MATCH REPORT: St Albans City 0-4 Watford
It was a bright opening to the game for the Premier League newcomers, with recently recruited Capoue involved heavily from the onset.
Capoue linked-up well with Pudil on the left-hand side, before the latter delivered a cross that only needed the slightest of touches from Deeney to send it goal-bound.
Abdi and Forestieri were next to try their luck, with them both hitting the target, as Saints stopper Ashley Jones was called into action once more.
Looking for a goal that they would deserve for their early dominance, Forestieri came close to providing that with a low-drilled strike that crashed into the side-netting.
The Saints responded with a couple of chances of their own as the game approached the half-hour mark, with Lewis Hilliard seeing two efforts narrowly miss the target, including a volley which was tremendously met at the far-post, after a deep cross from Rod Young.
After a brief Saints revival, the Hornets found their stride once more and took the lead through Nigerian striker Ighalo.
Abdi and Anya combined well, and the winger’s cross was met at the back-post by Pudil, who sent it back across to Ighalo to open the scoring.
Watford’s lead was doubled a minute later when Capoue played through Ighalo, who swivelled and sent a curling effort into the far left corner.
A third for the Golden Boys was nearly added just prior to the break, with skipper Deeney sending a volley from distance just over the Saints goal.
Five changes at the interval freshened things up for the Hornets, including Arlauskis and Prodl entering the field, as well as the returning Matej Vydra.
Around the numerous substitutions being made, the Hornets continued to come forward in the search of goals, with Deeney seeing an effort deflected over, before Abdi drilled a strike wide of the target.
Substitute Lloyd Dyer nearly scored the third after he rounded the keeper, only to see his effort cleared off the line. However the clearance was tame and Deeney was there to follow up and rifle home.
Lithuania’s number one Arlauskis was given his first test as Hornets keeper minutes later, with a superb reflex save to deny Saints centre-half Darren Locke from point blank range.
Arlauskis was called into action once more to prevent Billy Medlock’s shot with his feet, after he went for goal from a tight angle.
With the clock running down, there was time for the Hornets to add a fourth with Smith’s deflected drive looping into the far corner, leaving Jones helpless in the Saints net.
HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Anya, Angella, Cathcart, Pudil; Watson, Capoue; Forestieri, Abdi, Ighalo; Deeney (c).
HORNETS (Second-half): Arlauskis (GK), Anya (Paredes, 73), Prodl, Catchcart (Belkalem, 60), Hoban; Capoue (Smith, 53), McGugan, Forestieri (Dyer, 55), Abdi (Lewis, 67), Vydra, Deeney (c) (Byers, 83).
Subs not used: Gilmartin (GK), Young, Doherty, Martin, Fabbrini.
SAINTS: Jones (GK); Kyriacou, Chappell, Comley, Longe-King; Beckles, Green, Allen, Hilliard, Young; Bishop.
SAINTS (Second-half): Jones (GK), Hall, Comley, Locke, Corocan; Richens, Wales, Medlock, Ngoyi, Malcolm
Subs not used: Alexander (GK)
REFEREE: David Rock