League Two Bradford knocked Watford out of the Capital One Cup as Garry Thompson struck a dramatic late winner.

Former Celta Vigo winger Ikechi Anya put Watford ahead in the 71st minute with a 25-yard effort.

Bradford equalised with six minutes remaining when the hosts failed to clear a long ball into the area and Kyel Reid lashed home.

And, with the game heading to extra time, Thompson drilled home the winner to put the Championship side out.

Gianfranco Zola made nine changes to his Watford side and initially they struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Alan Connell gave the home side a scare in the 18th minute when his shot came back off the post, while Zavon Hines was denied a penalty when Martin Taylor clipped his legs as he attempted to put in the rebound.

It was the Hornets who took the lead, however, with less than 20 minutes remaining when Anya's half volley from distance flew beyond Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin.

But Bradford levelled when Reid fired home after Watford had failed to clear before Thompson stole victory three minutes into stoppage time with an effort from 15 yards.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola: "What can I say. It's tough to take it in but you have to accept it.

"I was pleased with the performance - nothing to say to my players - it was just a pity the end was like that. But other than that, it's been a good game for us.

"I believe we played the game the way we had to play and to be honest, we deserved more than that but that's the cruelty of football sometimes. You have two set-plays and they can change the game."

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson: "I thought the lads were terrific tonight. It was a really difficult game coming here and as it got nearer to it we started relishing it more and more.

"I made a few changes, some enforced, a few in terms of thinking about the bigger picture and I thought the lads who came in played really well for us tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 30 Bond
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 05 Taylor
  • 29 Thompson
  • 08 Hogg (Abdi - 77' )
  • 11 Forsyth
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 21 Anya (Murray - 79' )
  • 37 Mujangi Bia (Vydra - 57' )
  • 13 Beleck

Substitutes

  • 01 Almunia
  • 12 Doyley
  • 16 Murray
  • 22 Abdi
  • 20 Vydra
  • 25 Garner
  • 27 Cassetti

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Meredith (Hanson - 76' )
  • 06 Oliver
  • 16 McHugh
  • 23 McArdle
  • 11 Thompson
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 18 Jones (Doyle - 61' )
  • 17 Connell
  • 20 Hines (Reid - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Duke
  • 07 Reid
  • 24 Doyle
  • 31 Bass
  • 09 Hanson
  • 10 Hannah
  • 19 Baker
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 5,560

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

4 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:57 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Thompson - Watford 1 - 2 Bradford Garry Thompson scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-2 Bradford.

90:00 +3:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Hanson by Martin Taylor. Kyel Reid restarts play with the free kick,

90:00 +2:28

Corner from right by-line taken by Craig Forsyth.

90:00 +2:04

Carl Dickinson takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

90:00 +0:51

James Hanson delivers the ball.

90:00 +0:01

Craig Forsyth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Thompson. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

88:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Hanson. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

85:28

Lee Hodson fouled by Kyel Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Dickinson takes the direct free kick.

83:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Kyel Reid - Watford 1 - 1 Bradford Kyel Reid finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Watford 1-1 Bradford.

83:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Thompson on Alan Connell. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

81:05

Craig Forsyth sends in a cross.

80:30

Foul by Garry Thompson on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

78:33 Substitution

Substitution Sean Murray comes on in place of Ikechi Anya.

78:33

Nathan Doyle takes a shot.

78:10

Almen Abdi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.

78:00

A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson.

77:12

Unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth by James Hanson results in a free kick. Carl Dickinson restarts play with the free kick.

76:39 Substitution

Substitution Almen Abdi replaces Jonathan Hogg.

75:15

Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.

75:15 Substitution

Substitution James Hanson is brought on as a substitute for James Meredith.

75:15

Will Atkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg.

71:29

Alan Connell delivers the ball, clearance by Jonathan Hogg.

70:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Ikechi Anya - Watford 1 - 0 Bradford A goal is scored by Ikechi Anya from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Bradford.

69:14

Garry Thompson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.

66:00

A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson, Stephen Darby makes a clearance.

64:48

Short corner taken by Matej Vydra.

64:37

The ball is swung over by Craig Forsyth, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.

63:19

Centre by Stephen Darby, Lee Hodson manages to make a clearance.

62:18

Shot by Ikechi Anya from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

61:34

Garry Thompson is caught offside. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.

60:41 Substitution

Substitution Gary Jones goes off and Nathan Doyle comes on.

59:59

Matej Vydra takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gary Jones makes a clearance.

58:56 Substitution

Substitution Kyel Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Zavon Hines.

58:36

The ball is swung over by Craig Forsyth.

56:37

Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

56:37 Substitution

Substitution Matej Vydra on for Geoffrey Mujangi Bia.

56:37

Garry Thompson challenges Adam Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

55:37

The referee blows for offside. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

53:32

Craig Forsyth takes the inswinging corner, Carl McHugh makes a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by Lee Hodson misses to the right of the goal.

51:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Forsyth on Zavon Hines. Direct free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

49:39

Corner taken by Craig Forsyth from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.

48:53

Garry Thompson delivers the ball.

47:53

The ball is delivered by Ikechi Anya, save by Jon McLaughlin.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:42

Corner taken by Gary Jones. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the right by-line.

43:29

Zavon Hines delivers the ball, clearance by Carl Dickinson.

42:46

The ball is crossed by Craig Forsyth, clearance by Stephen Darby.

41:26

The ball is sent over by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, clearance by Rory McArdle. Craig Forsyth delivers the ball in from the corner, Stephen Darby manages to make a clearance.

37:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Ikechi Anya. Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

35:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, save made by Jonathan Bond.

35:07

Garry Thompson takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Bond.

34:35

The official flags Steve Beleck offside. Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

32:30

Geoffrey Mujangi Bia takes a short corner.

32:07

Steve Beleck takes a shot. Jon McLaughlin makes a save.

29:19

Shot from outside the area by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia misses to the left of the target.

27:24

A cross is delivered by Craig Forsyth, clearance made by Stephen Darby. The official flags Ikechi Anya offside. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.

25:45

Craig Forsyth produces a cross, save by Jon McLaughlin.

24:27

Corner crossed in by Craig Forsyth, Jon McLaughlin makes a save.

24:12

Lee Hodson sends in a cross.

22:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Garry Thompson. Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.

22:14

Unfair challenge on Alan Connell by Adam Thompson results in a free kick. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

20:30

The ball is sent over by Craig Forsyth.

17:21

A cross is delivered by Zavon Hines, Effort from inside the penalty area by Alan Connell hits the post.

15:41

Geoffrey Mujangi Bia fouled by Rory McArdle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Carl Dickinson from right channel, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.

13:01

Zavon Hines challenges Ikechi Anya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, Luke Oliver makes a clearance.

12:50

The ball is delivered by Ikechi Anya, Stephen Darby gets a block in.

10:59

The ball is swung over by Gary Jones, Lee Hodson manages to make a clearance.

10:34

Unfair challenge on Gary Jones by Jonathan Hogg results in a free kick. Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.

9:36

Steve Beleck concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.

4:54

Lee Hodson takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.

2:56

Geoffrey Mujangi Bia fouled by Carl McHugh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Hodson.

1:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Alan Connell. Gary Jones takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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