Watford 3-0 Coventry City
Watford won for the first time since April and relieved some off the pressure on boss Javi Gracia as they swept Coventry aside in the Carabao Cup second round.
Watford made 11 changes, handing first starts to summer arrivals Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr, and took their time to get into their stride.
The Hornets initially struggled to find a way through a stubborn Coventry side, Welbeck blasting over before the breakthrough came in the 37th minute.
It was record signing Sarr who broke the deadlock after was played through on goal via an Isaac Success’ defence-splitting pass, making no mistake as he slotted his effort past goalkeeper Ben Wilson.
Coventry started the second half brightly but Daryl Janmaat’s first goal in 18 months moved them a step closer to round three, the Dutchman cutting in past one defender and curling the ball into the far corner in the 56th minute.
Adalberto Penaranda stepped off the bench to make his mark in the 69th minute with a wonderful solo goal, taking advantage of the Sky Blues’ defence backing off to curl in the third from 25 yards.
The victory will go somewhere to relieving the pressure on Gracia after three straight Premier League defeats to start the season and they’ll hope to get off the mark when they head to Newcastle on Saturday.