THE Reds slumped to the foot of the Championship after their second 3-0 defeat in the space of five days on Saturday.

Hosts Watford took just five minutes to open the scoring through Cristian Battocchio, before Troy Deeney's 16th-minute strike all but sealed three points.

Barnsley - who are still three points from safety - rarely threatened the home side's dominance, who grabbed their third goal 15 minutes before the end through Alexander Merkel.

"The season is far from over but if they are going to start believing what people are writing about us it will be," manager Danny Wilson said.

"We've got to have a little cocoon around us and make sure we don't take it to heart and really believe we can stay up."

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