CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Watford enjoy home comfort with win over Stoke

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Watford capitalise on home comforts yet again after beating Stoke in five-goal thriller… but Derby’s woes continue with winless run extending to six games after defeat by QPR

  • Watford beat Stoke at Vicarage Road in a thriller which had produced five goals 
  • Vladimir Ivic’s side have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at their home ground 
  • Goals from Tom Cleverley, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr downed the Potters 

As the nation prepares to wish away a month of being stuck in the house, Watford will be wishing they could be at home more often.

Vladimir Ivic’s Hornets side now have 13 points from a possible 15 at Vicarage Road. The last time they started a season in such hot form, they were promoted.

But they had to fight hard to beat Stoke 3-2. 

Watford’s fine home fortunes continued after the Hornets downed Stoke in a five-goal thriller

Steven Fletcher put the Potters ahead on two minutes after a well-worked corner routine. Tom Cleverley levelled and Joao Pedro put Watford ahead from the spot on 61 minutes, but Nick Powell equalised for the visitors.

Then Ismaila Sarr, a summer target of Liverpool, proved his worth to win it with a tidy finish in stoppage time.

Also finding home comforts – at last – is Chris Hughton, who got his first City Ground win since taking the job at Nottingham Forest, as Lyle Taylor’s 96th-minute penalty snatched a 2-1 win against Coventry.

Ismaila Sarr proved his worth with a tidy finish in stoppage time to wrap up Watford’s 3-2 win

Derby’s winless run has extended to six games after Macauley Bonne’s late winner for QPR

Wycombe were bottom after Sheffield Wednesday had a 12-point deduction reduced to six yesterday. But that didn’t last long as they beat Birmingham 2-1 – their second straight win.

Derby are now six without a victory after Macauley Bonne’s late winner for QPR.

Luton won 1-0 via a James Collins goal at Rotherham. 

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