New Watford manager Slaven Bilic got off to a sensational winning start as his rampant Hornets side scored four goals at Stoke.
Ismaila Sarr earned Watford a deserved half-time lead when he evaded the linesman’s flag to controversially head home from 12 yards.
But there was no doubt about any of the other Watford goals as the visitors snuffed out any hopes of a second-half rally when they scored three times in the final half-hour.
Ken Sema got a close-range second on 64 minutes, before Keinan Davis and Vakoun Bayo wrapped up their biggest win in 18 months.
For Alex Neil’s hapless Potters, it was the biggest defeat since Stoke returned to the Championship in 2018 – having last shipped four on home soil in September 2017 against Chelsea, who then won the return 5-0 at Stamford Bridge three months later.
More to follow.
- 24Fosu-HenryBooked at 14mins
- 20SterlingSubstituted forClarkeat 77′minutes
- 17DelapBooked at 52mins
- 11GayleSubstituted forCampbellat 72′minutes
- 1BachmannBooked at 32mins
- 3Pérez Martínez
- 31SierraltaBooked at 69mins
- 4ChoudhuryBooked at 90mins
- 23SarrSubstituted forBayoat 81′minutes
- 18AsprillaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forLouzaat 59′minutes
- 12SemaBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHungboat 87′minutes
- 7DavisSubstituted forGoslingat 87′minutes
- Josh Smith
Match ends, Stoke City 0, Watford 4.
Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Watford 4.
Hamza Choudhury (Watford) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).
Liam Delap (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Hamza Choudhury (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by William Smallbone (Stoke City).
Joseph Hungbo (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Wilmot (Stoke City).
Substitution, Watford. Dan Gosling replaces Keinan Davis.
Substitution, Watford. Joseph Hungbo replaces Ken Sema.
Offside, Watford. Hamza Choudhury tries a through ball, but Vakoun Issouf Bayo is caught offside.
Goal! Stoke City 0, Watford 4. Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Imrân Louza with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Josh Laurent.
Attempt saved. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Baker.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aden Flint.
Substitution, Watford. Vakoun Issouf Bayo replaces Ismaïla Sarr.
Attempt missed. Imrân Louza (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ken Sema with a cross.
Goal! Stoke City 0, Watford 3. Keinan Davis (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ismaïla Sarr.
Substitution, Stoke City. Harry Clarke replaces Dujon Sterling.