Marvin Sordell continued his excellent recent form as Watford beat Ipswich 2-1 to move into third in the npower Championship table.
The visitors bossed the opening 40 minutes of an open game at a freezing Vicarage Road before the Hornets took control with two goals in two minutes before the break.
Stephen McGinn opened the scoring as a long throw was headed on at the near post by Martin Taylor, leaving the midfielder with the simple task of volleying home from the six-yard line.
Sordell then struck his sixth league goal in his last eight appearances when he rose magnificently to head on-loan left-back Andrew Taylor's cross home.
David Norris headed in for the visitors after Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach failed to clear a dangerous set-piece to reduce the arrears.
And Roy Keane's men almost grabbed an equaliser in the dying moments when substitute Ronan Murray touched in a Grant Leadbitter set-piece but the linesman's flag was already raised.