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Val Venosta Representative XI 0-5 Watford

Watford ran out comfortable winners in their first pre-season match of their training camp in northern Italy, beating a Val Venosta Representative side 5-0.

Fernando Forestieri, Daniel Pudil, Troy Deeney, scholar Carl Stewart and Britt Assombalonga got the goals for the Hornets, who made 10 changes at half-time.

Udinese centre-half Gabriele Angella was included in Head Coach Gianfranco Zola's first-half XI as the 'Orns lined up in a 3-5-2 formation once more.

Cristian Battocchio had a goal disallowed early on before Forestieri opened the scoring just after the quarter hour mark; Almen Abdi claiming the assist.

The lead was doubled 15 minutes later when Pudil drilled home a low shot to make it 2-0 to Watford.

Just before the referee blew for half-time, Deeney added Watford's third with a curling effort to send Zola's men into the break comfortably ahead.

Scholars Stewart and George Byers as well as first-year pro' Luke O'Nien were introduced at half-time along with Udinese players Diego Fabbrini and Marco Davide Faraoni.

It was Stewart who got the fourth 10 minutes after the re-start, benefiting from good play by Fabbrini.

With 14 minutes left to play, Assombalonga rounded off the scoring by bagging the fifth.

Watford:

First-half:
Bond; Doyley, Angella, Cassetti; Anya, Battocchio, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney.

Second-half: Bond (Wilks 65); O`Nien, Brown, Byers; Faraoni, Smith, Murray, Fabbrini, Stewart (Ikpeazu 65); Assombalonga, Mensah.

Watford have this morning tweeted to say Manuel Almunia will join up with the first-team squad at their training camp base in Italy having signed a one-year extension.

Watford's next friendly is against a South Tyrol Representative XI on Wednesday, July 10, kicking off at 17:00 BST.




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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 8 2013

Time: 10:55AM

Your Comments

No McGugan?? Is he injured??
watford1881
Good to see Fabbrini involved... I thought the news was he wasn't keen on a move to WD18 but things are looking promising on that front.
DrWatford
I'm guessing McGugan was injured or not quite there in terms of fitness. Good to see Fabbrini involved, indeed. I think he could prove a very handy addition assuming he wants to join.
wfc123
 

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