Jim Magilton felt that his Ipswich Town side's 6-0 Championship demolition of Bristol City on Saturday was down to their flying start to the match.
Ipswich were two goals up within 15 minutes through Jon Walters and a David Wright header. Tommy Miller then slotted home a 47th minute penalty after Bradley Orr was shown a straight red card for bringing down substitute Danny Haynes – and then Walters took centre stage grabbing a hat-trick. He hit the fourth goal in the 53rd minute, teed up Pablo Counago for the fifth and then netted his third in the 72nd minute.
"We knew we had to start brightly and not allow them to settle into a pattern or routine," Magilton said. "They have come up from League One and been very good on their travels – but we started very quickly.
"With them going down to 10 men, it can be a tricky situation. But we passed the ball well and fluently and it was a good day at the office."
The Watford manager, Adrian Boothroyd, believes that his side are better in possession now then when they were in the Premier League last season.
Boothroyd's side maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Championship with a 2-2 draw at home to Colchester.
"If you look at the way we played when we were in the Premier League and the way we play now we are better with the ball now," Boothroyd said. "We would get it and then give it away higher up the pitch but we look at it now and we have that ability to retain possession."
Watford took a fourth-minute lead through winger Adam Johnson before goals from Colchester strikers Clive Platt and Kevin Lisbie put the visitors ahead. Marlon King then missed a second-half penalty for the Hornets before equalising with an overhead kick.Reuse content