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Encouraging signs for victorious Hornets

WATFORD fans were given an encouraging glimpse of the future on Easter Monday (April 21) when a much-changed Hornets' side deservedly overcame Derby County 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

Worcester News: Jason Norvill in action against Derby County. Picture: Jane Parr. Jason Norvill in action against Derby County. Picture: Jane Parr.

Ray Lewington made ten changes from the side that lost at Bradford City two days previously, with Jerel Ifil handed a first-team debut, and fellow youngsters Richard Lee, Lloyd Doyley, Jamie Hand and Jason Norville all in the starting XI. However, all performed with credit, playing some good stuff as Watford were unfortunate to finish with more than two goals to show for their efforts.

The first arrived in impressive fashion after 17 minutes when Paolo Vernazza's fine long ball released Stpehen Glass on the left. His first-time cross looked to be too long for Michael Chopra, but the on-loan striker showed admirable technique, cracking a first-time volley over keeper Lee Grant to sign off with a goal beore returning to Newcastle United.

Fabrizio Ravanelli headed against the bar for Derby and Chopra headed a gilt-edged opening wide, before the Hornets finally made the points safe with six minutes later.

Scott Fitzgerald, who, along with Sam Swonnell, made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute, won a tackle in midfield, and Anthony McNamee rode a tackle before accelerating into the area where he laid an inch-perfect cross on for Neal Ardley to slam the ball into the net without breaking stride.

Watford: Lee; Doyley, Ifil, Gayle, Robinson; Ardley, Vernazza, Hand, Glass; Chopra, Norville. Substitutes: McNamee for Glass and Fitzgerald for Chopra after 80 mins; Swonnell for Vernazza after 84 mins; J. Smith and Chamberlain not used.

Full report to follow tomorrow...

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