Sammon rises to the occasion for Rams
Conor Sammon scored his first goal for Derby on his home debut taking advantage of Watford's defensive frailties in a 5-1 win.
Rams skipper Richard Keogh headed his side in front before Jeff Hendrick and Sammon made it three. Highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes and the lively Jamie Ward then completed the rout, while Matej Vydra grabbed a consolation for the Hornets.
After a cagey start Derby started to get into their stride and they took the lead after 15 minutes when Ward swung in a free-kick which skipper Keogh headed home from six yards out. Derby doubled their lead after 36 minutes when Jonathan Hogg fouled Sammon and Paul Coutts delivered an inviting free-kick which Hendrick headed beyond Manuel Almunia.
Sammon added Derby's third goal two minutes before half-time, outmuscling Carl Dickinson and producing a delightful chipped finish over Almunia to leave Watford reeling. England Under-17 midfielder Hughes was then on hand to score from close range before Ward added emphasis to the scoreline with a fifth.
Two of Watford's summer signings combined to get the visitors on the scoresheet after 73 minutes when Ikechi Anya picked out Vydra, who slotted home with his right foot. But Derby were out of sight by then and they have now scored 12 goals in their first three home games of the season.