EFL Cup - Second Round
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Watford 1-2 Gillingham

Gillingham striker Bradley Dack
Gillingham striker Bradley Dack scored his first goal of the season

League One side Gillingham came from behind to shock Premier League side Watford in extra time and reach the EFL Cup third round.

Substitute Odion Ighalo gave Watford the lead in the second half when he bundled home from close range.

But Mark Byrne replied for the Gills with a stunning strike to take the tie into an additional 30 minutes.

Striker Bradley Dack was the match winner on 100 minutes, guiding the ball in at the back post via the crossbar.

Dack's winner made up for his penalty miss on 70 minutes, awarded after Elliot List was fouled inside the box by Juan Carlos Paredes.

The victory is Gillingham's first against top-flight opposition since sending Portsmouth out of this competition at the same stage in 2005-06.

Scotland winger Ikechi Anya should have given Watford a first-half lead but he shot straight at goalkeeper Stuart Nelson after Abdoulaye Doucoure's backheel pass.

The result means new Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is still awaiting his first win after two defeats and a draw in his first three games.

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh: "In the end we deserved it. We had to ride our luck a little bit in the first half. After Saturday we were a little fragile.

"When we missed the penalty I thought we missed our chance, but we showed great courage and spirit to keep going.

"It's a proud moment for the football club to come to a Premier League team with international stars and win. The level of fitness from my players was quite extraordinary."

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri: "I am massively disappointed. Especially for the fans who don't deserve to see us losing like that. They are very warm and they didn't deserve that performance.

"I need to change this mentality of the players when we go ahead. I'm very angry because we can't see the danger of teams when we go ahead."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Pantilimon
  • 31Hoban
  • 27Kabasele
  • 14Paredes
  • 2Nyom
  • 17GuédiouraSubstituted forIghaloat 56'minutes
  • 23Watson
  • 16Doucouré
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forZuñigaat 94'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forCapoueat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 19Sinclair
  • 24Ighalo
  • 25Holebas
  • 29Capoue

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 18Pask
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 16Osadebe
  • 11Knott
  • 44WrightSubstituted forOldakerat 74'minutes
  • 33ByrneBooked at 118mins
  • 12KoncheskySubstituted forListat 66'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 50Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forDackat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Donnelly
  • 13Hadler
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21List
  • 22Dickenson
  • 23Dack
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
7,004

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home26
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Gillingham 2.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Watford 1, Gillingham 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tommie Hoban (Watford).

  4. Post update

    Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Juan Zuñiga (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  8. Booking

    Mark Byrne (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

  10. Post update

    Juan Zuñiga (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

  13. Post update

    (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tommie Hoban (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Josh Pask.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

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