The FA Cup - Third Round
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Woking 0-2 Watford in FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Woking 0-2 Watford highlights

Watford reached the fourth round of the FA Cup with a routine victory at National League side Woking.

Will Hughes was unmarked when he swept the ball into the bottom corner after 13 minutes at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Tom Cleverley hit the crossbar for the dominant Premier League side in a first half brimming with chances.

Troy Deeney slotted in Ken Sema's cross from two yards out - three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Although Woking - the lowest-ranked team left in the competition - were resilient in defence, they failed to create any clear chances and Watford never looked like conceding.

Strange formations and toilet cubicles

A capacity crowd of 5,717 saw Woking host a team 110 places above them in the leagues.

They saw Woking's attacking players bizarrely line up on one side of the pitch when they kicked off, while during the game the ball had to be collected from a men's toilet cubicle.

Watford manager Javi Gracia spent time with the Woking mascots before the match and Deeney laughed with home supporters during a break in play following his second-half goal.

Watford dealt with the occasion well and put in a professional display to reach round four for the fourth year in a row.

Debutant Adalberto Penaranda was bright - he came close with a curling effort in the first half - while Isaac Success and Hughes caused problems for Woking's resilient defence.

'I like the attitude of my players' - what they said

Woking manager Alan Dowson: "I am proud of the team, the fans and the volunteers. They gave it a go. I think they (Watford) are a great football club. We needed to have confidence in ourselves but it was always going to be a big ask.

"I am very proud of the players. We have had a good start to the season and we are still up there (in the league) and fighting.

"Watford were great. Their manager was great and the way their players acted was fantastic, so we're really thankful for that."

Watford manager Javi Gracia: "We are happy with the performance and the result. We came expecting a lot of this team.

"We played with the same respect until the end. I like the attitude of my players. They showed they are available for the next games.

"Now is the next final - the next game [in the fourth round]. If we lose we don't play more games. If it is possible we will play five more finals and win the cup!"

The best of the stats

  • Watford midfielder Will Hughes scored his first goal in the FA Cup since January 2015 for Derby County against Chesterfield; he has now been involved in a goal in each of his last three appearances in the competition (two goals, one assist).
  • Troy Deeney has scored three goals in his last two matches for Watford in all competitions, as many as his previous 26 combined prior to this.
Martin Tyler
Football commentator and Woking assistant manager Martin Tyler (left) was in the dugout
Notice in Woking changing rooms
This notice was spotted on the door of the Woking changing rooms
Linesman falls over
In an entertaining game, the assistant referee fell over the advertising hoardings and was cheered by fans when he stood up giggling

Line-ups

Woking

  • 1Ross
  • 2Collier
  • 5GerringBooked at 29mins
  • 4Cook
  • 3Casey
  • 6Jolley
  • 8TaylorSubstituted forLittleat 60'minutes
  • 10LuerSubstituted forBradburyat 70'minutes
  • 7EdserSubstituted forHodgesat 69'minutes
  • 11Loza
  • 9Hyde

Substitutes

  • 12Bradbury
  • 14Little
  • 15Hodges
  • 16Hester-Cook
  • 17Wheeler
  • 18Schotterl
  • 19Spence

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 24Wilmot
  • 3Britos
  • 11Masina
  • 8Cleverley
  • 14Chalobah
  • 20Quina
  • 19HughesSubstituted forNavarroat 80'minutes
  • 10SuccessBooked at 14minsSubstituted forDeeneyat 71'minutes
  • 17PeñarandaSubstituted forSemaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mariappa
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 9Deeney
  • 12Sema
  • 21Femenía
  • 23Navarro
  • 30Dahlberg
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
5,717

Match Stats

Home TeamWokingAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home4
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Woking 0, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Woking 0, Watford 2.

Adam Masina (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harvey Bradbury (Woking).

Corner, Woking. Conceded by Tom Cleverley.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Paul Hodges (Woking) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Woking. Ben Gerring tries a through ball, but Jake Hyde is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ken Sema.

Attempt missed. Harvey Bradbury (Woking) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Christian Jolley with a cross.

Offside, Watford. Tom Cleverley tries a through ball, but Ben Wilmot is caught offside.

Marc Navarro (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamar Loza (Woking).

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Paul Hodges.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ken Sema with a cross.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Paul Hodges.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Marc Navarro replaces Will Hughes.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ken Sema (Watford) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Jack Cook (Woking).

Offside, Watford. Daryl Janmaat tries a through ball, but Tom Cleverley is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Woking 0, Watford 2. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ken Sema.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Christian Jolley.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Josh Casey (Woking) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamar Loza (Woking).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ken Sema replaces Adalberto Peñaranda.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Isaac Success.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Woking. Harvey Bradbury replaces Greg Luer.

Substitution

Substitution, Woking. Paul Hodges replaces Toby Edser.

Domingos Quina (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Armani Little (Woking).

Attempt saved. Armani Little (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamar Loza.

Substitution

Substitution, Woking. Armani Little replaces Harry Taylor.

Attempt missed. Jake Hyde (Woking) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamar Loza with a cross.

Attempt missed. Adalberto Peñaranda (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Domingos Quina.

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