Barnsley manager Keith Hill believes Watford could achieve promotion this season and described today’s 4-1 victory as the best display this season.

Goals from Troy Deeney (2), Mark Yeates and Matej Vydra meant Watford were 4-0 up before a Joel Ekstrand error handed Barnsley a consolation in injury time.

When asked if he thought Watford could secure promotion this season, Hill replied: “There’s a possibility. That’s the best performance I’ve seen from an opposition team against us. I thought they were excellent in every department.”

On his own team’s performance, he added: “There was nothing even about it. We rode our luck with respect to the first half. We made some horrendous decisions in and out of possession. The best team won and I’ve got to congratulate Gianfranco because I think he’s got an excellent side.

“We were very susceptible. We looked weak against the opposition so I don’t think we were ever in the game. Individually and collectively, we weren’t cohesive today, with and without the ball.”