EFL Cup - Third Round
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Newport County 3-1 Watford

Padraig Amond scores Newport's third goal, his first of the season
Watford made 10 changes to their team from the weekend, while Newport made five

Newport County shocked Championship side Watford to reach the EFL Cup fourth round for the first time.

Tristan Abrahams put Newport ahead from the penalty spot after Toby Stevenson fouled Brandon Cooper, before captain Joss Labadie made it 2-0 from 20 yards.

Adalberto Penaranda's penalty gave Watford hope but Padraig Amond capitalised on Daniel Phillips' mistake to restore the two-goal cushion.

Watford substitute Stipe Perica was sent off late on for elbowing Cooper.

As the Hornets were left to reflect on a miserable night in south Wales, finishing with 10 men and losing to a side who were three divisions below them last season, Newport can look ahead to a home fourth-round tie against Morecambe or Newcastle United.

It is a second Championship scalp of the campaign for County, who beat Swansea 2-0 in the first round thanks to Abrahams' double strike, before overcoming Cambridge United by a single goal in round two.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn:

"I thought it was a fantastic performance. We've outplayed a Championship club who have just come down from the Premier League.

"I can't be any more proud of my players than I already am.

"We moved the ball really well, played some fantastic football and we created a lot of chances. We created far more than what Watford did."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Townsend
  • 6Cooper
  • 8Dolan
  • 28Demetriou
  • 32Shephard
  • 10Sheehan
  • 17BennettBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWillmottat 82'minutes
  • 3Haynes
  • 4LabadieBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCollinsat 82'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 11Abrahams

Substitutes

  • 1King
  • 2Baker
  • 7Willmott
  • 19Twine
  • 20Janneh
  • 21Collins
  • 29Taylor

Watford

  • 26Bachmann
  • 31Sierralta
  • 45AgyakwaBooked at 40mins
  • 4Dawson
  • 33PussettoBooked at 76minsSubstituted forCrichlowat 84'minutes
  • 52Phillips
  • 16Garner
  • 47StevensonBooked at 17mins
  • 34Sinclair
  • 44HungboSubstituted forPeñarandaat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 17MurraySubstituted forPericaat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 13Peñaranda
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25Perica
  • 35Parkes
  • 49Crichlow
Referee:
Charles Breakspear

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 3, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Watford 1.

  3. Post update

    Francisco Sierralta (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Ryan Haynes (Newport County).

  5. Dismissal

    Stipe Perica (Watford) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stipe Perica (Watford).

  7. Post update

    Brandon Cooper (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Newport County. Lewis Collins tries a through ball, but Tristan Abrahams is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jerome Sinclair (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adalberto Peñaranda.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Kane Crichlow replaces Ignacio Pussetto.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Robbie Willmott replaces Scot Bennett.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Lewis Collins replaces Joss Labadie.

  13. Booking

    Scot Bennett (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bachmann.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scot Bennett (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joss Labadie (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Toby Stevenson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross.

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