Watford tightened his hold on second place in the championship when they scored four goals against relegated Rotherham

Francisco Sierralta gave the Hornets an early header before Ismaila Sarr’s instinctive finish and Ken Sema volley before halftime put them on track for the fourth straight year

Rotherham saw a Michael Smith penalty saved by Daniel Bachmann early in the second half before Freddie Ladapo gave the hosts hope for a comeback with an excellent solo run and hit

But that proved short-lived when substitute Dan Gosling scored Watford’s fourth goal after the restart when he took the rebound after Andre Gray’s shot was saved by Jamal Blackman

Watford has won eight of his last nine games while Rotherham’s first return in 13 days after postponing his last three games due to a coronavirus outbreak was still third from the bottom

The Millers, whose manager Paul Warne was also absent from the contact line while continuing to isolate himself due to the three recorded cases, have only won once in the last seven games

Watford’s place in second place was reinforced when the Bournemouth-lost competitors Swansea City and Brentford in Derby County tied

The Xisco Munoz team got off to a quick start at New York Stadium Sierralta made up for an own goal he scored in Cardiff on Saturday by hitting the right end of Philip Zinckernagel’s cross

Sarr doubled his lead in the middle of the first half and was the quickest to react to a shot from Nathaniel Chalobah that Blackman couldn’t put Rotherham’s appeal for offside went unnoticed when Sarr shot the top of the net

Just before the break, Sema commanded the visitors from Zinckernagel’s lower corner with a fair bit of control on his chest and knees before he struck a nice low volley into the lower right corner with his left foot

Rotherham missed a chance to get back into the game early in the second half when top scorer Smith failed to convert after a foul by William Troost-Ekong

Although Ladapo found the net end with his second goal in as many games from outside the box, Watford punished his hosts almost immediately for the fourth time

Midfielder Gosling received an easy finish with his first touch to make the result unequivocal

“It was a very difficult night, but I am disappointed with the nature of the goals and disappointed that I conceded from the second phase of the set game

“But in terms of the difficulty of the past two weeks, the fact that we even got the game ahead of us and played it and the players gave all they got, we could have come up with something fell to us at some point

“We knew how Watford was going to play, but tonight everything just felt a little strange. It’s been a long time without the guys getting a proper training

“Finishing the game and getting into the people for a few minutes is one thing tonight and we just have to move on and we have to move on quickly”

“We’re building something and even though I was happy with this game and it was an amazing achievement, we can still do better

“We have had situations in the game where we were out of control and you have to deal with different styles of play in the championship

“We also scored four goals but could have had more and we have to continue our hard work during training week because we are very ambitious”

Attempt missed Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box, but a direct free kick is a bit too high

Attempt saved Andre Gray’s (Watford) header from the center of the penalty area is saved in the middle of the goal. Prepared by Adam Masina with a cross

Attempt missed Andre Gray (Watford) right-footed shot from the center of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Isaac Success

Attempt missed The close-up header from Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) is a little too high. Prepared by Daniel Barlaser with a cross after a corner

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56329360