Watford’s push for the playoffs increased as Watford scored three goals to pile more misery and despair on nine man Sheffield United.
The two teams were evenly matched in the opening stages.
Watford then took the lead with only ten minutes on the clock when Neill Collins miskicked after trying to clear a Don Cowie’s cross. Steve Simonsen made a reflex save to deny an own goal but Danny Graham was there to head in the rebound.
Then, Sheffield United’s task of getting a goal back was becoming more and more difficult as two former Watford players were shown red cards in a mad five minutes. Darius Henderson had already been booked when he clashed with Lee Hodson and the referee showed him his marching orders. Then Lee Williamson was shown a straight red after after a foul on Lloyd Doyley.
After the break, Watford showed good discipline as Sheffield United put everybody behind the ball which suggested to me that they would take a 1-0 defeat. However, this went out the window when Adam Thompson’s header hit the crossbar after a Don Cowie corner but Martin Taylor was there to hammer home after a rebound.
Watford then grabbed a third when Ross Jenkins scored his second goal for the club when he powered his header past Steve Simonsen after a John Eustace cross.
Watford now how have three away games on the trot which starts with Tuesday’s trip to Ipswich Town which is the game that got called off on Boxing Day. Then, Watford must play Middlesbrough and Coventry City before their next home game against Hull City.