Watford won at the London Colney training base on Saturday, with Ismaila Sarr (two), Emmanuel Dennis and Yaser Asprilla on target, and Ryan Tafazolli netting for Wycombe in a 4-1 win for the hosts.

The Hornets opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, with Ismaila Sarr slotting home from the penalty spot following a foul in the box.

But the Championship side failed to capitalise on their early dominance and Wanderers were unfortunate to be behind at the break, with Chris Forino, Garath McCleary and Sam Vokes (twice) going close.

Super Eagles number one keeper Maduka Okoye climbed off the bench at the break.

Tyla Dickinson made a superb save to deny Emmanuel Dennis early in the second period, but could do nothing about Sarr’s second of the game soon after, with the striker rolling home after intercepting a loose pass.

It was 3-0 soon after, with Dennis finding the net from close range after Joao Pedro’s shot was saved.

Winger Samuel Kalu also had a feel of the action shortly after Dennis scored.

Only a fine save from Dickinson denied Sarr a hat-trick, although the keeper took a whack to the face in the process and left the field, with a succession of substitutes coming on.

Tafazolli found the net with a swept effort after Ali Al-Hamadi cut the ball back from Joe Jacobson’s deep cross, and David Wheeler went close twice late on with a deflected strike which crept wide and a powerful drive just over the top.

Midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru was thrown in the fray with some minutes left on the clock.

Watford wrapped up the win with a fourth goal late on with Yaser Asprilla slamming home from a cut-back from the right.


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