Another home game, another win – a sixth in seven games – and a best start to a season at Vicarage Road in at least 13 years. No wonder the fans are so desperate to have their name pulled out of the hat ahead of the return of supporters next week.
Watford batter Preston North End with attacking display
Watford produce impressive display to beat Preston North End
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Nathaniel Chalobah delighted to score for Watford against Preston
Joao Pedro hoping to learn from Watford captain Troy Deeney
Vladimir Ivic calls Troy Deeney a leader after Watford win
Watford captain Troy Deeney marked his first start of the season with an inspired display in a 4-1 victory over Preston.The 32-year old scored one and created another to give the Hertfordshire side a comfortable afternoon at Vicarage Road.
Watford made it 19 points from a possible 21 at Vicarage Road this season, but had to overcome a side which boasted the second-best away record in the division, with all but three of their 16-point total earned on the road.
If we’re edging closer towards what things Ought To Be off the pitch, we’re suddenly ahead of the game on it. Today’s shuffling of the deck saw the fielding of the same 20 names that muddled their way to a point at Ashton Gate on Wednesday but with a critical switch bringing Troy in for his first start of the season in place of João Pedro.
Ahead of supporters returning to the Vic, it was a welcome return to form for Watford, who turned on a scintillating second half display to punish Preston.