BOTH Watford and Millwall made impressive starts to the 2010/2011 Championship campaign. Going into the autumn fixture at the Den, Millwall, under Watford legend Kenny Jackett, sat just one point above the Hornets in the league table, and were protecting an unbeaten home record stretching back 17 games.
The statistics promised an exciting display, as Malky Mackay’s men came into the game unbeaten away from Vicarage Road since the start of the season.
And Watford put in a memorable performance in south London, in what was, and still is, the club’s highest league win away from home.
Two goals early on from John Eustace and on-loan Birmingham midfielder Jordan Mutch stunned the hosts, leaving the Golden Boys 2-0 up after 15 minutes.
And just before the half-time interval, Marvin Sordell stretched Watford’s lead, his rushed finish finding its way past David Forde.
Watford came out in the second-half full of confidence after their first-half display, and extended their lead in the 54 minute through a well-placed header from Adrian Mariappa.
Millwall fought on, and pulled one back soon after through midfielder Liam Trotter, but it was ultimately to be the away supporters celebrating come the final whistle.
Striker Danny Graham produced a powerful strike to make it 5-1, before central defender Martin Taylor produced an almost carbon copy of Mariappa’s finish to cap things off.
Line-up that day: Loach; A Taylor, Mariappa, M Taylor, Doyley; Eustace, Cowie, Buckley, Mutch; Graham, Sordell.
Did you know?
Fact: The victory at the Den was Watford’s biggest away from home in 112 years, when they beat Old St Stephens by the same score line in 1898.
Fact: Adrian Mariappa scored his third of only four Watford goals in over 200 appearances that day, the other three coming against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Leicester.