Watford finished the 2009/10 Championship season in 16th place after ending their six-month winless run away from home in emphatic style with a 4-0 win at Coventry City.

The Hornets had not won on the road since the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on October 17 but that run ended in style at the Ricoh Arena.

Two goals in as many minutes in the first half gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead at half time, after a Danny Graham penalty and a wonder strike from Henri Lansbury.

And two goals in four second-half minutes made it 4-0 as Graham finished the season with 14 goals and Marvin Sordell grabbed his first league goal.

Watford handed Michael Bryan his first start, with the tricky winger playing just off Graham due to Heidar Helguson's injury.

First year scholar Gavin Massey, who has been attracting interest from other clubs recently, was also on the bench for the first time.

Ross Jenkins was not risked and joined Helguson, Jay DeMerit and Will Buckley on the sidelines.

Coventry started the game on top but failed to break into the final third during the opening few minutes of possession.

Watford looked comfortable on the ball themselves though and were soon enjoying their own spell of possession inside the opponents half. But Lee Hodson wasted the first corner of the game after receiving the ball short and then Lansbury smashed a 25-yard free kick into the wall.

It was the home side who were first to have a real attempt at goal when Martin Crainie whipped in a decent cross but Aron Gunnarsson was unable to get his header on target.

The closest Watford came in the opening 20 minutes was a Don Cowie snap shot which went comfortably over the bar.

Coventry went close when a Clinton Morrison cross was headed back into the box by Stephen Wright and Gunnarsson headed goalwards once more, but this time Scott Loach was able to watch the ball go wide.

The Hornets had a good away following once again at the Ricoh Arena despite no away win since mid-October and they finally had something to cheer about when their side scored twice in as many minutes.

First great work from Cowie saw the Scotland international win the ball back from Leon Barnett inside Coventry's box and Graham was brought down in the box after his initial shot had been blocked.

Mark Halsey, who has just returned to refereeing after a battle with cancer, pointed to the spot and Graham put the ball into the top corner.

And a minute later it was two when Bryan kept the ball well on the halfway line for what must have been around 20 seconds and slid the ball to Lansbury, whose 30-yard strike flew past Keiren Westwood into the bottom corner.

Lansbury almost grabbed another soon after when Jon Harley's cross was cleared to the edge of the area and the on loan Arsenal midfielder's shot had to be gathered by Westwood at the second attempt.

Coventry were soon on top though and must have wondered how Loach wasn't forced into at least one save during a manic five minute spell.

Adrian Mariappa did well to block a Morrison shot, the resulting corner bounced three times in the box before someone made contact with the ball and then Richard Wood sliced wide from inside the box.

Michael McIndoe was next to have a shot blocked and Freddy Eastwood should have at least tested Loach when he sliced wide from eight yards out.

Ten minutes before the break Morrison headed wide from a pin-point David Bell cross and then Martin Taylor needed to make a last-ditch block on Eastwood after Loach failed to claim a cross.

However, the Hornets finished the half strongly and had a couple of chances to make it 3-0.

The best of which again fell to Lansbury as he found himself with just the keeper to beat ten yards out but Westwood saved well and then blocked his resulting cross.

John Eustace headed well wide from a Cowie cross and Bryan had a tame shot from 20 yards saved by Westwood as the half came to a close.

Coventry had started the match with wing backs in a 3-5-2 formation but Chris Coleman decided to revert back to the traditional 4-4-2 at half time and made one change, with Sammy Clingan making way for Carl Baker.

Five minutes into the second half Loach made his first save of the match as he tipped over a Morrison header but it proved irrelevant, as the striker was offside.

The striker almost scored a lovely goal minutes later though after a pull back from Eastwood, but his first-time effort went narrowly wide of the far post.

Watford were struggling to keep hold of possession early in the second half and Loach needed to be on his toes as he rushed out to dive at the feet of Morrison.

It was Loach's opposite number who made the save of the game just a minute later though to keep his side in the contest.

Harley did well to win the ball back inside Coventry's box and picked out the unmarked Cowie at the far post and the midfielder stretched to divert the ball goalwards, only for Westwood to acrobatically palm over.

City were certainly playing the better football though and a neat overlap from Wright and Bell saw the latter cross and Morrison head wide, although Loach never looked troubled.

The England Under-21 international also watched another Morrison shot good comfortably wide soon after.

Similar to at QPR, Malky Mackay brought on Sordell in the hope the young striker would improve his side's retention of the ball and attacking threat in the final third.

Watford won a free kick immediately after and Lansbury's shot was only a few inches over the bar, although Westwood had it covered.

The Coventry crowd were starting to get irritated as twice in quick succession the City players wasted chances to deliver into the box from set pieces.

Sordell's first impact was a good one. The striker picked up the ball in his own half and, after a moment where everyone stopped as the ball seemed to have gone out of play, he ran to the edge of the area and tried to shoot, but Barnett did enough to put him off and his effort went wide.

A first away win since October would have been special enough for the travelling fans but the Hornets supporters would have been in dreamland had Lloyd Doyley made decent contact on the ball as he shot wide from six yards out following a Harley cross.

Loach had dropped a cross under pressure in the first half and he did it again in the second but once again Taylor came to the rescue, scrambling the ball clear.

Watford had really struggled to keep hold of possession in the second half and rarely troubled Westwood but they made it 3-0 on 79 minutes.

A slick move saw Harley send in a low cross and Graham slid in to tap home from two yards out for his 14th of the season.

And two minutes later it was four. Sordell picked up the ball 25 yards out and twisted and turned before firing past Westwood at the near post.

The 19-year-old almost grabbed a stunning second moments later when Westwood came out of his box to clear and found Sordell but his 35-yard shot hit the roof of the net.

The four-goal cushion allowed Mackay to hand 17-year-old striker Massey his debut with five minutes remaining.

Neither side managed another attempt on goal as the game came to a close, not that the superb 1,879 travelling fans minded. Their side's winless run away from home has ended in emphatic fashion.

Coventry City: Westwood; Wright (Clarke 71), Barnett, Wood, Crainie, McIndoe; Gunnarsson, Clingan (Baker 45), Bell; Eastwood (Jeffers 71), Morrison.

Subs: Konstantopoulos, Hall, Hussey, Sears.

Watford: Loach; Hodson, Taylor, Mariappa, Doyley; Cowie, Lansbury, Eustace (McGinn 89), Harley; Bryan (Sordell 61), Graham (Massey 85).

Subs: Lee, Oshodi, Bennett, Henderson.

Attendance: 19,103 (1,879).

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Bookings: Eastwood.