Premier League Norwich avoided an upset as Gary Hooper scored late in normal and extra-time on his first start to see off Watford in the Capital One Cup.

Javier Acuna's first Watford goal and Marco Faraoni's 25-yard effort left Norwich teetering.

But substitute Josh Murphy rifled home the game's third superb goal, and Hooper flicked home Nathan Redmond's cross in the 95th minute.

Johan Elmander went close before Hooper poked in to complete Norwich's escape.

Hooper, who arrived at Carrow Road in a £5m move this summer, scored 31 goals in 51 games for Celtic last season, but has been behind Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Elmander in manager Chris Hughton's selections so far this season.

Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper, who signed for Celtic from Scunthorpe for £2.4m in 2010, was described as the best striker the club had had since Swedish legend Henrik Larsson by manager Neil Lennon.

But his boss was mightily relieved by Hooper's goals, the first of which arrived with Norwich just moments from a fourth defeat of the season.

A quiet opening 20 minutes gave little sign of the drama to come with the lively Nathan Redmond's shot the only effort of note.

But the game burst into life with Acuna, a summer signing from Girona, smashing a fierce drive beyond goalkeeper Mark Bunn.

Bradley Johnson headed against the bar as the visitors pushed for a response, but Acuna also went close with space easy to come by among the Norwich defence.

Norwich's introduction of Elmander at the expense of full-back Javier Garrido further opened up the game and Diego Fabbrini and substitute Troy Deeney went close before Faraoni blasted in.

Despite Murphy finding the net via the underside of the crossbar, Watford seemed set to preserve their unbeaten home record this season as the game ticked into injury time.

But Hooper glanced home in the fifth and final minute of injury time to prompt relieved celebrations on the visiting bench.

Both sides had chances to win it with Deeney and Martin Olsson going close at opposite ends, but Hooper, sprung by a pass from fellow summer signing Leroy Fer, kept his head to stroke the ball between goalkeeper Jonathan Bond's legs.

Deeney, who scored a dramatic late goal to send Watford to the play-off final last season, came close to adding another twist to the tale, but Mark Bunn kept out his effort.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola: "It is a crushing feeling of course.

"We were winning a game and deserving to against Premier League opposition.

"But this game is about the attention you put in at crucial moments and that is the learning side for us."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton on Gary Hooper: "He is a finisher.

"I'm probably as delighted that he has got 120 minutes under his belt as I am with the goals.

"He is used to scoring but with all strikers it is about the service they get and showing a little bit of quality when they can.

"Both goals showed great movement, and it was a super ball from Leroy Fer for the third.

"Even in that second half of extra time I was looking at how he was running and he was fine."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 30 Bond
  • 05 Belkalem
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 08 McEachran (Smith - 39' Booked )
  • 16 Murray
  • 18 Pudil Booked
  • 19 Faraoni
  • 15 Acuna (Deeney - 52' Booked )
  • 20 Fabbrini (Forestieri - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Woods
  • 02 Brown
  • 10 McGugan
  • 09 Deeney
  • 11 Forestieri
  • 21 Anya
  • 28 Smith

Norwich City

  • 13 Bunn Booked
  • 02 Martin
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 18 Garrido (Elmander - 46' Booked )
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 04 Johnson (Jo Murphy - 67' )
  • 22 Redmond
  • 23 Olsson
  • 27 Tettey Booked
  • 11 Hooper
  • 14 Hoolahan (Fer - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Nash
  • 06 Turner
  • 08 Howson
  • 10 Fer
  • 31 Jo Murphy
  • 16 Elmander
  • 19 Becchio
Ref: Stephen Martin
Att: 11,178

Match Stats

Shots

18 12

On target

14 6

Corners

4 16

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

120:00 +2:55

The match is over.

120:00 +1:57

Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

120:00 +1:44

Fernando Forestieri challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick.

120:00 +0:40

Clearance made by Ryan Bennett.

120:00 +0:39

Josh Murphy has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

120:00 +0:36

Corner taken by Sean Murray.

120:00 +0:08

Booking for Mark Bunn for unsporting behaviour.

