Watford 4 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at Vicarage Road Stadium

Date: 20/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: N Miller Att: 13,775

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Troy Deeney 52,61
Almen Abdi 67
Matthew Briggs 75



FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 19:36 BST

Post-match reaction to Watford's 4-0 victory over Blackburn.

Zola: Delighted with fine victory
Zola: Delighted with fine victory

A delighted Gianfranco Zola labelled it the "perfect" day after Watford confirmed their play-off place and kept alive their hopes of pipping Hull City to the second automatic promotion spot.

The Hornets edged a tight first half but were back to their best after the break, playing some excellent football and cutting through relegation-threatened Blackburn through two-goal Troy Deeney and further strikes from Almen Abdi and Matthew Briggs.

Rovers also had Leon Best sent off in injury time after a coming together with Marco Cassetti.

The win moves Zola's men to within four points of the second-placed Tigers but with Watford travelling to Leicester City on Friday night, the gap could be down to one point before Hull visit Barnsley the following day.

The Hornets head coach said: "I thought it was coming because the performances in the few games have been much in terms of quality, so I was expecting something like this and delighted that it came today at the right manner and in the right way.

"What can I say, everything went perfect - a lot of goals, good performance, a good quality of football and a big crowd and a Sardinian day out there. It's been an ideal Saturday afternoon."

Watford's first three goals were all created by Fernando Forestieri and Zola was keen to praise his impact on the game.

"Fernando has been terrific. He didn't score but it doesn't matter. But I know Fernando. Fernando can give a big contribution to his team and today he was superb," he said.

"But there were a few others who were superb today. Troy (Deeney) was fantastic with his finishing and also some performances at the back. Cassetti was outstanding, really outstanding and the two wide players, Ikechi (Anya) and Daniel Pudil played well and also (Nathaniel) Chalobah was back to his best.

"So when you have all these performances on the pitch then of course the result is more likely to be on your side."

Asked about the situation at the top of the table, Zola smiled: "Very confusing. It is a crazy Championship, it is unbelievable at the top and at the bottom and I think it is going to be like this until the end. I'm expecting changes in the situation until the end."

Rovers' caretaker boss Gary Bowyer was disappointed with how his side responded to going behind.

"I thought we did well first half. The first goal was always going to be crucial after the backlog of games," he said.

"I'm disappointed in the manner we conceded but you've got to give credit to the lad who took his goals well. We were disappointed with how we reacted, we've not been like that."

"It was probably a big game too many for us today but we've got to regroup quickly, we've remained positive and calm throughout and that's exactly the message we've said to them again.

"We've always known we had a game in hand, we always said it might come to goal difference, we've just got to go game by game again but at 0-0 I couldn't see that coming in the second half."

Commenting on the sending off, Bowyer said: "The lad's (Cassetti) gone right over Besty's knee in the challenge; deliberately kicked out at him on the side that the linesman's then flagged.

"There's a meeting together of the faces. Has he put his head in it? I've not seen it enough. But Besty's been out for a year, then someone goes and kicks out at him in an aerial challenge.

"I'm disappointed in their lad for that but then where there's a coming together of the faces, he's quick to throw his face back. Has there been much contact? I'd have to look at it again."

Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet