Watford’s squad gained valuable minutes in a 3-1 defeat to Brentford this afternoon.
The fixture, played at Watford’s London Colney training ground, allowed several members of the Under-23 and Under-18 sides to get experience against Premier League players.
Brentford took an early lead when Sergi Canos’ looping cross found Ivan Toney, who directed it downwards past Daniel Bachmann after seven minutes.
From there, both teams had spells of possession and chances on goal. Kwadwo Baah and Emmanuel Dennis found opportunities to drive forward from the wings, both testing Bees goalkeeper David Raya.
At the other end Tariqe Fosu had two chances on the left-hand side but on both occasions Bachmann prevented a goal, the second of which from close range.
Just before half-time Toney was fouled outside the 18-yard box. The striker doubled his tally from the resulting free-kick, firing the dead ball into the bottom right corner.