120:00 +0:08 Booking

Booking

119:57

Daniel Pudil is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

119:57 Booking

Booking

119:20

The referee cautions Troy Deeney for unsporting behaviour.

119:20 Booking

Booking

119:02

The referee cautions Johan Elmander for unsporting behaviour.

119:02 Booking

Booking

117:32

Marco Cassetti has a headed effort at goal. Mark Bunn turns it away with a finger tip save.

117:28

Corner taken by Sean Murray.

117:11

Troy Deeney heads at goal.

117:02

Centre by Connor Smith.

114:30

Assist on the goal came from Leroy Fer.

114:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Hooper - Watford 2 - 3 Norwich Gary Hooper scores with their right foot. Watford 2-3 Norwich.

113:51

Shot by Troy Deeney.

112:25

Centre by Josh Murphy.

111:23

Essaid Belkalem crosses the ball in from the free kick.

111:13

Foul by Leroy Fer on Sean Murray, free kick awarded.

110:21

Essaid Belkalem manages to make a clearance.

110:14

Centre by Nathan Redmond.

108:11

Daniel Pudil gets a header at goal.

106:51

Clearance made by Essaid Belkalem.

106:45

The ball is crossed by Nathan Redmond.

106:36

Clearance by Daniel Pudil.

106:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

106:13

Nathan Redmond crosses the ball.

105:01

The referee starts the second half of extra time.

103:49

Cristian Battocchio manages to make a clearance.

103:43

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the right by-line.

103:27

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker.

99:53

The ball is swung over by Josh Murphy.

99:09

A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson.

97:43

Header at goal by Russell Martin misses left of the target.

97:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

97:19

Nathan Redmond sends in a cross.

94:19

Troy Deeney has an effort at goal.

93:09

Troy Deeney makes a clearance.

93:03

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

91:46

Marco Cassetti makes a clearance.

91:41

Corner taken by Josh Murphy from the left by-line.

91:27

A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond.

91:17

Marco Cassetti manages to make a clearance.

91:12

The ball is swung over by Nathan Redmond.

90:00 +4:51

Normal time is of over and the game goes into extra time.

90:00 +4:19

The assist for the goal came from Nathan Redmond.

90:00 +4:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Hooper - Watford 2 - 2 Norwich Gary Hooper scores. Watford 2-2 Norwich.

90:00 +3:58

The ball is swung over by Nathan Redmond.

90:00 +3:42

Free kick taken by Ryan Bennett.

90:00 +3:34

Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Troy Deeney results in a free kick.

90:00 +2:56

Russell Martin crosses the ball.

90:00 +2:22

Essaid Belkalem manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:20

A cross is delivered by Josh Murphy.

90:00 +2:02

Marco Faraoni makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:59

The ball is delivered by Leroy Fer.

90:00 +0:35

Free kick taken by Essaid Belkalem.

90:00 +0:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Murphy on Daniel Pudil.

90:00 +0:04

Joel Ekstrand manages to make a clearance.

88:07

Joel Ekstrand makes a clearance.

88:02

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the right by-line.

87:31

Jonathan Bond makes a clearance.

87:24

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the right by-line.

87:14

Nathan Redmond sends in a cross.

86:05

Essaid Belkalem takes the free kick.

85:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexander Tettey on Fernando Forestieri.

85:21 Substitution

Substitution Fernando Forestieri joins the action as a substitute, replacing Diego Fabbrini.

84:32

Troy Deeney has an effort at goal.

83:51

Joel Ekstrand manages to make a clearance.

83:47

The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson.

83:03

The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson.

81:52

Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.

81:32

Josh Murphy is caught offside.

80:32

Clearance made by Marco Cassetti.

80:27

Gary Hooper produces a cross.

80:08

A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond.

79:33

Header by Leroy Fer goes to the left of the goal.

79:25

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the right by-line.

78:11

Marco Cassetti restarts play with the free kick.

77:57

Marco Cassetti fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick.

76:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Murphy - Watford 2 - 1 Norwich Josh Murphy slots the ball left footed into the goal. Watford 2-1 Norwich.

