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Watford 4-1 Fulham

2nd April 2019, 22:05 by Gareth Freeman

Watford warmed up for their FA Cup semi-final in style as they condemned Fulham to the drop with a 4-1 win at Vicarage Road.

The Cottagers needed to avoid defeat if they were to delay their relegation but they found themselves 1-0 down midway through the first half after Abdoulaye Doucoure opened the scoring.

Will Hughes picked out Doucoure, who fired a shot into the bottom corner to give the Hornets the lead.

Ryan Babel levelled matters 10 minutes later as he weaved his way through the Watford defence and outfoxed Ben Foster in the Watford goal before slotting the ball home.

Fulham enjoyed the better of the chances after their equaliser in the first half but couldn't take advantage and Watford improved after the break.

The hosts regained the lead thanks to an awesome strike from Hughes, who smashed home a first time effort from Maxime Le Marchand's poor clearance giving visiting keeper Sergio Rico no chance.

Troy Deeney made it 3-1 soon after to end any hopes of a Fulham fight back and Kiko Femenia added a fourth with 15 minutes left on the clock as he finished off a swift counter attack.

Fulham will now begin plans for next season in the Championship and it remains to be seen if caretaker boss Scott Parker will be handed the chance to remain in charge on a permanent basis.

Watford are eighth with 46 points, one behind Wolves immediately above them ahead of Sunday's cup meeting between the two sides at Wembley.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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