Watford continued their impressive start to the Championship season by comfortably beating Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.
The three points means that the Hornets have now won all three of their home matches this term – with only goal-difference keeping them below second-placed Bristol City.
Vladimir Ivic’s made a lightning start on Wednesday evening and found themselves with breathing space inside 17 minutes thanks to goals from Joao Pedro and Tom Cleverley.
Ben Brereton reduced the arrears for Rovers just before the half-hour mark, before Darragh Lenihan’s own-goal early in the second-half made the points safe for Watford.
However, the Hornets needed the ever-reliable Ben Foster to ensure they avoided a nervy final quarter as the 37-year-old made a host of impressive stops, culminating in an outstanding save from Adam Armstrong’s 69th-minute penalty.
Foster was the subject of interest from both Chelsea and Everton during the transfer window, but remained at Vicarage Road, much to the delight of the Watford fans, who were thrilled with his performance against Blackburn last night.
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Take a look at some of their (and a few rivals) best reactions to his display below, including one fan who compared him to the great Manuel Neuer…
How on earth have we kept Ben Foster?
— Dom (@dombakerdb) October 21, 2020
Ben Foster playing like prime Neuer👍
— Naks🥤 (@TopBoyNaks) October 21, 2020
How we’ve managed to keep Ben Foster I will never know
— Aaron (@aaron_bennis10) October 21, 2020
Ben Foster, best keeper in the league, don’t tell me no different
— 🏴EnglandFlags🇬🇧 (@AllEnglandFlags) October 21, 2020
Ben Foster. What a keeper we have. #watfordfc
— WD18 (@WD18Fans) October 21, 2020
— Si Parris (@jessaroo12) October 22, 2020
God I love @BenFoster….my wife certainly does.
— Oldthumper7 (@Oldthumper7) October 21, 2020
Ben Foster, what a performance by him! Just wasn’t our night mate!
— Martin (@MartinoOo86) October 22, 2020
Mike, Jon and Colin do their best to do justice to a hugely entertaining fixture, with Ben Foster’s heroics and the increasingly impressive form of young João Pedro high on the agenda.
— From The Rookery End (@watfordpodcast) October 22, 2020
ben foster’s proven it for years how good he is, at the highest level. did you not see the masterclass he had last night, rafael could only dream of having that performance. it’s all well and good having a decent start to the season but doubt you’ll continue it
— ً (@doyoupoo) October 22, 2020