Sky Sports: First-half goals from Keinan Davis and William Troost-Ekong set the tone and the visitors’ doom was sealed when goalkeeper Ethan Horvath gifted Joao Pedro a third before Ismaila Sarr completed the rout. Hatters substitute Gabriel Osho then saw red late on for a dreadful challenge on Ken Sema.
BHappy: I remember this being described somewhere, many years ago, as “the sort of derby that the locals get very agitated by but nobody else gives much of a toss about”. Harsh but fair. Thing is… it’s been sixteen and a half years since supporters were able to watch this fixture in the ground, and the previous a further eight years before that. Many of the people in Vicarage Road today won’t have seen a derby game in person before; fewer still were here the last time we won this one in front of fans with John Barnes and Worrell Sterling doing the damage in April 1987 (I kept a diary in 1987, the entry features the word “murdered”).
Fran’s Watford Blog: The players went on an extended lap of the ground and were cheered and applauded all the way around. I am usually pulling my replica shirt off at this point, but wanted to display my colours as I showed my appreciation. Troost-Ekong appeared to be particularly delighted and Kamara was eliciting cheers from the Rookery. Oh it was wonderful. As Tim Coombs said, “It is like 1997 all over again.”
Official Site: Match Report
Watford Observer: OPINION Let’s win the derby with style, on and off the pitch