Watford’s dwindling Premier League survival hopes suffered another blow as a terrible 21-minute opener saw them comfortably beaten at Wolves.
A 4-0 loss at Molineux leaves Watford with just one win in their last 16 Premier League outings, with Roy Hodgson’s side three points from safety with 10 games remaining.
17th-placed Everton have a superior goal difference and three games in hand with an early strike from Raul Jimenez, an own goal from Cucho Hernandez and an effort from Daniel Podence saw Wolves roll with less than a quarter of the game – and a nice chip from Ruben Neves rounded off a commanding display late.
Three rebound losses for the home side never seemed to become four as they remain hopeful of securing European qualification at the end of the season.
Hodgson took his cap off at the trio of goals scored by Arsenal to defeat Watford on Sunday – but here he shook his head in disbelief.
With their fate looking all but sealed, a trip to Molineux actually offered the Hornets a chance to get back into the fight, having taken 12 points on their trips this term against a paltry seven at home.
Wolves have also struggled in front of their own fans, scoring just 10 goals in their 13 home league games until Watford came to town.
Jimenez had all the time he needed to control a pass from attacking partner Hwang Hee-chan and convert from just six yards to open the scoring with 13 minutes on the clock.
Eight minutes later and the game was well beyond Watford, Hernandez obediently deflecting a cross from Rayan Ait-Nouri into his own goal before goalkeeper Ben Foster kicked his lines from a clearance and presented the ball to Podence, who made no mistake at 25 yards.
Hodgson responded by replacing Kiko Femenia with Christian Kabasele and that stemmed the hosts’ tide as Joshua King squandered a decent chance to give Watford a glimmer of hope.
Foster, with the full force of the South Bank Wolves fans now on his back, again found Podence with an errant clearance, but this time the striker couldn’t pick up a shot over the goalkeeper. goal from 40 yards.
Almost every chance presented itself to the home side as substitutes Pedro Neto and Fabio Silva were close to extending the lead.
Wolves would strike again in the closing stages, with Neves deftly controlling the ball from the edge of the box before firing a perfect finish at Foster.