after being fouled by debutant Giuseppe Bellusci, who was sent off, with Troy Deeney converting.

Forestieri fired in a second and Daniel Tozser made it four with a late free-kick before Sam Byram saw red.

The defeat was the third in four Championship games for Leeds boss Dave Hockaday since taking over in the summer.

Along with central defender Giuseppe Bellusci, who joined from Catania last week, Hockaday gave a debut to another Italian, Mirco Antenucci, in attack.

It was the Hornets that had the best of the opening exchanges as Forestieri had a couple of half-chances early on.

And it was the Argentina-born Italy Under-21 international that opened the scoring as he reacted first to head over Marco Silvestri after Leeds' Italian keeper had saved his first effort after good interplay with Gianni Munari.

The Italian job at Vicarage Road

Both Watford and Leeds have Italian owners, with the Pozzo family in control of the Hornets and Massimo Cellino at the helm of Leeds. Six players that started the match were Italian - Gabriele Angella and Gianni Munari for Watford and Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Mirco Antenucci and Tomasso Bianchi for Leeds.

Leeds continued to struggle until they got a fortuitous equaliser just after half an hour.

Billy Sharp delivered a low driven cross in from the right and Tamas made a mess of his attempted interception, putting the ball past his goalkeeper at the near post.

Tommie Hoban should have put the home side back in front 10 minutes before half-time with a free header from four yards out after an Almen Abdi corner, but he conspired to put it high over the bar.

The impressive Forestieri was involved in the moment that turned the game, as he latched on to a mistake by Bellusci, who was then sent off as he brought down the striker in the box, with Troy Deeney sending Silvestri the wrong way with the resulting penalty.

And the Hornets striker completed his day's work with the classiest moment of the match as he went on a fantastic run across the box, skipping past three Leeds defenders, before angling the ball back off the far post.

The scoring was completed in stoppage time as Tozser blasted home a free-kick from 30 yards, and a minute later Byram was sent off after seeming to aim an elbow at Daniel Pudil.

Watford boss Beppe Sannino said: "I think the result was fair even if maybe it was too large because I need to pay respect to Leeds, because they are a good team.

"They played a good first half. It was an own goal [that we conceded] and was not a clear situation so I'm happy with the performance."

Leeds head coach Dave Hockaday said: "I thought we were passing the ball well, frustrating them, they were getting very frustrated and animated on their bench, they were changing things.

"I thought we came here and did a very, very good job and played some decent stuff which I'm very, very happy with."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Gomes
  • 04 Angella Booked
  • 17 Tamas
  • 31 Hoban
  • 03 Munari
  • 22 Abdi (Andrews - 82' )
  • 08 Tozser Booked
  • 14 Paredes (Anya - 55' )
  • 18 Pudil
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri (Ighalo - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Andrews
  • 12 Doyley
  • 19 Fabbrini
  • 20 Vydra
  • 21 Anya
  • 24 Ighalo
  • 30 Bond

Leeds United

  • 01 Silvestri
  • 06 Pearce
  • 05 Bellusci Dismissed
  • 03 Warnock
  • 02 Byram Dismissed
  • 07 Murphy Booked
  • 18 Tonge (Poleon - 76' )
  • 04 Austin Booked
  • 34 Antenucci (Smith - 81' )
  • 14 Bianchi
  • 08 Sharp (Cooper - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Smith
  • 13 Taylor
  • 15 Wootton
  • 20 Norris
  • 23 Cook
  • 26 Poleon
  • 32 Cooper
Ref: James Linington
Att: 15,674

Match Stats

Shots

21 4

On target

6 0

Corners

5 1

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 4, Leeds United 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Watford 4, Leeds United 1.

90:00 +3:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:31

Delay in match Daniel Pudil (Watford) because of an injury.

90:00 +2:16 Dismissal

Dismissal Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the red card for fighting.

90:00 +2:00

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +1:49

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is too high.

90:00 +0:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 4, Leeds United 1. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

89:56 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:47

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

89:47

Gianni Munari (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:31 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:21

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

84:21

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

83:58

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:58

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

83:21

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

82:34

Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:34

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

81:27

Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

81:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Keith Andrews replaces Almen Abdi.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Mirco Antenucci.

80:27

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

79:18

Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

78:00

Attempt missed. Gianni Munari (Watford) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

77:28

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Dominic Poleon.

77:07

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

75:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Michael Tonge.

75:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Fernando Forestieri.

75:02

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

74:11

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

74:11

Gianni Munari (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:39

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:39

Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

70:12

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

68:49

Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

68:49

Gianni Munari (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 3, Leeds United 1. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gianni Munari.

65:22

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:22

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

64:18

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

63:19

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

63:19

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:34

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

62:15

Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

62:15

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

61:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Billy Sharp.

60:11

Delay in match Jason Pearce (Leeds United) because of an injury.

59:47

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

57:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 2, Leeds United 1. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

56:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

55:57

Penalty conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

55:57

Penalty Watford. Fernando Forestieri draws a foul in the penalty area.

54:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Juan Carlos Paredes.

53:45

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

52:22

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

52:22

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

49:58

Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:58

Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford).

47:03

Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a set piece situation.

46:35 Booking

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

46:24

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:24

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

45:35

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 1, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 1, Leeds United 1.

41:43 Booking

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

41:31

Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:31

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

40:47

Attempt blocked. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

36:19

Attempt missed. Tommy Hoban (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

35:53

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tommaso Bianchi.

35:51

Attempt blocked. Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

33:20

Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:20

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

31:48 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Gabriel Tamas, Watford. Watford 1, Leeds United 1.

31:12

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:12

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

30:03

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

29:16

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

29:16

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

27:25

Hand ball by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

26:34

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:34

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

26:09

Hand ball by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

24:58

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

24:58

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

22:39

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

19:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 1, Leeds United 0. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

19:21

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

18:18

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci.

17:20

Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

17:20

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

14:42

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

14:36

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

14:02

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:02

Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

11:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:59

Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

10:58

Delay in match Gianni Munari (Watford) because of an injury.

10:47

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

10:47

Gianni Munari (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:42

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

9:42

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

7:27

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Carlos Paredes with a cross.

4:29

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Tommaso Bianchi is caught offside.

3:56

Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:56

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

3:35

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

3:20

Attempt blocked. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

1:25

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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