EFL Cup - Second Round
PrestonPreston North End1WatfordWatford0

Preston North End 1-0 Watford

Marnick Vermijl celebrates
Marnick Vermijl is on loan at Preston from Sheffield Wednesday

Championship Preston reached round three of the Capital One Cup as Marnick Vermijl's goal saw off Premier League Watford, who finished with 10 men.

Defender Vermijl, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, scored from inside the box after Josh Brownhill's eighth-minute shot had been blocked.

It was enough to condemn the Hornets to a first defeat this season.

Watford debutant Miguel Britos received a straight red card with 15 minutes left for an elbow on Bailey Wright.

With Saturday's trip to leaders Manchester City in mind, the Hornets made 11 changes to the side that started Sunday's 0-0 draw with Southampton.

But Quique Sanchez Flores' understudies failed to impress as Preston sealed a deserved win.

Watford finally began to exert some pressure as the second half wore on, but Britos's dismissal after the Uruguayan had gone up for a corner halted the Hornets' momentum, and Preston were able to see out the final 15 minutes with relative ease.

They came close to adding to their lead when former Watford striker Joe Garner saw a long-range effort deflected narrowly wide.

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 15WoodsBooked at 34mins
  • 2Vermijl
  • 22Brownhill
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 16Browne
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forBeckfordat 84'minutes
  • 17ReidBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHumphreyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19Welsh
  • 20Davies
  • 43Kirkland

Watford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 34Arlauskis
  • 14Paredes
  • 3BritosBooked at 75mins
  • 4Angella
  • 16Aké
  • 23Watson
  • 28SmithSubstituted forBerghuisat 59'minutes
  • 11Forestieri
  • 22Abdi
  • 19Layun
  • 10VydraBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 13Gilmartin
  • 18Pudil
  • 20Berghuis
  • 27Belkalem
  • 31Hoban
  • 33Dyer
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,250

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Watford 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

    Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

  8. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Joe Garner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Kyel Reid.

  11. Post update

    Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  13. Post update

    Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  18. Dismissal

    Miguel Britos (Watford) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.