73:26 Substitution

Substitution Wes Hoolahan leaves the field to be replaced by Leroy Fer.

72:55 Booking

Booking

72:55

Connor Smith receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

72:30

Josh Murphy fouled by Connor Smith, the ref awards a free kick.

70:04

Clearance made by Ryan Bennett.

69:56

Corner taken by Sean Murray.

68:39

Cristian Battocchio fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Mark Bunn safely holds on.

68:01 Booking

Booking

68:01

Alexander Tettey receives a caution.

67:26

Alexander Tettey concedes a free kick for a foul on Diego Fabbrini.

66:53

Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution Josh Murphy comes on in place of Bradley Johnson.

66:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper.

64:31

Sean Murray takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

59:12

Shot by Troy Deeney.

59:06

Marco Faraoni crosses the ball.

58:08

Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

58:00

The referee blows for offside.

56:27

Marco Faraoni manages to make a clearance.

56:22

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker.

55:55

Russell Martin takes the free kick.

55:49

Unfair challenge on Russell Martin by Diego Fabbrini results in a free kick.

55:25

Header by Ryan Bennett goes over the bar.

55:12

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond.

54:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Marco Faraoni - Watford 2 - 0 Norwich Marco Faraoni scores with a right foot finish. Watford 2-0 Norwich.

53:35

Troy Deeney has an effort at goal. Parried by Mark Bunn back into danger.

53:14

Diego Fabbrini takes a shot.

51:42

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the right by-line.

51:36 Substitution

Substitution Javier Acuna goes off and Troy Deeney comes on.

50:57

Essaid Belkalem manages to make a clearance.

50:50

Steven Whittaker delivers the ball.

49:26

A cross is delivered by Daniel Pudil.

48:59

Sean Murray takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mark Bunn parries the ball away.

48:36

Marco Faraoni takes a shot. A parry by Mark Bunn prevents the goal.

48:06

The referee gives a free kick against Wes Hoolahan for handball.

46:52

Shot by Diego Fabbrini missed to the right of the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Johan Elmander is brought on as a substitute for Javier Garrido.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:14

Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

45:00 +1:07

Russell Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Joel Ekstrand.

45:00 +0:58

Corner from the left by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

45:00 +0:41

Wes Hoolahan has an effort at goal.

44:02

Javier Acuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

40:23

Russell Martin takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.

40:19

Centre by Wes Hoolahan.

40:05

Corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the left by-line.

39:43

Wes Hoolahan takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

39:10

Steven Whittaker delivers the ball.

38:38 Substitution

Substitution Connor Smith on for Josh McEachran.

38:03

Clearance by Marco Cassetti.

37:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

35:37

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker.

35:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Javier Garrido.

35:04

Wes Hoolahan delivers the ball.

34:39

The ball is crossed by Javier Garrido.

32:39

Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.

32:34

Daniel Pudil produces a cross.

28:16

Clearance by Steven Whittaker.

28:09

Corner taken by Sean Murray.

27:46

The ball is crossed by Diego Fabbrini.

26:13

Sean Murray manages to make a clearance.

22:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Javier Acuna - Watford 1 - 0 Norwich Javier Acuna scores with a right foot finish. Watford 1-0 Norwich.

21:34

Shot on goal comes in from Sean Murray from the free kick. Russell Martin gets a block in.

20:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diego Fabbrini by Alexander Tettey.

19:57

Martin Olsson produces a cross.

18:58

Marco Cassetti takes the free kick.

18:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Acuna by Bradley Johnson.

17:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

16:43

Centre by Wes Hoolahan.

13:00

The referee blows for offside against Martin Olsson.

11:22

Marco Faraoni restarts play with the free kick.

11:18

The offside flag is raised against Javier Garrido.

10:52

Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.

10:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Acuna on Martin Olsson.

9:08

The ball is swung over by Wes Hoolahan.

8:16

Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

8:06

Unfair challenge on Marco Cassetti by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick.

6:47

Marco Faraoni produces a cross.

6:23

Nathan Redmond has an effort at goal.

3:24

Alexander Tettey takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

1:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Redmond.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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