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Watford 4-0 Blackpool

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.

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

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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."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 21Anya
  • 18PudilSubstituted forFaraoniat 75'minutes
  • 27Cassetti
  • 4AngellaSubstituted forBelkalemat 78'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 12Doyley
  • 16MurraySubstituted forMerkelat 82'minutes
  • 28Tözsér
  • 13Ranegie
  • 9Deeney
  • 7Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 8Merkel
  • 19Faraoni
  • 20Park Chu-young
  • 29Neill
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 40Foley
  • 14Halliday
  • 4Perkins
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 15HarounSubstituted forBashamat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 31Martínez
  • 19Fuller
  • 24KeoghSubstituted forBishopat 45'minutes
  • 33DobbieSubstituted forGoodwillieat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 12Bishop
  • 17Basham
  • 18Osbourne
  • 20Cathcart
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 39Grandin
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
14,586

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 4, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 4, Blackpool 0.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.
Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Cristian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.
Alexander Merkel (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).
Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Sean Murray.
Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Perkins.
Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Gary Mackenzie is caught offside.

Booking

Essaïd Belkalem (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).
Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross.
Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Essaïd Belkalem replaces Gabriele Angella.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. David Goodwillie replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Daniel Pudil.

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.
Offside, Watford. Ikechi Anya tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.
Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).
Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
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.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.
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.
Hand ball by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).
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.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).
David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kevin Foley.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Andrew Halliday.
Attempt blocked. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.
Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.
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.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
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.
Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Second Half

Second Half begins Watford 3, Blackpool 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Basham replaces Faris Haroun.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Neal Bishop replaces Andrew Keogh.

Half Time

First Half ends, Watford 3, Blackpool 0.
Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).
goal

As It Stood

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2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3318781861
4QPR3216971257
5Nottm Forest33141361555
6Wigan32157101152
7Reading33149101351
8Brighton3213109749
9Ipswich3312129748
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3212812444
13Huddersfield3312714143
14Middlesbrough3391311440
15Sheff Wed3291211139
16Bournemouth3210913-939
17Birmingham339915-336
18Bolton3381213-836
19Blackpool3381114-1935
20Doncaster337917-2530
21Millwall3361017-3028
22Charlton306915-1727
23Yeovil326818-2026
24Barnsley3251116-2626
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