Photograph by Alan Cozzi

Photograph by Alan Cozzi

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Kenny Jackett won’t forget his first match as a manager against his old club in a hurry.

Watford handed Millwall a good old-fashioned hammering. It was one of those magical performances that leaves supporters wondering where it came from and why it doesn’t happen every week.

From the start, the Hornets were rampant, attacking with the sort of pace that suggested they wanted to score as many as possible and get the match over and done with.

John Eustace started the ball rolling, bundling in Don Cowie’s corner. Six minutes later Jordon Mutch struck a searing shot and in injury time at the end of the first half Marvin Sordell tapped in the third.

Watford didn’t stop there. Adrian Mariappa headed another Cowie corner before the Lions grabbed what was already a mere consolation goal.

Danny Graham got his goal before Martin Taylor rounded off the rout and sent the away fans to heaven.

There were six different scorers – the first time that had happened since the win over Bradford in 1989 – but all 14  Hornets were heroes at the New Den.

Watford Loach, A Taylor (Hodson 70), M Taylor, Mariappa, Doyley, Eustace, Cowie, Buckley (McGinn 60), Mutch, Graham, Sordell (Deeney 68)
Manager Malky Mackay
Scorers Eustace 7, Mutch 13, Sordell 45, Mariappa 54, Graham 77, M Taylor 90
Millwall scorer Trotter 56
Attendance 12,562

Why was this match chosen? Millwall can be a horrible place to go so to score six really was a pleasant change from being glowered at on the cold walk (it's always cold!) to and from the station. The sun even shone.

How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? Six goals, six different scorers, there was a lot to like about Malky Mackay's team on its day. Danny Graham and John Eustace in particular were all-action and committed players and this was an unexpected and joyous hammering.