Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney were in relentless structure as Watford squashed a heartbroken Cardiff City 5-1 in the Premier League.
Cardiff City botched the chance to pull far from the Premier League transfer zone as a Gerard Deulofeu cap trap propelled Watford to a 5-1 win in the Welsh capital on Friday.
Neil Warnock’s side could have climbed to thirteenth with a success – four points in front of eighteenth put Southampton – yet were fixed by a trio of great completions from Watford’s Spanish forward and two more from Troy Deeney.
The Bluebirds – who scored a late reassurance through Sol Bamba – were bothered not to be granted a punishment at 1-0 down, however they can hardly have any grumblings with the outcome after scarcely laying a glove on the Hornets over the hour and a half.
The annihilation brings a keep running of two back to back successes to an end and means they could end the end of the week in the drop zone if the Saints get a point against Arsenal on Sunday, while Javi Garcia’s side incidentally jump Wolves into seventh.
Only two minutes after Ben Foster foiled an instinctual Oumar Niasse exertion, Watford progressed.
Deeney indicated radiant perseverance to hold the ball on the edge of the punishment territory before teeing up Deulofeu, who coolly opened into Neil Etheridge’s base right-hand corner from 20 yards.
The Cardiff goalkeeper got down well to palm away Deeney’s amazing drive before the half-hour mark, while the hosts were denied what resembled a specific punishment when Daryl Janmaat cut down Josh Murphy in the zone in the blink of an eye before the interim.
Any expectations Cardiff had of getting once more into the diversion were stifled soon after the hour as Deulofeu scored twice in two minutes.
His previously came after a flooding keep running from his own half, adjusting Etheridge to coolly space home, and he finished his cap trap with a luxurious chip over the Cardiff goalkeeper after Harry Arter had efficiently given the ball away in his own half.
The previous Barcelona man at that point turned supplier for Watford’s fourth following 73 minutes, teeing up Deeney to hammer home from 10 yards before Bamba packaged home from short proximity a little ways from time.
Gracia’s side had the last say, however, Deeney opening home from Will Hughes’ draw back in stoppage time to seal a critical away success.