FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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Watford 2-0 Bristol City

Bobby Reid of Bristol City and Cristian Battocchio of Watford

Watford face a trip to Manchester City or Blackburn in the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Bristol City in a replay.

Goals from Marco Davide Faraoni and Lewis McGugan set up a tie against the winners of Wednesday night's third-round replay at Etihad Stadium.

City had a great chance early on but Sam Baldock could not beat Jonathan Bond in the Watford goal.

Faraoni then scrambled in to open the scoring before McGugan drove home.

Fernando Forestieri wasted two good chances for Watford in the closing stages but they held on to beat the League One side.

Hornets forward Troy Deeney went close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute but his near-post header from McGugan's corner flashed across goal and away to safety.

Another McGugan centre found Faraoni at the back post five minutes later and the full-back fired the home side into the lead via a deflection off City defender Karleigh Osborne.

The visitors threatened to equalise with Bobby Reid shooting over from close range on the stroke of half-time and Marlon Pack forcing a good save out of Bond shortly after the restart.

But the game was effectively put to bed in the 64th minute when a tackle on Deeney fell nicely into the path of McGugan who drilled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

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Alec Chamberlain: Watford coach on Bristol City win

Watford could have extended their lead further with Deeney, McGugan and Forestieri all spurning opportunities in the final quarter of the game.

Hornets boss Beppe Sannino said: "What was important for me was to get through in the cup and I'm very happy with that because we had the opportunity to start again with enthusiasm.

"Again we were slow in the first half and then we grew during the game but we're like that, we keep the consistency with the performance but I'm happy with that."

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill added: "We've played well in both the games. Sometimes you get that opportunity in a home game to get a result but we didn't do that. They're a good team, they've got some very good players.

"Had our chances gone in in the first half it might have been a different game but good luck to them Watford, they're a good club."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forPudilat 86'minutes
  • 19Faraoni
  • 17Hall
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4AngellaBooked at 78mins
  • 23Iriney
  • 7Battocchio
  • 11Forestieri
  • 9Deeney
  • 10McGuganSubstituted forAbdiat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Almunia
  • 12Doyley
  • 16Murray
  • 18Pudil
  • 20Fabbrini
  • 22Abdi
  • 33Nosworthy

Bristol City

  • 13Parish
  • 2MoloneySubstituted forWagstaffat 79'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 15BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 78'minutes
  • 4Fontaine
  • 5Flint
  • 35Osborne
  • 14Reid
  • 25Elliott
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forBurnsat 78'minutes
  • 21Pack

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 6Carey
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Cunningham
  • 27Burns
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
7,302

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 2, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, Bristol City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Ikechi Anya.

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City).

Booking

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Brendan Moloney.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Sam Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

Booking

Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Lewis McGugan.

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 2, Bristol City 0. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Iriney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Sam Baldock.

Attempt missed. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jonathan Bond.

Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Watford 1, Bristol City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Watford 1, Bristol City 0.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Karleigh Osborne.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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