Watford beaten by Manchester City

Watford suffered a 15th consecutive defeat at the hands of Manchester City, with a heavy 5-1 thrashing at the Etihad dealing another blow to their dwindling hopes of Premier League survival.

Before the match, Watford boss Roy Hodgson said he wanted his team to make themselves unpopular by reducing the chances of their hosts making the game an unsightly sight for the neutral.

However, it took City little time to find a way to goal, with Gabriel Jesus inflicting the first injury after just three minutes, before the league leaders continued to brush aside their visitors with disconcerting ease.

The Brazilian led a second shortly after, although the Hornets were able to give their traveling fans something to cheer about before things got too ugly when Hassane Kamara halved the deficit with his first goal for the club .

Any hope of a dramatic turnaround was quickly extinguished with Rodri’s hard-hitting effort sending the teams to the break with the score at 3-1.

Three became four immediately after the restart, with Jesus completing his hat trick from the penalty spot after being tripped by Ben Foster.

He then added his fourth and City’s fifth at the end of a counter attack as the hosts showed no mercy to their beleaguered guests.

Hodgson was forced to make two changes to the squad which were beaten by Brentford last weekend, with Kiko Femenia and Juraj Kucka both suffering minor knocks. Elsewhere, the manager opted to bring Joshua King back into the starting XI in place of Joao Pedro, who fell to the bench.

Even if the Hornets hadn’t been forced into any changes, it’s unlikely to have made much of a difference, with City rarely looking troubled throughout, particularly after the break.

While no one expected Watford to return from the Etihad with much, the way they were easily dispatched by the champions will still raise alarm bells ahead of a five-game slog that they will need something close. of a miracle in order to avoid relegation.

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