Watford have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the third round after being comfortably beaten 3-1 against League Two side Newport County.
The result is new boss Vladimir Ivic’s first defeat at the club, in what was a much changed starting eleven from the side that played out a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
It was the Welsh club who looked the brightest at the start of the match, and they were awarded a penalty on the 16th minute, which Tristan Abrahams coolly slotted home. 1-0
It went from bad to worse just before the half hour mark when Joss Labadie doubled the host’s lead with a rifled effort which gave Daniel Bachmann no chance in the Hornets’ goal. 0-2
Ivic clearly wasn’t happy at the break, he decided to bring on Adalberto Penaranda and Stipe Perica for the second half in place of Glenn Murray and Joseph Hungbo.
The changes looked to have worked as the Hornets were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute, which substitute Penaranda made no mistake with to give his side the hope of a turnaround. 2-1
The hope was short-lived though as County made it 3-1 in the 65th minute through Padraig Amond. 3-1
Ivic gave a Watford debut to Kane Critchlow in the latter stages of the game, but any hope of a comeback was dismissed in the 88th minute when Perica saw red after a dangerous tackle on Brandon Cooper.
Watford’s Carabao Cup journey comes to an end, with Newport progressing to the next round.
The Hornets have the opportunity to bounce back on the weekend with their first game in 14 years against local rivals Luton Town, who also exited the cup last night at the hands of Manchester United.
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